Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Fiddling with the dial
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The seriousness with which the Democrats and Republicans are facing our deficit problem is akin to Thelma and Louise arguing over which song to play.

For 2011, the U.S. government borrowed $1.27 trillion. In 2012, it borrowed another $1.1 trillion, bringing its total debt to $16 trillion ($20 trillion by 2020).

No, the government cannot print its way out of borrowed money. And, no, we do not just owe this money to ourselves. Both the blame game and no-new-taxes Grover Norquist need to be gone.

Republicans should admit to their failed policies and give President Barack Obama his tax increases, and then remind him in his own words that the math still does not add up.

Taxing the wealthy to the tune of $1.6 trillion over 10 years will not solve the problem. Nor will the Republican plan to eliminate some deductions. Both parties need to approve tax increases and serious spending cuts and entitlement reform.

Or we can keep fiddling with the radio as we fly off the cliff.

Chad Harper

Salt Lake City

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.