Authored by William Robert Barber
I have evidenced by news print and televised media that this congress, prompted and prodded by the Keynesian ideals of the Obama administration, has identified, propagated, and so far successfully, conned a significant percentage of the American people into a docile acceptance that the fiscal deficit and the financially unsustainable entitlement programs are a taxing, not a spending problem.
The leadership of the House of Representatives (the in fact appropriator-caretakers of public funds) while acknowledging its steadfast belief that the government’s problem is not taxing but spending has nevertheless all but acquiesced to what they are against. Such a convoluting approach to governess could only apply when the dim-witted, the ideologues, and the want-to-be reelected politicians are managing congress.
Taxes according to liberal progressives are now a moral obligation. Hence, under the treaty-of-fairness (an Obama invention) those that have more are obliged to give their hard earned monies to those that earn less or earn nothing at all. The Obama administration won reelection on that very premise. The voters — you know, the ones that earn less or nothing at all, the ones indebted to a continuum of government education-loans, the recipients of welfare, Medicare, food stamps, and those academic wonks who are able expediters of available government grants — did benefit by the Obama reelection.
Well, as we commonly say, we are where we are and it is what it is. Let’s see how long this fiscal concept of how to administer such an economy will last. Does anyone actually believe that ObamaCare will lower the cost of governing? Or that taxing those that have more is a functional alternative to the present?!?
The truth is that this nation is in shoddy fiscal condition. But that is not the first cause of concern. The first cause of concern is that we Americans either do not accept that fact of our indebtedness, believe that software will be invented as a fiscal cure-all, or we are delusional and quite pleased to be so.
Whatever our reasoning or illogical conclusiveness to the habitual (regardless of the empowered political party) matrix of tax and spend, all this nation is capable of doing is enhancing the federal debt. Those that know all things mutually agree that only economic growth will reduce federal indebtedness, these wonks point to the Clinton surplus, of course that surplus was created by other than GAAP accounting principles. There never was a surplus of funds because if one simply retired the treasury notes that were substituted for cash within Social Security that transaction would eradicate the so called Clinton surplus.
Nonsense makes up an overwhelming amount of congressional action. Process and ambiguity shields congress and its politicians; the truth of the matter is distorted, misdirected, deferred, or altogether dodged. But maybe the truth is that “you (we) can’t take the truth,” possibly, our democratic-republic is a convenient self-induced ruse to satisfy some mythological America that has never truly existed.
These next four years have an election measure coming up in two….