I often speak about the nation’s “unsustainable debt”. That isn’t just a phrase; it’s a reality that the politicians in Washington simply refuse to face.
If we needed proof, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week released a report that described the growing national debt in precisely those terms. CBO said, “President Obama and lawmakers have been cutting the wrong kind of federal spending as they try to avoid the unsustainable buildup of debt that is projected in the coming decades.”
While CBO puts it a bit more politely, what they really said is that Obama and Congress are nibbling around the edges with temporary sequestrations and “cuts” in programs while refusing to do anything about the real causes of a debt that is on the verge of hitting $17 Trillion. Those real causes, of course, are Medicare and other “nondiscretionary” expenditures that are literally consuming the private economy.
So what are the President and Congress doing? They are taking to the airwaves for “made for TV” political posturing about raising the debt ceiling and playing chicken with threats to shut the government down at the end of the month. Nowhere in all this drama are any real efforts to reduce the size of the government -- and therefore its cost...or any mention of the entitlements that are the true drivers of that “unsustainable” debt.
Instead, we are getting the same old song: We aren’t going to touch Medicare or Social Security, and we aren’t really going to cut defense spending, but we HAVE to get the budget and deficits under control. Friends, it can’t be done! You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.
We have to call them out. Republicans and Democrats alike. We have to say, “Quit playing games with our financial future. Quit pretending you are doing something when you aren’t. And take a break from the Fox News and MSNBC appearances and get to work.
Calling the politicians out is up to us. It is up to the Our America Initiative to be a powerful voice -- and it is up to liberty-minded supporters such as you to make that voice heard. Your contribution at OurAmericaInitiative.com today makes it possible to reach more and more people via the Internet and the media, and mobilize those Americans to put the heat on Washington, DC.
In less than two weeks, Congress and the President will make some kind of deal to avoid another budget “crisis”. Of course, that deal -- whatever it is -- will actually do nothing about the real crisis. It will just put the hard work off to another day, and our financial security will just keep disappearing.
We can’t let them get by with another back room deal that risks our economic freedom. Go to OurAmericaInitiative.com and help us call them out.
Thanks, as always, for your generous support of liberty -- and for joining me in this fight for America’s future.
Gov. Gary Johnson