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.
All of you fiscal conservatives who keep demanding that we pass a law for a balanced federal budget? Give it up. A federal budget that doesn’t leak at the seams and rack up unimaginable debt for every taxpaying American is unthinkable.
Does progressive tax reform mean an end to government waste, or does it mean more money to spend to make up for what our federal and state bureaucracies lose? Backers of a progressive tax fix for federal and state budgets focus on more revenue for the middle and lower classes.
Despite whatever promises you were made, the purpose of government is not to guarantee us a good life. That’s our responsibility. The debate over what the Founding Fathers meant by “general Welfare” has been rendered meaningless now that our government’s overreaching efforts to provide for all endangers the promises it needs to keep.
Regardless of what we would like to believe, not all Democrats are delusional, though listening to our president’s latest Saturday address should raise our suspicions. Barack Obama is ramping up his absurdist take on sequestration cuts as if constantly repeating “balanced approach” will make us believe that a bigger tax haul means we can spend less.