Why can’t our politicians handle the truth?

MONROEVILLE, Al. — The drought is severe here and the  weather miserably hot, with temperatures reaching triple digits frequently this summer. That’s what occupies ordinary folk in my small hometown.

My mom’s friends and neighbors talk about the crops that are withering in the fields — corn stalks turning brown, cotton seed too parched to sprout. They talk about Casey Anthony’s culpability in the death of her young daughter. They talk about jobs. Or the lack of them.

They don’t talk about the federal deficit or the debt-ceiling negotiations that consume the nation’s capital. They are too worried about their own household budgets to fret about the federal treasury.

Spending a week here has reminded me of the stark divide between ordinary Americans and the representatives they send to Washington to serve their interests.  Here in the real America — at least the part of it that is in decline — the inside-the-Beltway political gamesmanship, competing news conferences and tactical signals intended for partisan activists don’t matter much at all. Those are the preoccupations of a political class more concerned about its own future than that of its constituents.

In this town of shuttered textile mills and limited options, people talk of foreclosures, of driving two hours each way to a job with decent wages, of helping a daughter or nephew or grandchild who just lost a job and health insurance along with it. They wonder about the neighbor who just got a pink slip. Will he be able to keep paying his mortgage? And what about the house across the street that has been empty for two years?

This is a deeply conservative region, and its denizens tend to send rightwing Republicans to Congress. The area has its tea party activists — partisans who blame the federal government for every economic malady and every public policy failure that trickles down to the locals. But their rhetoric, too, miscasts the practices and preferences of ordinary folk.

Oh, many people around these parts will tell you that they despise the “guv-mint.” But that word is reserved for the policies and agencies — real or imagined — that they oppose: the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations, the Internal Revenue Service, the presumed secret agency that is readying a plan to confiscate all firearms.

But just as polls show that most Americans, including conservatives, support spending on Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, so do people here. With an aging and needy population, hospitals and physicians depend on Medicare to keep their doors open. Area nursing homes are funded largely by Medicaid.

With jobs hard to come by, the recipients of Social Security disability checks are proliferating. And the drought will likely make government payments to farmers even more popular than they’ve been in the past.

It’s a safe assumption that most locals would oppose raising the federal debt ceiling, but that’s probably because — as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said — they don’t understand that it’s necessary for the federal government to pay off old debts, not new ones. They may have forgotten that a war they supported years ago — the invasion of Iraq — left the country with unpaid bills.

These voters are not innately irresponsible or oddly ignorant. But they’ve been misused by politicians who refuse to look them in the eye and tell them the truth: There is no simple solution to the instability created by global economic forces and no overnight fix for the deficits acquired over a decade. We know you sent us to Washington to solve these problems, but they are more difficult than we knew.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that voters here would applaud those lines with enthusiasm, but I think they’d listen. These are hardworking and long-suffering small-towners, used to making do and getting by. I think they could handle the truth if only their public servants could.

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Rockerbabe

July 15th, 2011
11:23 am

Since this town is hard core rightwing republican, getting their elected officials to tell them the truth is the hard part, assuming these folks even know that the truth is. Getting elected officials to buck their party’s line on no compromise is the tactic of choice.

My father was the same way prior to his death in the 1990’s. He just loved Ronald Reagen, but was always complaining about his social security check and that it didn’t go far, despite all the 50+ years he worked and paid into the system. When I would mention that it is Reagen’s administration that blames social security for all the ills in our country and that the republicans are working to dismantle the program, he only comment was, “I really like him” and then he went and voted for Reagen! So until the average American puts their own long term interest ahead of the GOP and its rhetoric and practices, the decline of the average citizen’s community and well-being will continue. For the GOP, their race to 3rd status for most of us, can not come too soon.

Don't Tread

July 15th, 2011
11:36 am

“the presumed secret agency that is readying a plan to confiscate all firearms”

The agency is not a secret, and neither is the plan (at least to those that are paying attention). Democrats have been attempting end-runs around the 2nd Amendment for decades.

“…partisans who blame the federal government for every economic malady and every public policy failure that trickles down to the locals”

Seriously… if the federal government institutes a policy, and it turns out to be a failure, exactly who else are you going to blame?

The problem here is that politicians sell a buttload of campaign promises at election time, then completely forget/ignore them once they’re elected (along with the will of the people). They propose and pass stuff that the average person with half a brain would never agree to.

