A recent story in the newspaper defined the "fiscal cliff." My response: Let's go over the cliff.
Here's why: No to a 20 percent military hit, but yes to a 10 percent hit. Why are we the world's police force? Why do we have 52,000 troops in Germany and 35,000 in Japan? Yes, go back to the 2001 tax brackets. If the Clinton tax brackets produced a budget surplus, and the Bush tax cuts a deficit; let's go back to Clinton's. Let everybody feel the pain. Yes, stop raiding social programs with the 2 percent payroll tax holiday. These programs are going broke without making it worse. Yes, raise every household tax by $3,500 in 2013. Let's all feel the pain of government overspending. Yes, let the unemployment rate go to 9 percent. Perhaps it will force federal employee layoffs.
With agreement on the above, let's go a step further. Let's bring Democrats and Republicans together in the spirit of compromise and agree to reduce government by 5 percent and all entitlement programs by 10 percent. This is how the private sector responds to a bad economy and how successful companies stay in business.
Sun City Hilton Head