I was raised by two parents who both firmly believed it was rude to talk about politics. My mother believed (ans still does) that what we hear from politicians is predominantly lies, and my father believed the discussion of politics just led to strife, which he avoided at all costs whenever possible.
It’s not surprising, then, that I have a wide mistrust of politicians in general. As far as I can see, politics turns people into fractious, contentious enemies who are more concerned with being right than in doing what’s right.
What I’m confused about, however, is why anyone would vote for either of the two candidates who are running on the Democrat or Republican ticket. They lie, obfuscate, and manipulate, and as far as I can tell from the debates they have no concrete solutions for the mess America is in.
What I would like to hear is: “America has a deficit of X, I am going to decrease spending by Y in order to pay off this deficit in Z years.”
What I do hear is: “We have a deficit of X, because it’s Y’s fault, I’m going to cut taxes for Z, and I’m going to increase funding for Q, and I’m going to pay for V for everyone, and please don’t think about the fact that none of this makes sense because I don’t want you to realize there’s no way to pay for all this while cutting taxes.”
But that’s the problem: We aren’t paying attention. Everyone has their own pet projects that they want to make sure receive plenty of government funding, so no one wants the government to make any cuts in funding. But no one wants to pay more taxes, because we’re already taxed to death anyway. But we have a HUGE deficit and can’t possibly keep spending like we are, because our currency is already imperiled and in danger of collapse.
So there you are. You have two politicians telling people what they want to hear (I’ll pay for YOUR special cause!) and no one’s wondering how any of it is possible.
If America were a friend of mine, in terrific debt with a spendy lifestyle, I would tell my friend to cut any non-essential spending and live sparsely and pay off that debt as aggressively as possible. A debt-free, stable existence is infinitely preferable to a non-sustainable habit of spending more than you make.
I suppose what I’m essentially saying is: Ron Swanson for President. That guy’s got it all figured out.