House Of Cards

  When I was younger I would often build houses of cards. I’m sure I don’t need to explain what these are, but just in case, I will.

  To build a house of cards you take at least one deck of playing cards, I would usually use two. You begin by leaning one card against another so that the two hold each other upright. You then begin to build outward in the same fashion, until you have create a fairly wide base of  “T” and “H” shaped connections.

  At this point you would begin to put a ceiling on the first floor by laying cards flat across the tops of the “Ts” and “Hs”, until you had completely covered the first floor.

  Now to build your house of cards as high as you could, you would repeat this process over and over again. In the natural progression of the building process each floor would become smaller than the previous one.

  As you progress higher and higher, it becomes harder to lay the next card, or to create the next “T” or “H”. It takes but one slight nudge of a single card to cause the whole thing to come crashing down, “like a house of cards”.

  Now let us look at the current condition of our economic system here in the United States.

  Our Founding Fathers believed in capitalism, they believed that every man should be guaranteed the pursuit of happiness. They did not believe that every person was guaranteed happiness.

 Now if we look at an economic system as a house of cards, we can see just how easy it is to cause it to come crashing down “like a house of cards”.

  In a capitalist system, the first floor is created by individual cards that help to hold each other upright. This would be people who go to work and pay taxes, it would also be those who are  innovative and create new products and ways to deliver services. It would include companies that produce the goods that we as individuals need to survive and who in return need us to purchase their goods which they pay taxes on. This is the base to our house of cards.

  The idea in this capitalist house of cards is to create the largest base possible, so as to support the next level. The more people you have on this first floor, the more stable the succeeding floors will be.

  Now in this capitalist house of cards the next step is to create the ceiling for the first floor. These cards represent government, which produce nothing and never was intended to. This level of government is laid over the base to protect the base and to strengthen the base. It should be just big enough to cover the needs of the base. It should protect the base from outside dangers, it should settle disputes among the base cards. This level of government should tax the base only to the amount that the base is willing to pay and should be responsive to the wishes of the base.

  Now in a true capitalist house of cards, this is where the building should stop.

  Unfortunately here in the United States , over the years , we have allowed those who would continue to build the house of cards higher and higher, to have their way.

  We were told that there was a class of people who could not live on the base level. That they could not add to the base in any way. That they could not work, or create or produce. We were told that this class of people, instead of being protected by the government and being a part of the base, that this class of people must be “SUPPORTED” by the government and so by the base.

  So now we have the base level, covered by and supporting the government level. And on top of this, the base has been asked to support this non-working, non-producing entitlement class. Now of course the first level of government is not sufficient to both protect the base and to administer to the entitlement level. So we must add another level of government to the house of cards.

  Now remember that all of this weight is being supported by the base. And as we continue to use our resources(or cards) to build upward, it is impossible to build outward, to widen the base. In fact as you build upward you begin to remove people from the base and add them to both the succeeding levels of government and to the entitlement levels.

  When building a house of cards, you are limited by the number of cards that you have to build with. The height of your house is restricted by the size of your base. In a true capitalist system this is also true.

 Unfortunately there are far too many people in the United States that believe that we can just continue to remove more and more people from the base and add them to the government level. They also seem bent on taking good hard-working and productive people and turning them into anther entitlement class. Unlike a real house of cards where each level becomes smaller than the proceeding level, in this economic house of cards being created, each new level is larger than the previous level.

 It doesn’t take an engineer to understand that if the base becomes smaller than the structure , there is a real chance , and likelihood of the entire system to come crashing down ” like a house of cards”.

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4 Responses to “House Of Cards”

  1. Judson Bennett Says:

    Great analogy–good article Frank

  2. Julie Kinnear Says:

    This is probably the best way how to explain in three generation time what had caused the economical failure. We should have to learn a lesson from that and start to look further. The survey of representative national sample of Canadians, 58% of respondents say current economic conditions in the country are good (I. Quarter 2010). More than a third of respondents (37%) think the recession will not end until 2011 or later. And above half of Canadians think that over the next 6 months, the national economy will remain stable. All those numbers refers that people want to think positively but are aware of any significant market failure that can have an immediate impact on our lives.

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