Congress has postponed — not solved, just postponed — the government shutdown and national debt ceiling crisis for three more months.
We have a few thoughts.
The Tea Party is not solely to blame for this. We think its viewpoint has been under-explained and therefore under-reported. We can’t speak for the Tea Party, but our take is that the Tea Partiers are saying adding Obamacare on top of underfunding Social Security and Medicare is a recipe for huge tax hikes or economic catastrophe.
We think they’d be more credible (and electable) if they’d also talk about the burden of defense spending on the American taxpayer.
And we think liberals and conservatives alike are naive about taxation.
Democrats think they can just tax the rich and solve the problem. Yes, there is growing disparity between rich and poor in this country, but for all their money, there are not enough rich people with enough money to solve this problem.
Republicans should be as quick to condemn those who hide their financial assets from American tax collectors as they are to condemn illegal immigrants who dodge the Border Patrol.
Politicians of all stripes are dreaming if they think they can exempt the middle class and public employees from the pain ahead.
We are all going to have to contribute more taxes and give up some military and police protection, public retirement benefits, tax subsidies, social safety nets and unlimited medical treatment paid for by others.
Politicians unwilling to talk about all these issues are neglecting their duty.
Padlocking our national shrines
Just one more thought on the farce known as the government shutdown. What bureaucratic overlord in the National Parks Service decided that the war memorials in Washington, D.C., would be shut down?
Last Sunday, a group — including Republican leaders, veterans and truckers — cut the chains linking barriers blocking the public from the World War II memorial and surged forward.
We have one word for that collective action: Bravo.
And one word for the those who locked it away: Shameless.
The war memorials in D.C. are sacred. They are shrines for the families whose loved ones served and died. They are made of stone, but mortared with blood.
They should not have been used as pieces in a political chess game.
This travesty must never be repeated.