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Conservative columnist Mark Steyn unleashed a torrent of pithy thoughts on the mercifully ended theater-of-the-absurd that resulted in a measly few billion dollars a year in spending cuts under the fiscal cliff deal. In the video above, the author of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon stated in his cheerfully sardonic way that “the American era is over“:
“In a sense America voted for big government in November. What it didn’t vote for is the willingness to pay for it. We have the biggest gap between revenue and spending of any nation on Earth. So people have got to get real about this. If you want Swedish-style government, you have to pay Swedish-style taxes. And if you don’t, you have to grow up and learn to live within your means.”
In his Sunday column, Steyn followed up the liberty bell toll-ringing with a beyond-parody point that Congress negotiated for two months to get about ten hours in spending cuts. But that’s even understating it a bit, as poignant as that concussive face palm stat is — more apt is Rand Paul’s slam that Congress had ten years to work out a sensible fiscal cliff deal, only to ram through a monstrosity after three minutes deliberation on New Year’s Day.
Steyn described such pointless eleventh hour vote-wrangling as “unseemly” and “repulsive.” The Canadian-born columnist then wrote a line that should give the last sentient Americans pause.
There’s a term for societies where power-brokers stitch up the people’s business in back rooms and their pseudo-parliaments sign off on it at 3 a.m., and it isn’t a ‘republic of limited government by citizen-representatives.’
America has the largest taxes-to-spending gap in the Western world, what’s left of it. And its president just bluntly stated that “we don’t have a spending problem.”