Tom B

July 15th, 2011
11:39 am

“The area has its tea party activists — partisans who blame the federal government for every economic malady and every public policy failure that trickles down to the locals.”

The tea party activists blame ALL of government. And just who do the liberals lay blame to? The republicans. Who is the “partisan” now?

cosby

July 15th, 2011
11:46 am

I surmize this is a hate the conservative blog…but guess what, it IS THE GOVERNMENTS FAULT. Social Security – why does not one news outlet ask about the trust fund that was not to be touched…Why do Politicians like Dodd walk away with millions from their “WAR CHEST” and still collect full benefits from the tax payers. Why does one take a drug test to get a job but the government hands out welfare checks like candy. The war is ruining the economy..no way it is the Government..start with the Community Reinvestment Act by Jimmy, aided by Clinton that vowed to put everyione in a house by the end of the century..then check Fannie and Freddie and the wonderful leaders making millions while forcing the financial institutions to make stupid loans – see Raines and his millions out of the deal. spending, one trillion by the annoited one and to whom..his union buddies to get votes..where did that get the USA. Billons to Brazil to drill for oil so we can buy it..great idea from the annoited one. Start looking at the true spending and corruption from the White House down and quit blamming the 48% who still pay taxes. and this crap about taxing the rich..See John Kerry Hines – Hines foundation(s) those non – profit non tax paying institutions hiding the Hines wealth while they enjoy the good life..yea CT, your atricle is real shallow, full of blame the consvertives, but we are all going to pay the price by those in Washington who stole the money to buy votes. How about doing some real insight journnalism for a change in lieu of class war fare and hate.

Tychus Findlay

July 15th, 2011
11:54 am

The truth is political suicide and for people that make a career of being re-elected to office, they can hardly afford to admit that our entitlement programs have outgrown their funding and need to be reined in, in conjunction with higher taxes.

Jimmy62

July 15th, 2011
12:14 pm

Cosby: Yeah that first point is important. For years people like Cynthia and various Democrats told us about the inviolate lockbox of social security and how it was safe and solvent till 2039 and that nothing needed to be done. And now all of the sudden Obama tells us there is no lockbox and that he won’t be able to pay out SS funds after a few days of hitting the debt ceiling. Maybe if he could acknowledge the lies he and his fellow liberals have told us about SS for years, then we might believe we’re negotiating with an honest partner.

As it is, it’s obvious that every cut he’s suggesting is supposed to happen far down the road, whereas the tax increases are immediate. Sounds like he’s banking on having plenty of time to revoke the cuts before they would happen. He’s not being an honest negotiator.

Tommy Maddox

July 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

It’s the idiot spending that creates the need for more taxation. And when/if they do receive more revenue, they find something else to spend it on rather than addressing the debt. The end of this mentality has got to come.

booger

July 15th, 2011
12:27 pm

Repubs. have agreed to raise the limit to pay off old debts. They are simply saying that if we do that, we have to include measures to assure we are not doing the same thing ten years from now. Seems to be a pretty common sense approach to me.

Gerald West

July 15th, 2011
12:29 pm

Unfortunately, Cynthia, the people you mention ARE the problem with American governance and the economy; the lying, posturing, hypocrites they choose for public office are but symptoms of the docility, indifference, ignorance, and prejudice of the citizenry.

We won’t get a better federal government, better state governments, or a sound economy, until we get better voters.

gator24

July 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

Some people act as though the Federal Government can collect revenues and only spend it on projects for special interest groups. The congress has the checkbook and not the President. Tax loopholes are fine when the people who are receiving them agree with the party in power.
The news media is guilty of putting any idiot on their programs and not challenging their comments when are untruth are spewed. Unbelievable

Mike

July 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

I think a better question to ask, write about and ponder would be: “Why can’t the news media TELL the truth?”

Joe The Plumber Too

July 15th, 2011
12:52 pm

The sooner everybody starts to realize that there isn’t a person sent to DC that gives a damn whether we eat another meal or have a house to live in tomorrow, the better off we will be. It doesn’t matter if there is a D or a R beside a politicians name, all they care about is pandering to enough special intrest groups to stay in power. We need change alright just not any of the versions currently available.

