GOP Is Addressing The Tough Issues
I take issue with the cartoon in Sunday’s Pilot depicting the GOP elephant threatening the U.S. economy by taking a stand against raising our country’s debt ceiling. The message is that Republican insistence on tying spending cuts to any increase in the debt ceiling will destroy the economy.
In fact, the opposite is true. Our economy is not threatened by halting the federal government’s spending binge. It is threatened by out-of-control government spending, by President Obama’s desire for a “no strings attached” increase in the debt ceiling, and by the Democrats’ refusal to accept the reality that changes in our entitlement programs are needed.
Republicans have taken the politically difficult but “adult” position that changes in our entitlement programs are needed if these programs are to survive. Virtually everyone with any knowledge of these programs knows they are on a fiscally unsustainable path.
But the Democrats, led by the president, refuse to accept the inevitable, instead using this issue for short-term political gain.
Their actions are incredibly irresponsible, placing political gain ahead of the country’s economic survival.
Nearly everyone wants this issue to be resolved so the country can avoid defaulting on its debt. But if we default, why would it be the fault of the Republicans for sticking to their position, rather than the Democrats for sticking to theirs? Aren’t both parties responsible for finding a solution?
In next year’s election, voters will have a choice between the Republicans, who are willing to address the country’s tough issues and tell the voters what they need to hear, and the Democrats, who will tell the voters what they think they want to hear, even if it’s wrong. I know which choice I’ll make.
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