Justin: In the Feast of Being Able to. Amen.

Part 2 – The best lack all conviction

Part 2

Alright, that’s hyperbole, nevertheless true. And I blame Washington, DC. At least for the duration of this blog entry, because that’s what’s on my mind. In 8 years, GW Bush raised national debt from 3 to 6 trillion. That’s with 8 years of an escalating war on two fronts. 3 trillion dollars is huge. But then, in less than 3 years, President Obama has taken our national debt from 6 trillion to 14 trillion and it is rapidly climbing. His proposals are aimed at taking it much, much higher to over 20 trillion. His solutions (and I am not making this up) are to (1.) Tax wealthy people even more than the obscene amount we currently steal from them; 30% – 40% of their income every year; much less then “their fair share”, we are told by the left (2.) Increase spending done by the government, not reduce it.

When Jimmy Carter left office, the top tax bracket was 70%, which was not the first time in history, so don’t think for a second they won’t go at least that high in a heartbeat.

Last week, casino tycoon Steve Wynn stated openly, “And I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I could prove it and I could spend the next three hours giving you examples of all of us in this marketplace that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right, a President that seems — that keeps using that word redistribution.”

Now, considering that even severe tax hikes on the wealthy would only knock off a few percentage points from our debt, and considering that the President’s spending and desired increased spending far exceeds that amount, there is little hope of anything but a worsening situation for at least a year. The numbers simply prove this out: Democrats want to reduce the deficit by increasing the deficit. They can be heard actually saying that in such cleverly convoluted terms that most of their constituents won’t understand.

Watch the news. You’ll hear every Democrat politician interviewed on any network about this current crisis claim to desire a decrease in spending. But then they include the following by-line in their statements: “… while continuing to invest…” This is a focus-group sanitized way of saying “while continuing to increase spending”.

And herein lies half of the insurmountable divide between liberals and conservatives: one believes that government can spend us out of hard times, the other believes that consumers must spend us out of hard times, and that more often than not, government is part of the very problem.

And thus far this week, there is nothing remotely close to a true solution being even considered in Washington. They are being dramatic over two very different ways to do nothing whatsoever. No amount of reduction mentioned thus far will stop the escalation of debt.

        … “Surely some revelation is at hand.”

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