Monday, March 05, 2007

Comptroller on "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour"

If you missed Steve Kroft's interview with Comptroller General David Walker on "60 Minutes" last night, I urge you to read it. Walker, who's currently on what he's calling a "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," is trying to make an important about about the real state of American fiscal policy. "We suffer from a fiscal cancer," he says, "It is growing within us. And if we do not treat it, it could have catastrophic consequences for our country."

As our political leader keep spending away down in Washington without a care in the world, the debt keeps mounting. It's got to stop.

Walker, again: "I don't know politicians that like to raise taxes. I don't know politicians that like to cut spending, but I think what we have to recognize is this is not just about numbers. We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren at record rates, and that is not only an issue of fiscal irresponsibility, it's an issue of immorality."


At 8:51 PM, Blogger Carol Gee said...

David Walker is a real hero to me. But his voice seems to "cry in the wilderness."

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Danny L. McDaniel said...

I used to believe the moral dimension of the federal budget deficit and national debt. From the 1970's through the early 1990's that all I heard from my Republican friends was how immoral it was to leave this debt on the backs of generations of Americans yet born, myself included.

So much for balanced budgets, smaller and less intrusive government as well as a litnany of social issues the GOP was going to reverse. It was bogus then and it is bogus now. Republicans when in trouble don't run to the hills, they run to the nearest picture of Ronald Reagan to hide behind and then pull out his outdated rhetoric from the 1980's, a generation ago.

The religious right demands that only GOP presidential candidates take their pledge of alliance on anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage issues but when elected do nothing about them. The good minsters want their turn to sleep in the Licoln bedroom, have the President attend a pray breakfast, and they will help supply the votes.

It is time for the Republican to dig it's collective head out the sand and get in the modern world, but then again, they like being in the minority, they don't have to do much.

Danny L. McDaniel
Lafayette, Indiana


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