A new Wall Street Journal poll finds that a majority of the public does not want steep entitlement cuts.
Well, of course not! That’s why they aren’t happening.
Look: our system is fundamentally flawed. It’s time we realized it. The flaw is structural. We have voters voting for what they want, coupled with endless borrowing so that there is no mechanism to make them pay for it — either through spending cuts, taxes, or whatever it takes.
It’s as if you put the children in charge of what happens in a household, by declaring that the children get to vote for which parent they like best — with the understanding that no goodies or leniency ever carries any cost. So the parents compete to see who can give the kids the most candy, let them stay up the latest, etc.
It’s no way to run a household and no way to run a country.
If we don’t pass something structural to address the issue, like a strong balanced budget amendment, we’re doomed.
As Ross Perot used to say: it’s that simple, folks.