"That's just the way it is. Some things will never change..." (Bruce Hornsby song lyric)
The Washington Post headline sounds as if a comedy writer, or someone fluent in George Orwell's "Newspeak" wrote it: "Record-High Deficit May Dash Big Plans," it said.
As if a contributing factor to the projected record-high deficit of $1.4 trillion has nothing to do with big spending by this and previous administrations. Is there no end? Will we ever reach a limit where government says "no more, we've done enough; you're on your own now"? Apparently not. The "greatest generation" mostly lived within their means. They knew what it meant to go without all but essentials. Today, we think the sky is the limit when it comes to spending and that if we can conceive it, then we are entitled to it.
This is partly because of how dysfunctional Washington has become and partly due to our own sense of "what we are owed." Government can spend, tax and do whatever it wishes. If you oppose what it does, you are a selfish, greedy, rich elitist who cares nothing about people less fortunate than yourself. But wait. Did we have fewer poor people before government stepped in to "cure" poverty? Do we have fewer now? We aren't sure if the war in Afghanistan can be won, but we know the war on poverty was lost. Once, the prospect of an empty stomach motivated most people to get up and start chasing opportunity. Today, people can do whatever they want and government will bail them out with a welfare check (for the poor) or a corporate welfare check (for the rich). Bad decisions? No problem. Failure is no longer an option.
Thomas, you are such a racist and an uncaring person. You've been lucky and should have to pony up for the less fortunate.
How about showing the "less fortunate" the way to become fortunate? Does anyone hear a politician in either party encouraging people to do for themselves, instead of relying on government? And that goes for big corporations, too.
People who play by the rules, stay in school, refuse to take drugs, marry before having children and stay married, are no longer considered worthy role models by government, which has no intention of making them the norm. These norms have disappeared in a cloud of diversity and political correctness. Government now proposes to transform health insurance and tax responsible citizens at increased rates to pay for the votes, uh, benefits of others who are more content to take slices of other people's pies rather than learn to bake their own.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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