Those who read my commentaries regularly, especially those who vehemently disagree, believe that the above term aptly describes me. I am about to provide further grist for your mill.

I have been documenting facts while researching the commentaries that frankly scare the hell out of me. Some are economic and some are political. So as a paranoid personality, I decided to connect dots.

For many years I read science-fiction. The early writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells used science as a springboard to create a story line.

These novelists reflect their moment in time. Wells wrote during the blossoming of the Industrial Revolution and his machines reflected that optimism. By contrast, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley had observed the world-wide Depression, the Second World War, and the rise of fascism and Nazism. Brave New World and 1984 are examples of their work.

These stories are reflective of their time and some of them recount catastrophic events. So let's start connecting the dots of today's disaster and see what kind of story we get.

We have $17 trillion dollars worth of debt plus $86 trillion of unfunded public debt!

The feds are currently borrowing 47 cents of every dollar spent.

Economists project that creditors will soon decide to quit purchasing our debt. When this happens the Federal Reserve will have to increase the flow of money it feeds into the economy plunging us into hyperinflation. That condition decimated Germany and facilitated Hitler's rise to power. A wheelbarrow full of marks was needed just to buy bread, then run to the bakery before prices rise. Here in the United States this could mean the virtual starvation of the 40 to 50 million people on food stamps or some form of welfare.

Let's look at another unsavory fact. Colorado has about 111 gangs with 13,000 members and the United States has over 1.5 million. Most are hispanic and black; this is not racist, just the facts. Some exist by drug smuggling, some by prostitution and some just for the thrill of killing the "man"! Guess who the man is? Add to those fun-loving folks the millions who only survive by government handouts. Now let's add worthless government checks or none at all to the scenario.

Do you realize that all our food and gasoline is trucked in? How about the people that man the treatment plants and the power plants? Once they find their paycheck almost worthless what will keep them on the job? I am sure there are those that man their posts until the last minute but hunger is a powerful motivator and will soon drive them out to search for food for their families.

Larry Tradlener lives down McElmo Canyon.

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