Addicted to Spending by Curtis Hatch, Author of the Novel “When the gods go Astray”

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Addiction implies that one compulsively follows a pattern of behavior. Addicts attempt to justify their behavior by defending their action through illogical rationalization. Such is the case with the ongoing debt ceiling battle in the US Congress and the emphasis on out of control spending. Curtis Hatch believes that government must be disciplined and prudent with its spending habits. His new novel “When the gods go Astray” features a government that is totally self-serving.

"When the gods go Astray" by Curtis Hatch

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

An addiction implies that one compulsively follows a pattern of behavior. Addicts attempt to justify their behavior by defending their action through illogical rationalization. Their actions are generally destructive to those closest to them. Addicts can seldom support their habits, and they become a financial drain on those around them, often resorting to crime to support the habit. Washington DC is addicted to spending and debt; there are presently inadequate measures in place to restrain the addict. The inevitable result of the addiction is to heap large amounts of debt on the citizenry that must be repaid by higher taxes or fees. The larger the debt of a society, the more controlled they are by the government. Curtis Hatch addresses the issue in “When the gods go Astray” a science fiction thriller about the struggle of a citizenry trying to recover a level of liberty they have never known.

Like any addict, step one is to realize a problem exists and immediate action is required. There does not appear to be that realization in Washington. Washington is slow to acknowledge that it has a spending problem. Hatch believes the following numbers exemplify the severity of the problem. During the decade ending September 30, 2010, the US debt rose almost 240%. That is an average of 24% per annum. In the three-year period ending January 31, 2011, the debt has risen 153% or 51% annually. Study reveals that both parties are responsible. Oh yes, there is lip service, but neither party is willing to acknowledge the severity of the issue. It has become a basis for positioning for the 2012 elections.

Step two requires action. Although the addict may realize there is a problem and be determined to make a positive change, stopping cold turkey can sometimes be fatal. No one is asking Congress to halt spending; they are being asked to make serious cuts. The government must stop spending more than it takes in order to stop the debt from continuing to rise. President Obama called the bipartisan wrangling in Washington “a three-ring circus.” Hatch fails to find humor in the symbolism. A three-ring circus is intended to bring pleasure to the people. John Boehner’s latest plan cannot get traction with the freshmen in the house. Even though, the numbers in the recent Cut, Cap and Balance bill were timid, it is the best plan to date.

The third step, Hatch believes, is to write into law legislation that harnesses the ability of Congress to spend without restraint. There is no doubt they are addicted. As such, they can no longer be allowed to operate without checks and balances. Many believed the two-party system would provide the necessary discipline. That has proven to be incorrect. The temptation of large amounts of cash and the ability to spend has proven to be more than the politicians can handle. The American people must demand fiscally responsible government. To make this happen on an on-going basis, America needs more statesmen and fewer politicians.

Hatch projects his message to the Tea Party, the media, the Internet, and public appearances. He hopes his view of the society portrayed in the novel will prompt people to question. Is Niburu the society one wishes for his or her grandchildren?

The novel is available at http://www.whenthegodsgoastray.com and Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

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