A Lumpkin Resident

July 15th, 2011
12:55 pm

They may have forgotten that a war they supported years ago — the invasion of Iraq — left the country with unpaid bills.

You were doing good until you tried a swipe at GWB, Cynthia. The statement is factually try. But there is SO much more that dwarfs the statement… like the 5 trillion that Democrat Congresses have poured onto the deficit since 2006… that a paltry 700 billion from Iraq is pocket change.

And to be fair, the statement SHOULD read:

They may have forgotten that a WARS they supported years ago — WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War I, Balkan conflict, Iraq, Afghanistan — left the country with unpaid bills. We are still paying off stuff from 50 years ago… why stop at Iraq (other than it is politically convenient for you to do so)?

stranger in a strange land

July 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

….as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said — they don’t understand that it’s necessary for the federal government to pay off old debts, not new ones….
And what she doesn’t say is: so, what the h*ll – let’s just keep on creating new debts.
Precisely the logic one would expect from someone says we have to pass the bill in order to see what’s in it.

jconservative

July 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

Nice column Cynthia. Very perceptive. You sound like you have been talking with some of my neighbors. I am in central Georgia, a really small county. Two traffic lights in the entire county. Rural, as they say. No industry, never has been. Local agriculture is primarily dairy.

Here they do not return the census form, none of the governments business. Here the majority are on Social Security or Disability, totally dependent on the government. Most are on Medicare or Medicaid or visit the Veterans Hospital for medical care, totally dependent on the government. Way to many kids are on the CHIP program, Peach Care.

In short, I live in a community that is dependent on the government but detests the government.
Local, state and federal, all are disliked.

Or so they say. But maybe, just maybe, they really dislike themselves for becoming dependent on the government.

Some blame the Democrats, some blame the Republicans, but no one blames both parties. It is always the fault of someone else, the other party. Kinda like a large number of your readers, based on the comments I read.

jconservative

July 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

“They may have forgotten that a WARS they supported years ago — WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War I, Balkan conflict, Iraq, Afghanistan — left the country with unpaid bills.”

This is factually incorrect. WWII and Korea were paid off decades ago, financed by taxes & War Bonds and the last bond was paid off under Carter. Vietnan was paid for by tax increases. Gulf War 1 was paid for by allies, cost the US not a dollar (give GHW Bush credit for this, last paymment from Japan came in under Clinton ). I have no idea on Clinton’s Balkan adventures. Iraq and Afghanistan have been paid for with borrowed money, $1.5 trillion to date.

Stonethrower

July 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

Joe hit the nail on the head with his comments!

Mother Nature

July 15th, 2011
1:59 pm

“My mom’s friends and neighbors talk about the crops that are withering in the fields — corn stalks turning brown, cotton seed too parched to sprout.”

Now wait a minute … in GA (the next state over) farmers say they desperately need Illegals to pick crops. In AL the crops are dying, so no need to pick them? Wow, the drought must be much worse in AL than it is in S GA !!!!!!!!!

Either way, the federal government will bail both AL & GA farmers out!

Kamchak

July 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

But they’ve been misused by politicians who refuse to look them in the eye and tell them the truth: There is no simple solution to the instability created by global economic forces and no overnight fix for the deficits acquired over a decade. We know you sent us to Washington to solve these problems, but they are more difficult than we knew.

Yeah, what she said.

Ayn Rand was right

July 15th, 2011
2:10 pm

Our country is embroiled in a massive game of “king of the hill”. The left and right media and politicians do everything they can to unseat the opposing side. None of them seem to care about the people they are supposed to be reporting to or representing. It is a sad world we live in, when all the powers that be juke and jive to spin the truth for a chance at winning a child’s game.

Once again, we need to clean house. Educate yourselves on the truth, not what is reported or the rhetoric…otherwise the demise of the greatest nation on earth will be by the people.

Kamchak

July 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

Shorter Ayn Rand was right: I don’t have the stones to go Galt.

B Cosby

July 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

CT, what was the deficit when Bush left office? What is it now? Who had control of the congress when Obama took office? Who is responsible for all of the new debt? I don’t think it is the republican devil. I think it was the democratic congress and the dumba$$ that gave away all kinds of stimulas & bail out money as soon as he got his hand in the cookie jar. That’s right, you hero! How come a budget has not been passed since Obama has taken office? Don’t forget we continue to fund all sorts of entitlement programs. Free medical to illegals. Generational welfare. Free food to illegals. EBT to anyone who applies. Free cell phones. You can even use the EBT when on vacation in another state. What a deal, vacation from lying & stealing (kinda like an AJC political commentator). Wake up CT, it’s not the republicans, it’s all parties afraid to do their jobs while in fear of not being re-elected.

