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A Pouting America Is Refusing To Take Its Medicine

Updated on October 11, 2012

Reality will come whether we want to look at it or we don't.

Taking our heads out of the sand.
Taking our heads out of the sand. | Source

Neither Romney nor Obama are telling it as it is. They can't, and we are to blame.

Neither Romney nor Obama are spelling out the sacrifices that are going to be necessary to get Americans back to work, balance the federal budget, and make a real stab at paying down the National Debt.
Do either one of them plan to do that? If not, they will have kept their options open so they can first be elected to serve as POTUS. Why?

This generation of Americans is not accustomed to sacrificing, but rather to expecting life to go along without the sacrifices we ultimately will have to make for each other.

Indebtedness is passive sacrifice.

Printing massive amounts of currency is ill-advised and we have always been cautioned against doing so. We see the effects in higher gas and food prices, artificially low interest rates, and an inflation which must inevitably follow.

Most recently these have been the policies of a Democrat-run administration as seen at the national level and in beleaguered California, and in the hoping and dreaming of other administrations (Republican and Democrat) which have brought us to this stage.

We can go on dreaming and blissfully cruising toward the falls, or we will all have to start paddling hard against this ever stronger current pattern of denials and ostrich-like confidence.

Which will it be? Sadly a real leader would call on us to sacrifice, but in today's society doing so would insure that such a candidate would lose this election.

We want the impossible of having our cake and eating it, too.

The medicine never tastes as good as the cake looks and tastes, and we are like the pouting child who refuses to take the medicine.

Eventually, regardless of the path we choose in this election, we will become so ill that we cannot refuse the medicine.

Why not stop the pouting and take it now?


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CR Rookwood - I'm from Maine, too. Where is Moonlight, Maine located?

      Is Maine's population still experiencing net out-flow? come to think of it, that's sort of like government finance, isn't it.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      I feel like a lot of the hyper-partisanship we are seeing lately is a luxury that will quickly fade as things get rapidly worse. Most people want to live indoors and have enough to eat. When that gets difficult for most of the population, hopefully people will start to work together instead of fighting over philosophy. So much to do, so much resistance. It's insane.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ZipperConstantine: Thanks for stopping by for a read. "Sacrifice" has that word even been mentioned by either candidate? Dream on sleepy, pouty America. The chickens will come home to roost, and they are not laying golden eggs, but instead they ar laying lots, and lots of zeroes in clumps of twelve!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      catgypsy: Good examples and points well taken. Sometimes I think that socialism is a denial of reality, but we have our own wishful thinkers of the "maybe it will get better on its own" variety.

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      Zipper 5 years ago from United States

      It will take some sacrifice on everyone's part. I trust Romney and his experience along with Ryan our number cruncher to save our country. Most people do not realize the seriousness of our situation. I don't think most of them know the difference between a million dollars and a trillion dollars. Maybe if we start a new required course in High School called "World Politics," our children could be introduced to what politics is and the differences between the U.S. and other countries. Learn about capitalism and the opportunity and freedom that come with it. People to this day still say they are one party or another without understating what it means. .

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      So true! We are a very spoiled nation and it's going to be really tough for those people who can't make the adjustments and sacrifices they need to. I already see this. I have friends who complain constantly about how their money is not going as far, but they still haven't stopped ordering the top cable tv package or subscribing to ten different magazines...just examples. Great hub!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Recognizing that the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are the keys that open the doors to America's future, Obama can complain and Romney cannot promise other than to promise a more open dialogue with both sides of the aisle. The future will be determined largely by the composition of the new Congress in 2013. Romney has stated his test for what programs will stay in place and which ones will go. Obama is claiming that everything is in place and working, if he just has "four more years". Much of what he has done is by issuing Executive Orders many, many times more than all the presidents before him combined!) Congress in 2013 is the key, not Obama and not Romney unless either one has the ability and will to work in harmony and leadership with the new Congress.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      the sacrifices don't have to be higher taxes but will have to be cuts in entitlements. that is the true sacrifices .we shoould not let the govt. cut any entitlements to our seniors or the military for that is the essence of what America's commitment to it's citizens should always be about. but the people and corporations who have gotten fat feeding at the public trough are and should be the first and it is a very long line .

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Most interesting? Sacrifice. I listen to people talking about the "younger generation" and how entitled they are. Somehow, the fact that we, as American feel we are entitled (no matter what age0) has slipped their minds. Yes. they want their cake and eat it too but with this amount of greed and lack of forethought, there won't be any cake to eat. Thank you dor this hub and comments!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting indeed and thanks for the share.,


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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I tend to agree.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Interesting analysis....and probably true. However we have yet to see.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      You have written an interesting analogy here Perspycacious. And the comments are all good including the missing ones you filled in.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      The nature of the politician is to listen to his handlers in the modern world of politics. The handlers want to play to all segments with the same level of appeal. They ignore the principles of the law of diminishing returns. Romney likely went "rogue" when he made his statements about PBS and Big Bird and the handlers probably cringed. Look at the aftermath of that one reference. The opposition worked it for days and the lame stream media attempted to use it to paint Romney in the cruelest of light. The fact of the matter is that when a family or a nation, for that matter, is in as serious financial straits as we find ourselves in today, a leader must look at everything and decide whether it is essential, convenient to have, or just another leak in the revenue system. We will not recover from our current mess until we get a leader willing to make the hard choices and stand by them and also willing to fire the private sector on all engines. You don't have to look very long to figure out how miserably FDR was failing with his government-centered recovery approach over twelve long years only to be saved by the advent of WWII. Governments are not the central focus in economic growth and job creation. Obama knows that but he purposely wants to ignore it because it fits his true agenda for the country. Give him four more years and the truth will come readily visible. ~WB

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      ronaldoh 5 years ago from England

      You are correct, this generation does not want to make sacrifices, nor does any other generation. The sacrifice will come for all in the form of taxes, except for the super rich who have taken their money away from the US.

      Printing more money creates more inflation, which is really another tax(higher prices = higher taxes). politicians just want someone to blame.

      You will continue to pay the nations debt until the bubble bursts.

      All fiat currencies eventually become worthless.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Somehow we lost Old Poolman's comment on this question. In summary it said that this is a "Good question" and that politicians don't want to be the bearers of bad news, so aren't likely to tell it like it is a la Greece. He added that what is needed is a president who is willing to be a "one term President" in order to try the stringent measures needed to save a sinking ship. Attikos commented that he wondered if Old Poolman thought any Congress would let such a president do what must be done.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cleaner3: You meant either "lowering unemployment," or "high unemployment," but readers will understand your comment. Romney cannot lay it out any more clearly than what you interpreted from his remarks, and President Obama cannot lead us if he doesn't call for sacrifice sooner or later...preferably sooner, at least to the extent that Romney did. Given a choice, however, between sacrifice or trusting someone to painlessly solve our problems, votes could go to the supposedly "painless" offering. It is time for us to be realistic and bite the bullet. The bullet is already biting us.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      Sir , you have seen the leader and it is Mitt Romney .He has shown the american people what the choices are and that it will be tough to accomplish . but at least he has a plan and has shown that he will put it out for all to see unlike the democrats, IE; Obama . the president can not and will not run on his record for he is a failure, and must resort to big bird to distract the masses of the danger of the economic failure we are facing , such as the strength of the dollar , massive inflation on the horizon and low unemployment horrible economic growth . We can not tax ourselves into prosperity. it is not possible as any 6th grader can tell you . Americans have seen two men, that had a chance to give their positions on how they would direct OUR future and the shift in popularity has been massivly toward Romney .