The Easy Way or The Hard Way

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In most cases, there are many ways to accomplish a task.  If you enjoy the occasional Hollywood film, you might have noticed that in certain cases, there seem to be only two ways.  The easy way…or the hard way.  Generally, the easy way involves accepting your fate and the certain suffering that awaits you, paying the price that should be paid.  Generally, the hard way involves trying desperately and recklessly and bravely to avoid the certain suffering that awaits you, putting everything you’ve got into incredible space-time gymnastics to get away without paying that price.  In reality, successfully going the hard way is much less common than it is in Hollywood movies.

I think that we are at such a dilemma in the U.S. as it relates to our national debt.  We can accept the fact that we need to pay our debt down, and make the very difficult sacrifices that such a feat will require of us as a nation. We can reduce our consumption to sustainable levels and live within our means, stop trying to save the world one war at a time, and cut bureaucratic waste.  We can take on the increased responsibility that comes with recognizing our culpability in the situation and work together, and be willing to do the kinds of dirty jobs that helped build all the great things we have.

Or we can try all the fancy legislative, regulatory, financial, and statistical maneuvering that has a very slight chance of actually working in the long run, and the longer that run, the closer that chance gets to zero.  We can bury our heads in the sand and hope that the shrapnel from the impending economic explosion doesn’t kill us.  We can blame it on whatever group we happen to not like and conveniently ignore our own contributions to our society’s wastefulness.

So will we go the easy way or the hard way?

Or if you like, feel free to reassure me that the debt is just not that bad, that having negative stacks of cash the size of the Empire State Building is totally cool and not a problem.

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10 Responses to The Easy Way or The Hard Way

  1. If I can take a rather meager sum of money and make it into a respectable amount to leave my son, when the time comes, while still honouring my remaining debts, I believe the nation can, too.There are some aspects of the debt that might be discharged, without harming the creditors, but your point is vital to our integrity as a nation.  I am not above doing dirty, but necessary, jobs.

  2. DivaJyoti says:

    Mabye just do the OBVIOUS and let the Bush tax cuts expire since the mega wealthy are growing into an absurdly gargantuan 1 percent, along with getting the FUCK out of foreign cuntries where we don’t belong. MAGIC. no more debt.@RighteousBruin – the top 1 percent wealthy need not get too accustomed to those tax breaks either, why should they?  They don’t need it!

  3. It’s gonna be hard because nobody is going to give up their slice of the pie.The rich don’t want to give up any more of their money, but at least in their case they already pay a disproportionate share of the tax burden to begin with.The poor, despite the fact for the most part don’t shoulder any of the tax burden, and even then get more back via abominations like the earned income tax credit (someone please explain how someone gets a “tax refund” on money they never paid in to begin with.Sad truth is everybody calls for sacrifice, but by that they mean someone other than them. 

  4. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @RighteousBruin – Excellent points.@DivaJyoti – Both discontinuing the tax cuts and ending foreign entanglements would certainly have an impact on the debt, yes.@SimianMusings – You describe well the difficulty we face.  I’ve noticed in my own life that I had to cut back on some things to live a sustainable lifestyle when my pay got cut temporarily this last year.  There was much talk of sacrifice and efficiency from people who did not take pay cuts.  They did exactly that; call for sacrifice, specifically of other people, and certainly not for themselves.

  5. DivaJyoti says:

    @Nous_Apeiron – Big impact, that’s nice you have an open mind.  Unusual around here.

  6. @DivaJyoti – That would add a significant amount to the resources available to cut our debt.  Since I can’t just flit all over creation, 24/7, the Big Boys can do without some of their perks as well.

  7. Nidan says:

    When Republicans talk about making sacrifices they usually mean taking food out of the mouths of children so that wealth fat-cats can continue to line their profits. Actually the only real way out of our economic mess is to let these big corporations in this country die so the people (The real people who built this country, the underclass) can do what they’ve done to save the US time and again. How quickly we forget our own history!

  8. Nidan says:

    I was wanting to tell you that I’m working on part two of that article series that you made a point of posting on. (I had another big article I was wanting to finish before getting into it.) I was wondering if you wanted me to send you a message when it’s ready and posted. I don’t know if revelife would choose to feature part two or not, so that might be the only way you would know it’s up, when finished.

  9. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @Nidan@revelife – We do quickly forget, yes.  Perhaps it’s a function of our relatively short lifespans.@Nidan@revelife – Many thanks for the heads up.  I look forward to reading it. 

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