- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2013

There is an iceberg ahead. It can and will sink our financial ship if we do not steer clear of it. During the most recent “fiscal cliff” deal, President Obama and Congress failed to take action on the real problem in Washington: They have a serious spending addiction.

Mr. Obama would not even admit as much, however. He claims that it is a revenue problem and wants to increase taxes. This signifies a denial of reality in Washington. They are spending us into poverty. This deal cut $1 in spending for every $41 in additional taxes. It was a joke. Congress continues to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need.

It is clear to me that our politicians have an addiction to irresponsible spending. I suggest we, as concerned citizens, take up a collection to put these benevolent leaders on a sort of Shoppers Anonymous plan. They continue to kick this can down the road. If we do not address this financial tipping point now, there will be disastrous consequences that will affect the futures of our children and grandchildren. It is sad to think that the notion of each American generation leaving the next generation better off has disappeared.

We are approaching the debt ceiling again, and there will soon be a debate about how to resolve this problem. Will our elected officials finally take serious action to correct this course?


MIKE HART

Kokomo, Ind.