Due to an injury that kept me unable to work outside my home, I had the opportunities to watch the 2008 election cycle unfold on television and radio, and listen to the talking points coming from the major networks opinionists and cable commentators. Not a person to just sit down and listen to political commentary, it became very clear from the start that I was being bamboozled into a certain way of thinking. So while at home I started my homework gaining more knowledge and understanding to digest the messages, for what they were worth. Indeed, a lot of what was given out was unpalatable. I’ve grown in presence of mind to not just take the pill without asking questions and talking back first.
Now, please somebody, tell me again. How do we balance a budget? My real question is, how do we keep moving around other peoples money pretending to have fiscal discipline and responsibility at the same time placating them before they become wise and find out we’re in deep poop?
Don’t balancing a budget require:
- putting every thing on the table?
- all participants participating?
- having revenue?
- having pay-out?
By simple deduction, if we don’t have enough money coming in some expenses will be cut or eliminated. We all agree? Good! I thought I was at least right on that. Another simple deduction, if there is too much money coming in we exercise fiscal discipline and prioritize spending. Do we agree on that? Great!
Granted, I’ve never had to balance a multi-trillion dollar budget, the problem I’m having is, we as US citizens have, or at least thought we had, put this activity into the capable hands of our elected politicians running this great nation. It looks now as if the only thing they are efficient in running is running this great nation towards the proverbial cliff. It’s my sincere hope we don’t fall over.
Today’s talking points are increase taxes on the rich, make them pay their fair share, cut spending and bring back incentives for job creations. We all know the rich people can pay their fair share without problems. So what’s the real deal? What is the ‘800 lb elephant in the room’? Those pushing the ‘tax the rich’ mantra doesn’t acknowledge that taxes will go up on everyone, as well. What about the recent graduate? He or she isn’t rich, yet, the student loan interest rates will go up. What about the homeowner? He or she isn’t rich, yet, the mortgage interest rates will go up. What about the person trying to rebuild or establish good credit by using a credit card and faithfully paying the bill on time? He or she isn’t rich, yet, the interest rates will go up. We are the people having to sacrifice to ‘pay their fair share’. We are the people they don’t talk about, and yet, these budget items are attached to our names and are getting higher to pay back.
So when you talk about increasing taxes, don’t forget how it will effect the working class of people. Oops, my bad. What am I thinking? We aren’t forgotten. Looks all the clearer to me that we are the ones on the sacrificial altar, and actually being targeted in this ‘debt and balance budget’ debate from our elected officials.
This ‘Talk Back Tuesday’ was regurgitated from the pill being forced fed to me and is part of the ongoing Conversations Changing America, aka, CHANGEversations.