Get Ready For The Smoke and Mirrors
by James Glaser
July 9, 2011
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Smoke and mirrors is a metaphor for a deceptive, fraudulent or insubstantial explanation or description.

Have you been listening to Washington lately? President Obama is now ready to cut Social Security and Medicaid so he can spend more with a rise in the Debt Ceiling. The Republicans are ready to raise taxes if it can be painted as something called Revenue Neutral, and then they too will raise the Debt Ceiling.

Both political parties are willing to say anything and do anything to get that Debt Ceiling higher because they both want to keep spending.

Forget about the Tea Party and how the Republicans had a historical landslide victory in the last election, because the American voter bought their slogans about "Less Spending and Smaller Government."

In the past 10 years, the debt limit has been raised 10 times (seven times under President Bush and three under President Obama).

Every time the Republicans and Democrats raise our Debt Ceiling, they tell us that they are going to work on keeping spending under control, but they don't, because they know they can just borrow more when what they have runs out. Why should we believe them this time?

When an American family runs up against their debt ceiling they face consequences. They can lose everything they have, and for sure they must stop spending, but government doesn't work that way. Congress and the White House (no matter who resides there) are addicted to spending,

In truth though, this whole mess is the fault of the American voter. We know that Washington uses smoke and mirrors to convince us that they are doing the right thing, and we fall for it every time. We keep electing the same spending addicts year after year, and many of those politicians have been in Washington for decades.

We watch them spend our money, borrow more, spend that, and all we do is complain and then re-elect those same people. Well, they are right now using that smoke, and they have the mirrors all set up, and you know they are going to do it to us again and raise that Debt Ceiling one more time, and they will spend that money just like they spent all the rest. Let's face it, the American public wants to believe their lies because it is easier than doing something about it.

The trouble is that some day our children are going to ask us three questions. "What happened? Why didn't you do something? Why do we have to pay back your debt?"

Have you thought about how you are going to answer them?

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