The very fact that the government shutdown has forced Washington to admit that much of what it does is “non-essential” is an important wake-up call.
“We got our mops and our brooms out here and were cleaning stuff out and they're sitting there saying, ‘Hold the broom better, that's not how you mop,’ ” claimed Obama in 2010, mocking those who questioned his stimulus-based approach and redistributionist ideology for economic recovery. “Don't tell me how to mop! Pick up a mop!”
Well, it's more than three years since Obama said those words and here's what he's saying now: “The average American earns less than he or she did in 1999,” he declared last month at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
The Atlantic magazine derided a series of economic studies estimating "unfunded liabilities" facing the United States at between $38 trillion and $200 trillion, determining through simplistic assumptions that U.S. liabilities are not a problem.