Bob

July 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

The reason the politicians tell the truth they get successfully attacked. I saw it happen to Mondale and his “We need to raise taxes” speech. Reagan DID raise the Social Security contribution after re-election. I have seen it with Gingrich.

Remember when Gingrich said “some [states] with the largest reductions in crime have also lowered their prison population”? Days later his campaign stalls from lack of support because “he [Gingrich] appears not to be serious about this [campaign]“.

When politicians tell inconvenient truths they are punished harshly. No wonder politicians lie all of the time. If we knew the whole truth we would now probably vote against our long term interests. We are dependent on our politicians to study the issues and vote for the short term and long term best interest of us, their constituents, which they seem to be doing less and less well. This is why our country’s government is a Democratic Representative Republic and not a pure direct vote Democracy.

We shouldn’t have to be lied to but too often the politicians think it seems to be necessary to stay in office.

buster collins

July 15th, 2011
2:31 pm

“With jobs hard to come by, the recipients of Social Security disability checks are proliferating.”

My, you are not only a poor writer, but a poor thinker as well. People do NOT get disability checks because they can’t get a job. This is just another example of why I don’t spend much time here.

AngryRedMarsWoman

July 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Cindy:“With jobs hard to come by, the recipients of Social Security disability checks are proliferating.”
Buster: “People do NOT get disability checks because they can’t get a job.”

Maybe she is trying to say that where she is from if a person can’t find work and has run out of unemployment and other means he/she will try to game the system to get SSDI. That is the way I read it at least.

stranger in a strange land

July 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

Who is John Galt?

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Guess which area of the country ISN’T hurting? The DC area, who are busy spending money we don’t have.

Jack

July 15th, 2011
5:07 pm

She’s still trying to move to the middle. Not quite there yet.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

Why can’t our parasites handle the truth?
11:10 am July 15, 2011, by ctucker
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Because they’re so used to having their bills paid for them by the productive, they don’t know how to take care of themselves, stay off drugs, keep their pants up, raise their children properly, or pay their fair share of taxes.

Anything else I can help you with?

fred

July 15th, 2011
5:58 pm

Perhaps if the media told the truth for a change….It’s easier to hadnle the truth when you don’t have to dig like hell for it.

Aquagirl

July 15th, 2011
7:00 pm

These voters are not innately irresponsible or oddly ignorant.

The other Pulitzer prize winner from Monroeville might disagree with that statement.

David Green

July 15th, 2011
7:34 pm

RE: These voters are not innately irresponsible or oddly ignorant.
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These voters are INTENTIONALLY IGNORANT and WILLFULLY BLIND!

WMD

July 15th, 2011
8:21 pm

“They may have forgotten that a war they supported years ago — the invasion of Iraq — left the country with unpaid bills.”

With the exception of that statement (many, many of us never supported the occupation of Iraq) I agree with everything else you said today Cynthia.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 15th, 2011
8:31 pm

We could pay those Iraq bills (a legitimate function of government, by the way) were it not for the anti-American parasite maintenance programs eating up so much of our budget.

Kamchak

July 15th, 2011
9:54 pm

We could pay those Iraq bills (a legitimate function of government, by the way) were it not for the anti-American parasite maintenance programs eating up so much of our budget.

Not intended to be a factual statement.

Dave R.

July 15th, 2011
10:07 pm

Why should we expect our politicians to handle the truth, when almost none of them can tell the truth?

TGT

July 15th, 2011
10:12 pm

While taking a stand against government aid for a very deserving orphanage in New York City during a severe economic crisis, President Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, said, “I will not be a party to stealing money from one group of citizens to give to another group of citizens. No matter what the need or apparent justification, once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again. . . It is the responsibility of citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of government to support its citizens.”

In 1887, after vetoing a bill that appropriated $10,000 to buy grain for several drought-stricken Texas counties, Cleveland stated, “Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”

If only today’s Democrat Party occupied even the same ideological solar system as Cleveland. Ben Franklin said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Never have we been closer to such an end than we are today.

