Sunday night, 6pm on 12/30/12.
For weeks we have been hearing about taxes going up on everybody or nearly everybody, depending on what type of deal is finally passed by our federal government.
At least one of the cable news channels is counting down the hours until the new year with a twist, they are counting down the hours until we plunge over the cliff.
It’s hard to tell the political posturing from reality.
Quite frankly the politicians are more concerned with covering their own butts than doing what needs to be done.
One cannot honestly say this is all the fault of Democrats or Republicans. They are all to blame.
The basic problem is that our federal government is spending more money than it takes in, so we have a budget deficit and we borrow money to make up the difference.
According to my research, our country has had to borrow funds for most of our 230+ years as the United States of America. The last time we had a budget surplus was during the Clinton years which ended over a decade ago.
Since then we have spent money on multiple “wars”, bigger government, and increased obligations as our population ages. Also our economy has had set backs with a recession.
Both parties want to fix the problem, but both parties want to blame the other for not cooperating.
It’s maddening. It’s crazy. It’s childish, and stupid.
Republicans don’t want to raise taxes. Democrats don’t want to cut government benefits.
And so the petty stalemate continues as the Senators are told they can go home tonight and need to return at 11am Monday.
Look, I understand that we need to make changes. It’s not an all this or all that solution that will fix this mess.
Instead of being loyal to a political party, our elected representatives need to be loyal to our country.
The gap between rich and poor is turning us into the very model of a third world country.
We need a simplified tax code. One that a fifth grader could understand.
We need a system of collecting money to run our government that does not punish people from doing well, and does not hold people back who want to do better.
We need a system of meeting our obligations to those citizens whom we have “promised” benefits to.
Too many people are planning on government entitlement programs to simply change the rules and tell them no.
We also need to do what nearly every President has promised to do, and cut government waste.
This is a long term problem that needs a long term solution, not a deal cut in the final hours and minutes before a deadline.
Our money problems are real.
In order to achieve a long term solution, we need everyone to stop being so political.
This stalemate is due to our elected officials doing what they think they need to do to remain in office.
So once again, we need to strip our elected officials of that concern/power/distraction.
Think it through.
Could we get our elected officials to seriously do the jobs we elected them to do if we limited them to 2 consecutive terms?
It’s worth considering, I believe.
Problem is, how do we get Congress to do this?