Dave Simpson: Wake Me When The Nightmare's Over

Columnist Dave Simpson writes, "Over the last three months, our country has borrowed $3 trillion."

Dave Simpson

November 13, 20234 min read

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At a certain point, the boggled mind becomes so thoroughly boggled that it ceases to be capable of further bogglement.

It has achieved boggle max.

I think we're close, fellow conservatives. To wit:

- Appearing on the Laura Ingraham Show on Oct. 25th, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that over the last three months, our country has borrowed $3 trillion dollars. And that, he said, “is the greatest threat to our country.”

I don't want to get all mathy with you, but you have to wonder if the typical American is so obtuse, and so incapable of understanding simple arithmetic (not even getting into the more exotic realms of division and multiplication), and so thoroughly steeped in the concept of  “Don't Worry, Be Happy,” that the inconvenient truth of spending $3 trillion borrowed dollars in a mere three months can't penetrate their masonry-like skulls.

What do the bank accounts of these drones look like? Do they ever look at their children and grandchildren and wonder if this kind of mendacity isn't a bit selfish?

Beats me. Apparently far more important is the concept of elected people continuing to get elected.

- Also on the subject of our fiscal shame, Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama echoed Sen. Paul's dire warning, reporting that we are currently printing $100,000 A MINUTE in borrowed money.

Think that will make an impression on the fiscal flat earthers? Don't bet on it. The important thing is getting re-elected. And our grandkids are will be stuck with the tab. Oink, oink, oink.

- According to a new book titled “The Biden Malaise” by Kimberly Strassel, we will be disappointed if we look to Republicans to do much about our $33 trillion debt. She wrote this:

“Pretty much everything you need to know about Republican spending attitudes was highlighted in March 2021, when the House GOP caucus voted to bring back earmarks (by a vote of) 102-84. Republicans had sworn off this gateway to spending a decade earlier – when it still had fiscal religion. But when the Democratic House announced it would restore the practice, Republicans clambered on board.”

And this:

“GOP porksters simply like stealing taxpayers' hard-earned money and giving it to their pet projects. The new House Republican majority voted in 2022 to again embrace earmarks – this time by even greater margins – 158-52. The final 2022 omnibus contained thousands of earmarks – worth billions – and nearly half of them went to Republicans.”

One step forward, two steps back. And our side is only slightly less despicable than the other guys.

- Thinking back to the days and weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, does anybody remember Americans calling for a “cease fire” or a “pause” in going after the perpetrators of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.?

I don't.

So I find it amazing  there are those who demand that Israel not fight back with every fiber of its existence after the barbaric acts perpetrated by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7th, killing 1,400 innocent victims, many in ways that are simply unspeakable, and taking 240 hostages.

In 2001, our president vowed to go after “the folks who did this,” and to expect anything less of Israel is crazy.

- Given our chaotic departure from Afghanistan, who would expect Israel to need the advice of our current administration in responding to the attacks on their country? Money and weapons, yes. Advice, no.

Advice from Biden? You gotta be kidding.

- Imagine being proud that your kid was accepted at Harvard. Imagine saving for decades to pay the tuition.

Then imagine reading that Lori Lightfoot (failed mayor of the City of Chicago), Bill de Blazio (failed mayor of the City of New York), and Brian Stelter (failed journalist fired from CNN) would be teaching classes at Harvard. Then imagine reading that 30 student groups came out in support of the Hamas terrorists in the Oct. 7 attacks. Then imagine seeing kids at Harvard taking to the streets, many expressing hatred for Jewish people.

Glad I'm not that parent. 

- And who on earth would have expected to see the seeds of Holocaust 2.0 sprouting at universities across our country?

Beam me up, Scotty. I've seen it all now.


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Dave Simpson

Political, Wyoming Life Columnist

Dave has written a weekly column about a wide variety of topics for 39 years, winning top columnist awards in Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois and Nebraska.