The Fiscal “Irresponsible” Act of 2023

If you want Joe Biden to be our next president, you are in the minority. If you want Donald Trump to be our next president, you are also in the minority. Poll after poll reveals that nearly seventy percent of Americans don’t want either one to be our next president, and if that’s the case, then what are we to do?

It’s a shame that the two major parties have a stranglehold on our political landscape. It’s also a shame they continue to divide us as a society as they prefer going to political war with each other rather than doing what we hired them to do, which is to work together to solve our nation’s major challenges, be responsive to our demands, manage our country’s finances much better than they are after accumulating over $30 trillion of debt, and unite us with a clear vision and plans for our future.

I am exhausted with their inaction and finger printing, and I want new leadership, and especially a new president that will put a premium on unity. So, again, I ask, what are we to do?

Well, several weeks ago I wrote about an organization called No Labels. They are not a political party, but exist to bring common sense and unity back to Washington. They know it is a monumental goal given the power and money amassed by the big two, but if ever there was a time to consider some alternatives, it is now.

How would you feel about a presidential ticket, president and vice president, with one from each party? Have you ever considered it even possible? No Labels has, and believes as I do, the time has come to give it some serious thought, unless you really like the chaos in the capitol, the constant bickering, backstabbing, and lack of common sense solutions.

Take the circus of increasing the national debt a few weeks ago. It came down to the last day before the two major parties reached a solution. The called their solution – get ready for this – The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023! This is so typical of Washington’s inability to be truthful with us, as there is little if any “fiscal responsibility” in the act. It would be responsible if it had a plan to balance the budget, but it does not. It would be responsible if it would stop our debt increases, but it does not. What it is is another kick the can down the road Band Aid to make us think they did something noteworthy. They did not.

Our $31 trillion national debt, under this new “Fiscal Responsibility Act” will increase another $20 trillion over the next ten years. Personally, I would call that woefully irresponsible! Maybe, if they were honest with us, they should have named it the Fiscal Irresponsible Act of 2023! Here’s the bottom line of their deceptive legislation. The government will continue to spend more every year. The government will continue to go further into debt every year. Responsible? I think not.

If we want true governmental reform, we need to change the people we send to Washington because the current crop of partisan robots can’t get it done. Why should this be so hard? We see it all the time. If a company isn’t getting the results they want, they hire a new CEO. If our football team isn’t winning enough, they hire a new coach. Folks, its time we hire a new president and a new congress because we are on a fiscal losing streak of catastrophic epic proportion.

This is happening under Republican administrations and Democrat administrations, so are you seeing why I would entertain a mixed ticket? They say doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. I agree.

Keep your eye on No Labels and their desire to put a mixed ticket on the ballot. Don’t dismiss them thinking there is no chance we, the people, can’t change the course of the nation. Yes, it is a monumental task, but remember this. The government works for us, not the other way around. We can change Washington through our votes if we really want change.

Let me hear from you and if there is any chance you would support a mixed presidential ticket at

Greg Awtry is the former publisher of the Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star-Herald and Nebraska’s York News-Times. He is now retired and living in Hubbard Lake. Greg can be contacted at



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