Here we sit, 6 full months into the 112th session of Congress, with little to no progress made in resolving America’s financial or unemployment problems and, to top it all off, we’re in another conflict in Libya with the goal of toppling another middle-eastern regime. In the meantime, the size of government (at all levels) is steadily increasing it’s employment levels under the pretense that it’s various departments, commissions, and bureaus can come up with the solution to every American’s problem.
Hello comrade! Welcome to your new America!
America’s Financial Problem
As the United States approaches the debt limit ceiling and Democratic and Republican politicians jockey for popular opinion polls, talks over reducing the federal deficit have stopped.
The reason? Democrats are demanding that taxes be increased on the top 2% of wage earners once again.
This defies all logic and reason because the discussions are suppose to be based on controlling federal spending, not adding revenue to the federal coffers. That discussion already occurred in the Democrat controlled Senate and two votes were taken. One to raise the taxes of people making $200,000-$250,000+ annually (introduced by Barak Obama) and another to raise the taxes of people making $1 million+ (introduced by Charles Schumer) and both failed to pass as Democrats joined with Republicans in rejecting to raise taxes on these individuals.
Am I missing something or has the Democratic leadership, conveniently, lost it’s memory? Is the goal behind these talks to reduce federal spending or not? How does raising taxes on anyone control federal spending?
America’s Unemployment Problem
The number one issue that weighs heavily on the mind of every United States citizen are the unemployment numbers. A fairly steady 9% of Americans are using unemployment benefits, but when you look at the actual numbers of legally employed citizens working in the private sector, only 45% of America is accounted for.
There are only two things that government can do to safely create private business investments in the United States:
- Substantially lower the capital gains and dividend taxes on large and small businesses. These taxes are only passed down to the consumer in cost or the employee in wage/benefit/job cuts until the business can no longer function in the United States.
- Order the Federal Reserve to cease and desist the practice of devaluing the U.S. dollar and take it’s monetary printing privileges away.
These two solutions that have been firmly rejected by Democrats in favor of (once again) raising taxes on 2% of America’s 45% of legal tax payers. Is anyone else seeing a pattern here?
America’s War Policy Problem
Regardless of how you feel about Bush, false intelligence, or the Iraq war, there is one indisputable fact:
From October of 2001 to October of 2002, the Bush administration argued it’s case to both Congress and the United Nations prior to any military action being taken. In October of 2002, one full year after the Bush administration had addressed the United Nations and found no interest in regime change for Iraq, Congress voted to act unilaterally with the goal of removing Saddam Hussein from power.
In my opinion, the Bush administration was hell bent on taking out Saddam Hussein for trying to assassinate his father and ex-president George H.W. Bush for his role in Desert Storm. But the fact remains, the majority of Congress did no independent investigations for an entire year previous to voting on a resolution to declare, not only war, but a regime change in Iraq. Further, the Bush administration did not act without the a prior approval of Congress.
Let’s fast forward to the present day Libyan conflict.
The Obama administration has committed our forces to assist NATO in a joint military strike on Libya that has the direct goal of removing Muammar Gaddafi from power.
However, President Obama has made it “perfectly clear” to his liberal constituency that “human rights abuses” is not a pretext for the United States to participate in a regime change. To complicate matters, the Obama administration has not gotten Congressional approval to use the United States military in Libya. In effect, outside of the 90 day window that his executive authority allows, President Barak Obama is truly engaging our troops in an illegal conflict.
The hypocrisy does not stop there though, for the past three years Democrats, lead by President Obama, have decried the Iraq war as one of the biggest reasons that the American economy and world opinion of the United States is so poor.
The blatant double standard is apparent and yet, the Democratic leadership continues as if their liberal constituency is completely stupid and oblivious to what is happening right before their very eyes.
America’s Government Problem
Americans have been led to believe that their government, having their best interest at heart, can take care of every American’s retirement, health care, education, energy usage, and employment opportunities better than anyone else. However, social security, as well as medicare, are going bankrupt, the public education system is failing to teach children the basics, ethanol has caused the price of food (corn) to quadruple in the last two years, and the unemployment rate in America is staggering.
“Government is not the solution, government is the problem.” -Ronald Reagan
No truer words have been spoken when it comes to individual freedom and prosperity. 17 million jobs were created by private industry during Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office, the biggest job growth recorded in American history. How did he do it? He cut taxes on individuals as well as businesses across the board and employment grew at a record pace. In turn, the revenue of the federal government grew at a record pace as well. Congress, however, was still managing to spend approximately $3 for every $1 accrued by laws that were passed under the Carter administration, so the national debt continued to rise.
The equation is simple : (tax_cuts + spending_cuts) == (jobs & revenue).
However, today, the Democratic leadership demands tax increases to sustain spending levels while the private employment sector is at 45% and the revenue to continue funding the programs, they so dearly love, drys up.