Billyboy

July 15th, 2011
10:18 pm

You are right CT, everybody wants to blame President Obama, but, the problem was created by years of Bush. The debt increased not because of Obama and Nancy, but, due to previous problems. My children need jobs and I only have my Social Security. We need to re-elect Obama and give him a chance to fix the old problem or it will just get worse. Keep up the true communication

An honest negotiator

July 15th, 2011
10:23 pm

“The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.”

Dave R.

July 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

“You are right CT, everybody wants to blame President Obama, but, the problem was created by years of Bush. The debt increased not because of Obama and Nancy, but, due to previous problems.”

Not intended to be a factual statement, Billyboy.

CONGRESS (both parties) are responsible for the debt problem. Not Bush, not Hope & Incompetence ™, not Clinton, Reagan or Bush 1.

Congress.

Thinking Cynthia Tucker is going to give you the truth is like expecting to find a virgin in a brothel.

David Green

July 16th, 2011
12:05 am

Re: Thinking Cynthia Tucker is going to give you the truth is like expecting to find a virgin in a brothel.
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Thinking that a conservative politician who sits in the brothel on Capital hill in Washington D.C. will actually tell the truth is like believing that fairy godmothers actually exist.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 16th, 2011
6:53 am

“There is no simple solution to the instability created by global economic forces and no overnight fix for the deficits acquired over a decade.”
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Your Idiot Messiah’s annual $1.5 trillion deficits probably aren’t part of the solution.

Time to eat your peas, parasites.

HadIt

July 16th, 2011
8:08 am

To Cosby

Sheila Bair, the former head of the FCIC, a Republican nominated to her position by a Republican president, testified before Congress that she and her staff economists had studied the impact of the Community Reinvestment Act and found that it had contribued nothing to the financial crisis. The loans written in compliance with that act had a better performance history than most because they were written under stricter underwithing standards. I trust her more than I trust Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, the source of this myth you’ve bought into.

Wiie

July 16th, 2011
8:13 am

“it’s important to pay off old debts, not new ones”? What nonsense is that?

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 16th, 2011
8:25 am

“[Bair] and her staff economists had studied the impact of the Community Reinvestment Act and found that it had contribued nothing to the financial crisis.”
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What a surprise–on part of the federal government protecting another.

chicken hawk george

July 16th, 2011
8:52 am

gw is the worst prez in history. it will take a decade to reocver from his ineptitude.

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 16th, 2011
8:56 am

Guess what never happened on our President Bush’s watch? 9% unemployment or $1.5 trillion deficits.

Larry L. Clifton

July 16th, 2011
9:29 am

“There is no simple solution to the instability created by global economic forces and no overnight fix for the deficits acquired over a decade. We know you sent us to Washington to solve these problems, but they are more difficult than we knew.”
Right-e-oooh!…the ‘global economic forces’??? No. It’s decades of spending by invertebrate/club members/career pols from BOTH parties. At least six+ decades worth. That’s the truth that nobody in either party wants to ‘deal’ with. Spend, spend, and spend some more. Not enough money??? No worries the FED will print some more. If the mullet taxpayers complain we’ll tell um’ the old folks won’t get their SS checks…yeh…that’s the ticket. And the military might not get payed either…the taxpayers will believe anything…hehehe. Spend, spend spend…print more money. We need more! Raise the Debt ceiling…AGAIN…for the umpteenth time. No worries…the taxpayers are sooooo easy to scare and run over. Life is good for career politicians. Now THAT is the TRUTH.

Jeffrey

July 16th, 2011
10:07 am

Right vs Left…yawn! I like your column Cindy at least in terms of its theme of powerless voters. But why does every column and blog come down to who’s at fault? Do you think these people care? It’s the blame game (re-election game) which is mentally least challenging to play. Until we eliminate the defense contractors, unions, health insurers, green advocates and contractors, financial institutions et al from deciding the fate of legislative activity, nothing will change. Until we set term limits on elected “officials” and remove the conflict of re-election away, nothing will change.

dac

July 16th, 2011
10:16 am

I did not know that “disability” was caused by a poor job market. I thought, stupidly I guess, that it was a medical condition. Is CT telling us that the people in her hometown are becoming leaches on the rest of us because they have given up on finding work? That’s the problem in this country, we have lost our individual drive and initiative and believe that the fed government owes us what we refuse to provide for ourselves.

