Ben Shapiro

We're sick of it. In fact, we're so sick of it that Americans want to cut spending rather than raising taxes by a 2 to 1 margin, according to a recent AP-CNBC poll. Fifty-six percent of Americans think that our current level of debt is unsustainable. And nearly 80 percent of Americans want to cut government services to bring that debt under control.

This puts the Democratic Party and its squishy Republican allies in mortal danger. For decades, they've gotten elected based on simple bribery: they pay off supporters, while their supporters return the favor with their votes and campaign bucks. That system, however, is breaking down. While our European counterparts hold mass marches to protest cuts to social services, Americans protest costly, unsustainable and counterproductive increases in them like Obamacare. While our European friends grouse that they'll have to retire a few years later and work a few hours more, we complain that too much of our money is being taken away from us in the first place.

President Obama doesn't get it. That's because he doesn't understand the American people as a whole. Yes, during good times, we like our social services -- we make foolish decisions and elect liberals who promise to use our wealth in "fair" fashion. Then, when liberals inevitably screw things up, we wise up to our mistakes and recognize that wealth creation requires the dynamism of freedom rather than the stability of redistributionism.

Americans know that the debt crisis won't be solved overnight. We know that it will take sustained cuts, and that those cuts will hurt at the beginning. We're fat and bloated, and it will take a regimen of diet and exercise to get us back into fighting shape. But we're done being fattened for the slaughter by politicians who care only about their personal power.

Cue "Eye of the Tiger." America is ready to fight once again. And if our politicians stand in our way, we'll give them the same treatment their unemployed colleagues received on Nov. 2.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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