All the pain and none of the sacrifice
First I heard earlier in the week Tom DeLay, in yet another example that he does not hail from Planet Earth, pronounce the government's budget free from fat. That's crazy in and of itself. The last few major bill, mainly the energy and transportation, are full of pork and completely wasteful. Our budget deficit is, well, how do you say... quite large and any fiscal conservative who believes this Administration has adhered to this policy lives with Tom DeLay.
Then I saw a headline that said President Bush is unwilling to raise taxes to help with Katrina relief.
I'm tired of this "we're in a rough situation, but we'll pull through" followed by fiscally irresponsible decisions and no calls for sacrifice. How are we going to pay for this? I know we should, but are we looking for short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term gain?
Folks... we have a government that is unprepared, unconscious, and overwhelmed by a major disaster, yet it's willing to drive that same government into the ground. Not to mention all this talk of repealing the estate tax and some calls for even more tax cuts.
It's like we, the American people, own a nice car... a very nice and precious car. The only one we'll ever have. Every four years we entrust a driver with whom we share a vision and dream to guide our car where we want to go. Sure we're divided as to the direction, but this is a democracy, and the leader has agreed to take us where he believes the majority of people want to go... a nice stroll in the mountains. Sure the inclines will be tough, but at the end of the journey we'll enjoy nice vistas and we will enjoy the fruit of the car's hard work and the driver's direction.
We gave President Bush and his team the keys and now he's joyriding our country rougher than Farmer Joe trying to get home before the cows. Potholes and guardrails don't matter - we hit them. Food wrappers are all over the seat. The transmission is shot... and, it seems the car's been in some shady places and carried people who don't respect the car like the rest of America.
When President Bush hands us the government back January 20, 2009 for us to give to someone else, we'll be worse off then than we were January 20, 2001. We'll have to deal with the consequences of his Administration's actions for years, all while we thought he was cleaning up the consequences of Clinton's administration.
All that to say - sure, we want to help Katrina victims, but are we going to pay for it later?
I'm not an economist - but something doesn't seem right at all.