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Federal budget deal disappointing

December 11, 2013 - Lee Smith
I see congressional leaders have reached a budget compromise. It offers some budget shifts, but results in only a $20 billion cut in the nation’s debt. That figure is $17 trillion.

Congressman Paul Ryan — the chief Republican negotiator — touts the pact’s smarter spending cuts and avoidance of tax hikes. His Democratic counterpart — Sen. Patty Murray — says the deal avoids a government shutdown that could have come in January.

Which all deserves a harumph.

The fundamental problem with the federal government is that it is giant, bloated and intrusive. It has too much debt, taxes too much and shares an addiction to spending with a dependency class it has created and relies on for support. The budget agreement addresses none of this in any meaningful way.

The power behind the problem is lawmakers (and a president) who see the federal government as a solution to every conceivable problem. We suppose it is good if those like Ryan can limit this drive. But the mass and momentum of federal largesse still moves forward. In other words, those who seek fiscal sanity must compromise with those who do not. Good and bad, reason and irrationality, moral and immoral are not compatible. The result remains a federal budget that is a disaster.


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