Getting America Off the Trough


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News that Congress has failed to draw a budget for the 2011 fiscal year is both unnerving to those hoping for some fiscal sanity out of Washington, as well as indicative of the type of political heat the Democrats are under. The heat shouldn’t matter – leaders are elected to lead in tough times, but the party of the left continues to count on back-dealing and payoff politics to keep itself alive in face of a 2010 midterm juggernaut – all to the detriment of fiscal health.

By refusing to make a budget, the Democrats are pledging that under no circumstances will they cut spending. This is distressing in the face of monstrous deficits and rising debt, as well as a growing natural disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and two continuous overseas wars. This doesn’t take into account the billions needed for whatever emergencies lie in the future.

It also means no end in sight to the irresponsible increases in spending by Washington that has been the hallmark throughout the financial crisis. President Obama has already chided European leaders for instigating austerity measures in the face of growing debt in favor of more stimulus. The signs are clear — the moderate to center-right majority that makes up the American electorate must come to terms with an administration that has now moved to us closer to the socialists in profligate Europe. It must also come terms with the possibility that they will, under no circumstances, get any relief from a voracious and ever-growing government.

Understanding why Democrats won’t cut spending is to understand what it is to be a Democrat. To cut spending is to cut off their electoral livelihood. Their base is a mantra of political identity and union groups eyeing a place at the trough. Keeping these groups loyal means keeping them on the dole, and doing so means spending tax dollars.

This can include pandering of all stripes and across all levels of government, including Hilda Solis’ recent promise to illegal aliens to get them fair wages, to the pension situation in Illinois, where public employees pay around 10-percent on pensions worth over $1 million. These promises are reprehensible for a variety of reasons – the outright fiscal irresponsibility, the failure to serve the average taxpayer, and the audacity to make promises that will be near impossible to fulfill in the long term, with no concern of how to do so.

This type of mismanagement should turn off even the most ardent and entrenched public employee, but it doesn’t.

An example of what these consequences can lead to can be seen in Ohio, where officials can’t hide behind the monetary printing press or non-existent budgets. Last year Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio began cutting to meet the budget, and found himself the target of one of his most supportive groups – librarians.

The battle fit into the simple-minded press narrative that comes into play when spending cuts are made, complete with the requisite newspaper centerpieces showing sad and barren libraries, or the words of little tykes in blockquotes wondering why their libraries are being taken away.

It made for great play across the front pages across the state, and as a result, Strickland took a PR bruise from a group he could count on for support under most circumstances. Strickland, who despite a bad state economy had decent support due to a favorable base, began to lose that base and his approval plummeted at the time. This is the game of payola politics and once you quit paying, you begin to pay yourself.

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  • Kim Bruce

    The Obama administration is an ACORN utopian dream that could never come to fruition.
    Even if Conservatives took over the reins of power at this stage of the game, America is too far removed to ever recover from the damage, in the name of "CHANGE", that has befallen Lady Liberty.
    It almost appears as if this CHANGE was deliberate, in its speed of occurring, as though this was conceived of long ago.
    If America could ever recover from the damge done it could take generations and America just doesn't have that kind of time. 'The Islamic armies have their seige equipment at the castle walls' and, with the seemigly amazing reproductive abilities of Muslims, it is predicted that Islamic population will overcome America by 2050.
    I don't think there is any reversal to this trend. I'm sorry to say but, what has happened in the EU and UK, it is now America.

  • USMCSniper

    Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven't fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.

    Americans dislike the term "welfare state" and substitute the bland word "entitlements." The vocabulary doesn't alter the reality. Countries cannot overspend and overborrow forever. By delaying hard decisions about spending and taxes, governments maneuver themselves into a cul de sac. Ours is 5 years or less away when we reach a debt of 20 trillion dollars.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/GOP_Sucks GOP_Sucks

      You're such an asswipe!

      Plagiarism is shameful!!!

      Have enough decency to cite the person that should have responsibility for this.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/05

      It's called stealing — shame on you

      • USMCSniper

        Ahhh, here we have another wigger with his tongue in the ass of Barney Frank in hope of government handout.

  • Richard Johnston

    No, the Republicans will specifically not bring back fiscal sanity because doing so is political suicide. Once governments started doing things they never should have been doing, the only question became when will the system collapse. The Boomers "want theirs" and to provide it someone will have to pay. But there will not be enough "someones" so it will be the "Greecian formula" for the U.S. We can rename the country "Madoffia" after it defaults on its obligations.

