What’s the political equivalent of a quack?
At any rate, the political quacks in D.C. are at it again pretending that they are going to do something responsible about spending the taxpayers’ money. On one hand, you have the Republiquacks saying that they can find $700 billion in spending to cut–yes, these are the same Republiquacks who voted for the $400 billion and growing Medicare drug benefit. On the other hand, you have the Demoquacks waiving their hands in the air saying that cuts would have to come from veterans benefits and the like.
In the middle, you have an economy that is still shrinking by something like 2.5 percent per year–yes, the economy has to be growing faster than inflation to actually be growing–and is overdrawn to the tune of $19 trillion or so–a value that would take more than 100 years to pay off if it grew at a rate greater than 10 percent for the next 100 years and all of that growth went into paying the debt.
Now, if I were imperator of D.C., I would fix this problem by setting up an independent commission made up of taxpaying citizens–these citizens being defined as people who pay more taxes than they receive in refunds and whose income is not completely earned from tax spending–whose job it would be to identify any law authorizing the expenditure of money not authorized by the actual Constitution and recommend it to Congress for elimination before I eliminated it by decree anyway. Since I’m pretty sure that would strike down 2/3 of the federal executive, I’m pretty sure it would also eliminate 3/4 of the spending and the problem would be solved.
But that’s not going to happen, so how would you solve this problem? Post your answers in the comments.