- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The election results of November were a repudiation of the deficit-busting wealth-redistribution programs passed by Congress. Since 2007, the national debt has increased from $8.6 trillion to $14.1 trillion, so both political parties share responsibility for delivering us to the brink of economic collapse.

The new members of Congress were elected to change this paradigm. They are being vilified by the progressives for obstructing compromise, not working together, being too partisan and not moving forward. Anyone with a modicum of intellectual honesty must acknowledge that both parties have worked together for decades. That is, they spent, borrowed, printed money, compromised and moved us closer to the brink of bankruptcy. The rising risk of bankruptcy for cities and states is a preview of the fiscal calamity the nation inevitably will face as a result of our unsustainable national debt.

The voters are demanding a new direction, a nonnegotiable commitment to cease spending money we don’t have. The power to determine the course of our nation is in the hands of the Republicans, who must balance the budget and uncompromisingly stop the progressives from spending money they don’t possess and passing legislation they will never read. Our nation is like the Titanic - we’ve struck an iceberg, and the new Congress must do more than rearrange the deck chairs and take food and beverage orders from the passengers.

ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.

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