The president talked about the “grit and determination” of the American people during the State of the Union, but let’s face it. We are selfish Americans who have let our government down. When Barack Obama asks us to practice a little shared responsibility so we can help the poor and raise up the middle class, we snap our wallets closed and question his motives.
Democrats did a commendable job finessing their middle class payroll tax increase by calling it a tax cut extension. The president’s New Year’s Day press release ignored the payroll tax hike.¹ Nancy Pelosi talked about a “victory for the middle class.”,² something we might not be feeling so victorious about when we see that first check stub in the New Year.
Did you spend the holidays trying to remember what was good about 2012, perhaps worrying what our elected half-wits will cook up to hurt us in 2013? Then you are probably an American citizen who pays your taxes and hopes for the best. If you suspect that Washington doesn’t give a damn about you because one party or the other already has your vote, you are correct.
No matter what happens, politicians will always have our children’s future to fall back on. Kids are a time-honored secret weapon when budget reform battles resort to shaming the opposition into action, even though the strategy tends to fall apart when both sides rely on children to support their demands.
Once again, our fiscal irresponsibility journey begins in Springfield, Illinois where children are the newest symbol being used to coerce state pension reform.