When I retired a few years ago, I reflected on my mission statement for moving here in 1990. The Cheyenne Bottoms held some sort of attraction that required me to leave the city and get closer to this place. I never looked back.
This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called "fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because it allows Congress to repeal some parts of Obamacare via "reconciliation." As important as it is to repeal Obamacare, it does not justify increasing spending and debt.
I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some other exceptional event. But every now and then, in a sort of strange serendipity, the day comes together around people, places and ideas that have a strange symbiosis. So it was last Tuesday.
Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global security or how he plans to improve the welfare of nearly 319 million Americans.
The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is a lesson learned in crony capitalism. It wasn't the jobs or projects that were shovel ready as promised. It was the insiders, who benefited financially from their political contacts.
Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't taken seriously, but if you make a small rounding error on your tax return, rest assured, the IRS will come calling.