Why would you possibly need a magazine that can hold more than ten rounds?
Two words: food riots
Our government’s spokesmodels (i.e. the media) continue to pretend that we are in dire danger of a “cut” in spending that doesn’t even amount to a spending freeze, and that nothing more dire is ahead that we desperately need to avoid or ameliorate. They are loudly trumpeting anything close to spending cuts as a danger, while assuring Americans that they really aren’t heading into financial pain. While informed people know that sequestration will do very little to avert the disaster, it is at least a recognition of what kinds of decisions must be made. But even this is too much for the Obama regime. They beat the drums to cause hysteria over fictional side effects of penicillin while assuring people that syphilis is not serious and that they can let it go untreated for a lot longer before they need to deal with it.
But everyone knows they are lying. The people know it. And the government knows it. If you look at actions instead of words, then you can’t miss the clear communication.
I recently saw a newspaper graphic purporting to prove by poll numbers that more Americans agreed with Obama on certain issues than agreed with Republicans. The first issue mentioned was gun control. That graph told me not to worry. I have a much more accurate way to estimate the opinion of Americans: gun sales and ammunition sales.
A survey just asks for a wish. It asks “What would you like to have?” without having any way to measure the intensity or the priority of the desire. What a survey is really asking, “What would you like to have without cost or effort?” Sales data is different. Sales data tells you what people want bad enough to give up other things that they want. It tells you how much they are giving up. Here we are in the middle of a recession, and gun dealers cannot keep guns or ammunition on the shelves. That means, despite financial hardship, Americans are willing to sacrifice to get guns.
I suppose one might say that all the gun sales are due to fear of impending restrictions. But what about ammunition sales? Where has anyone said that we should start restricting the supply of bullets? If rounds are flying off the shelves, it isn’t just because of impending restrictions. It is a serious indicator that people think bad things are ahead. Guns and ammo are a kind of “hedge fund investment” against the risk of serious government breakdown.
People know that the government is lying to them about the future. They know that we are in a ponzi scheme and the government is going to push us off a fiscal abyss.
And it is not just private citizens; the government knows it as well. They know that any halt in spending is unthinkable because it will end their world. Yet they know that the spending will have to stop. So they are too afraid to do anything that might remotely start a financial crisis, but they are also terrified of the inevitable crisis that their actions are only making worse.
How do I know they are terrified? Because they are doing exactly the same thing that gun owners are doing—they too are buying and hoarding ammunition.
If we refuse the tiny reductions in growth that are sequestration, then we are missing an opportunity to take our situation seriously. This is the open secret the media pretends we all don’t know. But bullet-hoarding tells the real story, both for private citizens and for government agencies. The realities of the crisis will be much worse than the scare tactics Obama and the media are using. And we all know it.