By Howard Rich
Washington politicians have worked themselves into a fine lather
lately debating spending cuts. Yet as familiar rhetorical jabs are
exchanged over proposed reductions to things like NPR and the National
Archives, the real spending debate is being ignored.
I’m referring of course to the debate over “entitlements” — decades’
worth of multi-trillion dollar promises made by former Congresses that
had no intention whatsoever of keeping any of them.
Once a distant dilemma, entitlements are now the “wolf at the door,” a
present, pernicious threat to the immediate fiscal health of our
nation. Yet as this unprecedented wave of red ink crests over our
country — dwarfing the debate over discretionary spending — politicians
of both parties remain incapable of leveling with the public regarding
the damage to come.
In fact entitlement reform isn’t even part of the budgetary
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