Sunday, September 16, 2012
Time to cut off the drunk
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To say that the federal government is spending money like a drunken sailor is an insult to drunken sailors. Unlike the federal government, drunken sailors are spending their own money, and when their money is gone, they have to stop spending and sober up.
The federal government is spending other people's money and has no limit on how much it can spend. Yes, there is a federal deficit ceiling, but it's a joke because whenever the supposed ceiling is reached, Congress just raises it.
By any measure you want to look at, spending by the federal government is out of control and we are headed toward a fiscal cliff. The needed response from the American people in the face of this abject financial irresponsibility in Congress isn't to give a drunk a drink. We should not just throw more money at Congress via higher taxes. The problem isn't that we are taxed too little; the problem is that Congress spends too much. The solution is for Congress to stop spending money it doesn't have.
Rep. Scott Rigell,R-Virginia Beach, epitomizes the worst in politicians. He deceived the people when running by saying he would not raise taxes. Then, after safely elected, he conveniently had an epiphany and realized that, in fact, we must raise taxes. So his whole election campaign was a fraud.
Now, after a few months in Washington with all those career politicians, he has gained the wisdom to see that the federal government is dirt poor and desperately needs more money. For this kind of duplicity, he receives accolades ("A way out of gridlock," Aug. 31 editorial.).
To remove the gridlock in Washington, the first thing that needs to happen is for Democrats to stop behaving like spoiled brats who aren't getting their way.
They then need to start showing some civility and respect to those who are proposing real solutions. When Rep. Paul Ryan (now the Republican vice presidential candidate) made his federal budget proposal, which was an adult plan to address the issues in a realistic manner, the response from the Democrats was to say that he wants to kill Granny and eliminate Medicare. But we are told that the gridlock is due to all those mean Republicans who stand on principle and are true to their campaign promises and won't raise taxes.
There is a very simple, straightforward, effective and honest solution to this gridlock over raising taxes: Let every candidate who is running in November come out strongly for higher taxes now. The voters will, no doubt, see the necessity and wisdom of this and elect them. Once in office, they just do what they said they were going to do: raise taxes. Voila; no gridlock.