Yes, there is. It's bankrupt.
We can't afford our entitlement programs. Federal spending is out of control.
The president has yet to release his own plan to cut the budget.
Darlene Superville of The Associated Press reported:
"His toughly worded message - he said there was frustration in his voice in case anyone missed the point - came amid a series of polls showing that people are disgusted with political dysfunction and are dispensing blame all around, including on Obama."
"There is something wrong with our politics," the president said.
"Obama sought to channel the public's anger in order to avoid being sunk by it himself," Superville explained.
Insulting the fiscally responsible people the electorate sent to Washington is probably not the best way to go about seeking re-election.
In November 2010, American voters cost Democrats 63 seats in the House of Representatives, cut their majority in the U.S. Senate, and cost them 700 state legislative seats.
In November 2012, Democrats all over the country go before the electorate again.
Insulting the millions of Americans who voted for fiscal sanity, calling them "extremists" in the bargain, is not a winning strategy.
The people who shazammed the ballot in 2010 weren't all tea party adherents.
They weren't even all Republicans.
One recent poll shows the president's rating not only lower among Democrats, but at a record low 31 percent among independents.
(Yes, at the moment, independents rate Republicans even lower.)
But the notion that Americans no longer care about reckless spending, record deficits, record debt, low economic growth and high unemployment is a bad bet.
As is any delusion that what Americans really want is higher taxes instead.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.