AMERICAN CRISIS

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By: Wayne Brown

 

There is much going on in the world today as chaos and destruction seems to dominate the daily news stories.  The Middle East is in turmoil with Egypt having overthrown its regime and both Libya and Bahrain attempting to topple the current monarchies.  Japan has suffered a triple disaster in the form of earthquakes, tsunami, and now a potential nuclear meltdown. With these stories in the news it is very easy to forget what is going on here at home in the USA.

 

Given the circumstances in Japan at the present, one living here is America can breathe a sigh of relief that we have been blessed not have suffered such disasters within the confines of our own country.  While our hearts and our assistance is extended unto the people of Japan, we are also relieved that our own world is seemingly much more in order.

 

Unfortunately, there are far too many in Washington today who would have us believe that things are okay and that life is rather serene for America and its citizens.  Sure, we are not digging our loved ones out of the rubble of earthquakes or trembling in fear at the potential for nuclear contamination but let’s not be too quick to decide that we are safe under the present circumstances our nation faces.

 

Over the 200 hundred plus year history of this great country, we have seen our share of difficult situations in terms of draughts, dust bowls, famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wars, and violence in the streets.  We have worked our way through these situations because we were not yet teetering on the brink.  We still had reserves; still had alternatives.  Now we face new challenges and our potential solutions are much more constrained due in great fact to years and years of elected governments squandering the revenues paid in taxes by our hard-working citizens.  With each new wave of political ideas that wash upon the shores of Washington, we have seen our future mortgaged time and again as the solution to our existing problems was to sweep them under the rug and continue on a path which lacked fiscal responsibility.  Now, we find ourselves so far down that path that we cannot hope to turn back and reverse the damage.  Now we find ourselves at a place where we can no longer sweep the problems under the rug and continue mortgaging the future.  Now we find ourselves, like so many in the world today, in crisis.

 

Our national debt towers larger than it has ever been in history nearing the level of $14 trillion dollars.  The number is beyond the scope of the imagination of the American public.  It is also representative of our habitual mortgaging of the future so that administration after administration holding office could carry out it desires in both the USA and the world.  It is the absolute symbol of poor financial management and total irresponsibility on the part of those that America elected to guard the financial health and well-being of our country.  For the most part, our future is held as debt in the hands of the Chinese.  At the current level of debt, it would appear that we have mortgaged everything except maybe our souls to China in order to secure more money to feed our growing spending habits as a nation.  America’s need for money far exceeds the worst desires of the most chronically addicted dope addicts in the world to today and it is just as shameful.

 

If the current pattern of growth in spending of borrowed dollars continues, soon our debt load will equal or exceed or Gross Domestic Product.  Essentially, at that point, we will be technically bankrupt as a nation.  While many conclude that we were bankrupted long ago, the ratio between debt and assets will officially place us as such.  When that condition occurs, our ability as a nation to sell bonds and treasuries in order to borrow against our future will diminish rapidly.  At that point, we may no longer be able to pay the debts we have which are outstanding.  As a nation, we will default on loans from other countries and our credibility will be in ruins.  Along with that, we will see the buying power of our currency come crashing down to something that approaches worthlessness.  We will see all that we have saved and planned for destroyed by the stupidity of those we elected to high office.

 

At the present, we stand on the brink of financial disaster.  We continue to move down that road operating the country without a financial plan or budget…literally, operating out of our pocket like some kid who just got his paycheck and cashed it.  In essence we are without restraint and still we have elected officials in Washington who spend too much of their time trying to demonstrate how much vision they have for the future by coming up with yet another program for spending which our coffers cannot afford.  We have no financial restraint nor do we have people in place with enough courage and determination to pick up the gauntlet and move forward in that direction.

