Today President Obama gave a press conference, to apply public pressure to Congress (particularly the GOP), so that they will pass a bill providing for both a debt-limit increase and a tax increase.
We should have neither, we don’t need either, and anyone with half a brain knows it by now.
So why is he still pushing for this?
Apparently because he wants to see Americans (including politicians) “eat their peas” — i.e., sacrifice.
In his mind, sacrificing means something along the lines of, “doing things we may not like now, because we know that they will be good for us in the long term.” Much like, well, eating peas.
He wants Americans in general to sacrifice by being subjected to tax increases and, because he knows that the Republicans are opposed to tax increases — some Republicans are actually opposed to them on principle — he wants them to give up their “sacred cow.”
Well, sacrifice is the right word for him to use in this context. Because it would be a true sacrifice — and by this I mean the relinquishment of a higher value for something of lesser or no value — for Americans to pay more taxes, and for the United States to raise its debt limit, when what we really need is for politicians to spend less, and start to phase out the entitlement programs.
Perhaps it’s no accident that Obama used the “eat our peas” metaphor. Peas aren’t good for us, either.