Leading up to the Presidential election of 2012, my hope for an end of the administration with which I had disagreed so fervently and persisently was growing shaky. But I held out until election day, thinking that America would learn from its mistake four years ago and opt for a better choice this time around. When I woke up Wednesday morning after the election, there’s no doubt I was shaken — but not with apocalyptic fears about what Barack Obama could or would do with another four years. I was shaken by a stark realization about my fellow Americans. Skip to the end if you want to know what it is. Or read on to figure out what made me see it.
Let’s look at the recent sequester: In 2013, the infamous sequester is set to cut $85 billion out of $3.5 trillion in estimated spending. That’s the same as cutting $85 out of a $3500 budget. Politicians like our President, as well as liberal media, have been gushing with tales of horror and doom that will most certainly result because of this meager 2.4% cut. Now that’s not to say that the sequester wasn’t poorly conceived, as evidenced by cutting things like the military’s college tuition assistance while leaving the Congressional salaries intact. But still, $85 billion was cut. And people flipped out. Are you kidding me? When the whole debt stands at $16.6 trillion?
Furthermore, we will spend about $3.5 trillion this year. About $1.6 trillion of that will be deficit spending. How is this not universally seen as problematic? Why would we reelect a man who brought us three $1 trillion+ deficits in a row?
And yet to bring this up to an Obama voter is to regurgitate a “Faux News” talking point. Excuse me for asking an obvious question, but how did we get here? Is the debt truly a problem, or do people in power give it lip service to make themselves appear concerned? Apparently the electorate doesn’t mind. Not only did we reelect a President who presided over the addition of twice as much debt as his predecessor in just half the time it took his predecessor, we reelected a remarkable 90% of sitting Congress members, despite repeated abysmal approval ratings of Congress generally.
Look, I’m not here to bash Obama, liberals, or Democrats. Everyone in Washington bears their part of the blame. I’m just aghast that anyone, anywhere, of any political stripe, would vote for people who perpetrate this kind of reckless irresponsibility upon our country, no matter what letter stands beside their name. And the deficit is only one of many problems towards which Americans have developed a dangerous level of apathy. I’m literally shocked into silence that our country could see what is happening and still say, “Four (or two, or six) more years, please!”
When a problem of this magnitude stares you in the face and you simply cast your ballot for more of the same, then we can no longer blame the person in the White House. We can only blame ourselves.