When the public is treated like adults and issues are carefully explained to them, they make decisions that are in their government's best interest, as well as their own. The left has thrived on emotion and superficialities in selling nonstop spending and government expansion to the public. The right now has an opportunity to drive home an ancient truth: When the price of something exceeds the ability of an individual or a government to pay, we must conclude that we can't afford it.
In our anything goes era, that truth, which was widely accepted by those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II, may seem foreign to many. But it is based on a belief system that once served us well and can again. Letting our "wants" exceed our ability to pay is what gave us the housing crisis and led to recession. Living within our means heals government and individuals.
The University of Wisconsin fight song contains these words: "On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Fight on for her fame. Fight, fellows, fight, fight, fight! We'll win this game."
Except that Tuesday's vote is not a game. It is about whether Wisconsinites and perhaps all Americans are fed up with nonstop spending and overreaching government. I'm betting they are and that they are unwilling to let the USA, the nation they love, be converted into a giant ATM.
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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