You know, sometimes you must sit someone down and explain the facts of life to them. This is one of those moments. We must, collectively, get it through our Republican Congresscritters’ heads that if they agree with President Obama that they will vote to cut spending on Social Security and Medicare, and in exchange he will agree to our raise taxes, we will take them out to the actual beltway, Interstate 495, and turn them into Road Pizza.
Mind you, this does not mean that Social Security and Medicare are collectively a third rail. They absolutely must be reformed as they are a budgetary, demographic time bomb, but Obama is not proposing any kind of reform. The Democrats are only proposing cuts, similar to the Doc Fix. [And let me digress for just a moment here to question why in the crazy, everloving world any Doc with an ounce of testosterone in his body would not stage a rebellion at any bill that implied he needed to be ‘fixed’? That surpasses my powers of comprehension.]
If you believe that Democrats would not hang “Republicans want to kill grandma” around our necks if they agree to any SS/MC cuts, you can’t remember the Bush I “compromise” with George Mitchell and Jim Wright (if you can call it a compromise when a Democratic House and Senate refused to pass a budget without tax increases, threatening to shut down the gov’t if the President rejected their demands.) If Republicans give in to Obama’s blackmail and raise our taxes, giving up real budgetary reform in the process, they deserve the shellacking they will get. Actually, they deserve much worse than that, but we will probably not be able to really throw them from the dome.
The fact of the matter is, without changing the way we collect and pay SS taxes; without changing the way we administer health care for seniors; without curtailing the over-reach and deadweight of the bureaucracy, the country will fail. The business of America is business, and it is apparent to anyone with two functioning brain cells that American employers, entrepreneurs and investors are not only leery of the current governmental trajectory, they are being crushed under the weight of fanciful regulations, insane bureaucracies, and burdensome taxes. Something’s gotta give, and it better be Uncle Sugar, not the American Taxpayer.
Look at these numbers.
That’s nuts. During a time the economy is contracting and unemployment is formidable, they have increased spending by almost a third. Increased. Are there any adults there? Is there anyone capable of basic math?
This chart by the OMB is shocking. Especially if you can remember the Democrats’ angst in 2006 over the deficits, right before they took over the House and Senate. At the time, if you remember correctly, they were promising to get our fiscal house in order. Can we say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire” yet? When the Ds got control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, they started spending money like they were using a stolen credit card. [Which is true, in a way, it’s just that our kids are too young to actually apply for the card they will have to pay.]
The fact of the matter is, spending is crazily out of control. That’s it. That’s the sum total of our budgetary problems. There is nothing else. We have to kill the leviathan or die trying. If our current crop of Republicans is too inept and incompetent to do it, I’m not at all sure we will have time to correct that problem. Right now, it’s time to get tough or die. They’d better get tough.