 

I don’t care which side of the aisle you sit on today be it conservative or liberal. Like it or not, regardless of how we feel politically, we are all strapped to the same log that is drifting down river and headed over the falls.  It is past time that we put away our petty political differences as a public and got behind an all out effort to force the President and those we have sent to Congress to act; to make the hard decisions; to quell the spending and the waste; and to commit to long-term programs that will put America back on track to financial responsibility.  There are no alternatives to this, only impending disaster and that disaster looms more real with each passing day that we sit and watch those on Capitol Hill argue back and forth with their petty needs and their desire to win held high over and above the welfare of the American people and the financial stability of this country.

 

If we continue on our present path, the walls will crumble and fall down upon us.  Hard times will descend upon the economy of this country like none that we have ever before witnessed.  As the song goes, “The Good Times Will Be Over For Good”.  We will not have to be worried about being rescued for there will be none capable of doing so.  The rest of the world will drown in the economic tsunami created by the collapse of the American economy.  All that will be left will be the giant sucking sound of the wind coming out of our economic sails.

 

Americans must band together and we must put the pressure on those in Washington to do the right things.  Our elected ones must immediately begin to shrink our government in terms of its size and payroll.  They must define priorities and methods to reduce spending rates significantly by examining every avenue in which America currently spends money.  We must quell the spending and begin to reduce the debt as a first step to turning our ship onto a new course that will require us to remain steadfast and courageous as we face the future.  We do not have the time left to wait until the next election cycle.  We do not have the time left to decide who is going to be the “bad guys”.  The time is now. It is here and action must be taken.

 

America is sorely lacking leadership at the present time.  Our government seems to abound with individuals who are more than willing to promise the American public the moon in order to win office and then be quick to implement programs that feather their own nests and work at only buying the voting blocks of various unions and organizations.  America can no longer afford these people.  America can no longer afford to pay a Senator or a Congressional Representative six figured salaries and a retirement plan rift with exotic benefits.  It is time that these people stepped forward and offered some of that fat back to America as a first step in heading down a difficult road.  When we see that step, we will know that we finally have some leadership emerging from the ranks.

 

Yes, there are people suffering in spots throughout the world that need and deserve our help.  I am quite certain they will get it as America seldom fails anyone when they set their minds to it.  In turn, we have to set our minds to the fact that we, as Americans, must save ourselves if we are to be there to help others when the next disaster occurs…and it surely will.  God Bless America.

 

 

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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Rated this up Wayne. A sobering read, but 100% true. It's scary, we're in trouble and we need to work together if we have any hope of saving ourselves. It's time to put the internal fighting aside and support each other for the good of our great country.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I am getting to think our government is getting too darn big. The average person cannot keep up with what is happening and the politicians are probably playing to that.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The Founding Fathers gave us a Constitution limiting the size, scope, and power of government. The left has been chipping away at that protection ever since.

We need to repeal the 16th Amendment power to tax income and also create a new amendment limiting the power of Congress under the interstate commerce and general welfare clauses, since liberal courts have ruled that under those two, Congress has virtually unlimited powers!

We need to strip the federal government of its power over the people. That power was never intended by the Founding Fathers. It's supposed to be the other way around!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@rhyclak...So true, Bekka. It is a soberting thought and I think because of that too many Americans want to put their head in the sand and pretend everything is going to be fine. We need to be speaking to Washington in one clear voice. WB

@dahoglund...DA, you are correct. The government has grown far to big and far too powerful. It is to the point now that it simply thumbs its nose at us if we are interested in a new direction. The people are the ones who decide...not the government. At this point, the government has a difficult time telling anyone what it spent our money on...that is not excusable and somebody needs to get fired. WB

@WillStarr...Very true Will. The founding fathers never intended a strong central government. They were proponents of states rights and for good reason...they could predict exactly what we have today. Thanks much. WB


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. Wayne, I personally think the idea of debt is something that will not last long. The way things are now, with interest rates and with societies which accept that people have to live in debt, cannot continue forever. The money owed at interest is imaginary money. That money never existed. Being created out of thin air, if we are to try to repay all the debts in the world now, that would be an impossibility. There isn't enough money. This is just a vicious circle, we borrow money, we make money, we pay some borrowed money to borrow more money ... and the bubble just grows on an individual level and on a macro level as well, in terms of countries.

