SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — The angst is over. Both Democrats and Republicans
are congratulating themselves and one another. All is right again in
the political world. Of course, both parties are crying tears of distress.
They have both given, both sacrificed. Both are unhappy with the grave
changes that will bring an austere new way of life to America — so
goes the rhetoric.
The truth is that both parties are congratulating one another for
once again pulling one over on a dwindling number of hard-working patriotic
Americans. Or at least they think they have.
The members of the political elite see taxpayers as fools who cling
to outmoded values — values that made America great.
These arrogant, self-righteous parasites believe they have dodged
another bullet. Their only concern is the “pesky,” radical,
irrational, and extremist tea party fringe. Immediately after agreeing
to impose another $2.4 trillion debt on taxpayers, Vice President Biden
summarized the views of the elitists by accusing the “fringe” of
putting “guns to their heads” and forcing the responsible
members of congress to negotiate with terrorists.
The old guard Republican leaders’ role was to pretend they really
were going to make the beltway bandits tighten their belts. The Democrats’ role
was to convince the working class in America that it would be heartless
to reduce the gravy train of the dependent class they represent by
even a single penny.
With the “deal” that was so “hard fought,” taxpayers
were told real change had been achieved. Irresponsible spending, the
hateful rhetoric, the errors of the past were over. America is once
again on the road to glory and a new beginning.
There is joy in the land of smoke and mirrors. The joy is that the
old boys’ club that has ruled Washington for the last 70 years
believes it has once again pulled a rabbit out of the hat. The cynical
ruling class has fooled the American working middle class into believing
something has changed.
Nothing has. It is business as usual.
The “deal” is a mutual agreement to continue spending,
as is, until the next general election. In short, while pretending
to care about the massive debt on the shoulders of taxpaying Americans
— now fewer than half of all Americans — both parties will pile another
$2.4 trillion dollars of debt on us and our children and grandchildren.
What actually came out of the “deal”? The deal was more
debt, two more years of uncontrolled spending, and more promises to
possibly rein in spending of some unspecified amount at some unspecified
It is clear that neither the Democratic nor the Republican leadership
care about the American taxpayers. The only thing these looters care
about is spending.
Predictably, the majority of the promised debt reduction is to come
from reductions in Social Security and Medicare benefits. Neither are “gifts” from
other taxpayers. Both have been paid for by taxpayers. They paid for
it with mandatory deductions from their paychecks, just like the federal
income taxes withheld from every paycheck.
Little, if any, of the reduction in spending comes from those who
receive welfare, grants, giveaways, and other largess, or from those
who pay nothing, including income taxes. These groups are untouchable.
The Obama administration called the deal “a win for the economy
and budget discipline.” It went on to say the deal removed “uncertainty” —
until 2013 — that is, until after the next election. This is
a win for the looters.
What this deal does NOT do is address actually reducing the national
debt. Instead, it projects increasing the debt by more than $2.4 trillion
America’s middle-class taxpayers need to wake up and understand
the difference between “deficit” and “debt.” Deficit
is the amount of spending that exceeds income in each budget cycle.
Over 10 years, the “deal” proposes to try to reduce the
amount of “deficit” spending by $100 billion a year, while
continuing deficit spending by over $1 trillion each year. There is
NO debt reduction — only debt increase.
Every dollar of debt increase will be added to increased income taxes
and reduced pre-paid Social Security and Medicare benefits of the dwindling
number of taxpayers.
Those of us who pay taxes know what our elected leaders, both Republican
and Democrat think of us — we are selfish and must pay more.
The pain must be shared. We pay more, and those who get what we pay
may actually end up not getting as much. Of course, the “deal” was
signed in secret. Why? Because our leaders were afraid we would not
miss the smirks on their faces as they once again looted our work effort
and our kids future.
The truth is that we will follow in the steps of Western Europe unless
we clean house in Washington, D.C. This requires not simply balancing
the budget but using a significant portion of the income collected
to reduce the national debt — and to begin to do so now.
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2011
by Robert L. Hale and the Fitzgerald
All rights reserved.
Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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