Excerpts from “The Lie of Urgency”
When someone tries to sell you on something you don’t really want, a sales tactic is often used that is common around the world. The general idea is to make you feel as though you have to act “NOW” or you will lose the opportunity forever.
In our experience, every time we have fallen for this sales tactic, we have been wrong. There was the purchase of a time share that burdens us with exorbitant fees years after our mistake. There was that purchase of a new car we later wished we had left on the lot. And most recently, many were sold on the need to vote for a President on the premise we needed change now.
Often, the impulse to buy things or solve problems immediately without proper analysis and evaluation is the result of our innate desire to satisfy an emotional need to relieve the pressure or provide satisfaction as quickly as possible. It never is as urgent as it is made out to be, and the resulting decision is usually best left until later after we have had time to think and calmly analyze the situation. Often, waiting provides us with the information we really need to make the best and most informed decision. In addition, we frequently discover that the person or persons telling us our immediate action was required was not acting in our best interest, but their own.
Such is the “stimulus” package being forced on us by Washington and sold in newspapers like the Washington Post, and we shake our heads. How can a bill that will spend a trillion dollars be so urgent that we should not fully consider its ramifications before passing it? The media and the liberals endorsing the bill make it sound as though we have been sitting on the bill for months, when in actuality, it has only been a couple of weeks.
The facts do not back them up.
The Congressional Budget Office says Obama’s bill is harmful. As usual, the sense of urgency is being used to get us to buy into something without thinking.
The bill is not urgent at all. According to the Congressional Budget Office, only $26 billion, around three percent, will be spent this year. Another $110 billion won’t even be spent until next year, so where is the urgency? There is none. It is a lie.
It took America decades to arrive at this stage of the problem. It will not be fixed overnight no matter what bill you pass. It will not matter one iota whether it is passed this week or next. In the scheme of things, it won’t even matter if it passes this month.
Government and the media are making the hard sell to get you to buy a bill of goods without your understanding. If it works, the Democrats will take credit. If it does not, they will blame Bush. They have nothing to lose. If we allow them to pass it without understanding it, we will all lose.