Question for Centrists: Does the Federal Government Spend Too Much?
As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~Andrew Carnegie
I have a question for “centrists.” I’m seriously interested in your answer. Does the federal government have a spending problem?
It’s a simple question. It’s also a dulled and clichéd question due to overuse. But still, it’s important. And the Democratic Party has clearly answered: no.
Over the past several years “centrists” have been convinced that Republicans are crazy radicals opposed to any form of tax increase. While Democrats have very moderately suggested that we do not just have a spending problem and that we must take a balanced approach to reducing the deficit.
But the actions of Democrats have just exposed the lie in their words. Right now President Obama, Congressman Steve Israel and a host of other Democrats are suggesting the $44B in sequestration cuts on a $3.6T budget this year will result in failing airline security, border security, starving families and general misery. This is a cut of 1.2% this year!
George Will put it wonderfully, “The sequester has forced liberals to clarify their conviction that whatever the government’s size is at any moment, it is the bare minimum necessary to forestall intolerable suffering”
The point is that Democrats have exposed that their position is not “we do not just have a spending problem.” Their position is that “there is no spending problem.” Well…aside from spending too little.
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