Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner


U.S., Taxes, Economy, Political


The world as we know it is apparently about to come to a screeching halt.  At least that would seem to be the case as we hear more and more about the dreaded sequester.  Airports will close.  Air Traffic control will be wiped out in hundreds of airports.  We’ll lose police and fire protection. Etc., etc., etc.  Police and fire protection, paid for by local and state government would seem, at least in the immediate future, to be immune from the chicanery in Washington, D.C. even though the President tells us differently.

I have difficulty understanding just how a slowing of the rate of growth in spending, not cuts in current funding, of our country’s expenditures will result in such calamity so quickly.  The President has sent his Transportation Secretary out to help us gird our loins for the impending disaster that will be the travel system in our country.  That of course will pale in comparison to our inability to defend ourselves, or to inspect meat and produce before it gets to market, and a host of other dire consequences yet to be mentioned.

Sequester was a product of the White House in concert with the two political parties.  It was the tool devised to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The President expected that he would be able to twist the Republicans into knots, as he has so successfully done to date, and procure more spending as the result.  Of course, the mainstream media seem to have been willing participants as they steadfastly refuse to even question the press releases and public statements emanating from the White House.  In one case, a new CNN reporter attending a White House ‘presser’ was admonished for the apparent error of understanding that she was not to raise a question about what the Press Secretary was saying about sequester.  That was an error on the part of the mainstream media and I feel certain she has been properly chastised for her error in judgment by doing what she thought a member of the press was supposed to do.  Silly her.

It seems, at least for now, that the Republicans might have somehow developed backbones and maybe, just maybe, are ready to dig in and hold their ground rather than to continue down the pathway of being perennial lapdogs for this President and his party.  I have little doubt that we will see increased taxation but I am very hopeful that there will be attendant spending reductions rather than the ever-increasing growth in virtually all rates of spending.

I wonder where that young Senator went who stood on the floor of the Senate in March, 2006 and said (paraphrased below but available in full here):

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the U.S. Government cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.  Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.  Leadership means “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.”

It is a shame that this young Senator from Illinois caught the dread ‘spending disease’ so soon after this speech.

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