What Were We Thinking?

Here we are once again. It’s the beginning of a new year, which brings on the reaffirmation of resolutions that we set last year but just didn’t quite get around to implementing. We had great intentions, but you know what road, to where, is paved with them. Will this year be different? We hope so! But before we take that step off the cliff and make the commitment to change, we might as well just enjoy ourselves.

It seemed that way this past holiday season. With the fiscal cliff hanging over us, a propped up economy and a projected shaky future, it was spend, spend, spend. It may not have been a responsible action but it was fun, fun, fun. Black Friday now started on Thursday and Cyber Monday went into Tuesday. How’s the old saying go, “Smoke ’em if you got ’em?” Put it on your credit card and kick the can down the road — easy street, no worries. If the federal government can do it, why can’t we? “YOLO baby,” as the kids like to say.

What happens when you wake up one morning and the ingenious philosophy of living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse just doesn’t do it for you anymore. Maybe because you can’t or don’t want to move very fast. You’re now too old to die young and your corpse, well, let’s just say it isn’t as pretty as it once was.

My point is that decisions that we made yesterday, or yesteryear, or during the holiday season seem to creep up on us somewhere down the road and raise the question, “What was I thinking?”

That is the economic position we are in globally, domestically and individually. We have a chance to deal with our very real problems, or we can kick the can down the road.

The fiscal cliff is real. The 16 trillion dollars that this nation owes is real. Unemployment is real. The problem is real. Every American citizen wants accountability until they are asked to be accountable. The answer to fiscal responsibility is simple: cut spending and increase revenue. The only way to increase revenue is through taxation, and don’t think that just taxing the rich is going to do it ... because it isn’t.

Simply put, pretend you are the federal government and your household is the nation. The members of your family are the citizens and relatives are allied countries and you have some responsibility for all of them. How much money would you borrow to feed and clothe your third cousin once removed?

Some people make things happen. Some people watch things happen. Then there are some people who wondered what happened. Where are you?

Written by Rocky Bleier


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