It's not your dissembling that is most troubling, as bad as it is. It's that you haven't bothered to come up with any plan of your own to restructure entitlements. None -- not even fragments of a plan. Even when Ryan pressed him, all Geithner could say was that he doesn't like Ryan's plan. Ryan said, "Fine. Then present one of your own." Had more people been watching that disgraceful exchange, you might have plummeted in the polls far sooner.
So where does that leave us? You must acknowledge we face a catastrophic financial calamity if we don't address entitlements and our ongoing yearly federal spending, yet you've contributed nothing to this discussion. You've not only failed to show leadership but also obstructed those who are trying, in earnest, to save this nation from national bankruptcy. Indeed, when you appeared on David Letterman's show, you betrayed a shocking ignorance about the national debt. When Lettermen asked whether it is $10 trillion (it is $16 trillion), you brushed him off, saying you didn't know the precise figure. I'll say you don't. Not even a clue -- because you obviously don't care.
Instead, you said that we face a long-term problem but that "we don't have to worry about it short term." How can you be so casual about this when experts have warned that we could go the way of Greece within two or three years unless we get the problem under control? How can you be so dismissive when our nation's credit rating, under your watch, has been downgraded already?
We face an existential threat to our nation, and you not only have insisted on ignoring it and blocking solutions to it but also aren't even addressing it in your presidential campaign -- and the media are letting you get away with it.
I believe that you are acting more like Mr. Magoo than you are the president of the United States, because your whole purpose for being in office, apart from ego gratification, is to fundamentally transform America. You know you cannot achieve that aspiration unless you keep spending money recklessly regardless of how much more you add to the debt.
Others have gone so far as to argue that your goal is precisely to destroy the nation financially. Whether or not that is your goal, there is no longer any way people can call those making the claim unreasonable. For regardless of your intent, you are bankrupting us and have no intention of reversing yourself.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," reached No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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