Our pathetically partisan politicians reflect their pathetically partisan constituents, who only share one overriding opinion; that the politicians are cowardly and inept.
Everyone seems to believe less government is better. But the possibility of losing Boeing from Wichita illustrates that federal budget-cutting has a real impact on people’s lives.
What spending should be cut; defense, welfare, foreign aid, farm subsidies? Or should all be cut equally? That leaves the bulk of the spending to be looked at … including a new Social Security and a new Medicare. Even without increasing income taxes, the solutions to our national problems will not be entirely painless. Politicians believe Americans are simply not tough enough to face those solutions. Are we?
I repeat my opinion that politicians’ pay and benefits ought to be directly tied to their ability to balance the federal budget. It’s time for them to feel the pain, too.
Our thought for today is from George Jackson:
“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.”