By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published January 1, 2012
Republican or Democrat, you can’t argue with the fact that our politicians in Washington are failing the American people.
The other day the GOP finally caved to the realization that playing politics with middle-class tax relief was a losing proposition.
Meanwhile, the Democrats and President Obama play politics with our nation’s energy dependence (or lack thereof) by denying the application of an oil company to build an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.
Both parties are complicit in excessive government spending, a complicated tax code that benefits special interests, and a complete lack of responsibility about the staggering national debt — currently at $15 trillion. To understand how bad the debt situation is consider this: You would have to spend $1 million a day for the next 2,739 years to blow through a trillion dollars. Now multiply by 15.
The only thing the two parties generally agree on (albeit behind closed doors) is that they need to maintain the status quo so they can continue to get re-elected.
Of course we voters are to blame because most of us would in fact punish those politicians who show leadership by raising our taxes, cutting our benefits or not “giving” us the largess we feel so entitled to. The American way used to be about sacrifice, personal responsibility and hard work. Today it’s about “what’s the government going to do for me next?”
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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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