Today's the deadline for the congressional debt reduction committee to reach agreement on how to cut $1.2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Unless there has been a miracle between the time I am writing these words and the time you hear them, there will be no agreement.
Are you surprised? I'm not. Some of the same people who caused the overspending problem aren't capable of providing a solution.
Democrats want to raise taxes. No surprise there. Whenever taxes have been raised in the past to lower the deficit, the money got spent on other things. That's what politicians do. What makes you think that if they have been irresponsible in spending our money, they will suddenly become responsible if we give them more money?
There will be across-the-board cuts, too much of them in defense. Can someone lead responsibly? The next election gives us all a chance to elect people who will.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: November 23, 2011