It is pretty much clear that the U.S. is no longer a democracy. This has been obvious for over twenty-five years, but we have to wait until the scholars and scientists tell us so. Sadly, we no longer think for ourselves, nor do we claim the authority to make decisions or proclamations of any sort. Most people just wait to be told what to think or say. People also wait for permission to do anything. Certainly, most people don’t believe they can do anything about government...and government loves this attitude of submissiveness because it makes them feel powerful, but there are unseen outcomes for both sides. When people don't believe they can do anything, they stop caring. And so, in many minds, it is not our problem if the government doesn’t have enough money to function. Government doesn't listen to the people, so why should the people listen to government? Government responds by cutting benefits and spending. The idea that we should be content with less or that we must curb spending is a projection of their consciousness onto us. They project it because it's something they fear. In projecting, they think they are punishing us. But here again, government doesn’t get it. People want to spend less money. They want to reduce the waste, the junk, the debt, and the stuff they have. Where people get confused is when the conversation about cutting costs is focused so heavily on health care and welfare. It has been said that "those who use government services should contribute toward their cost." This is one of those illuminating statements. We HAVE been contributing – deductions for federal taxes, social security, Medicare, state taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, you-name-it taxes. But the government has not been spending our money on us, they’ve been spending it elsewhere and then borrowing money when they have to do something for us. They didn't tell us they were doing this, and we trusted them, so they decided we were stupid. Now that government has metastasized into areas of life that have nothing to do with governance, it is stuck with its own perceptual legacy – that of thinking we are stupid, useless people who don’t understand what is happening. We understand. We may be happy to take a handout when it is offered, and we may hope it keeps coming, but we aren’t stupid. When the handout stops and the truth becomes known, we will go elsewhere for what we want and need. Yes, some of us can be manipulated. Some can be fooled. But the huge majority were not born yesterday, thus, when we turn away, the gig is up. Politicians act like the game they are playing today is going to last forever. But every move changes every outcome. To raise taxes or cut wages and government spending impoverishes the people. When the people are impoverished, they look elsewhere and do something different in order to survive. When the people can no longer pay taxes, it impoverishes the government. Worse, when the truth becomes known, government has no integrity. When the government is impoverished and without integrity, it has very limited power. Without money, integrity, or power, government will be ignored. There exists a singular law of consciousness that says that for anything to survive, it must have attention. Infants and baby animals die without it. Businesses go bankrupt without it. Education fails utterly without it. Agriculture cannot produce without it. Transportation becomes tragedy without it. Communication falls flat without it. And a government that is ignored will pass away and become a thing of the past. Politicians may talk about cutting budgets, slashing benefits, or closing the door on the “age of entitlement,” but the door that is closing is the age of nations and their big, corrupt governments.