Barack Obama and his party can no longer ignore the elephant in the room, particularly when that beast is becoming more bloated by the day. This feeding problem began under George W. Bush, who grew the national debt $6 trillion over two terms. Barack Obama did that and more in one. Unfortunately, his second inaugural address shows just how disinterested the Obama White House is in disarming the ticking time bomb that threatens our future.

Mr. Obama should call Tom Coburn to the White House today to begin planning how to pay down the debt, balance the budget and save Medicare. He should but he won’t. Instead, Barack Obama will keep playing to his base, blaming his opponents and doing everything in his power to avoid making the tough decisions required to fix this problem.