Steny Hoyer

The United States is closing in on being $17 trillion in debt. Do a little research on just how monumentally huge 1 trillion is. Then come back and read Rep. Steny Hoyer’s reaction to a very simple question:

CNBC Analyst: Does the country have a spending problem sir? Does the country have a spending problem?

Hoyer: Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a paying for problem. We haven’t paid for what we bought, we haven’t paid for our tax cuts, we haven’t paid for war.

CNBC Analyst: How about what we promised? Are we promising too much?

Hoyer: Absolutely. If we don’t pay, we shouldn’t buy.

CNBC Analyst: So how is that different than a spending problem?

Hoyer: Well, we spent a lot of money when George Bush was president of the United States in the House and Senate were controlled by Republicans. We spent a lot of money. (CNBC, February 12, 2013)

Now, I’d like you to read an excerpt from The Declaration of Independence:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

I am a patient man. In fact, I am a very patient man. But, given that we have elected “leaders” who can look at the size of our current debt obligations and unfunded mandates promised to future generations — and still say with a straight face: “we have a paying-for problem,” my patience goes out the window. If I was at a town hall meeting and asked that very same question, and THAT was the answer I received, Mr. Hoyer’s personal security guards might very well have to rip me off the man and haul me to the slammer because I seriously would consider throttling his neck.

These comments come only a day after Nancy Pelosi said that saying the U.S. has a spending problem is a “false argument.”

Let us not get into the fact that a “cut” in Washington is in reality a decision to go deeper into debt at a slower rate than previously agreed upon. Let us not talk about the false logic that the government has to “pay” for tax cuts; it was never the government’s money to begin with. Let us instead focus on the fact that the U.S. is currently run by a bunch of narcissistic clowns who are stealing the wealth of future generations. They are lowering the standard of living for your kids and grandchildren. They are setting the stage for an epic financial meltdown — and they are supposed to be the guardians of future security.

They are not guardians; they are destroyers masquerading as guardians. The lexical b*****it they try to pass off on the American people is breathtaking. And the sad thing is, they’re getting away with it because the “guardians” of our education system and the watchmen in the Fourth Estate decided long ago that it was better to bed the destroyers than to stand up to them in battle.

As I said before: I am a patient man. I am not a violent man. But millions of Americans are not as patient and are not as slow to anger, and if the feelings that bubble up in me when I see Rep. Steny Hoyer make a mockery of the nation’s fiscal insanity are shared by even a small percentage of the population … then there are dark days ahead.

There is a limited amount of time left for elected officials to deal with tsunami of debt coming our way. Its amplitude blocks out the sun. Soon the amplitude on the interest alone will block out the sun. If they don’t get serious — soon — it will break not just on the coastal regions, but on the homes and heads of every single American. And no amount of word games will be able to fend off the riots that take place in its wake.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. one of the ways they get away with this insanity is channeling people into two political camps, and by pitting those camps against each other, the behind-the-scenes consensus to loot this country goes unabated.

    1. I think it has less to do with political parties, and more to do with career politicians. The man who aims to stay in Washington for decades has problems. Harry Reid and John Boehner are good examples.

      I had a private discussion with someone who visits this blog — someone I often disagree with — and it is obvious from our correspondences that if the two of us were elected officials that we could bridge many gaps. But then again, we are normal people. We work for a living … in the real world. We have to live with the consequences of the policy makers’ grand schemes. And so, although we share different worldviews, it’s clear we’d be able to find areas where those worldviews overlap.

      The party doesn’t matter to me as much as the character of the man behind the letter. Liberals and Conservatives share many of the same goals. It’s possible to compromise on preferences without compromising on principles. It just takes men of character to be in charge. Currently, character is in short order.

    1. Somewhere out there is parallel universe, where I’m wanted by the federal government for dealing with this sort of madness in a way that departs drastically from blogging.

    2. Sane persons are not equipped to handle insanity in a logical fashion. After watching Our Dear Leader pontificate about the wonderfulness of Himself for an hour last night, I feel as you do.

      Get me off this planet.

  2. He also plans on doing on a clothing tax and a new statewide gas tax as well… ugh. This is what happens when idiots in my state vote for someone based on name recognition (his family is responsible for the now-defunct Dayton’s department store, which later become Marshall Field’s and is pretty much non-existent these days) instead of actual qualifications.

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