$16 trillion. $17 trillion. $18 trillion. The debt continues to grow, and most elected officials don’t seem to care. I have shied away from making my own graphics, but in this instance I think the “Jenga” analogy is fitting.
As the government accumulates more and more debt, the threat to the overall economy becomes increasingly perilous. The average person thinks of the national debt: “it doesn’t affect my life,” but … it will when The Jenga Economy comes crashing down.
Conservatives have been trying to make this case for quite some time now, and both Democrats and Republicans have ignored them.
Lately, I’ve heard a lot of people say that if the country wanted to put President Obama back in office for a second time — the very same guy who said on David Letterman that our debt is a “long term problem” — then they deserve to feel the pain that comes from a financial meltdown. I’ve heard a lot of people say that if the American people want to listen to Democrats like Rep. Nancy “it’s a false argument” to say we have a spending problem Pelosi … or to Sen. Steny “we have a paying for problem” Hoyer … then it’s time for conservatives to salute the fools and wait for them at rock bottom to say, “I told you so.”
I understand these feelings, but I’m torn as to how to address them. I worked myself ragged leading up to the past election, trying to convince my fellow Americans of the impending financial crisis that is a mathematical certainty if we don’t seriously address these issues sooner rather than later — and then president Obama was handily reelected.
Now, the president is going around saying that if roughly 2.4 percent of federal spending is “cut” (i.e., we still go further into debt, just at a slower rate) due to sequestration, then planes will not run on time, first responders will not respond, and military readiness will suffer grave consequences.
My response? On some level, I have better things to do with my time than to try and convince “low information voters” of how insulting this sequestration debate is to anyone who knows basic addition and subtraction.
But don’t those of us who love our country have a responsibility to try our very best to reach our fellow citizens, even if they’re the same ones spending most of their free time making mindless YouTube videos or watching rejects without shame on reality television?
It’s a good question, and as of yet I don’t have a definitive answer.
This blogger, however, is worn out. I will continue to write, but for the next few months posts will more frequently be sacrificed in favor of reading books I’m ashamed to have still not made time for (e.g., ‘Witness’) and to finish some creative writing projects that are collecting dust. (Since this blog has critiqued certain men in the comic industry, it’s time I put up or shut up.)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with Mr. Chambers.