- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2011

Can you even imagine blaming a rape victim for being raped or a terrorist victim for being murdered by terrorists? Of course not. In a sane world, the rapist and terrorist are blamed for the crimes, not the victims. But amazingly, blaming the victims is exactly what President Obama and his socialist cabal have been doing in the midst of the debt-ceiling crisis.

These out-of-control Washington spending addicts are exactly like the druggie who has abandoned his spouse, kids and job to snort crack cocaine 24 hours a day. Even though they’ve stolen from us, we do all we can to help, doing our best to get them into rehab. But because they don’t want to stop snorting their drugs, what we get in return is hate, anger and blame. They accuse us of being horrible people for not willingly handing over more money to feed their spending addiction. They absurdly assert it’s all our fault and that we’ve forced them to rob us at gunpoint. They scream that we are “extreme” while they keep snorting.

Only seriously delusional enablers can close their eyes to the fact that Mr. Obama and his fellow addicts have spent us to the edge of economic Armageddon and blindly refuse to see that it is the addicts on Capitol Hill who are irresponsible, dangerous, self-destructive and suicidal. They can’t stop - they want more money, they deny they have a problem, and they think the answer to their addiction is more money to buy more drugs.

Like all addicts, they don’t blame themselves for their addiction; it has to be someone else’s fault. In this case, they blame the taxpayers and the Tea Party. It’s our fault because we’re not willing to give them more money to buy more drugs. Just like the crack addict, they think the answer is holding up the taxpayers at gunpoint for more money. The addicts are sick, insane, delusional and headed for death.

The only difference between a crack cocaine addict and the addicts in Washington is that the crack addict is suicidal, hurting only himself. Unfortunately, the addiction of Mr. Obama and Congress is destroying the American economy and enslaving our children and grandchildren to unimaginable debt for decades to come. This is a murder-suicide.

In the midst of this crisis, madness and economic disaster, the Tea Party has come to the rescue. The Tea Party is trying to save America and put the government in rehab by cutting off the money that feeds the addiction. Mr. Obama has responded - supported by his enablers in the progressive left and biased, leftist media - by attacking and blaming the Tea Party.

Mr. Obama, after you’ve spent trillions of dollars we’ve given you in our hard-earned taxes and then spent trillions more you didn’t have on things we don’t want, you’re blaming us? Seriously? You want us taxpayers to pay more of our hard-earned money to feed your addiction? When the victims feeding your addiction finally say “enough,” you define us as “extreme”?

Taxes aren’t the problem. Heavy federal, state, local, sales, property and corporate taxes already are choking the entire U.S. economy. The addiction to spending is the problem. Raising taxes hasn’t helped Europe. The PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) are all insolvent and essentially bankrupt despite levying much higher taxes than America. More money has never helped a single addict in world history. Only tough love, discipline and rehab solve the problem. And only hitting rock bottom starts the healing process and saves lives.

Mr. Obama is the champion of all spending addicts. He has an illness. He needs to stand up in front of America and say, “My name is Barack Obama, and I am an addict. I apologize to the taxpayers, all of whom I have wronged. I apologize for spending our economy into insolvency and bankruptcy. I apologize for the historic levels of unsustainable debt. I apologize for trying to blame the victims - the taxpayers - for my illness.”

It all starts with admitting you have a problem. You have to hit rock bottom. Mr. Obama and the Congress are addicts. They are ill, and they need help. Taxpayers must refuse to pay more for their illness. We must not accept one dollar in new taxes.

Mr. Obama and Congress must learn to live with the money they’ve got; no more blaming the victim. The Tea Party and the taxpayers are the heroes here. We are the only sane ones in the room. We understand a spending addiction can’t be solved with more spending. It’s time to force the addicts to get help or let them crash. It’s time to stop blaming the victim.

History repeats itself again and again. Mr. Obama and his spending-addicted socialist cabal are casting Tea Party members as radicals, going so far as to accuse them of treason for refusing to raise taxes or the debt ceiling. I’d like to remind Mr. Obama that that is exactly how King George and his House of Lords treated the original American Tea Party patriots. That didn’t work out so well for the king the first time.

Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian vice-presidential nominee and author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution With God, Guns, Gold, Gambling & Tax Cuts” (Wiley, 2009). He writes at RootforAmerica.com.

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