If there’s one thing that unites Democrats and Republicans in DC, it’s their unwillingness to tackle the national debt. During campaign season, both parties talk about it. They both point to the other’s policies and offer token solutions to address it, but these solutions never see the light of day. They always punt.
The GOP, when they had the House, Senate, and White House in their control, had decided to punt until next year. That was October, 2017. We’ve heard this line before. It’s always going to happen, just never in the current year. How many times will people allow them to say it without actually doing it?
We need to address the national debt immediately. That means dramatically cutting spending by eliminating programs, agencies, and even entire departments. By “eliminating,” that doesn’t mean make some cuts nor does it mean we move things around. To eliminate something means it needs to be abolished.
I’ll be called cold-hearted for suggesting such things. Is it hard to kill an agency that employs 50,000 people? Yes. Is it harsh to force those 50,000 Americans to seek other government jobs or hit the private sector? Yes. I wish it never came to this. I wish the expansion of Washington DC never happened in the first place, but it did and now it must be dealt with even if hundreds of thousands or even millions of Americans will be affected. That’s how precarious our situation is.
What about entitlements? Talking about cutting entitlements is the death knell for politicians. That’s why it never happens. They understand with 100% clarity that entitlements are unsustainable and grow harder to address with ever passing year, yet they punt. Why? Because they’re more concerned about retaining power than helping the nation.
What politicians only mention during campaign season is true year-round. The longer we wait to tackle the debt, the harder it’s going to be. Interest alone is killing us. We used to be able to say that if we don’t tackle it soon, future generations will be in deep trouble. Today, that phrase has been replaced:
If we don’t tackle the debt immediately, we’re dooming not just future generations but our own as well.
Every punt makes the problem harder to tackle. On top of real tax reform, we need to cut spending dramatically. It will hurt in the short term which is why every Congress is so afraid to do it. They know that spending cuts are unpopular come election time. Instead of perpetuating the unsustainable path we’re on, they need to take the bad news to the nation and educate the people on the imperative of tackling the debt immediately.
The problem isn’t really with the politicians, though. The bigger problem is with the voters. Most have no idea how bad the situation is. Trillions versus billions versus millions often doesn’t compute properly, and as long as the debt isn’t visible in their own lives, what difference does it really make? Others are aware of the problem but choose to ignore it because winning today is apparently more important that fixing such a huge problem and losing as a result.
We need a 30-year-plan for reducing the debt. Anyone who says it can’t take that long doesn’t realize it must take that long. The debt is too big to try to fit into a decade. Yet so few politicians talk about it.
This is just another reason we need the American Conservative Movement.
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