- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Our government’s irresponsible and reckless fiscal policies have brought us to the brink of fiscal calamity (“Tax Freedom Day mirage,” Commentary, April 12).

The head of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, has said: “U.S. fiscal policy is unsustainable … to an extent that it can’t be solved through minor changes … it’s a matter of arithmetic.” The undeniable facts are that for every dollar in taxes and other revenues the federal government took in, it spent more than $3. The official national debt stands at $12.68 trillion. Contingent obligations for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans and pensions stand at an additional $108 trillion over and above the “official” national debt. The health care reform act may be the last nail in our fiscal coffin.

For more than 100 years, the progressives in both parties have advocated redistribution of wealth, profligate spending and borrowing, and control and regulation of all wages and commerce, including our health care. They have been transforming America incrementally, hoping no one would notice. President Obama, flush with the confidence of victory and majorities in Congress, openly fast-tracked and foisted his socialist agenda on us, never expecting to be deluged by a tsunami of Tea Parties.

Mr. Obama acknowledges he sought out socialist and Marxist professors while in college. As president, he has appointed and empowered self-proclaimed and admitted socialist, Marxist and communist-leaning advisers in the White House These elitists have imposed their directives, regulations and mandates and opened a Pandora’s box with their assault on the free market, individual liberties and the Constitution. In their arrogance, they have inadvertently resurrected the spirit of the original Boston Tea Party, which ended in a revolution and the vanquishing of an oppressor. This very well may be Mr. Obama’s legacy.

ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.

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