Perhaps people need to feel the pain of taxes going up. Maybe only then will they realize that for all of the things the government spends money on, there is a price to pay. Aircraft carriers, jet fighters, Medicare, infrastructure, public transportation, college educations, tax subsidies and law enforcement are all just a few things that our tax dollars go towards but all are sacred cows that it would be political suicide to touch. Those on the right who talk about entitlement programs seem to dwell on the subject but rarely actually act on it, knowing that huge parts of their constituency are retirees and corporate interests which depend on many of the very programs they vilify.
Everyone wants services, subsidies, breaks and for the government to enforce laws and regulations they personally believe in but few actually want to accept the bill that we would have to pay in order to accomplish these actions. We simply cannot keep putting it on the credit card and making the minimum payment as we did as consumers for decades. Granted, the government has a larger line of credit than any of us could ever hope to have but eventually, the payments become overwhelming for anyone who continues to spend even as their income declines. There is no other way to spin the fact that our country is headed towards the economic cliff while partisan politics are involved in a giant game of chicken. The problem is, it’s not just one group of politicians or both that’ll end up going over; it will be all of us.