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Unwelcome reality

July 13, 2011 - Rob Weaver
President Barack Obama made an apparently off-script remark during a news conference Monday that is very central to the current -- and future -- debt crisis.

“I’d rather be talking about stuff that everyone welcomes, like new programs. ...,” Obama said.

Well, of course he would. That’s just the attitude that largely is responsible for getting into this mess. And both major parties are to blame.

Who wouldn’t welcome new programs -- except, of course, those who might face unwanted regulatory burdens or further erosion of individual freedoms? The answer is obvious: The people who have to pay for the programs.

Unless, of course, funds for the programs are borrowed. Then the funding problem can be buried, like garbage in a dump, until some other folks have to deal with the mess at some unspecified time in the future.

By and large, this is what helped get us to the point where the nation is about to slide into the fiscal landfill. One side proposes a federal program to benefit a group of constituents. No way we’ll agree to pay for that, says the opposing side. It’s a deal, comes the reply. Thus, the bill for somebody’s nice idea gets added to the national debt. Annually.

“The politics that swept (John Boehner) into the speakership were good for a midterm election,” the president also said at that news conference Monday. “They’re tough for governing.”

Exactly. But we have had more easy governing than we can afford. Who do you think faces a tougher future -- you, or Mr. President?


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