On Friday, March 1, major budget cuts are set to take place.

President Obama told the American people that they might have to wait in line a little longer at the airport if Congress doesn’t stop the budget cuts from taking effect.

Wow! We might have to wait in line?

I wonder how long people waited in line during the Great Depression for a scrap of bread or a c of so — and he is worried about an inconvenience in our leisurely travels?

A total failure of our national economy hangs in the balance, and the President is complaining about waiting in line at the airport. There is something wrong with this picture.

America is in desperate need of a working budget — something the president hasn’t produced in his four years as president.

College students aren’t the only ones who should be living by the laws of a budget.

Let’s say you only have $10 to spend on your weekly groceries. After you get milk, eggs, bread and Ramen, you walk past the meat and see a delicious T-bone steak. After adding the cost of your essentials, you realize you only have 50 cents remaining. A little disappointed, you check out.

When the government goes shopping he grabs the essentials, walks past the meat, and stops. Next to the government stands a man who picks out a delicious T-bone steak and walks away. The government quickly checks his pockets, counts his money and realizes he has 50 cents left after purchasing the essentials.

The government says to himself, “If that man can have a steak, I should be able to have one too.”

He looks around and sees a Chinese man down the aisle and asks him if he can borrow enough money to buy the steak, and promises he will pay him back with interest.

It sounds like a pretty good investment to the Chinese man, so he gives the government the money.

The government picks the steak and starts for the checkout line. He then thinks to himself, “What’s a steak without potatoes and dessert?”

He runs back to the Chinese man, borrows a few more dollars — with interest — grabs some potatoes, a pack of brownies and some ice cream and checks out. The next week the government heads to the store with $10 in his pocket and says to himself, “I sure hope that Chinese man is there again!”

How long can this scenario possibly go on?

With national debt rising at a mind-boggling rate, the president in his State of the Union address suggested piling on even more entitlements to our already overwhelming and unsustainable mountain of current entitlements. He then promised — unrealistically — that it would not add a dime to our deficit.

The president has no problem telling the American people what they want to hear, but has an impossible time telling them what they need to hear.

This problem isn’t the president’s alone, and it seems to be no respecter of party lines.

The important questions are, “Is there anyone in the government willing to make the hard choices?” and, “Is there anyone in America willing to accept the hard choices which must be made?”

If America were to go shopping on its own bill right now, we would only be able to afford milk, eggs and bread because we can’t afford the Ramen — such as entitlements. At this point America is going to have to go without some things.

If we continue what we’re doing, we will reach the point where we can’t afford the milk and eggs, and we will be left with only bread.

It’s time for our government leaders to make the hard choice and start living within our budget. It’s time for the American people to sport their government leaders in making these hard choices. Why not make March 1 the day America takes its first step toward living within its budget?