Of all the things wrong with our political system, the worst might be that our system rewards short term success at the expense of the long-term health of the country. Our growing deficit is one primary example of this phenomenon. America’s fiscal deficit is expected to reach over a trillion dollars per year over the next three years, an all-time record. Usually large deficits occur during recessions or when we are at war, but today our economy is strong, more people are working than ever before, and we are not involved in any major military conflict. So why is our deficit so high, and why doesn’t anyone seem to care? I’m not sure, but if the U.S. can’t pay its bills without borrowing an extra trillion dollars during a strong economy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to ascertain that something isn’t right with the way we are managing our finances.
All I know for sure is that the only time you hear politicians complain about deficits is when it benefits them politically. BTW, what happened to the Tea Party? The president and members of congress care about re-election and staying in power more than anything else. Tax cuts, economic stimulants, and entitlement spending are popular with voters in the short run, and the fact is, there is virtually no benefit to politicians who advocate for policies that will make our country stronger in ten or twenty years. This is going to hurt us badly. We teach our children that sacrifices today will lead to a better life tomorrow and indulging in short-term pleasures will make our life harder in the future. Unfortunately, our political system is not well aligned with the long-term interests of our country. At some point soon, the cost to service the debt will be so great, we will have no choice but significantly raise taxes, cut spending and/or suffer the consequences of skyrocketing inflation. Anyone remember 1980?
Almost everyone, including Democrats, were expecting last Tuesday’s midterm election results to heavily favor Republicans. Many predicted a “red wave” where they would pick up 50-60 seats in the House and 3-4 in the Senate. Joe Rogan said the red wave that is coming will be like the elevator doors opening in the horror film The Shining.
For most people, there is little upside to writing about the January 6th hearings, but as you probably know by now, I don’t worry about those things. We all must stand for something. The hearings have almost everyone taking sides before a single witness is called. Democrats believe that the events of January 6th were a calculated effort to undermine our democracy by demolishing two of the most sacred tenants of our nation, free elections, and the peaceful transition of power.
Most people consider themselves either a conservative or a liberal. I think if we forget political parties, which flip their positions on things all of the time, and instead focus on the actual definition of what it means to be a conservative and what it means to be a liberal, we might be able to temper the emotional reactions some of us have with political discourse.