Gee, I am tired of going to work everyday. Maybe I should get me some disability, too!!

David in Flowery Branch

July 16th, 2011
10:25 am

“nation’s capital” LOL. “capital”.

All I needed to know about your opinion I learned from your use of homonyms.

David in Flowery Branch

July 16th, 2011
10:36 am

@TGT Thanks for making me a Grover Cleveland fan! Going to have to go out a me a few biographies on him. Have any suggestions?

Mary Elizabeth

July 16th, 2011
11:01 am

The deficit was approximately 5 trillion dollars in 2000 when George W. Bush took office; the deficit doubled to approximately 10 trillion dollars when he left office. Since then, the deficit has increased primarily because of the stimulus money needed to stop a Depression.

From Paul Krugman’s column, “The Bankruptcy Boys,” of 2/22/10:
” Rather than proposing unpopular spending cuts, Republicans would push through popular tax cuts, with the deliberate intention of worsening the government’s fiscal position. Spending cuts could then be sold as a necessity rather than a choice, the only way to eliminate an unsustainable budget deficit.”

When will politicians be forthright enough to tell the people these facts, and the fact that those who accomplished their ideological end – as described by Krugman – have hurt the lives of ordinary Americans? The current battle over the debt ceiling increase has its roots in that same ideology.
The people need to be told this. A malady is not cured until it is diagnosed correctly.

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“. . .of helping a daughter or nephew or grandchild who just lost a job and health insurance along with it.” From the column above.

This is why healthcare – which should be the right of every American, just as education is – should not be tied to a citizen’s job.

marko

July 16th, 2011
11:10 am

If you ever talk to a tea bagger, one of the first things you’re going to hear is the expression I believe in limited government. Well whoopdie doo. Everybody believes in limited government. Where people disagree is what those limits should be. Ever notice that the people that get so outraged at the thought of taxation seem to have no problems with locking up those they disagree with. The people that have no problems with spending trillions on wars and billions locking up pot smokers, police control of what we do in our bedrooms, religion taught in science classes only seem to get upset about the liberal media. that’s a funny thought considering how much of the worlds media is owned by Rupert Murdoch and his fellow billionaires. If you really want smaller government have the wealthy pay for it’s support. That’s the day we’ll experience the wonders of the amazing shrinking government. The first tea party was upset about taxation without representation. Well guess what folks you elected the idiots that created this mess. They weren’t appointed to their exalted positions by the queen. Who are the tea baggers? for the largest part, they’re the same people that voted for the clowns that chose to fight foreign wars with borrowed dollars and to keep the true cost off the books. These are the people that have come to Washington to save us. Kinda gives you a warm glow all over doesn’t it?

Chris

July 16th, 2011
12:46 pm

Ms. Tucker,

The fact is that government at all levels taxes and spends far too much! Meaningful reform will not occur until the pols in Washington DC are replaced and that won’t happen until term limits are enacted.

The people you describe understand that real like is unlike childhood where every kid gets a trophy regardless of how their team finishes the season. Life is unfair and taking 100% of the money away from the evil rich won’t change that. The world will not come to an end if entitlement programs and the defense budget are cut.

(FEAR) False Evidence Appearing Real

July 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

Was Cheney telling the truth when he said deficits don’t matter? And where was the constant drumbeat of “the president’s policies have FAILED!!!” when dubya was tanking upwards of 750,000 jobs per MONTH??? Where in the heck were/are all those wealthy job creators that the repubs just love to protect from paying their fair share of taxes? And why have those same job creators been sitting on trillions in profit instead of hiring back the millions that they laid off?

At least Obama’s policies REVERSED the tragic economic blitzkrieg that nearly befell the entire planet. It’s too bad the Dems didn’t aim for the fence when they had the bat. I shudder to think where we’d be right now had the 2008 elections gone the other way. Oy..

Kamchak

July 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

…that won’t happen until term limits are enacted.

We already have term limits, they’re called “elections.”

Lil' Barry Bailout

July 16th, 2011
2:55 pm

Mary Elizabeth: the deficit has increased primarily because of the stimulus money needed to stop a Depression.
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Wrong. The recession ended over two years ago, in June 2009. All of your Idiot Messiah’s deficits since then, around $3 trillion, were spent expanding the size of government and paying off his union supporters.