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By Chris Ingram
Washington double-talk about the debt
In 2006 Senator Barack Obama voted against raising the federal debt ceiling saying we needed to “get serious about fiscal discipline.” At the time of his vote against increasing the debt limit George W. Bush was president. Obama and every Democrat in the U.S. Senate voted against raising the debt ceiling and every Republican voted for increasing it.
Today as president, Obama says those who oppose raising the debt ceiling are “irresponsible.”
Remember just five years ago, he said: “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that `the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
Thanks Barack. What’s changed? Does the buck no longer stop here? Do we deserve worse now? Is it now okay to shift the burden of bad choices onto the backs of our kids? Just where is the leadership?
So what is going on here?
First you’ve got to recognize the suggestion that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling it will result in the U.S. government defaulting on its loans is a bunch of horse manure. All Congress and President Obama have to do is stop spending so much. The debt increases $4 billion a day but it’s a rare politician in Washington who has the guts to stand up and admit how to stop the hemorrhaging.
Secondly, what the politicians don’t tell you is that raising the debt ceiling wouldn’t be necessary if Congress just got some sense of responsibility and cut spending. But Barack Obama and every member of Congress are politicians. They want to get reelected. Spending more is an easier path to reelection than making cuts.
It’s really as simple as that. Problem is, when the Republicans are in control they don’t want to cut spending, and when the Democrats control the reins of power neither do they.
“But wait” you say, “the Republicans ran on a platform of spending cuts and reducing the debt.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah, they do that every year. And then they come to Washington and they act like Democrats. Not only do they not cut spending, they spend more. That’s how politicians get reelected. The way it works is they take your money from you, skim some off the top for the Washington bureaucracy, and then send some back for pork projects, increased entitlement benefits, and creation of government programs mostly all alleged to “create jobs.”
We the American public are fat dumb and happy with the new stuff Congress sent us and turn around reelect these clowns.
If Obama, the Republicans, or congressional Democrats were serious about fiscal responsibility they wouldn’t be having the debate about raising the debt limit – which in the long-run only exacerbates the problem – they’d be discussing cutting Social Security benefits, reduced military spending, and repealing Obamacare, along with tax increases to pay for all the crap we’re currently borrowing money from China to provide ourselves with.
But that would mean upsetting voters who want to have their cake and eat it too – so long as the next generation gets the bill.
Bitner for Chairman
In the hotly contested race for chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Irreverent View endorses Dave Bitner. In a field of Junior-Varsity players, Bitner stands out as the lone star who should be on the Varsity team. He has the business background, legislative experience, grassroots respect, and sincere demeanor which will allow him to get things done.
The Republican Party of Florida still has lots of internal work to be done. Reforms promised by Chairman Thrasher have yet to be made, and the party simply lacks the checks and balances or necessary transparency to give it the credibility is so desperately needs.
The other remaining candidates all have serious flaws that would prevent them from earning the trust of the grassroots, donor community, and media (which will be paying a lot of attention to the RPOF leading up to the 2012 convention in Tampa).
Republicans can’t afford to experiment with another relative unknown with a checkered past or persons better-suited to behind-the-scenes party building. The party needs the face of someone who can hit the ground running on day one and put the Republican Party of Florida back on a path of honesty, integrity and transparency. The only person in this race who can do that is Dave Bitner.
(A not so irreverent) Review
Last night my wife and I attended a wonderful performance of the new musical Wonderland in Tampa at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. It was opening night of a two-week stint in Tampa prior to the show hitting Broadway. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but this one was good. The music and choreography were fantastic, the scenes and costumes were vibrant and colorful, and the acting was was impressive and flawlessly delivered. Oh, and did I mention there was a little political humor thrown in? Someone referenced the “tea party” – to which Alice replied, “No. Not that tea party.”
I highly recommend Wonderland to Bay-area residents. Kudos to the Straz Center for landing such a great show! Now if only Straz would open its tickets by-phone ticket office a little earlier (it currently doesn’t open until noon). Tickets can be ordered online 24 hrs. a day, but if you run into any problems, you’ll have to wait until noon to work them out.
Happy New Year!
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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