All the pomp and circumstance surrounding the dog and pony show in Washington is enough to drive me crazy. One side is demanding a debt ceiling increase to spend trillions of dollars (which has to be borrowed) every year for the foreseeable future. If that’s not enough, the same group demands tax increases to confiscate the hard-earned money Americans labor for every day. This behavior is not unlike a junkie searching for his next fix. They are desperate and resort to irrational behavior.
Sadly, the other side is about to fold like a wet paper bag. Various proposals from one chamber and a gang of six colluding in the other chamber, wander aimlessly searching for a solution; lacking leadership and principles. Both sides claim the other needs to sacrifice. Both sides negotiate with each other for some deal, any deal, that could hold muster in both chambers of Congress. Meanwhile a tyrant sits idly by just down the street without providing any plan, any leadership. The only thing we hear from the White House is how some of us want to kill old people, starve kids, and keep their corporate jets.
The entire show is pathetic. If Shakespeare were alive, I’m sure he’d write a comic tragedy about the entire situation. But the situation is tragic and the theater in Washington isn’t funny. Both sides demand sacrifices from the other side.
Absent from any of these discussions is the proper role of government. In context of the current situation there are two choices; become a European style socialist/Marxist like country where spending is as much as 35% of GDP, or resort to the historical 18-20% of GDP without any meaningful entitlement reform (read sunset/end entitlements) or even any discussion regarding the legitimate role of government. It reminds me of a quote by Dr. Adrian Rogers:
“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”
The two choices are a strawman; a lesser of two evils. Both are bad. Both continue down a path that ultimately leads to the demise of the economy and perhaps the country. It’s just a question of when it happens not if it will happen.
All this talk about one side or the other sacrificing to get a deal done makes me queasy and uncomfortable. The sacrifice will become obvious to all once a deal is struck. We the people are the one being sacrificed. We the people are the sacrificial lambs. We the people better wake up before the wolves in Washington devour all we have, all we are, and all we can be.