POLISHING THE SILVER ON THE TITANIC

In nine days we will be participating in arguably the most important election in our lives. A referendum of our net ideology. And I must admit, while the intellectual part of me understands the human frailties of sloth, greed and denial, the emotional part still cannot fathom how we’ve allowed ourselves to reach this point. The country’s future balances on a razor’s edge.

So I ask those who don’t share my views (assuming there’s a one out there who bothers to read this)—would you replace the baseboards in your home after a pipe bursts before fixing the leak? It’s a silly question, isn’t it? Like prioritizing polishing the silver while the Titanic is sinking. Yet, on a national scale, we do this daily.

We talk of raising taxes to quench a voracious deficit so large it will drown future generations, without once seriously considering drastic cuts to the wanton spending that is scuttling the ship. Kind of like using silver teaspoons as bailers. We talk of immigration reform ad nauseum without closing the border as the necessary first step (destroying the economy is an equally effective ploy but has bothersome side effects, as we’re finding out).

The liberals complain that Romney is vague on specifics with his five-point plan (as if his counterpart’s agenda is crystal clear beyond “giving everyone a fair shot” and “helping out the middle class”). The truth is, Romney can’t be specific. If he told us he’s going to try a shot at national Chapter 11 reorganization to avoid going Chapter 7, he’d never get elected. We don’t want to hear how we need to experience a decade or so of pain to offset the decades of living off the dime of our kids.

It won’t be easy, and there isn’t anyone who has a sacred cow that won’t be led to the slaughter. But the idea that we can keep kicking this can down the road until the economy miraculously recovers is just wrong-headed. Rome collapsed and Greece went down for the count twice, first as an empire and then as a nice vacation destination.

Despite what you may have heard, nothing’s “too big to fail.”

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