You know what?
I’ve come to the point where I really don’t care who’s fault this mess is. I’m fed up from listening to debates about who did what and when, and which president did worse or which party cares more. I’m far more interested in figuring out how to clean it up as much as possible to reduce the pile of *expletive deleted* we’re going to hand over to our children.
And their children.
I want to focus on today instead of yesterday so tomorrow will be a little bit brighter. I don’t care whether it was Bush’s fault, Obama’s fault, or whether Republicans or Democrats are worse for our country. However you divvy up the blame, the truth is that those responsible for the decisions that have led this country to where it is today will never be called to account for their actions, so let’s stop wasting time and energy actively encouraging this futile merry-go-round of accusations and start trying to fix some things around here. The only valuable thing we can pull from hashing out the past is the gathering of information we need to have in order to fix this mess.
And that goes for both parties; this is a totally bi-partisan rant. Republicans spent like drunken sailors when they took over Congress. In fact they spent so much that the Democrats were able to retake the House and Senate during Bush’s administration by running on fiscal responsibility!
Folks, it isn’t right vs. left anymore, if indeed it ever was. Our politicians know if they keep us arguing with each other over which party did what and when, then we’ll be too busy to notice that both parties are transferring power from the people and the states to the federal government. There’s a reason why Congress keeps getting richer, even during recessions.
I’m not saying that all Congresspersons are corrupt; I’m sure your Senator and Representative is as pure as the driven snow just like mine. It’s just those other snakes that we have to keep an eye on.
Bottom line: I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, an Independent or a Libertarian; we have problems that we need to solve, and arguing and name calling based on membership in what is rapidly becoming a meaningless two party system is simply a waste of time.
For example, we have a spending problem. For the last 5 years we’ve spent over $1 trillion dollars more a year than we’ve taken in. I don’t care what the papers say, or the talking heads on the Sunday shows, or our political leaders, who have demonstrated that they will say anything in order to get elected or re-elected.
Let’s look at the numbers for 2011. We spent $3.6 trillion, and had to borrow $1.3 trillion of it. In other words, we had to borrow just over 1/3 of our annual spending. Our debt went up to $14.8 trillion dollars, which nearly matches out entire economic output for one year. We took in $2.3 trillion in revenue, $1.2 trillion of it from income taxes. That number is the highest since 2007, and the third highest ever, yet we still had a deficit of over $1 trillion dollars.
We have a spending problem. Period.
So instead of arguing about who spent more, who caused it, and which party to blame, let’s sit down and fix the spending issues. Let’s talk about cutting spending. And by cutting, I mean actually reducing how much we spend.
One of the easiest way for a Washington DC politician to keep voters in the dark is to use common words but assign new meanings to them. For example, when I say ‘cut spending,’ I mean that I will spend less. In DC, when they cut spending, they mean they’ll still spend more than last year, but not as much as they told us they would. For example, the sequester that forced drastic ‘cuts’ on our spending in reality did nothing of the sort. We’re still going to spend more this year than last year.
Let’s fix the spending problem. Let’s really cut the budget down to a sustainable level. Let’s balance our budget and start paying down the monstrous debt we’ve accumulated in our children’s name. Let’s pay down the mortgage we took out on their future.
Let’s start acting like our government works for us, not the other way around.