No, really. I mean it. In a world of spineless, humorless political correctness, I suppose I could translate the title of my new love song and 2010 tour for the creatively challenged out there, and am certain it will make for some good reading. I like the line drawn in the sand. I don’t want a big tent. That would mean I would welcome idiots and losers. Until they stop being idiots and losers, my tent is not open to them. We have an excellence detector installed in the entranceway of my tent. Mediocrity will get you thrown out. Know it.
One of my lifelong passions, businesses and hobbies is total musical head removal. I play American-made Gibson guitars, the most powerful guitars on the planet, and when in my greasy Motown hands, they can blow your head clean off. James Brown taught me that the best musical performance should be ferocious. I genuflect at the Godfather of Soul’s altar nightly.
My band is the best in the world. The weak got trampled, the dead hurdled. It’s how we got to yet another amazing rocking tour in 2010. Plan B is for the not-so-excellent, or dead.
I graduated from Funk University, and I’ve got the rock ‘n’ roll thing perfected. However, I am not a schooled economist, but I am an economic pragmatist. I do not believe the average American, of which I am one, requires an Ivy League economics degree to understand basic economic truisms.
One of the most fundamental economic truisms is that raising taxes and increasing government spending historically leads to economic calamities, while cutting taxes and slashing government spending generally ignites an economic firestorm. Amazingly enough, it does not appear to me that anyone in the Obama administration understands this most basic economic reality. That’s scary, though predictable for central planning liberals like President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Having zero experience at operating a business of any kind, this is all too predictable.
Instead, the Obamacrats believe more government spending, higher taxes, more control over the private sector and more unsustainable mountains of debt is the right economic course to chart. This guitar-playing economic pragmatist believes their economic model is leading America down the path to economic disaster. Who doesn’t?
Continuing down this economic disastrous road will lead to even higher unemployment, a falling stock market and rising inflation. And that’s apparently where Mr. Obama is intent on taking the American economy. Welcome back, Misery Index.
The Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this year, and there is no indication or hope that Mr. Obama will continue them. In fact, there is every indication he will let them expire, which will cause local, state and federal taxes to rise sharply next year.
Unless you believe sticking a sharp stick in your eye will improve your eyesight, no economic pragmatist can possibly believe that raising taxes during an already sluggish economy will improve the economy. Only bloodsuckers, dopers and socialist stooges believe higher taxes are good. They are nothing but economic parasites who live off the sweat and hard work of the producers. Mao Zedong would be proud.
If you believe we are in rough, choppy economic seas now, just wait a few more months. Things are going to get worse, possibly much worse under this rookie regime in the coming months.
The world is in the process of learning a painful economic lesson. That lesson is that liberals and their thirst for more government spending and control ultimately lead to economic collapse and despair. If the world - America included - does not make a very hard turn to fiscal responsibility and sanity, America will face the same fate as Greece in the not-too-distant future. If you do not believe America can suffer the same economic collapse as Greece, do a modicum of homework and study America’s ratio of debt to gross domestic product. The news is not good, not good at all.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke recently said that current spending levels are unsustainable. Welcome to the party, Ben. The Congressional Budget Office and many others have been saying this for quite some time. The problem is the Fedzillacrats in Washington are not listening.
What the Republican Party needs to do is offer Americans specific policies and plans to get us out of this Carteresque economic morass. So far, I haven’t heard a clear, resounding message.
Our economic condition is not all the fault of Mr. Obama and his Fedzilla cohorts. For too many years, the GOP embraced big government, too.
Fiscal conservatives like me have not forgotten Republicans’ wayward fiscal ways, and I am looking desperately for indications that the GOP has learned its fiscal conservative lessons.
So now, economic reality sets in. We either tighten our fiscal belt until it hurts, slash entitlement spending, cut taxes across the board and dramatically reduce government spending or America goes broke.
That’s not fear-mongering, folks. It is a reality born of economic pragmatism.
Come November, I’d highly recommend that America does like Uncle Ted: Trample the weak, hurdle the dead.
Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).