Between health care, Copenhagen and Tiger Woods, I sometimes wonder if there are any politicians who would recognize a salient issue if it bit them on the butt. Boy, do we get lost in the maze, and it’s easy to do. Whether or not you’re a scandal-hound, the implosion of Tiger Woods is hard not to glance at, at least. The world summit on global warming in Copenhagen is better than Saturday Night Live (which has recently become funny again for some reason…), as scientists, world leaders and hangers-on arrive in an army of private jets and limousines, leaving a carbon-footprint the size of Texas just in transportation needs, never mind the exhausting of hot air that is transpiring there. President Obama receives a Nobel Peace Price at a most awkward time, as Gore’s Nobel suddenly becomes biodegradable in the wake of the “warming science” fraud disclosure.
And so it is with an even greater sense of relief that I see that at least a couple of our representatives have shown the courage to talk about the pink elephant in the room. That one, great issue that seems to elude even the most cursory discussion by the liberals…our national debt.
Add pride to my sense of relief. Pride that one of the Senators is our own Judd Gregg. Gregg and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., have spearheaded a growing effort to confront the issue of our debt, head on. They have introduced a bill, already co-sponsored by 27 democrats, to appoint an 18-member commission of lawmakers and executive branch members to address “unsustainable long-term fiscal imbalance”, otherwise known as our multi-trillion dollar national debt.
Congress, meanwhile, faces a vote on whether or not to raise the federal debt ceiling above the current $12.1 trillion limit. See if you can guess how that vote will go. Accordingly, expect the Gregg-Conrad effort to be met with less than unbridled enthusiasm. Remember…most of these guys talk a good game, but can never pull the trigger that results in the eventual de-feathering of their own lush pillow. Another shocker? Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already rejected the idea. Of course she has. There’s a Republican involved.
I’ll bet she’ll be all in favor of President Obama’s idea, just announced, that the $200 billion left over in TARP funds should be used for “job-creating efforts”. His words, not mine. Ahh…yes…another hundred billion or so, and we should all hope that it is the same grand success that the first $500 billion were. Just that little shot in the arm helped bring unemployment…woops….hold on a minute. Let me use another example. Wait…o.k., I guess there isn’t an example.
Rather than leave that money there and be relieved that we didn’t burn it along with the rest of the TARP money, these idiots can’t wait to throw it against the wall and see what sticks. Stunning. Astonishing. Oblivious to the literal cries and whelps of just about half the country that is scared senseless over our debt and spending, the band plays on as the hull fills with water.
I hope this task force of Judd’s takes shape and that they can develop sound ideas for getting us out of this mess. I urge everyone to write them, send them an email, let them know you’re on board. They’ll need all the support they can get, because the notions of fiscal restraint and balanced budgets are quickly going the way of bobby socks and cherry knee-highs.
If Gregg and Conrad fail, I suppose there is always the last hope that the other half of the country will wake up and see what is happening here. My children will work like indentured servants and keep little of their paychecks. To acquire and sustain what all of us know as a relatively comfortable, middle-class lifestyle will be all but impossible for them. We sputter and stumble in our hare-brained attempts at fixes…cash for clunkers comes to mind, with each one failing and only ultimately expanding the debt and worsening the crisis. There are people who have done everything right, worked and paid their bills, and they are losing everything, while our President lies awake at night wondering how to insure non-citizens, provide trials in America for terrorists and be sure that CEO’s don’t make too much money.
Thank you Judd Gregg. You may be a lone voice in the wilderness, but it’s a heck of a lot better than no voice at all.