Alan Simpson was appointed to co-chair the aptly-named Bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. I have spent some time with Mr. Simpson and he is a fascinating guy, but his opening comment about the work to be done was dead wrong.
While interviewed on Fox News Special Report, Mr. Simpson stated, “We are not going after foreign aid here. That is like a sparrow’s belch in the budget. We are going after things like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.” While I commend Mr. Simpson for his folksy description and the fact that he is willing to take on the big issues, he is profoundly mistaken.
We got into this mess because of callous disregard for taxpayer dollars, and by providing services that people should be doing for themselves. The co-opting of the individual responsibility of American citizens has caused this mess. Millions become billions, and then everyone starts quoting Everett Dirksen.
While it is imperative that the “big three” be dealt with, the Federal budget needs to be stripped bare. All the unnecessary million dollar items and useless commissions need to be eliminated. We have to bring in people like Murray Blum, the accountant in the movie Dave, to get the budget taken down to the bare bones.
Which brings us to the essential problem with this commission – there are no outsiders involved. The people who helped to create this mess and have fed off this mess should not be trusted to fix this mess.
Here is a quick way to save money at all levels of government. Stop putting up those obnoxious self-congratulatory signs that praise all the elected officials when a new government projects starts. That would save a lot of bucks right there. What a waste!
The Obama Administration Justice Department has finally cleared Bush Administration lawyers of professional misconduct charges in connection with memos written authorizing harsh interrogations.
Thankfully, someone came to their senses that the memos were a difference of legal opinion and that the effort to criminalize advice provided to a former President would paralyze the executive branch of our government. Apparently, an element of the Administration overruled the bloodthirsty left that blames every evil on Mr. Bush.
Last week, I was reading an editorial on global warming in the New York Times. I know it’s hard to believe, but they were actually defending the work of the United Nations panel on climate change. While the editors insisted that the recent scandals about the panel’s activities were “minor,” they made sure to mention (again) that the panel had received a Nobel Prize in 2008.
It reminded me once more how the left has co-opted something that used to have universal credibility. With awards like the one to the U.N. panel and to Barack Obama, the once-great reputation of the Nobel Prize has been forever tarnished. That is sad.
The brilliant and insightful Victor David Hanson recently wrote an article describing how President Obama has failed to implement policies because of his compulsive attempt to make the reforms comprehensive instead of incremental. It also cited how GWB’s efforts to reform social security and immigration failed for the same reason.
Mr. Hanson’s points are all valid, but he’s missing the big picture. The reason these elaborate schemes fail is because of the nature of the American electorate. We are a moderate people who want incremental improvement, not radical government change. We like things step-by-step. If our government lurches too far left or right, we rebel. It’s that simple. Thankfully this is still a country run by and for the people.