We are fast approaching our next election and like so many other elections before, I am hearing how this one is special, critically important and history making. Ok, I can buy into this election being special and even critically important, but as for history making?? I think history making will be determined by which direction we vote, but we need history making.
Our nation is so deep in financial trouble that we may not be able to recover. As Americans we are living and breathing this fact day in and day out. Some say that we are in our financial mess because big corporations and the “rich” aren’t paying their share. Some say that Reagan and Bush tax cuts created revenue shortfalls. And then there are those myriad of other excuses about how our tax system is regressive, archaic and or ineffective. Well guess what? Lack of revenue, tax or otherwise, did not create our mess.
We spent our way into this mess. Since roughly 1960 everyone we elected to office seems to have made it their personal goal to out spend everyone before them and not just out spend them a little, but out spend them in a big way. Check the chart. Revenues are not the problem and they haven’t been. Spending is the problem. And contrary to what we hear from some, defense spending is not what is breaking our nation. In fact, even the ramped up war spending since 9/11 pales in comparison to the increases in spending as a whole. I’m at the point now where I just laugh when I read debate points about how best to tax our nation. Get this, it don’t make no difference to me if a tax is progressive, regressive, digressive, whether the rich, the poor, the income or the sales are taxed. We don’t have a tax problem! We have a spend twice as much as we bring in problem!
What will make this election historical is if the people we elect quit spending so damn much and start changing the direction that we have been going for the whole of my lifetime.
Here’s part of my voting process:
- cut or eliminate a program – Vote YES
- new or restructured program – Vote NO
- Candidate with a history of spending – Vote NO
- If the candidate won’t commit to cut spending – Vote NO
I hope everyone will do their part in making this an historical election.
Data for chart is from http://www.usgovernmentrevenue.com/ and http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/