The news channels have been buzzing with polls that say the American people (that is the "WE THE PEOPLE" that you read about) want a solution to the debt crisis but demand that we do not cut their benefits or programs.
I honor Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for his work on the budget plan which his colleagues in the House of Representatives passed - but which I do not expect the Republicans to continue to support when the sledding gets tougher. And by the way - the Ryan plan does not take away or change anybody's benefits that are on Social Security or Medicare now or come on in the next decade - but the news media doesn't tell you that.
It is a scary idea that the people who know the economic and financial score may not have the political will to do what is necessary to save our nation. And the Democrat party seems to think that they do not have to bring forth any ideas or solutions because the people will vote against Republican change by voting in support of the Democrats who offer no plan or solution.
The best analogy I have heard (not original to me) is this: We are all on the TITANIC and we have already hit the iceberg. The Republicans are trying to get the passengers to the lifeboats - but the people are responding NO! I am not going to give up my nice cabin on the ship. And the Democrats do nothing because they will have control of the ship.
Folks - the entitlement society is over. The MediSCARE tactics will not help. The Democrat silence will not work. Soak the rich strategies are not going to work. We are borrowing $ 0.42 out of every dollar we spend. And it has to stop. NOW. The interest on the debt will soon exceed defense spending. If our bond rating drops we will not be able to pay the interest on the debt. We need to provide a safety net for elements of our society in need - but transfer payments from the government may not be the answer.
I have a plaque on my office wall that reads "The price of freedom keeps going up - But the quality keeps deteriorating." The price is being paid by our young heroes in the military services. The deterioration is being caused by our citizens who demand an entitlement society and the corrupt government officials of both parties who feed them with no thought of the consequences.
And now when one party is trying to tell you the truth and seems willing to move to safer policies - the entitlement addicted people threaten to reward them by voting for the other side who promises to give them nothing but more debt.
I do not want to politicize my Memorial Day messages - but I do not want to think that the sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this Country are in vain. I do not want to feel that the Congress and the Administration are a greater threat to our Country than the foreign terrorists.
Tick-tock, tick-tock,... When we have taken extraordinary measures (2008) to stave off fiscal disaster - we have been too late for measures taken to be effective. We cannot be too late again.
WAKE UP - AMERICA !