Nolan Finley | 12 steps to a fiscal recovery

Now that President Barack Obama is using the language of addiction, the best  move would be to put him and Congress on a 12-step  program.

House Speaker John Boehner reports that during his fiscal cliff negotiations  with the president, an agitated Obama declared: "We don’t have a spending  problem!"

Denial is the classic symptom of addiction. If the president can’t recognize  that binge spending is destroying the country, then an intervention is needed,  and quick. The 12-step recovery plan offers the best hope of rehabilitation.

Step One: Admit we are powerless over our addiction — and our lives are  unmanageable. Spending has taken on a life of its own, with entitlements  exploding seemingly at will. Admit that pushing debt any higher than the current  $16 trillion will make managing the nation’s finances  impossible. The president must stand up and say, "Hello, I’m Barack. And I’m a  spending addict."

Step 2: Believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to  sanity. That power would be the voters, and we must vote every single politician  in Washington, Republican and Democrat, out of office if they reject  temperance.


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