[SeMissourian.com] Mostly Cloudy ~ 83°F  
River stage: 19.05 ft. Falling
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Opinion: Discussions more about politics than economy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I would suspect that this time next week, Congress will have raised the debt ceiling with some hybrid plan that reduces spending.

But the much larger question centers on whether this last-minute plan will actually address the spending problem that threatens this country.

Like countless others, I strongly suspect the answer is no.

Here's just but one example of how the game is played. The Democrats want to count as a spending cut the money that would have been used to fund the ongoing war efforts in the Mideast.

Now chew on that for a moment. Our spending crisis is caused by shelling out more money than we collect. Yet the Democrats -- always eyeing the next election -- want to proudly talk about cutting spending when they are really talking about not spending money allocated for the war effort.

That type of shell game is what infuriates the American public.

But rest assured, there's ample blame to pass around on the GOP side of the aisle as well.

The Republicans are so entrenched in the "no new tax" position that they have lost sight of the more important issue of jobs in this country. If more money flowing into the treasury can produce more nongovernment jobs, then they should modify their position.

But the GOP argues effectively that giving more taxes to a spend-crazed administration will do little to change the economy other than hamper the true job producers.

All of these discussions are a lead-up to next year's elections. Even the most staunch Democrat must finally accept the reality that this economy belongs squarely with this administration. Given that predicament, there is no wonder they fight so furiously for more revenue to help cover the dismal track record of this administration.

Despite their rhetoric, this administration cares less about the middle class than it does the lower class. The people in the middle class are the producers who toil to provide their tax dollars to help fund this government.

This administration talks about the plight of the most vulnerable without once addressing the causes that make this population vulnerable in the first place.

That discussion is the most critical issue facing our spending woes and everyone knows it. It's time we face the difference between the truly vulnerable and the vulnerable made that way by a government that benefits from maintaining that fine line of vulnerability.

A dependent population will always side with those who keep the checks flowing. A working population will always vote their pocketbook.

This week the administration signaled the true intentions of these discussions. The president apparently made it very clear that whatever deal is eventually struck, he wants the deal to take the nation past the upcoming elections.

At the end of the day, these discussions are more about politics than addressing a staggering economy.

I'm just not sure if we can live with higher gas prices, higher grocery prices and higher unemployment until November 2012.

Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on semissourian.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

It seems blaming President Obama will be the strategy now to completely shift in the minds of those so bedraggled by this difficult American life the blame for the 2008 crash.

Congress is to blame for making it so easy to assault Americans and raise prices across the board locally. Our "taxes" have already gone up: the price of everything! We are now paying for the collapse of 2008. When will the payments stop? When the economists determine the $50,000+ per each American is paid. But since the debt-payers are fast becoming insolvent and without jobs, the price goes up and the crisis extends far into the future.

We are watching a dangerous transition which is not the so-called war between the far-right/far-left. We are watching our country play with the fire of self-destruction while Communist Chinese walk into our cities with trade agreements and the voices of the American people mean nothing to those with the cold hard cash to pay off Congress. We are self-destructing our Democracy.

Shut down the wars, default, bring our assets home while Congress starts over! God bless the United States of America.

-- Posted by rollastjames on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 8:46 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on seMissourian.com or semoball.com, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.


Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.