Everywhere we turn these days, someone is talking about bailouts.
Whether it's the massive one already handed out by the government, the proposed one for the automakers or the potential need for one at the state level in the near future, bailouts are the "hot" topic this Christmas.
But what concerns us most about bailout talk lately, isn't so much that the state governments may think they need one in the near future, rather the lack of talk at the state level about controlling spending to ensure we don't get into the same financial trouble as the mortgage lenders.
Iowa Gov. Culver recently announced plans to trim some state spending, but it is far from enough.
The governor's proposal can be likened to using a band-aid to to fix a gunshot wound.
Iowa, like every other state in the country, is headed for some potentially tougher economic times. Now is not the time to increase spending in any way, shape or form, nor is it the time to propose band-aid solutions to real problems.
Gov. Culver and the Iowa Legislature need to take a good, hard, long look at Iowa's financial picture when they begin meeting again in January. And when they're done looking, they need to take action to ensure our state isn't one of those lining up at the doors on Congress in the near future asking for a handout.
With the list of those "needing" a bailout growing almost every week, Iowans can't afford to "take a number." Instead, we need to be a leader, taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, and addressing our problems head on, rather than like an ostrich with its head in the sand.