posted on Apr, 13 2011 @ 08:48 PM
Smoking mirrors. That whole fiasco leading up to the proposed government shutdown was nothing more than a Washington style parlor game. They carefully
concocted a crisis, each side did their utmost to pour on the controversy and drama leading up to zero hour, and at the last minute a miraculous
solution was made. Just more of the two sides against the middle by the Republican and Democratic parties. Each side got something out of it. The
President got to strengthen his new political persona of being a moderate through his role as the benevolent mediator, the Democrats got to show that
they are the champions of special interests and entitlement programs by not caving into the Republican's calls for cuts, and even the Republicans can
claim they held the line as long as possible to get their cuts, and proved they are willing to compromise to avert crisis. It was a win win for all
As the OP points out with the article, the budget cut agreement was much to do about nothing. Furthermore, it is not even a trickle in the bucket to
arrest the catastrophic deficit spending taking place by the US government. As they waste time, going back and forth about this and that; the deficit
continues to get bigger and bigger. When everything is said and done, the joke will not be on them but will be on the American people for not calling
them out when they try to make a political game out of the grievous national security liability which is the ever growing deficit spending and debt.
Right now, the national debt is at 14.2 trillion dollars
, and will continue to grow. Moreover, the the yearly
federal deficit is just as appalling as the national debt.
Both parties helped run up US $14 trillion debt
The deficit is the difference between what the government spends in a given year and what it takes in. In the budget year that ends Sept. 30, the
deficit is expected to be a record $1.5 trillion. At that level, for every $1 the government spends, it must borrow about 42 cents.
As far as I am concerned, they ought to be locked up in the legislature and no one will leave until a robust budget is made to curb reckless
spending, cut any unnecessary dead weight in the federal budget, and most importantly cap the mammoth deficit. The games have got to stop, and it is
time for them to make the tough decisions that their office and the American people expect of them!
edit on 13-4-2011 by Jakes51 because: Added
another source, and made a distinction between national debt and deficit spending.