Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shared Sacrifice - Really? Let's Do It!

The calls from the Democrats such as President Barack Obama is for "shared sacrifice" and Harry Reid (D-Fantasyland) has introduced a resolution on the "Sense of the Senate" regarding Shared Sacrifice. In Harry's resolution he cherry picks some facts contrasting the middle class with the wealthiest one percent of Americans. It's typical class warfare and why I feel absolutely entitled to refer to Democrats as "socialists."

Sadly for poor Harry, he just doesn't understand that he's calling for what the TEA Party and other small-government conservatives want: Shared Sacrifice. 
The difference is that conservatives want shared sacrifice from the real fat cat in this country - the federal government.

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority LeaderImage via Wikipedia
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
While, as Harry helpfully points out, the median US household income has decreased by $2,500 over the past ten years, he fails to point out that federal spending has increased by 50.2% over the same time period. In 2000, federal spending was $2,040,600,000,000 ($2.041 trillion) which grew to 3,066,700,000,000 ($3.067 trillion) last year. Those numbers are in constant 2005 dollars, so inflation does not play a part in the ridiculous increase.

Going back farther, federal spending has actually grown more than ten times faster than median household income since 1970. This not exactly what I call "sacrifice" by the federal government.

In the meantime, I join with Senator Reid and do ask for shared sacrifice. The American households have suffered over the past 10 years and it's time for the federal government to share in that sacrifice and slash spending drastically. 

The federal government certainly doesn't need more money. Congress has proven it can't be trusted with lesser amounts of money, so why in the name of sanity should we trust them with
more money? As P. J. O'Rourke pointed out so eloquently,

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” 

Yeah, it is. 

So, federal government, it's time to share in the sacrifice. It's time for real spending cuts and I don't think a bake sale will help. Remove some departments completely, sell some of that unused land and forget about new taxes. It's your turn to sacrifice.

Written by Ken Carroll

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