In 2012, “We are the change we seek!” will be truer, but harder to say

by Ryan Streeter on January 19, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

In my Indianapolis Star column today, I write:

We are not drowning in debt because of the foreign aid budget or the richest 1 percent’s refusal to pay more taxes, but because of the entitlements we expect from our government. The “We are the change we seek!” meme from 2008 won’t be as fun to say in this context, but it will be truer.

My point here is basically this: it seems that both Obama and our presumptive Republican candidate, Romney, don’t seem big enough to take on the big issues of our day. This explains the widespread dissatisfaction voters are showing for the candidates in this election. But while we can acknowledge that and demand from our leaders that they toughen up and lead on principle, we need to ask ourselves if we the people are big enough for the times in which we live.

I talk about 3 “cycles of doom” – health care, senior entitlements, and the administrative state – which are having a deleterious effect on our economy, but which politicians are often too timid too change because the rest of us are too timid to accept the changes.

This is an uncomfortable theme, and you cannot expect politicians to bring it up. They’re the last people to tell the rest of us that we need to buck up a bit.

We need other leaders in civic life and at the grassroots making this point.

You can read the whole thing here.