WHERE HAS COMMON SENSE GONE? No. 19 Thomas Paine – April 2011 –
I see the Tent, I have seen the Clowns, ………..but where are the Elephants?
I have been watching the Federal Government Circus on television. I have no doubt many other concerned citizens have also been watching. We have been subjected to posturing, half-truths, outright lies and a pitiful display by Harry Reid the Senate Majority Whiner.
We have been a country without any actual leadership for over two years. The present administration has stumbled from mistake to confusion to outright deceit without providing any clear direction for the country along with the details of how to follow that direction until clearly articulated goals have been reached.
The present administration has not even presented a budget as is their obligation. Instead, they have perpetuated procrastination on budget issues since funding government operations by Continuing Resolution allows the government to keep spending at present levels while a budget is being developed.
I have no doubt that the Democrats hoped any actual approved budget would remain months, if not years, away to allow them to follow their reckless spending ways well into the future. There is a small problem though. The government (present administration) is going to bump up against the national debt limit more quickly than realized when the decision was made some months ago to follow the route of continuing resolutions. It seems as though the present administration has put out so much false information about the level of government spending that they lost sight of the real figures. Now they are in a box-trap of their own making.
They may yet get out of the box, but if so it will require an escape act even better than the one performed by the late great Houdini. Unfortunately there is an easier way out for them. The way out will be provided by the Republicans if no Elephant emerges quickly.
One Republican leader has proposed a budget that dramatically reduces government spending over the next decade. So far not one of the presumed Republican presidential hopefuls has stepped forward (Donald Trump not withstanding) to endorse the significant cuts proposed in the pro-forma budget. Where are the Elephants?
It is time for real leadership to be demonstrated. It is time for a strong leader to emerge and clearly state what the fiscal objectives for the country would be under their leadership and the pathway that would be followed to get there. If no strong Republican leader emerges quickly the Democratic candidate, President Obama, will appear more and more like the only likely president elect of choice against a listless and indecisive field of Republicans. The Democrats will have slipped out of the box.
Obama has confirmed his candidacy and has started fundraising. It is time for a potentially large field of presidential want-a-bees to weed out the hacks and get down to serious business. This time it is different. It is different because more citizens than ever before have started to understand what is at stake in our country’s future. The next presidential election will see the largest number of voters by far go to the polls. Any Republican candidate afraid to take a clear stand right now, for fear of somehow being misjudged by voters, does not have the leadership quality required by the person who will out of necessity have to clean up the terrible state of affairs left behind by the Democrats.
WHERE HAS COMMON SENSE GONE? ….WHERE ARE THE ELEPHANTS?