My fiancé has been playing Axis and Allies; a timeless Risk-type WWII simulated war game, in his tent at a FOB in Afghanistan. Because the real war that he engages in each day isn’t enough, he and his fellow officers take turns strategizing attacks on each other’s territories, with the goal of capturing two enemy capitals. This week Germany won.
When he called to tell me the news of a German WWII victory, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would look like today if that were true. Would I be writing this in German now? Would we need to issue a gold standard to combat the sky-rocketed levels of inflation?
Playing with the facts of history is a fun game, but repeating history is not.
Today’s current economic crisis appears to be unlike anything before. However, many people know better and realize that the faces of the players may have changed, the numbers increased a bit, but the facts are still the same.
What we are looking at today is the result of the same unaccountable spending of big government, direct and indirect government subsidies that will eventually bankrupt (hello: fuel) and ignorance to decrease or handle our country’s rising debt.
Government needs to get out of our pockets, stop raising taxes and cut wasteful spending.
If we know anything from the facts of history; more government spending will not make this crisis go away – even if we enjoy playing the game.