  • USMCSniper

    And the worst is yet to come. Congress just passed the financial overal bill to regulate (read control and size assets with Volckner rule) the banking industry . Let’s not forget Volcker was once chief counterfeiter of the Federal Reserve during the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan administrations, Volcker was also in the front lines during the Nixon administration helping to orchestrate the end of Brenton Woods, the last vestige of the dollar being tied to gold—heralding the modern era of the total fiat dollar. Volcker is a genuine central planner, he believes that the government along with anti-capitalist corporate cronies can run the environment as well as the economy. Naturally they all reap immense plunder from it all at our expense but don’t expect him to point out that part. It’s the price they will continue to extract from you to “save the dollar” and “save the environment”. Just be mind numbingly afraid of those bogeymen they nurture and let the Obama apparatchiks take control of every aspect of your finacial existence and protect you from the shudddder… evil capitalists. May they all die young and in agony.

  • http://senatormark4.org SenatorMark4

    No. No they won't be able to roll any of this back. They don't have a plan at all. What are they going to say, "Everybody knows there is no free lunch, but we'll keep your's going as long as possible." Yes. That's the ticket. I carried a resolution from the precinct level to the Texas Republican Party platform committee that suggested that all these payments, etc. should be reported like my earned income. 1099-GOV. Hundreds of delegates liked the idea. Establishment not so much. If we can't track it we can't control it and they like it that way.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GOP_Sucks GOP_Sucks

    Emergency deficit spending by the GOP out paces Dems by a mile. In fact Clinton was the only President that in acted a surplus budget.

    After Rosevelt, all the democrat presidents combined didn't sign into law more deficit spending than both Bush's combined.

    Now the GOP is whining because Obama has to make a massive contribution to the deficit Republican style?

    This is how it works — 8 years of Bush created non regulated real estate speculation with the most irresponsible loans ever. All you needed was a pulse. Illegal immigrants were qualifying for loans.
    What did our GOP leader do ? nothing just rode the wave as well. He created more emergency deficit spending on his Ad Hoc premises for going to Iraq than Clinton's Bosnia war and Bush's welcome party war in Sudan combined but yet Clinton came out of it with a Surplus!!!

    So now everyone is out of work so there are no income tax revenue anymore and real estate home values have plummeted so we have low real estate tax assessment so therefore the local govt. can't pay their city workers thus having to ask for federal assistance i.e. unemployment, cobra, medical,… All this is emergency spending which runs up the deficit. But yet much if not all of this goes back into the economy — putting people to work such as gas station attendants, grocers and what not. If we didn't put this deficit spending into place, then not only would it swell the amount of people competing for jobs that are not there, it compromises the people who are already are underemployed by not having these people subsidized.

    Now let us look at the GOP' massive deficit spending — useless wars. What is the return on our investment? NOTHING. In fact, it puts us further in debt with other nations due to our relations. Not even Israel benefits from this, These wars add premise for fanatical Muslims to justify their rhetoric thus creating more extremists.

    So the GOP is a pathetic lying sack of hypocrites

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/PeteHDO PeteHDO

      2nd to Barney Frank.

  • Douglas

    GOP_Lover Who gives a crap about the muslims fanatical or otherwise. They are sworn to convert us, subjugate us or kill us.

    It's unfortunate people don't recognize it was the republicans in 1994 who made clinton retain some fiscal responsibility giving us the surplus.

    It's also unfortunate that many, I would say half, the people don't realize money has to come from somewhere. When I watched the Greeks rioting I was amazed by the shear stupidity of the people thinking they can get money from a government that has none. Maybe libturds actually do believe in money trees. Goodness knows they believe in fairies.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PeteHDO PeteHDO

    Spending will only be moderated, until we are willing to elect the ….., nope sorry, we went over the edge in December when Obama Care was passed. Sorry folks we are doomed to be broke and taxed until we die. Smile you can't take it with you.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JackKinch1uncle JackKinch1uncle

    'Sick Willie" didn't balance the budget. It was Gingrich and the 'Republicans contract with America' that did that..Gingrich would have been the best choice in 1996,2000,2004 and 2008 and he will be in 2012.. If he becomes President, he will make the necessary 'change' and end this foolishness which because of all the deadbeats will cost him the next election.