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Sooner or later, a time of reckoning comes

February 7, 2009

On behalf of my children and their children, I would like to thank each and every member of Congress who did not support the Obama borrow and spend bill known as H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For reasons of your own, you displayed responsibility and common sense — two traits sorely lacking in your peers.

Here is a challenge for all those supporting this borrow and spend foolishness: name one community, state, country, or empire that ever successfully borrowed and spent its way out of debt and into prosperity. For that matter, name one person who accomplished this feat.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported this week: Obama stimulus package harmful over long haul. I did not need the CBO to tell me that. We are already more than $10 trillion in debt with upwards of $45 trillion in unfunded obligations coming due over the course of the next 65 years. If government borrowing and spending were going to kindle the flames of prosperity, we should be heavily invested in fire extinguishers.

With all the facts and figures at hand, our lawmakers appear more than eager to condemn current and future generations of Americans to fiscal slavery. We might be able to stave off the coming meltdown until after Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried are gone, but within a few years, the price of their total lack of leadership and responsibility will be only too painfully obvious.

The truly sad part of this is that for all the talk of putting Americans back to work, all this borrowing and spending will not create long-term viable jobs. Empty promises of hope and change do not put food on the table or a roof over the heads of a family. “Yes we can” increase the size and scope of government. “Yes we can” raise your taxes.

We really do have the best government money can buy.

Until next time,
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