The United States, or at least our congress, finds itself in a bind.Â We have an enormous debt, and we have to start doing something about it.Â The general problem is quite easy to understand.Â We spend more money than we have.
There are two hypothetical solutions to this problem.Â One solution is to increase the amount of tax revenue.Â The other solution is to cut wasteful spending.Â Technically, these two solutions are not mutually exclusive.Â However, the Republicans (thank God) are actually taking a stand and are opposing any measures to increase the tax burden of the population.
The Democrats have now reacted in the ever predictable way of crying foul and not really doing anything about it.Â A temporary measure was reached, but it isn’t sufficient.Â What appears to have flown over the head of every left-wing enthusiast in the country is that the Republicans have given the Democratic party incredible political leverage.
Here’s how it breaks down.Â The congress has to manage to get a handle on our debt or the people will, to put it scientifically, go completely apeshit.Â The Republicans have given the Democrats no option but to cut spending.Â Therefore, the Democrats can essentially slash anything they want from the budget.
Here are a few examples from which to start:
I hesitate to give any more ideas, lest they actually do something with them.Â That isn’t a very likely option, though.Â I predict they will cave and do nothing.Â Maybe they’ll try to spin their failure as being the fault of the GOP for, you know, apparently discovering a value system.
This is of course not even to get into the questions regarding where exactly, if anywhere, the Democratic Party’s policy plans actually align with that of its constituency.Â However, that is another question for another time.
Don’t shoot the messenger.Â Whatever it takes to get this country’s act together.