Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

     These famous lines from American poet Robert Frost originally had nothing to do with government spending.  Upon reflection, perhaps they gently point a way out of the financial forest in which we now are lost.  Senator Tom Coburn has stated that the average age of modern republics is 207 years, and among republics that have failed the shared cause was fiscal irresponsibility.  The paradigm case of Weimar Germany should alert us to the consequences of failing to live within our national means.  We must, in Coburn’s words, “cheat history” if we are to escape that fate.  We must, at the risk of abusing Frost’s words, take the road “less traveled by.”  It is a minimalist path, in which government does much less in order for us to do much more—and that would make all the difference.


  1. That is my favorite poem, as much as I have of a favorite poem anyway.

    That said, I absolutely agree with your sentiments in this well-done posting. If we choose to go down the well-worn path rather than the one less traveled by, we will be following the fate of Greece, Ireland, and now Italy. Spending money we do not have will keep us with company, but in the end, we will all perish at the end of that well worn path.

  2. I heard on the radio that of all the countries with financial troubles, the US is the only one so far with activists demonstrating for less government spending--the Tea Party.

  3. That fact alone gives me hope for REAL change I can believe in! ;)