April 18th, 2011
Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk about â€śshared sacrificeâ€ť as American lawmakers try to button down the spending that many blame for the nationâ€™s problems.
Personally, I donâ€™t understand why the discussion seems to be entirely about entitlement programs, with no talk about the defense spending. I am perpetually perplexed about our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, which seems to be as much of a moving target as the terrorists weâ€™re chasing, while the money flies out of the Treasury as if a giant vacuum were sucking off the conveyor belt (Want a visual? Check out CostofWar.com‘s ticker.)
I get it that many government programs could stand some tweaking and scrutinizing. But Congress seems to be taking a hedge clippers to the lawn ornamentation, while a tornado bears down on the horizon.
Why would we give the EPAâ€™s budget a buzz cut while we stand on the brink of climate disaster?