Posted by: Debby Durkee | May 21, 2011

Are we a nation of doers or talkers?

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Are we a nation of doers or talkers?

Michelle Malkin’s column this week equates the 30-year-old man who sleeps in a crib, wearing diapers and drinking from a baby bottle at the expense of the taxpayer to what’s wrong in this country. This man claims to have a disability, even though he is perfectly able to walk around, drive a car and worked as a security guard. He claims he has a problem and therefore we must pay for him to indulge his problem. Is this a country of doers or babies? Is this a country of doers or talkers? Is this a future we can look forward to? What about our so-called leaders? Doers or talkers? Doers or babies?

Welcome to the land of the freeloaders and the home of the depraved. No image captures America’s regressive ethos better than that of 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr., self-proclaimed “Adult Baby.” Profiled on a recent National Geographic reality-television show, Thornton claims to suffer from a bizarre infantilism that leads him to wear diapers, lounge around in an oversized crib, and seek constant coddling.

…Thornton Jr. — let’s just call him Junior — is a symptom of our Nanny State run amok, not an anomaly.  Snip –

Junior came to Washington’s attention this week when Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) challenged the Social Security Administration to probe into how the baby-bottle-guzzling, 350-pound man qualified for federal disability benefits. A former security guard, Junior is handy enough to have crafted his own wooden high chair and playpen.

Junior can drive a car and has sense enough not to go out in public in his XXL footie pajamas. Yet, welfare administrators treat him as an incurable dependent. Also collecting taxpayer-subsidized paychecks: Thornton’s adult roommate, a former nurse, who has indulged Thornton’s baby role-playing for the past decade.

Here’s Malkin:

Where’s the Senate?

This Adult Baby Syndrome doesn’t just apply to young adults; it also seems to apply to our ruling elite, who can’t seem to find a way to do anything. They’d rather talk about it or tax you to fix it. Anything else is just too darn hard. They might have to risk something. They might have to think rather than point fingers while they suck their thumbs.

Tom Coburn asks – Where is the Senate on the debt debate? Why aren’t they doing something constructive for the country?

Our country is facing the greatest threat to our freedom and future since 1941. Any honest view of our debt, deficits, size of government and demographic challenges shows we must make major changes if we are going to pass on the American way of life to our children. Each week seems to bring new warning signs: slower-than-expected growth (already as much as 25 to 33 percent every year, some estimate), higher-than-expected unemployment numbers, admonitions to get our act together from the international financial community.

If these facts are true — and very few policymakers deny them — why has the U.S. Senate become the least deliberative “greatest deliberative body” in the world?

The lack of leadership and initiative in the (Democratic) Senate is appalling. As of this week, the Senate has held just 72 roll call votes this year, about one per legislative day on mostly noncontroversial and inconsequential matters. By this time last year, we had taken more than twice that number of votes (152). By this time in 2009, we had taken 192 votes. If we continue to avoid tough choices, we will lose control of our economic destiny and go down in history as the Senate that lost America… Snip –

We are facing what Democrat Erskine Bowles calls the most predictable economic crisis in history. There is no excuse for not having bills on the Senate floor with an open amendment process that allows the American people to fully comprehend not only the magnitude of our problems but the possible solutions. The people need to hear the Senate debate the central issues of our time. The limited progress that has been made to bring sobriety to Congress, such as the end of the earmark orgy, was made possible through a relentless floor campaign publicizing amendment after amendment and cut after cut. Change happens when the American people see real debate, not partisan political theater.

As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid bears special responsibility for failing to direct attention to the central challenges of our time. His floor strategy seems to be focused on saving Democrats more than democracy. I would relish a debate on tax earmarks, spending cuts and competing budgets (if there were competing budgets), yet the votes he seems most interested in scheduling — such as tax breaks for big oil companies — are designed for short-term political gain rather than long-term deficit reduction.

Does this sound like a serious, adult bunch to you? Or does it sound like a bunch of teenagers putting off the hard work of finding a job and making money for playing video games and living off of Mom and Dad. Or maybe living like an adult baby as Stanley Thorton Jr. – wearing diapers and sucking on a bottle while living off those who work, the doers.

…The public rightly prefers spending cuts over revenue increases, but numerous polls indicate the vast majority of Americans would support the only type of plan that would ever make it out of Congress and be signed into law: one that favors spending cuts over revenue increases but includes both.

Getting there, however, will require the Senate to put forward specific solutions and win public support for serious entitlement reform and tax reform. In the coming weeks I’ll be putting forward my own proposal that puts everything on the table and cuts $9 trillion in spending over the next decade…

History has not been kind to republics that pretend they can borrow and spend beyond their means indefinitely. We can cheat history, but only if we act quickly. If senators put our national security ahead of our political security, the American people will see there is no problem we cannot solve. Let the debate begin.

