Spending Addiction Must End, If Not Now, When?
Most Americans are now face-to-face with the fact that their elected representatives in Washington are hard-core spendaholics. Up on the Hill pols are mainlining, smoking, snorting, and popping trillions of dollars faster than they can make the stuff.
Taxpayers have shelled out more and more of their income whenever both political parties come a beggin' for a raise in the debt ceiling, bailouts, or other must-have vanity entitlement programs (Let's Move). The feds have turned honest citizens into cash-strapped, frustrated, and ineffectual enablers.
But sooner or later enablers hit bottom. Worn out and broke from bailing out the dysfunctional parasites in their lives they stop rationalizing the addicts' lies, threats and abusive behavior. After enduring daily apocalyptic pleas for help, constituents who once succumbed to the same old political paradigms, electing or re-electing candidates with the best PR, finally surrender to a power greater than the corrupt officials inside the beltway: common sense.
A recent CBS news poll showed 69% of respondents want to cut off the government's supply; they don't want the debt ceiling raised. Period. Seems the bitter, gun-toting Bible-clingers might not have "that there" Ivy League sheepskin but they know that adding another $2 trillion to the already existing $14 trillion debt when 14 million are out-of-work is insanity. This is the same kind of stinking thinking Obama uses when he appoints a job-exporting globalist like GE's Jeffrey Immelt to advise him on how to create jobs.
Obama may not be the only DC junkie addicted to other people's money but his despotic demeanor at yesterday's press conference signals a late-stage increased tolerance for the green stuff. He's got it bad. The President exhibited all the psychological symptoms of withdrawal: irritability, childishness, grandiosity, blaming, bullying and a creepy inner child regression involving peas and band-aids.
We are going to get this done by August 2nd.
I will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. That is just not an acceptable approach. And if we think it's going to be hard - if we think it's hard now, imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season where they're all up. It's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now - pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas. (Laughter.) Now is the time to do it. If not now, when?
So I have bent over backwards to work with the Republicans to try to come up with a formulation.
And so, yeah, we're going to have a sales job; this is not pleasant. It is hard to persuade people to do hard stuff that entails trimming benefits and increasing revenues.
The things that I will not consider are a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day or a 180-day temporary stopgap resolution to this problem. This is the United States of America, and we don't manage our affairs in three-month increments.
If King Baby Obama doesn't get his way, what will he do? Who cares? The Republicans must end the vicious progressive disease of spending. Contrary to Barry's delusional thinking "the public is paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury option goes." 69% of the populace has spoken: stop feeding this administration's habit. "If not now, when?"
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