Don't blame them. Blame yourselves.

  • Article by: David Brooks , New York Times
  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 10:46 AM

We should not blame Obama and Boehner for the country's fiscal mess. We should blame American voters.

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mondaveauJan. 1, 13 6:12 PM

These are leftist programs. Blame the liberals!

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ziggymJan. 1, 13 6:18 PM

David Brooks makes some good points, EXCEPT his assertion that "So Congress and President Obama set up the 'fiscal cliff...'". When President Obama wanted to raise the debt ceiling, a routine procedure Congress has done throughout time, ALL OF A SUDDEN the Republicans (all who had voted in favor of this under Reagan & Bushes) cried foul and forced the Budget Control Act; THEY set up & passed this legislation, essentially creating the Fiscal Cliff. Obama doesn't pass budgets; Congress does. Many of these Republicans have been passing budgets for decades, also increasing the debt and producing this unsustainability. Had the Republicans agreed to raise the debt ceiling without all these accompaniments, we would not be at this tipping point.

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comment229Jan. 1, 13 6:47 PM

What Brooks will not say that I will, is that the fiscal cliff is not a problem; it is the answer. All the people screaming about it are in denial. Simply you cannot wish away the debt problem. Cuts have to be made and taxes have to increase. The general thinking of the American public is acceptance of this formula, as long as the solution is not a cut in programs that affect me, and don't raise my taxes either. Yes, once again, we have met the enemy and they are us. Quit blaming congress. They all want you to know they gave up their mandated automatic raise this year; a whole $900.

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ranger78Jan. 1, 13 7:13 PM

The American people have driven us to this point. We want everything handed to us and we want someone else to pay for it. You can give me the thumbs down if you wish. But the facts are irrefutable. We have elected politicians who gave us stuff and then re-elected them to give us more. Endless freebie programs. Endless subsidies. Endless birth of new programs. It never stops. And this cliff isn't solving anything. It raises taxes but it yet again spends more than taxes raised. No corresponding cuts. No changes. Except the debt goes up, again.

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ddellwoJan. 1, 13 7:56 PM

What on earth would anyone expect from the baby boomers -- the most self-absorbed generation of Americans to ever walk this land?

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patriciatJan. 1, 13 8:27 PM

@ddellwo: the most self-absorbed generation of Americans to ever walk this land is not the baby-boomers, it's Generation Y. You are either a member of Gen Y, or you don't come into contact with to many members of Gen Y. David Brooks, you and everyone else needs to stop calling Social Security and Medicare entitlements; they are not entitlements! They are benefits working people pay for their entire working lives.

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ti1310Jan. 1, 13 8:48 PM

---@ddellwo: the most self-absorbed generation of Americans to ever walk this land is not the baby-boomers, it's Generation Y. You are either a member of Gen Y, or you don't come into contact with to many members of Gen Y. David Brooks, you and everyone else needs to stop calling Social Security and Medicare entitlements; they are not entitlements! They are benefits working people pay for their entire working lives.---- I have come in contact with both Gen Y and boomers and boomers take the cake for selfishness, there is no comparison. And they are entitlements not benefits, typical boomer comment "I am entitled"

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wendyholtzJan. 1, 13 8:57 PM

What is needed is a single payer health care system. Close to half of all care is purchased by the government, the insurance companies take the money and pay the bills, and keep enough to make the highest payed Minnesotan, an insurance CEO. Just an example. Think about it, they take the money from us, pay the hospitals, doctors and etc. and clean up with now only 15% with the new health laws, but some state it was 30% until the new law took place. Do you really trust insurance companies more than the government. This is a huge part of government spending.

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hermajestyJan. 1, 13 9:30 PM

Typical of Republican David Brooks to whine about the deficit and blame it all on social programs, when the Afghan and Iraq Wars (over a trillion of borrowed money right there), the Department of "Defense," the military programs (such as the Coast Guard and nuclear weapons) that are under other Cabinet-level departments, the $1.2 trillion that the Pentagon has somehow "lost," the Bush tax cuts, Medicare Part D (government FORBIDDEN to negotiate for better drug prices), corporate welfare, massive tax loopholes for corporations, no-bid contracts for cronies of the Bush family, and countless other expenditures that AREN'T social programs.

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propagandistJan. 1, 13 9:33 PM

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- That, and a fiscal cliff.

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