Remember that thing called the federal debt?

January 09, 2012

Doyle McManus is absolutely correct ("Reading the tea leaves — post-Iowa, a weaker movement," Jan. 6) when he observes that the tea party has clearly lost influence, and of all the Republican nominees, Mitt Romney would be the last we'd choose. Congratulations to those who've painted us as radical, racist and terrorists. We've apparently managed to procrastinate once again in addressing the core of our fiscal dilemma.

Oh, there are signs that the economy is wakening, and everyone's hopeful that somehow things will fix themselves, but they won't. That's the ace up the tea party's sleeve. That spectral presence that sits around the fiscal corner is the debt. Americans have chosen not to address it, to put it off like they might put off studying for a final, or put off that task at work that they know will get them fired if they don't address it and yet they can't seem to bring themselves to act. We don't like to be reminded of it. Well, here we are, the tea party, reminding everyone it's still there.

While those who oppose us rejoice at our diminished influence, President Barack Obama asks for another increase of $1.2 trillion in the debt ceiling. While Romney supporters celebrate because they managed to convince the voters that they should cast their vote for him because he's more electable, the debt accrues compound interest by the second. Every second it grows like The Blob, constantly feeding and growing, and gaining power as it does. And the voters turn away, believing that "somebody" will do "something" about it at "some point." Because facing it down is hard. It's like the first day of a diet. Like putting down the Wii and cracking the book to start studying.

Ultimately, the "somebody" that needs to do the "something" about the debt are the voters. They're clearly not ready. But the debt just increased exponentially while you read this. Go ahead, ignore it. We'll be here to remind you tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. And every day it's ignored, it becomes stronger and more evil, tougher to handle. Let us know when you're ready.

Fred Pasek, Frederick

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