I’ve been doing my best to ignore the financial crisis. There’s nothing I can really do about it, other than prepare as best I can (just ask me how big my vegetable garden is going to be this year!), so why worry? We are, however, witnessing a government doing everything they can to look like they’re doing something and an American people so ignorant of history that they don’t know how bad our government is about to screw things up.

Any student of American history can tell you that it wasn’t the extensive government programs that got us out of the Great Depression, it was World War II. As a matter of fact, much of what government did during the 1930’s made matters worse. But, as a general rule, politicians will take credit for all the good and none of the bad, and we have been led to believe that government saved us from the Depression. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I don’t have the time (or the space on this blog) to go into the minute details of the Great Depression, what government did, and why it didn’t work. I do encourage you, however, to read up on the topic, frightening as it may be.

While we may not be able to do much to stem the current financial meltdown, we can encourage our government to butt out. Really, how much sense does it make to go into unprecedented debt (as the current economic stimulus package proposes) in order to fix a problem caused by unprecedented debt?

As my friends lose their jobs, I do fear what is to come. But most of all, I fear what our government is going to try to do to “fix” it…