Why are we repeatedly raising the debt limit? The choices always seem to be raise the debt limit or default on the Government’s Obligations? The discussion never involves spending.
The headline of every publication in the country should be “This country has a spending problem NOT a revenue problem!!!” This headline should run every day.
Waste Fraud and Abuse, accounts for a big part of the spending. How much exactly is unknown, but I’m sure it’s a significant number and with effort on the part of responsible people working in government I’m sure they can make a positive impact on the spending caused by Waste Fraud and Abuse.
Quite a bit of spending is spent for no apparent reason. Money is appropriated for Congress to spend on quite a number of non-essential expenditures. Money is spent to build and rebuild roads and bridges that may or may not need to be built or repaired. Money is spent to support programs that don’t serve a purpose any more.
Congress would be hard pressed to explain to the American Tax Payers why some of the money they spent had to be spent. Perhaps if Congress had to explain publicly why some money was spent they wouldn’t’ spend it.
How much does all this account for in the Federal Budget? Ten percent, 15 percent, possibly 50%; until someone takes a serious look at this we won’t know how much can easily be saved by just being responsible.
Entitlement spending is out of control; it cannot be sustained. That is not debated, but no one is willing to take any action to get it under control.
Politicians are in office to buy the love, affection, and loyalty of the voters. They’re not equipped or motivated to address a spending problem. Voters want whatever free stuff they can get. Reigning in spending can only mean cut backs on the free stuff the voters are getting.
Tax payers want free stuff too, but it’s not as free when they are paying exorbitant taxes. Most tax payers are willing to give up some of the free stuff they are getting to get a break on taxes.
Voters want the free stuff to keep on coming because it’s free and someone else is paying for it.
The voters are the least relevant factor in this equation. They will continue to vote for whoever promises them the most free stuff. They only become relevant when they vote in large enough numbers to keep politicians in office.
The politicians are almost as irrelevant as the voters. As long as they keep getting elected the spending problem will not get addressed. They can’t offer solutions to the spending problem because that’s their stock in trade. They need to voters to keep voting for them so they have to keep shoveling free stuff to them and the free stuff isn’t cheap.
The tax payer is the most important player in the spending equation. Tax payers have to pay for the promises politicians make to the voters. Politicians promise the earth the moon and the stars to the voter, voters believe the promises and vote for the politician.
Tax payers have to vote for Leaders who are willing to recognize that spending is a problem and are willing to take serious action to reduce spending and reduce taxes. This will not be easy. Voters will scream like a terrorist who just discovered the 72 virgins in heaven was just a campaign promise from a suicide bomber recruiter.
Politicians will resist because they became politicians because they failed in the private sector and can’t handle a real job. Without the ability to spend they cannot buy the love, affection, and loyalty of the voters. They have nothing else to offer but promises bought with other people’s money.
Leaders have to stand up and take an unpopular stand to address spending. We must reduce our spending, we must reduce our taxes. Leaders have to address the problem and convince the tax payers that we must take a difficult step to address the problem now, before the problem becomes a crisis.
Tax payers have to vote for Leaders who are willing to face the problem and not Politicians who need to buy the love, affection, and loyalty of the voters.
Voters will have to learn to live within the means of the tax payers.
Vote for Leaders not Politicians and let the Free Stuff STOP!!!