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June 5, 2023

I spent the biggest part of this past week with all 7 of my grandchildren on a trip to the beach. I have spent most of the week dodging flying food, picking up more towels than you’d find in a Super Bowl locker room, and answering the same question 300 times a day, “Can I have a snack?” I fully expected to be duct-taped to a lawn chair in retaliation for not thinking that chocolate ice cream is not a proper breakfast food or that 6 popsicles a day is an adequate allotment of sugar. But, folks, I survived! And boy did I look forward to getting here to the studio this week!

I fully understand that Republicans only hold one half of the legislative branch of government while the other half is controlled by very liberal Democrats and that the Executive Branch is led by the most liberal President in history. I wasn’t expecting that the fight over the debt-ceiling would be something to cheer about, but I did hope that Speaker McCarthy would sit tight and play hard since the Republicans in the House were the only ones to actually pass a bill and put something specific on the table as opposed to Joe Biden and the Senate which did nothing. Biden wouldn’t even meet with McCarthy for 100 days and only got interested when the entire economy was at risk over the brinkmanship.

I wasn’t privy to the details of the negotiation so I’ll be somewhat cautious in my assessment of the “deal” that was made, but time will tell if we ended up with more symbolism than substance; more caving than taxpayer saving; more surrender than success.

The late, great Kenny Rogers had a famous song that reminded us that you “have to know when to hold ‘em; know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”

I sure wish Kenny Rogers had been in the room! Not sure, but I kind of think Kenny would for sure walked away and very likely would have run from a deal. But it’s probably the best we can get given that Republicans have a very slim majority in the House and the Dems control the Senate and some Democrat controls the White House, but we doubt it’s Joe Biden. Over 60% of Americans said they didn’t want a debt ceiling agreement that didn’t have spending cuts. We slowed some stuff, but didn’t stop it. Kind of like how Southerners in small towns don’t actually stop at stop signs, they just slow down and roll through them.

Governing is hard. Much harder than campaigning. I’ve done plenty of both. And both are much harder than commenting on elected officials and the things they do. It’s what I do now so I’ll tell you it’s the easiest job of all, so I am trying to be charitable and wait until we understand all the details. But what I’ve seen so far isn’t exactly making me giddy with joy that we have stood up to the big spenders in Congress and said, “NO! We need to live within a budget we can afford, just like all the taxpayers have to do.” Both the far left and the far right hate the bill and voted against it, which may be a good sign that no one loved it and most just accepted it as better than defaulting on our debt.

And that’s really the point. Do I want the government to default? Of course not. But neither do I want them to pretend that we can just keep spending money we don’t have and borrowing money we have no way to pay back.

Our world is crazy enough with retailers like Target choosing to become groomers and entice children to cross dress and parade perversion like it’s as normal and pretending to be a cowboy or princess. Disneyland now has a mustached man dressed like a woman to welcome children into one of its attractions. I don’t find ANYTHING attractive about it. So with all the crazy happening in the commercial world, I’d love to see our government act like responsible adults and start building budgets that won’t bankrupt our children and grandchildren and turn our nation into a future socialist cesspool. But it doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon.

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  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    06/06/2023 03:29 PM

    If the debt limit were not raised, that would not equal default on payment of bonds. It would have forced the Administration to prioritize spending and actually reduce spending. Holding the line on the debt limit would have had the effect of a balanced budget amendment requiring the government to operate only on tax receipts. The Republicans missed an opportunity to limit government spending. All they had to do was say no increase to the National debt.

  • Bobbi Foster

    06/06/2023 11:03 AM

    I agree with you 100% I've told that to Steve Scalise more than once. If I ran my household like the Dems are running the country I would be called a fool. I have no debt except for my house. Only started using a credit card because I was told it's too dangerous to use my debit card for online purchases. Pay as you go. Another thing. Take care of Americans first. And one more thing, what part of IL-legal alien do they not understand. One bright spot, when the pickings get slim here because of Socialism they will all go home. The South American countries seem to be waking up and figuring out that Socialism doesn't work. But till then, illegals are just one way they will use to cheat their way back into office. And they will cheat because once you start messing with people's money, it's alI over. I was once told that the reason Senators and Representatives were paid so much was to discourage bribery. How's that working out? Cutting salaries would be a good start on our debt. And they can just vote themselves a raise? What's up with that? I've never been able to do that. I am also wondering about Mike Fink and Michael Bloomberg. I understand from one source that they are the true powers behind Joe's puppeteers, i. e. Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, and the rest. Wonder why nobody ever talks about them. So many topics. Hope you can make some sense of it all. Thanks for all you do. Carry on smartly.

  • Karen McKee

    06/05/2023 05:36 PM

    WHY do politicians always threaten SS & Medicare FIRST when the debt ceiling is threatened?! I WORKED all my life 40+ years paying into both programs! Why don't we discuss WELFARE & MEDICAID FIRST!
    I believe congressional PAY should be fluid depending on their presence in D.C. (clocking in & out) & PORK projects should disappear until the budget gets balanced! Also, NO MORE PRIVATE PLANES & use of government transportation! PERIOD! Somebody make Dave Ramsey in charge of this mess! Sorry Dave but, we need a common sense expert in charge of OUR MONEY!

  • John Stewart

    06/05/2023 05:35 PM

    I say Amen and I understand that we wouldn't die if we defaulted for a period of time...the necessities get paid...and someone may be able to have the strength to call Janet Yellen's et al's bluff.

  • Chris Lavers

    06/05/2023 03:20 PM

    I think that you should stop referring to those on the left as "liberals".

    Plural form of liberal

    l?b??r-?l, l?b?r?l
    Favoring reform, open to new ideas, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not bound by traditional thinking; broad-minded. synonym: broad-minded.
    Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.
    Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.

    Does this definition describe anyone on the left?
    Please refer to them as leftists.
    Also, please don't refer to the USA as a democracy.
    I believe that using this term gives the uninformed voter license to vote for demonKKKrats.

  • karen T Rogers

    06/05/2023 01:59 PM

    The debt ceiling bs is pretty much that, the Commies have always used it as a threat and we keep swallowing it, there is no such thing as hoping for the best or hoping it is not what it really is at face value. They always use threats and always will to intimidate and control us like with this Covid crap where my 2 younger brothers were murdered by the government, Tom was a marine and was willing to sacrifice his life in service for this country. Did you hear the message from the hundred year old marine on Gorka Sunday? He broke down in tears, he told us this country is not what it was and not what him and his brothers fought or died for. Too pathedic, this is what we have allowed the Commies to do and get away with, each year is worse and what the Commies push for to control us further and we keep taking it. This is not what Audie Murphy would do, he was a most decorated war hero, are they all gone????? If we don't stop this destruction now and stop being pussies and cowards we are hopelessly LOST!!!! Take it back even in the only way they have left us an out with. Flying projectiles. American might, no more baloney ever, peace, prosperity, safety through strength.