Heated disagreement over how Trump and company want to spend our money might be our own fault. Poll numbers show we are pretty fickle about what we expect from government. In a recent Pew Research poll 64% of respondents believe the GOP “is too willing to cut programs.”1 On the flip side 61% say Democrats view “government as the only way to solve problems.”2 An April 2016 Gallup Poll reported that 57% of us, the “Most Americans in 15 Years,” say we pay too much federal income tax.
Most of us get a few days off at the holidays. We don’t get a long Christmas break like members of Congress. We don’t get a trip to Hawaii like the president, but most of us don’t have jobs, salaries, and publicly-funded perks that provide that kind of indulgence. We don’t enjoy the benefits that go along with pretending to represent taxpayers on Capitol Hill or in the White House.
Phony, make nice talk and extending hands across a partisan divide too fractured to be crossed are not going to fix the mess Barack Obama has created. Years of inaction, waffling, and neglected policy decisions have done too much damage.
Two simple questions, two impossible policy decisions
Everyone is talking about a new start now that Congress has shifted to the right.
Can we call a retiree entitlement “welfare” if seniors help to pay for it? Blameful fingers have been pointed at the budgetary havoc wreaked by public employee pensions (see: Illinois Pensions Make Bad Teachers Look Worse). Social Security, the big retirement entitlement for seniors and anyone else who can get their hands on the money, is going to do the same thing on a national scale.