Okay, so after watching the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, a couple of questions popped up in my mind. First up, Newt Gingrich.
In his latest appearance on Meet the Press, Gingrich made several statements distancing himself from the radical right-wing Republicans, and seemingly courting the moderates, which, given the state of the country right now, seems exactly like what we need - we need to get away from radicalism (on both ends), and work together to solve this country's problems.
No sooner had that happened, though, than news media outlets (or rather, outlet, since I noted with some irony that all the programs saying this were Fox News, aka Hotbed of the Radical Right) that Gingrich's statements had compromised his viability as a candidate for the Republican party. No sooner had that happened than Newt Gingrich made a press appearance saying that his statements on that show (against Paul Ryan and his healthcare plan) were out of context, and anyone using clips of his statements were wrong.
>_< Number one.
Now, the Debt Limit. The US hit the debt limit on Monday, and the only reason that we haven't defaulted yet is because the Treasury enacted some emergency measures to clear up enough money for us to keep paying costs until August, when everyone seems to think that the bill to raise the debt limit ceiling will be passed.
So, here's my question: Why didn't Congress, the President, his advisors, the government personnel responsible for this in general, see this coming? Or, rather: When Obama came into office, our current national debt was X, with a limit of $14.264 trillion. Proposed spending was Y. So why didn't anyone do the math and say, "oh, hey! Spending's going to put us at the debt limit!" Why is it that this whole debt ceiling thing seems like it's just getting attention now, rather than a few months ago?
>_< Number two.
And lastly, Taxes. In reading articles about solving the debt problem, financial experts have been consulted on how to fix the problem. And most of them have gone on record saying one simple thing: Cuttting Spending Isn't Enough. Now, I'm all for cutting government spending, especially when a significant portion of our budget are useless pork projects, but like they said, you can't just cut spending to solve a debt crisis on this level. We'd eventually end up undercutting ourselves a lot. No, we need less expenditures and more revenue.
And yet, despite this, some Republicans are saying no, no new taxes, no increased taxes, nothing that even remotely involves raising taxes, when, according to the Colbert Report's guest tonight, Austan Goolsbee, that taxes, especially for the wealthy, are at a historic low? ((In the case of the wealthy, the lowest they're been in the past 60 years!) So how does someone continue to justify keeping potential revenue out of the hands of the government, and leaving it in the hands of people who, quite frankly, don't seem to be using it?
>_< Number three.
So, all this makes me wonder: is the end of the United States within sight? Are the persons responsible for the downfall of this country not the Russians, or Germans, or any of the past enemies that we've had...but us?