That Which Cannot Continue Will Not Continue

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When I was a kid, I liked to build card structures. It was fun to see how many cards in the deck could be used before the whole thing came crashing down. Two things determined how far you could get, your skill at erecting the cards and the laws of physics. Skill will get you a long way but there is an absolute limit to how many cards can be balanced on one another. At some point, no amount of skill will keep the structure from collapsing.

We live in a culture that is reaching the outer limits it can achieve without collapsing. But, rather than going beyond the laws of physics, it is exceeding the boundaries of basic biology and economics that will lead to the collapse.

A hundred years ago, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind who was a man and who was a woman – that gender was a fixed absolute like skin color. Now, beyond the looking glass in 2014, thoughts and desires are fixed and the physical characteristics possessed by an individual are merely a serving suggestion.  One’s gender is whatever he or she wants it to be and, oh, by the way, there are now more than two.

This insanity was taken to a new high (or low) recently in California where the legislature decided one could use the restroom or locker room of their chosen gender whether their anatomy matched that choice or not. Now, in California, a man who claims he’s a woman can walk into a women’s restroom with your teenage daughter and if you object, well, you’re just an intolerant bigot.

Up is down, war is peace and men are women.

The economics being practiced today is no less bizarre. Again, a hundred years ago most people understood basic math, that spending more than you made was a recipe for disaster and that you can’t get something for nothing. Yet now, basic mathematics and economics are routinely flouted, not by third graders but by the leaders of the nation – and people believe them.

The recent roll out of the Affordable (sic) Care Act is a prime example. People are shocked that their insurance premiums are increasing by, in some cases a factor of ten. We were told that insurance companies would provide coverage to everyone and that you could not be penalized with higher premiums if you had a pre-existing condition (code for already sick). Of course, such a fiat does not change the cost of care provided to those who are already sick so the only recourse is to spread the cost of their treatment among a lot of well people who were heretofore paying less because of their good health.

Imagine saying to a single person, you now have to pay part of the grocery bill for an overweight family of five. I know you personally don’t eat that much but we don’t want to penalize people who eat a lot or have large families so in the interest of fairness, you’ll have to pay for part of their groceries. But never fear, you can keep your grocery store and your monthly food bill will not increase. Who in their right  mind would believe that? Yet that’s exactly what we’re being told about health care. And one provision of the new act even manages to combine both economic and biological lunacy by requiring single men to pay for maternity coverage, you know, just in case.

Up is down, war is peace and spending is saving.

However, there is good news. As the title of this post suggests, what cannot continue, will not continue. But it won’t be legislation that brings an end to this kookiness. Flouting the laws of nature and economics can only go on for so long before the house of cards comes tumbling down – it’s as certain as gravity’s action on a falling object. The resultant mess will be painful but if those left to clean it up have eyes to see, a culture built on reality can perhaps again rise from the ashes.

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