We asked this president and this congress to step up to the plate and make the hard decisions which will put this nation on a path to prosperity and not just another bubble. While running for the office, Candidate Obama said that he would be willing to take on the hard choices and that we may not like or agree with his decisions but it was time for this nation to stop accepting the destiny chosen by others and control its own. He said that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two term one. Well with this deficit panel only a few months away from giving him their recommendations to cut the deficit, his wish may just come true. The question is will he be willing to take on this politically suicide mission or will he choose to punt. Anyone who wishes to be honest with ourselves knew that this day would soon come and to a person knows that the tough decisions are just around the corner. The question for us is are we willing to do what we have to do to pass this world on to our children and grandchildren in a much better situation than we found it or do we wish to say we are and do nothing leaving them with the burden that many of us help create.
“With just two months left before it has to issue a final report, a U.S. commission looking at ways to cut the federal deficit was to meet again on Wednesday amid questions about its hard-headedness.” “Getting the government’s budget out of the red and back into the black — after years of costly wars, tax cuts and recession — will require spending reductions and tax increases, according to most analysts looking at the issue.” “But in a highly charged pre-election political climate, making hard judgments on these fronts may be too much to ask of the panel set up in February by President Barack Obama, said the same analysts, who have watched the commission closely.” “Politicians from both parties and a handful of business community figures are led by former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson on the 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.” “Virtually every item on the commission’s hit-list has a political constituency that is bound to be angered by any attempts at reform, said Maya MacGuineas, director of fiscal policy at the New America Foundation, a think tank.” “That’s what happens when a problem like the budget deficit is left to fester for so long. Easy solutions fade away until only the tough choices remain.” “There’s no fix now that doesn’t include political third rails,” MacGuineas said.” “Although Republicans are dug in to resist tax hikes and Democrats are rushing to defend cherished programs, the stark reality is that the deficit must be dealt with sooner or later, said Brookings Institution fellow Isabel Sawhill.” “The long-term fiscal picture is just horrific … It may take a crisis before we can break the political stalemate. I have been traveling as part of a ‘fiscal solutions’ tour and the public is very frustrated about the lack of action,” she said. (Drawbaugh, Kevin and Smith, Donna, Reuters News Service, Deficit-cut panel convenes amid skepticism, Retrieved from email@example.com).
This nation has tried so many times to find the least offensive way to bring a solution to this problem and that seems to be no longer an option. The only option left is “tough love” for ourselves and those around us. We ask for and sometimes never get a spine for those we hire to represent us, now its time for all Americans to search our souls and backs to find the spine needed to make these hard decisions. We have always been a nation of “Yes we can” but will this be the time when we become a nation of “No we won’t”?