“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned;

if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

Ezekiel 33:6

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."

Proverbs 25:26

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Why did Bernie Madoff go to prison?

To make it simple, he talked people into investing with him.  The trouble was, he didn't invest their money.  As time rolled on, he simply took the money from the new investors to pay off the old investors.  Finally there were too many old investors and not enough money from new investors coming in to keep the payments going. 

The next thing you knew,
Madoff was one of the most hated men in  America,  and he was hauled off to jail.  Some of you know this, but not enough of you.  Madoff did to his investors what the government has been doing to us for over 70 years with Social Security.  There is no meaningful difference between the two schemes, except that one was operated by a private individual who is now in jail, and the other is operated by politicians who enjoy perks, privileges and status in spite of their actions.

 Do you need a side-by-side comparison here?  Well here's a nifty little chart:

Takes money from investors, with the promise that the money will be invested and made available to them later.
Takes money from wage earners with the promise that the money will be invested in a "Trust Fund" (Lock Box), and made available later.
Instead of investing the money, Madoff spends it on nice homes in the Hamptons and yachts.
Instead of depositing money in a Trust Fund, the politicians transfer it to the General Revenue Fund, and use it for general spending and vote buying.
When the time comes to pay the investors back Madoff simply uses some of the new funds from newer investors to pay back the older investors.
When benefits for older investors become due the politicians pay them with money taken from younger and newer wage earners to pay the older ones.
When Madoff's scheme is discovered all hell breaks loose.  New investors won't give him any more cash.
When Social Security runs out of money the politicians will try to force the taxpayers to send them some more; or they will cancel S/S to all those who paid into it.
Bernie Madoff is in jail.
Politicians remain in  Washington with fat medical and retirement benefits.

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." Ronald Reagan

  "If you put the federal government in charge of the  Sahara Desert , in five
  years there’d be a shortage of sand.”  Milton Friedman

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.” - Adolf Hitler

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could, and should do for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

"A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." - James Madison
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation."-James Madison




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