We need grown-ups running the country, not a bunch of adult babies who won’t face reality and do the right thing for the country. We need to kick these adult babies out of the House and the Senate. Let’s pray the country will survive until then. Read all of Coburn here:

Dems: No answers, just higher taxes.

When the Democrats do finally get in the game, they never have any bold ideas, they just go to their cookbook and pull out the same old recipe – tax increases and fear-mongering. This is from Investor’s Business Daily.

In case you missed it, the Democrats floated a plan for a millionaire surtax in an attempt to, as the Hill put it, “force Republicans to accept other tax increases.” They tried to hike taxes on oil companies by more than $2 billion a year, because the industry is currently making big profits; and mounted a nationwide campaign to scare seniors away from Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform — including a new ad that depicts Ryan tossing a senior citizen off a cliff.

Detect a theme there? On issue after issue, Republicans are putting forward serious, sober and often politically risky solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems, while Democrats play class-warfare games and stoke the public’s fear.

To cope with the nation’s gargantuan debt, for example, the GOP issued a budget plan that focuses — correctly — on reining in the government’s runaway spending.

The only thing Democrats want to talk about is how all our problems can be solved if we just raise taxes on the “the rich.”  Snip –

There aren’t enough rich in the country to fix our debt problems. Controlling spending is the adult approach, grabbing for more cash from taxpayers while hiking up the balance on the credit card is what an irresponsible child would do.

When it comes to sky-high gas prices, Republicans at least understand that the root of the problem is too little oil supply, and in the Senate this week they tried to pass a bill to boost domestic oil production, only to be blocked by Democrats.

What do Democrats do instead? Demonize oil companies for making a profit and try to squeeze them for extra tax dollars. As President Obama said, “They are making tens of billions of dollars each — huge profits — while you’re struggling to fill up your gas tank.”

Never mind that less oil production and more oil industry taxes are the exact opposite of what’s needed to bring gasoline prices down.  Snip –

The country faces serious problems and voters deserve political leaders willing to step up and propose serious, credible solutions.

As the last week made clear, they aren’t getting anything like that from the party of FDR.

GOP field: Talk, talk, talk.

Are the GOP any better? Kimberley Strassel says that those in the running for the GOP nomination need to lay out a cohesive plan for the American people to show how they will govern if elected in 2012. Americans are ready for solutions to problems. It’s time to show, not tell America. Americans are hungry for leadership, not dithering. That’s one of the reasons there was such a negative gut reaction to Gingrich last week. He is too much from the old school of talkers. This is from the Wall Street Journal.

…Why oh why, everyone keeps asking, does the Republican race excite less enthusiasm than a curling competition? Why does watching the speeches and the interviews require No-Doz . . . or Tums . . . or an epidural? What is the problem, people?

(Newt) Gingrich supplied that answer on NBC last weekend as he talked, and talked, and talked…in all that talk, talk, talk, Mr. Gingrich never actually laid out a bold vision of what he’d do, do, do as president. That sums up the problem with the GOP field.

Look at the rising Republican stars, those who have excited voters: (Rep. Paul) Ryan, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. What do these men have in common?

These politicians are…getting marks as the party’s “doers,” the guys making things happen. They lay out the ugly problems and then lay out the tough solutions—despite political risk. The press initially declared each of these individuals clinically insane for taking on Medicare, Social Security, public-employee unions. Yet it has been precisely their willingness to do so that has won them some measure of admiration from a public that is in the mood for action.

Mr. Gingrich’s mistake on Sunday was to go the opposite route.  Snip –

…Mr. Gingrich wants a “national conversation” on Medicare that will result in “better outcomes, better solutions, better options.” He wants to talk. Much as he talked about the issue during the HillaryCare fight, and much as he’s talked about it for the 18 years since, and much as he’ll no doubt happily continue talking about it—right up to the point that Mr. Obama’s panel of bureaucrats starts rationing hip replacements.

For tens of millions of Americans, whose main beef with today’s Washington is that it shirks big issues, this isn’t serious. For millions of conservatives it is downright offensive. Mr. Gingrich’s talk is undercutting an entire House Republican caucus that had boldly followed Mr. Ryan down a path of principled doing. Snip –

Conservative and grass-roots voters want the White House, but they want something more. They (and independent voters) have spent a decade watching the GOP wander in the policy wilderness. They don’t want just a choice, they want a leader—someone who will define a vision of the future.

The United States of America is still a country of doers. Regardless of what the Democrats or the Socialists or the Marxists are trying to turn us into, we aren’t there yet. Americans are repulsed by the lazy, the “I can’ts” as opposed to the “I cans.” We’re ready for someone to say – we can and we will fix our country’s problems, and this is how I plan to do it. No BS. No spin. No talking around the issues. Let’s borrow Nike’s phrase and Just Do It. The first Republican to stand up and say that with conviction and show us rather than just tell us will be the winner. Read it all here:


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