It is not the critic who counts

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Beck’s $53 trillion asteroid

Today, CNN posted an article (here), where Glenn Beck discusses some frightening realities that we’re soon going to have to face.It’s worth a full read, but if you’re only interested in the summary, here it is…

  • $14.1 trillion is the size of the entire U.S. Economy
  • $53 trillion is the approximate size of the U.S. bill for Social Security and Medicare promises

In short, we’re insolvent.  With a bill this large, there will be no money for anything else – infrastructure, security, military, you name it – every dollar we pay in taxes would go to funding Medicare and Social Security.

To make those numbers more digestible (since $53trillion is a hard number to get your mind around), from the article:

“A million seconds is 12 days.  A billion seconds is 32 years.  A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.  And 53 trillion seconds?  1.7 million years.”

David Walker (former Comptroller General) says that these promises equate to an IOU of about $455,000 for every American household”.

The problem, as Beck so poignantly illustrates, is that none of this is news – the Government has known about it for a long time, and has done nothing but pass the buck to the next administration.  And what about the American people?  His illustration is that if an asteroid were heading toward earth by the tune of $53 trillion dollars, we’d demand something be done about it.  But here we sit – who’s speaking out?

As I said on my post about Hillary Clinton and honesty (here), where much is given, much is required.  It’s time to require our government to confront a problem that will make the current bickering seem comical. 

Throughout history, when the people stop getting involved, then things go awry – it’s only through ongoing intervention of we the people that keeps a government in check.  So what am I proposing we do?  At the very minimum, be aware, and talk about it.  Perpetuate the conversation.

An elected government is a government that focuses on things that will get them re-elected.  Those things that the people care and talk about the most, are those things that are bound to get the most attention.  But we have to talk.


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Glenn Beck’s Testimony on YouTube

I know this isn’t terribly new, but if you haven’t seen it yet, I think it’s well worth watching.  For a very public figure to open about his religion (especially the Mormon religion), takes courage.  I think if he can do it, if he can be willing to share his religion in spite of the career risks, etc.  than so can I. 

Thanks Glenn.



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Funeral for a prophet

Tomorrow morning I’ve got tickets to go to President Hinckley’s funeral.  Saying I’m excited is probably the wrong way to describe it, but it’s something like that.  With how much he was loved, I think the ceremony is bound to be touching and inspiring, and I’m fortunate to be able to be there.  The news today was saying that there are expected to be some 150,000 people coming to Temple Square to join the ceremony in any way they can, and today there were simply swarms of people, families, gathered around in unfathomably long lines, all waiting to get in to the viewing.

I personally find it inspiring that so many people would take time out of their day to pay tribute to the Prophet we all loved so much.

On that note, today my bishop forwarded to me a tribute from CNN talk show host Glenn Beck, where he paid a touching tribute to the prophet on live TV (click here to watch it).

I was so impressed that he would have the courage to speak out, to voice his opinion, and to make himself heard on something he thought was timely and important.  I think too often we don’t do that, we keep things to ourselves (often because we’re afraid of causing offense), and the world would likely be a better place if we all spoke out a little more.  (See my blog post on “why I keep this blog” for more thoughts on that…)

I’ll post my thoughts on the funeral tomorrow, and pay my own public tribute to such a fantastic soul.