It seems clearer and clearer that short of a near-death experience, no one is going to do anything about this problem. Our president spent over 5,000 words last night kind of noting, offhand, that we might have a problem, and then studiously avoiding proposing any serious solutions to the problem. Paul Ryan’s response emphasized the problem, but not the ugly solutions: raise taxes, cut entitlements. And Michelle Bachman . . . well, what do you get when you cross a motivational speaker with an eighth grade social studies teacher? I’ll tell you what you don’t get: any serious proposals to fix our budget woes.
The answer, of course is that there have to be budget cuts – hard ones. Big ones. Serious ones. Government payoffs to public sector unions have to be cut back to sane levels. Programs have to be cut. The tax rates must be kept low in order to stimulate business and jobs. The economy has to grow to increase revenues.
It can be done, but does Washington have the will to do so?
I think it was made perfectly obvious last night that the Obama administration has no intention of changing course. The speech was basically a rope-a-dope just daring Republicans to come out and make hard choices. Whereupon the won will pounce and denigrate and slam them for daring to do so. Obam doubled down on collectivism.
Maybe its time for Republicans to double down on making hard choices – ones that will actually make things better even if they are initially painful. Oh, and learn to communicate why the hard choice is the right one.
Not too much to ask, is it?
I’m filing this one under civilization. Because if something is not done – soon – our very civilization is at risk.
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