Not more than an hour seems to go by these days without some politician grandstanding for the cause of deficits. Of course, all you have to do is look back a short time, to their actual voting history, to see that nearly all of them are total hypocrites on the matter.
Most often heard from self-described budget hawks, these generic calls for spending cuts never seem to include any specifics. But these “deficit peacocks” all don’t acknowledge that closing the budget gap entirely on the spending side would mean draconian programmatic cuts – cuts that are likely to affect Americans’ daily lives, threaten our health and safety and undermine future economic growth.
This term ‘deficit peacock’ is an excellent moniker for these people. For the most part, the Republicans love to blather on about government waste, cutting taxes and still magically cutting the deficit, even though they spent more and cut taxes, both with more deficit spending, when they were in office. Of course Democrats are no better. They merely cut taxes a bit less, and spend more… again both with deficit spending.
We need a block of representatives that form a “ask not what your country can do for you” caucus. One that will be honest with the American people, telling them that its time we were realistic about the long term costs of our debt and deficits, start accepting gradual cuts in programs and raised taxes in some areas to pay for our generous social welfare programs that will bankrupt us mid century, if we do not make some major changes in the next few years.
Otherwise all we’re doing is stealing from babies. Thats really what it comes down to… the parties that steal from babies, against the “ask not” caucus we so desperately need.