Given this data, the Congress and President Obama must end their high spending, which has averaged more than $1 trillion annually in his presidency.
This is unsustainable.
Unfortunately, every dime spent by the federal government has at least one advocate in Congress, which makes cutting the budget difficult, especially in the highly charged partisan atmosphere in which one party controls the House and the other the Senate.
Instead of talking among themselves to compromise and get a budget that is worthy of the American people, Congress insists on going to the press and calling names.
One can make a case for every item in the federal budget. After all, a majority of members of Congress approved the creation of each and every spending program originally.
But spending cuts must be made and no department - the military included - can be spared.
A program that has exploded in spending certainly is a viable candidate for a budget reduction.
Many an executive in the business world would be relieved to have to make only a 5 percent cut in spending during this recoveryless recovery.