As the deadline for the budget impasse approaches the usual suspects are flapping their gums attempting to be relevant. What passes for news today is really pathetic. I do not know if it is the failure of higher education or if the producers of these news programs are simply ideologically driven, in any case real journalism has died in America and along with it critical thinking. Whatever the reason it is what it is.

That being said, there is far more at stake than a continuing budget resolution to fund the federal government another week or two or three. What is at stake is the fiscal health of the country. We are well past the place to allow business as usual to continue. I think even the most jaded among us will have to finally admit America can no longer afford government largess. It is time to lock up the check book, cut up the credit card, eliminate the expense accounts and hold the federal bureaucrats accountable for their actions.

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If you are like me for many years we simply went about our business and paid little mind to politics or the political process, that was until the election of 2008. The two years leading up to this historic election shook me out of my political slumber and I realized that for too long I have been passive.  As a result, the federal till was left unattended, and our national treasure was being looted. Like the frog in the kettle, many of us had tolerated the ever-increasing federal bureaucracy and the slow erosion of our liberties, but the current administration turned up the heat too fast and we frogs realized we were being boiled alive.

We have been stirred into action. We are no longer sitting back and allowing the foxes to raid the hen-house. As a result, the curtain has been drawn back and those who have hidden in the dark have been exposed to the light. It is a new day in America. It is no longer business as usual. The sleeping giant has been awakened, and he is wielding a big club. Fee fi foe fum budget cuts are about to come. There I said it and I meant it. What say you?

Article first published as The Sleeping Giant has Awakened on Blogcritics.

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