A weak America is worthless in the eyes of the world. Whether we like to admit it or not, the U.S. is valuable to the international community as a gatekeeper because of our wealth and manufacturing might. Wealth means power and influence.
Washington wastes a lot more than money. The most dangerous and damaging government waste comes not from squandering tax dollars, but from partisan politics denying the country opportunities to make things better. Will the end of America be brought about by partisanship maintaining our downward spiral, until we reach the point of no return?
John Boehner’s remark after the Obamacare rulings about working every day until the election will be repeated ad nauseam to the House Speaker’s credit and to his detriment. The best of intentions aside, there are not enough days in the next ten years to fix the mess Capitol Hill legislators have created, even if the Affordable Care Act was wiped from the face of the earth tomorrow.
Should Illinois residents be happy or nervous? Governor Quinn and Illinois Democrats are acting like they take pension reform seriously. The Illinois Senate just followed the House by passing a bill that finally asks state retirees, including judges and legislators, to contribute towards their health care costs.
Responsibility is hard to shrug off in a democracy. Voters sleep better by telling themselves that their candidates were no good, that they were choosing the lesser of two evils, or that they were lied to. Even when all three are true, Americans still have to live with their choices, including the choice we made in 2008.
When we started 2012 by raising the debt ceiling there was a lot less noise from Capitol Hill than we heard last summer when legislators predicted catastrophe caused by their own reckless spending. Last August Congress pacified taxpayers by pawning off its responsibilities on a sure to fail Super Committee and a doomsday automatic spending cut scheme.
Too bad Americans in the military do not have a union behind them. If they did, they could join public sector workers like teachers, police, and firefighters whose unions bully taxpayers into funding their overgenerous pension and health benefits. Those considering a career in the armed forces now have to consider whether $500 billion in budget cuts will make military service an unwise choice.