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It’s The Spending, Stupid

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 Government Spendingcampaign 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    Larry, I am convinced that president Obama is taking advantage of a golden opportunity.Instead of bothering himself with the serious fiscal problems of our country, is is going take this golden opportunity to destroy the GOP. He has an excellent chance of being siccessful.

    • I wouldn’t argue your point, Jim. I am not pleased with how this entire situation is playing out.

  • Obama doesn’t care if we go over the fiscal cliff as he’s fully prepared to blame the GOP. Whether the country buys it remains to be seen.

  • Taxes are merely the symptoms of the disease and the disease is spending. Until we cure the disease the symptoms will only get worse.

  • Dragonconservative

    Well, we know Obama’s a tax and spend Democrat. However, the Republicans need to make sure that they don’t take to hard of a stance. We do need to compromise; such a compromise would keep the economy afloat, but only for a while, before the Democrat Senate and Obama will overpower the Republicans in the House. But the Republicans need real leaders. Not people like Mitch McConnell or John Boehner. We need more people like Ryan, Rubio, Darrell Issa, and Ted Cruz.

    • I agree that some form of compromise needs to happen. After hearing the proposal the Obama administration put forward yesterday, however, it’s clear they have no real interest in addressing the underlying problem of spending. I’m not convinced Republicans should compromise on that.

      • Dragonconservative

        Yeah, the spending is a huge problem

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