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The Devil is in the Details

Posted by olemike on 01/26/2011

You have to admit – President Obama gives a pretty speech.  That was my impression of the State of the Union last night.  However, as noted by many political pundits, it was short on details.  Details are exactly what we need if we are to make any lasting progress against the problems our country faces.  I agreed with many of the Presidents’s comments – especially about the importance of good parenting in childhood education.  I also agree we need to improve our efforts on infrastructure although I am not a proponent of high-speed rail.  I don’t think it will ever be financially self-sustaining.  That’s why Amtrak is still government subsidized.  It would be better to focus on improving  commuter train access in our big cities.  I have previously espoused expanding the reach of BART in the San Francisco bay area. 

The $400 billion of savings (over 10 years)  to be gained by freezing government spending for 5 years will not do the job.  That is just the tip of the ice berg of spending decreases that we need.  I support the approximate $2.5 trillion that the Republicans are proposing.  Yes, that might be painful but it must be done.  The danger of inaction is greater than the pain that might be incurred by making substantial cuts to spending.  Our children will thank us.

In total, government spending needs to be cut drastically in some areas but increased in others.  Our government does need to be “smaller” but also more “effective”.  This will take thoughtful, bi-partisan action by Congress and the President.   Can they overcome their differences to fix long-standing problems.  Only time will tell.  What do you think?

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One Response to “The Devil is in the Details”

  1. Mike said

    Great post Mike! I think there are still a lot of people in Washington who want to pretend this is not a problem…just print more money. Keep up the great blog posts!!

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