US Debt: Political Expediency Exemplified

July 26, 2011,
Claire Montanaro

The current intransigence within Congress over the US debt crisis is another wonderful example of political self-centredness, to help us learn and grow.

It is extraordinary to watch this polarisation of bureaucratic obduracy, with one party insisting on deep spending cuts without any tax raising measures, the other party demanding a solution through taxing the rich in order to protect existing welfare programmes. Both approaches are based on an idealism so deep rooted it is almost fundamentalist in nature, but with expediency at the heart of the standoff: with elections looming in 2012, the politicians wish to please their voters.

All solutions to the debt problem under consideration, including a possible compromise, involve raising the current limit, which to my unqualified mind means that the problem of resolving how to repay the ever-growing debt remains still. No individual or company would be allowed to borrow in this way: the money supply would have been cut off long ago.

Meanwhile, the impasse has major global ramifications. Whatever the outcome, however clever the presentational packaging of a solution, America will continue to have a serious economic situation, probably a default, perhaps by another name, which will affect not only her own citizens but also all international economies, causing global turmoil with serious repercussions for everybody.  Life will never be the same again, and it will be good – but the change need not have been achieved so drastically as now is likely.

Examples of political expediency overshadowing the desire to do what is in the interests of the greater good over the long term are not confined to the US and its debt crisis. We have seen it recently in the decision-making in the EU over Greece and the maintaining of the Euro, and we will see more of this sort of selfish short-termism in the future. In the end, it is a choice between what is in our foreseeable self-interest and what benefits our community for its long-term greatest good.  The first approach is bound to failure, while the second will bring transitory pain but permanent reward, at every level.


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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.


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