There's rappelling equipment, if you'd care to use it

  • Article by: D.J. Tice , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 9:15 AM

In the long, silly history of our species, has there ever been a human being with a lousy habit to break who wasn't eager to adopt exactly this type of strategic plan -- indulge today, abstain tomorrow?

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folden1Oct. 10, 12 1:29 AM

QE (print $) to infinity until the dollar is worthless. What could possibly go wrong, president Bernanke?

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cavellOct. 10, 12 7:10 AM

if i had debt, i would try and pay it off. the bank i owe will certainly encourage me to do so. the US govt has no intention of paying off debt. they would have to spend less and tax more. obama thinks we must spend our way to recovery. or just spend. maybe future generations can pay off the debt.

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sawthatcominOct. 10, 12 7:43 AM

amen brother, amen!!

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turgidOct. 10, 12 8:01 AM

Great commentary. No doubt we are going over a cliff of some kind. Our elected leaders not only cannot pass a tax increase, they can't even let an old tax cut expire.

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my4centsOct. 10, 12 8:09 AM

I don't think that gridlock is our biggest problem right now. Obama and the Democrats have failed to propose any real spending restraint, so their only solution is higher taxes. They can go to the election talking about "taxes on the rich" while they know everyone will face much higher taxes come January 1st. Their inaction on that side reveals their true desire. They know that they need to raise taxes on everyone in order to afford their spending - but their rhetoric will win them votes from those who will once again believe their lies.

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bulky70Oct. 10, 12 8:18 AM

Before all the partisan supporters start blaming the other party for this problem, please realize this is the fault of both parties not compromising creating political gridlock. You can blame the President, the Republicans, the Democrats, the Tea Party all you want, but at the end of the day they all share blame. If you don't believe this I have some land on the moon for sale at a great price. We need leaders to step up and lead, we have no time left for petty political one-up manship.

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beebee82Oct. 10, 12 8:53 AM

"Obama and the Democrats have failed to propose any real spending restraint"

Just because you may not like their spending cut proposals doesn't mean they don't exist. $480 billion in cuts to the Defense Department, cuts to oil industry subsidies, $360 million in cuts to the EPA, $450 million in cuts to the Energy Assistance program, cuts to NASA and the Department of Agriculture, and even cuts to Medicare and Medicaid have been proposed by the White House and Democrats.

It is a false dichotomy to claim that the Democrats don't want to cut anything and the Republicans wouldn't raise any taxes. Both would cut programs and both would raise taxes. The difference is whose taxes they would raise and which programs they would cut.

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km8100Oct. 10, 12 9:59 AM

At first I thought this article would be about cutting all the ridiculous government spending going on and come up with a real plan to cut debt. Instead it supports ignoring the spending and just pulling up our bootstraps and pay all the tax hikes heading for us? #confused

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gressman5Oct. 10, 1210:04 AM

The problem is that WE the VOTERS are the problem. Until we demand accountabillity from our elected officials we will continue the cycle of accusation, denial, blame that has lead to the situation we are in. There is no one person or party that got us to where we are. It is the 50 or so years of botched policy, political posturing, unregulated lobbying, and overall ignorance of the American public that got us where we are today and will ultimately destroy this "Great Experiment" we call democracy (I realize we are a constitutional republic not a "true" democracy). The greatest strength of America was that we were "all in this together". When did we become communists/ socialists for being all for one and one for all? When did we become war mongers as opposed to the World's police in the World's eyes? Until we admit that we are ALL part of the problem, we will never accept that it is responsibllity of ALL of us to do what we need to do to return WE THE PEOPLE to OUR government FOR the people BY the people. Seems easy enough to me!?

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elpam05Oct. 10, 1210:17 AM

When I read this article I couldn't help thinking of the 47%. Well at least part of the 47%.

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