This won’t stop unless Obama is defeated

| September 24 2012
Christopher Cook

The debt involves numbers so large that our brains simply shut down—we cannot easily conceive of the scope and size of the problem. But it is a problem, one that threatens our future for a long time to come, with anything from austerity and diminished living standards all the way to complete collapse lying in the road directly in front of us.

Republicans have been complicit in developing this debt. But at least with Republicans, there’s hope. The first budget surplus we enjoyed in a long, long time happened right after the 1994 Republican takeover, due to a combination of the peace dividend and a cut in the rate of spending enforced by the Republican majority. It wasn’t nearly enough, and it didn’t last, but at least with Republicans, there is the possibility of some restraint. Whereas . . .

. . . if Obama and the Democrats retain power, this will happen, year after year after year, until we have robbed our children, and their children, of their futures.

Normally, Congress passes legislation that establishes the national budget for the coming year. However, Congress has not passed a budget plan in over 1,000 days and instead has been relying on temporary spending measures and “continuing resolutions” to fund or continue to fund federal programs. This unplanned process creates chaos and uncertainty for federal agencies that are unable to plan for future expenditures. Not only does this result in delays of services, but because there is no budget blueprint in place there is more waste and inefficiencies.

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