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Connecting the deficits

January 22, 2013

A new study was released this week that may very well explain what is going on in Washington D.C.
Using this study, a quick diagnosis of Congress, with a heavy dose of medication could turn the tide for the American people and the U.S. economy.
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena says that a study conducted over the last decade reveals a 25 percent jump in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder.
I believe that Washington, as a whole, has ADHD.
I realize that ADHD is most prevalent in children, but can you honestly tell me that the legislative, executive and judicial branches have not all acted like 5 year-olds over the last decade?
Let’s look at some symptoms for ADHD.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, the first symptom of ADHD is “lack of attention (inattentiveness).”
Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul pointed out two weeks ago that the 154 page fiscal cliff bill that was passed by both legislative bodies was posted “three minutes before the vote” in the House. The Senate voted on the bill 22 hours after the legislation was made available, prompting Paul to make the observation “they don’t even pretend to read the bills anymore.”
Symptom No. 2 is “hyperactivity.”
When a congressman is stuck in a stuffy old legislative hall for hours, listening to all sorts of lame boring discourses from his colleagues about Global Warming or Public Television funding, there’s a lot of energy that gets bottled up.
The main outlet the bored and inattentive congressmen use to release all of this energy is spending. Yes, hyperactive spending is the thoughtless and impulsive behavior of a legislative body with ADHD.
Typical impulsivity symptoms like “blurting out answers when questions haven’t been raised,” “intruding on others” or “having difficulty awaiting one’s turn” are all forbidden by House rules, so congressmen are allowed to silently satisfy their impulsive tendencies brought on by ADHD through reckless spending.
Here’s some other symptoms you might recognize in your representative(s).
-Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks
Example: Congressmen caught playing cards on laptops during congressional debate.
-Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Example: Citizens in town hall meetings repeatedly saying “we don’t want government health care.”
-Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish...chores or duties in the workplace.
Example: Congress goes home for Christmas without reaching fiscal deal.
-Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Example: House Speaker John Boehner cannot secure enough votes from his own party for “Plan B” legislation.
-Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort
Example: I think this sums up the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
-Often loses...assignments, pencils, books or tools needed for tasks or activities
Example: “I think the teleprompter is broken.”
All symptoms sourced from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

I contend, with no medical expertise mind you, that there is a clear correlation between the 25 percent rise in attention deficit and the exponential rise in the federal deficit.
In 2000, the federal deficit was almost non-existent, but then the government started to act out.
Without a medical diagnosis and proper medication, Washington has failed to keep its hands, feet and objects to itself, and this repeated invasion of personal space has had a very taxing effect on the economy and the American people.
Between 2002-2006, the deficit rose, but it held steady between $200 million and $400 million.
As the Democrats gained a stronger foothold in Washington, taking over both houses in 2006 and the executive in 2008, the party which is synonymous with subsidizing impulsive and reckless behavior has taken our deficits to such heights that our debt may reach Mars before our astronauts.
The Republican party has done little or nothing to stop this tidal wave of deficit spending because its members are not paying any attention to the cries of its constituents. This lack of attentiveness is clearly brought on by ADHD.
The attention deficit and the federal deficit are on the verge of leading to great disorder.
Rampant spending by Congress has created a moral deficit in our nation through the funding and subsidizing of a morally bankrupt culture.
Entitlements have taken the place of responsibility.
No longer are individuals to blame for their own irresponsible actions. This subsidized culture allows any person to shift the blame for bad decisions from one’s self to other people, co-workers, bosses, other political parties, firearms manufacturers, video games, violent movies and standardized testing to name just a few.
If a student fails in school, it is not because he or she failed to pay attention or refused to do assigned work. It’s because the teacher did not accommodate the student, the principal was too harsh in his punishment, society created the student’s poor home life, and they even get doctors to blame academic failure on ADHD.
If the teacher fails to do his or her job, it is because the students were bad, the principal did not support them, there were too many in one classroom, parental involvement is down or K-12 was not adequately funded.
Our culture has taught us oh so well that personal failure is always due to someone else’s intended or unintended malice, and Washington D.C., the capitol of personal failure, uses all of its muscle to make sure this culture is cultivated and fully funded.
If we can find the few psychologists remaining who have not been bought off by massive government grants, to fully examine Congress, we might can diagnose the body with ADHD before it’s too late.
Instead of giving them Riddlin, we can just get rid of them.
If you made it to the end of this column, you do not have ADHD. If you did not, you’re probably running for Congress.

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