By Tim Wildmon
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
– Scarlett, from the classic movie “Gone With the Wind”
My lovely and talented wife Alison and I were talking in the car and the subject of the end of the world and Campbell’s Soup came up. This is after we discussed high school baseball, junior-senior prom and some office remodeling, so it isn’t like we did not discuss the most important stuff first. Prompting our discussion was all the talk about the coming economic hurricane that is a category five storm and is on the radar.
In case you missed it, listen to what Erskine Bowles, chairman of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said before a congressional committee in March: “I’m really concerned. I think we face the most predictable economic crisis in history. A lot of us sitting in this room didn’t see this last crisis as it came upon us. But this one is really easy to see. The fiscal path we are on today is simply not sustainable.
“This debt and these deficits that we are incurring on an annual basis are like a cancer and they are truly going to destroy this country from within unless we have the common sense to do something about it.”
I give credit to President Obama for appointing this commission. The problem is that President Obama is now acting like he has never heard of Erskine Bowles. It is truly remarkable that we are seeing absolutely zero leadership on this crisis by the president.
Fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is making speeches about the need to preserve federal spending for the cowboy poet’s annual convention in Nevada. I’m serious.
So, if we experience the “cancer” that Mr. Bowles warns about, we only have ourselves to blame. “We the people,” have voted, over the years, into office, the very people who have brought us to the edge of the abyss.
President Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and a Republican Congress, financially left us in pretty good shape just over a decade ago. Clinton’s executive experience as a governor having to balance budgets and work with legislatures helped the process. President George W. Bush and the Congresses he worked with share some blame in racking up the breathtaking debt our country has now incurred. But Obama’s spending has made Bush look like a tightwad. Obama is Bush on multiple steroids. In one single year President Obama has increased the debt by the same percentage that President Bush had in 4 years.
My friend and Ole Miss grad Marvin Sanders figured up that if you started spending $1 million each day since the time Jesus Christ was born until today you would have spent nearly ? of a trillion dollars. America is now over $13 trillion in debt. Our national credit cards are maxed out, we have no money, the house payment is overdue, and the leader of Senate is worried about the cowboy poet’s convention not getting government aid.
Democrats, for whatever good they may claim to stand for, are absolute tax-and-spend addicts. They cannot control themselves. They are only checked by Republicans, and when there are no Republicans to stop them they are like children in a candy store with no adults around. Evidence the spending binge of Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Reid the last two years that has brought us to this point. The American people were appalled at this reckless behavior and rebuked Obama and the Democrats in November.
After Obama’s State of the Union address in January, The Washington Post, a liberal newspaper, wrote this: “The White House may have decided that debt reduction is so tough it has to await what officials, speaking not for attribution, have termed a ‘forcing event.'”
Think about that. The Post did not define what kind of “forcing event” the president might be waiting to happen. And they did not say what kind of actions he might attempt to take in the wake of this “forcing event.” But it sounds ominous.
It could be that a lot of liberal politicians understand that what Erskine Bowles is saying is true. But these politicians figure they are not going to be around anyway when America’s financial system comes crumbling down, so why go through the pain and angst of telling people they can’t have everything. In other words – they really don’t care about America’s future.
I know that is a sinister view of Washington, but I am beginning to believe it. I wish I didn’t. How else to explain people who want to keep spending when they are up to their eyeballs in debt?
Which brings me to Campbell’s Soup. We all might be eating a lot of it soon. The first winds of the hurricane have now come ashore.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.