While sitting here listening to the recommendations of our bipartisan “Debt Commission”, it occurs to me that no considerations are given to where the problem lies.
When congress implies nothing is off the table in reducing the runaway spending, I’m calling them on it. Congress got us into this predicament, so can someone please explain to me why don’t we start with them?
We’re hearing now about increasing the retirement age gradually, eliminating certain tax deductions, and looking at social security and Medicare. I have just one word for any and all who are throwing out these “scare-tactic suggestions”. Crap.
I think (yes, occasionally I do think) that what we are seeing now are scare tactics and deflections. Not to say that these areas do not need scrutiny and possible cuts, but how about this? How about starting at the top and working our way down? Why is it always the taxpayer who gets stung?
We didn’t blow our allowance, congress did!
I keep hearing how “insignificant” it would be to restrict pork barrel spending, to lower congressional salaries and benefits, and an across the board budget cut. Gee, call me crazy, but insignificant or not, I’d like to see our newly elected congress walk the walk and address their own budgets before they start cutting ours
How about setting the example, just to assure us peons that you guys are serious about your promises? Doesn’t cutting a little here and a little there add up to a big cut? And if cutting your salaries and benefits and all the other little perks that come with public office are in fact so “insignificant”, then you really won’t miss them at all now, will you?
After you have sufficiently exemplified your willingness to bite the bullet along with the rest of us, then let’s talk about some of the other programs you always put first on the chopping block, scaring the hell out of people who have faithfully contributed to them over the years. Of all the additional waste in funds you dole out, you’ll never convince me that social security and Medicare have to be top on the list.
I contend that had any private industry leaders continually blown budgets, displayed total incompetance, flaunted extravagances, and continually given themselves raises taken from company funds in spite of laughable performances, they would in all probability be jailed by now, or at the very least sent home in disgrace.
I don’t care which “party” the new members of congress represent, and I care less about who the surviving members claim to represent. How about a party that strives to do what is best for all, rather than themselves?
Let’s be honest. Corruption knows no party lines, color lines, or ideological lines, so if we as citizens limit our criticism to any one group or one person, we are a politician’s wet dream, ripe for manipulation and deceit.
We need to demand a show of good faith, immediately, starting at the very top of this house of cards. Even a little kid knows pulling one or two cards from the foundation can bring the whole house down, in the blink of ….the next election. I’ve sent my letters. How about you?