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Call it irony. The United States Postal Service recently issued a statement apologizing that it modeled its stamp of the Statue of Liberty not after the one in New York harbor, but the one from the New York, New York casino in Las Vegas.
The irony was not lost on Mark Steyn:
An ersatz statue of pseudo-liberty standing guard over the world's biggest gambling operation: What better way to round out a week in which the Republicans pretended to pass the most historically historic budget cut in history while the president pretended to come up with a plan to address the debt?
After the revelations that the $38.5 billion 2011 budget cut will in reality either cut a mere $352 million from the 2011 budget or, in fact, increase it by $3 billion, it might be easier just to build a replica White House, Capitol, and Congressional Budget Office at the new Beltway Casino next to Caesar's Palace. Vegas is no longer the world's biggest gambling resort; America is. Barack Obama says we need to "win the future," and one more roll of the dice should do it: a trillion dollars of chips on the stimulus came up empty but let's pile another couple trillion on Obamacare, and "high-speed rail," and "green jobs," and "broadband access" . . . And all the while Wayne Newton is singing "Danke Schoen" in Chinese. But don't worry, we're not just throwing our money away. We're playing to a system! The president calls it "investing in the future."
How do you "invest in the future"? By borrowing $188 million every hour.
It gives new meaning to Obama's call to "win the future," doesn't it? President Obama's only solution to our spending problem is to spend...and spend...and spend some more. Schools, highways, rail systems, green jobs, you name it...we'll borrow some more money from China and roll the dice.
After humorously poking fun at the silliness of Obama's tired speeches citing the exact same examples over and over again, Steyn asked a very serious and worthwhile question:
Question: How much do you have to invest in the future before you've spent it and no longer have one?
We may be closer to finding out the answer to that than we may want to admit.