At some point, we are going to have to forget the politicians, at least temporarily, and have our own conversations about the direction the country should take. If we can achieve consensus, or at least agree to some broad principles, we can at least add clarity to the messages we send to Washington.
Where to start? Perhaps with something most of us already agree on: Two out of three voters, Rasmussen points out, believe the best thing government can do to help the economy is to cut spending. That should not only help the current generation, it should be noted; it will also save our children and grandchildren from crushing debt.
It might seem off that voters obviously unhappy with the current level of government would send the team now in charge of the current government back to Washington. But the fact is that heading into the election, most voters did not think it mattered whether President Obama or Mitt Romney won – nothing much would change regardless.
Sadly, they are right. Do we keep waiting for the perfect set of executive and legislative leaders to come along, or do we thrash this thing out ourselves?
Don’t doubt that it will be a hard job. It will require everybody to give up something. Just as we have run out of other people’s money to spend, we have run out of “other people’s programs” to cut. Government has become so involved in our lives that it cannot be reduced without a reduction in the services everybody receives.
We know the level of government we like – who doesn’t want to be provided for in one way or another? But for the future of this country and the well-being of future generations, we need to decide how much government we’re actually willing to pay for. And that decision had better come sooner rather than later.