I know that you are probably tired of hearing about the sequestration but I just have to comment on the fact that the world has not come to an end because we cut government spending by less than 3 percent. And remember that Washington actually only cut the amount of the increase and didn’t actually reduce government expenditures from the year before.
I thought that it was interesting that as the date got closer everyone began to realize that the cuts were really going to happen. All of a sudden the administration’s messengers started backing off on all the warnings of massive layoffs and breeches of security at the airports. So what changed except for the fact that the president wasn’t able to bully Congress into further tax hikes? Nothing.
No matter how you dissect the information, it all points to the fact that we are spending way more money as a government than we are taking in. That is a fact that no one can dispute. Now the opposing points of view can argue as to how much we should be spending but no one can argue the basic premise that as of right now we spend about a third more than we get in revenue.
There is only two basic ways to fix the problem – either you bring in more revenue to cover your expenses or you cut the amount you are spending. It’s not that difficult a concept. But since the country is almost split down the middle as to how much we want government involved in our lives, it seems that we may never come to a resolution on that basic issue. I take that back, if we don’t resolve our ever increasing debt problem then it will eventually take care of itself by imploding our economy.
I truly had not planned on writing another column on this issue but I got an email a couple of days ago that had a whole bunch of quotes. Anyone who has email gets plenty of these and I will usually read them and save the ones that I like. This particular email had several thoughts that are so pertinent to what this country is experiencing right now that I want to share some of those with you.
The specific quote that got me back onto this whole sequestration and budget battle was, “Ignorance is the single greatest tool of oppression.” I think that way too many people just don’t understand the bigger picture of what is going in our country right now. That doesn’t make them bad people; they just haven’t grasped the magnitude of the problems facing our nation.
For many people, they don’t connect the dots and realize that every dollar the government spends has to come from somewhere. And, that’s because way too many of our leaders play loose with the facts and try to “massage” the numbers to make it look like we can afford things that we really can’t. And when people don’t understand something they can’t make logical decisions.
I know that I’m not the smartest guy in the world but I’m not the dumbest either so in my columns I’m just trying to give you my perspective on the world and motivate you to learn more. If you don’t agree with me I can understand and respect that. But, for goodness sake I want you to be informed.
Another quote that struck home for me comes from Margaret Thatcher. You remember the “Iron Lady” from England. She once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” That is the real problem that we have in this country. Too many people are way too quick to spend other people’s money.
Again, I think it goes back to the fact that people just don’t connect the dots and understand that any money spent by the government comes from us the people. For some reason they think that the money just magically appears. Well, for many folks that’s just what happens.
I don’t know for sure where we, as a nation are headed, and I do have my fears as to our future. What I do know for certain is that I love this country with all my heart and only want what’s best for her. I suppose that’s why Mark Twain said that “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
Kevin Wilson writes a weekly column for the Daily News.