Bottom line: America has always wanted more government than it is willing to pay for.
If we do not cut now, and drastically, then our dollar will tank and our standard of living will fall drastically. The only other option is to raise the taxes on everyone - not just on the rich.
“"Is there no political price to pay for incompetence or ignorance?"
Yes, Paul, there is a price. You have to start looking and sounding like your constituents and you take the job when you are elected. On the plus side, you get to find creative solutions once in government, such as: "We're broke? I know, lets give a bunch of money to companies and rich people.
“Much as it pains me to say it, she's done a pretty good job as secretary of state, given all the lies she told before accepting that post. However, praising the excellent Al Jazeera News in America, is calling a spade an effing shovel. She won't be forgiven.
“Well, you see, we would like to honor those who put their life on the line for us, but in these times of austerity we just can't afford it. Can we afford defined-benefit pensions for congresspeople? Yep. Can we afford paying 75% of congressional health-insurance premiums? Yep.
But a ceremony for our war dead? Nah.”
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.