Jumping Off The Fiscal Cliff

I’m sure we’re all annoyed about this fiscal cliff talk, but let it be a warning to any reliance we may have on government. It should be super interesting to see how our country’s going to pay for Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other benefits in years to come. Maybe we’ll just keep raising the debt ceiling until we have reached the heavens. As much as I’d like to demerit Congress for the overwhelming debates on this issue, I recognize the difficult decisions that our House and Senate has to make while protecting our own interests. But our overall our interest should be sustaining this country.

There are political analysts across the country who have proposed solutions to this growing issue in America and our Congress is voting on it as we speak. While severe spending cuts would make creating our nation’s budget much easier, it is also not the most responsible decision. Don’t get me wrong, spending cuts are necessary, and I support them as our country sits in this fiscal mess. Yet cuts should be done responsibly as they will be traumatic and cause chaos due to such dependency on them. However, I firmly believe that this conversation should shift from the debate on raised taxes and spending cuts to a much more comprehensive dialogue on changing the culture of dependency in our country. Many Americans have this idea of government being this inexhaustible power with a slew of measures to support citizens. Obviously this point begins the conversation on what your perspective of government’s purpose is, but regardless of your principle, reality is letting us know that our country’s gone for a long distance drive and we’re running out of gas.

The series of debates on ways to get the country out of debt usually begin with conservatives putting entitlement programs on the table. All the while, liberals defend them without many propositions to lessen them and Republicans fail to make a strong case for their interests like large defense spending and tax cuts on the wealthy. Yet changing our nation’s dependency on government does not stop at programs like Social Security or at promoting tax hikes for family incomes of $400,000 or more; but instead it should aim to answer what needs to be done in the moment, and be done responsibly.

At this point I’m about ready to jump off this thing that we call a fiscal cliff. There’s already conversation on the birth of new cliffs, that being conversations on the debt ceiling, revisiting the sequester on spending cuts, and creating our nation’s budget. Regardless of the solutions that we’ll come to in these newborn cliffs, it is vital that we begin promoting this change from dependency to understanding our government as a power with its limits. If not, we might as well join hands and jump off together.

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