Dean Tate: No courage in Washington
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
Obama campaigned in 2008 saying he would go through the budget line by line to cut the waste and get the deficit under control. It never happened; he increased spending and the debt increased 50 percent.
He said in 2010 that raising taxes in a down economy was a bad idea, and then got reelected by campaigning on a tax increase.
All of this is talk of how to get our budget under control. We all know the current path is disaster. Obama claims he needs more money to solve the problem. Folks, there is no revenue problem in Washington, there is a spending problem. The government takes in $6 billion to $8 billion a day and spends over $10 billion a day. We are heading toward drastic changes in this country, very soon, and none of our (so-called) leaders seem to have the courage to make the tough decisions to solve these problems. And 51 percent of the voters only seem to care about their next free hand-out. Shameful!
I am no Rhodes scholar, but a solution to the health care debacle would be for the government to give each and every American a voucher to cover the premium, and allow the individual to shop for their own health care from any provider in the country, across state lines. Allowing each person to buy what they feel they need. All paid for by a national sales tax on all purchases. This way everyone contributes, even the illegals and drug dealers that currently pay no tax but take advantage of free government hand-outs. There could be exemptions for the disabled, of course, but most should have to contribute if they want to partake.
Simple solutions to complex problems are out there if one has the courage to step up. There is no courage in Washington right now, from either party, and I'm afraid the rest of us are going to suffer.