Did I miss the announcement? Are we in the midst of another election, without being aware of it? Oh, wait, this isn’t an election. It’s just President Obama in campaign mode, as he tries to push the campaign of rhetoric he has been using to sell Americans on the idea that the only way out of our fiscal doldrums is to soak the rich for even more taxes than they are already paying. Many Republicans are giving notice that they may be willing to compromise their principles on taxes, if the right deal can be reached on spending cuts. Meanwhile, the Democrats say hardly a word about the issue that should be driving this debate. It’s the spending, stupid.
I am no expert on fiscal matters, but even a dummy like myself can see where the fiscal problems lie in America. Common sense tells me that sooner or later, the money is going to run out. As a family, we make choices. We either get more money by working more jobs, or we stop spending. As a government, with wealthy Americans already paying most of the taxes that are collected by the IRS, the only option the Democrats can think of is to make them pay more? By not addressing government spending in a meaningful way, they are betraying the trust bestowed upon them by the citizens of this country.
Respectively, I must disagree with Representative Tom Cole, R-OK, when he says we should lock in the middle class tax rates and work on the rest later. Yes, that would eliminate part of the blame game that is sure to be played against the Republicans, no matter the outcome of the fiscal cliff negotiations. However, I would suggest he take a look at history. Many good conservatives have made the mistake of taking liberal Democrats at their word, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, to name a couple. They were promised spending reforms, in exchange for higher taxes. Neither man saw a single spending reform to fulfill the promises made by the Democrats. We need not repeat their mistakes.
I may sound like I am beating the same dead horse on Political Realities. Since November 6, I have written several posts dealing with this same issue, but I can not let it go. We have a good opportunity to address government spending, but that opportunity is being fiddled away by the discussion on taxes. Once again, taxes are not the real issue. Taxes are not the real problem. The only way we are going to get out of this fiscal condition is to address government spending. To the Democrats, I say go ahead and raise all the taxes you want. Ignore the issue of government spending, sit back and see how America fares in ten or twenty years. If it exists at all, its condition will only be worse, unless government spending is addressed. We ignore that glaring face at our own peril.