Nobody expects anybody to pay all their debts anyway. For one, banks want you to stay in debt so they can suck the blood out of you slowly through interest.

I remember when I maxed-out my first Visa, the bank didn't give me a speech about how I shouldn't owe money - they increased my limit. As a young moron, I thought: "Great, more money!" and I dug my hole deeper.

This global market thing lives on debt and it's been growing quite rapidly lately. When it blows, it'll make a big splash I think.

Cheers!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Government is pure overhead/expense, and contributes nothing to the economy or wealth of this nation. Many companies have failed because they got top heavy with management, expenses quickly surpassed profits, and they ended up in bankruptcy court. Our rapidly expanding government is now doing this same thing to our country. The EPA now wants control of Milk Spills, which of course would require adding more people. Government waste and giveaway programs are at an all time high, and it needs to stop. If this were a private corporation most of our current leaders would have been fired a long time ago. We as citizens can fire these idiots if we vote accordingly.

Great hub my friend.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

We will have to wrest our country out of the hands of lawyers. There is no such thing as an honest lawyer. They are ingrained to steal and extract money. The ones from Harvard and Yale are the elite thieves. But America will vote for them anyway because Americans are suckers. Americans vote the same all the time. It's the two party system or the highway.

"That candidate is not electable! That candidate is not on the slate. That candidate cannot participate in the debates."

Sorry. Americans are made up of people from around the world. Businessmen love new recruits.

Right now - Americans are at least as dumb as any people on the planet. It's not from "origin, race" - it is choice.

America is hooked on the sports, the plasma TV, the distractions. Because we are imprisoned. The poorer we are, the fewer choices we have. For the very poor- a day on the couch watching sports is a beautiful distraction.

I want a government of "inclusion".

Land of the free- we are the nation that has more people behind bars than anywhere on Earth. Let's all admit what is obvious - these election slates are packed with people who intend to do whatever the corporations want - and that is not what God wants. It is not what God's people, Agnostics, or atheists deserve. It will take a lot of people to overthrow this communism for the rich that is top-heavy with thieves, and corruption. And yes, this 2 party fiasco lie- needs an abrupt halt. America is really lovely on paper but these people on top of America is making America a lie to the world and a lie to America. Exclusion is not the American way - one would think. Exclusion is not my America. Look at the ballots and know that we are limited. Our choices are false because our candidates are chosen by lawyers, businessmen - movers/shakers that have no intention of having a free market society much less a free country. Two choices. Both bad! God bless!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

I'm an old broad, but I can say this is the first time in my life that I've been really concerned about the future of this country. I have this sad, sinking feeling all the time. I hoping for a change of adminstration and maybe it will all turn around. I'm hoping.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Magnificent job Wayne. It seems that some of the great thinkers we have sent to Foggy Bottom are quite content with "kicking the can on down the street" as it has been termed.

Then I read what a great job our present President has done since taking office by increasing our national debt by another 3 trillion dollars and counting. The definition of insanity seems to apply to those boobs in Washington. They want to keep doing the same thing again and again and expect a different result.

We spoke in November of 2010 and evidently need to speak louder in November of 2012. The message seems to be falling on deal ears.

Well done my man. Thumbs up to you!

The Frog


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

WB, excellent commentary as usual. I'm of the opinion that Obama, the Democrats, and, to a lesser extent, the Republicans aren't really concerned about spending cuts. What is a cut of $60 billion when you have a $14 trillion debt? It's like a raindrop falling in an overflowing bucket of rainwater. It means little, if anything, in trimming down the spending of this federal government. What worries me, the idiots in D.C. don't seem to even care. This debt worries the hell out of me. We are living on borrowed time now. It's only a matter of when, not if, our economy completely crashes. When that happens, the late great USA will be but a memory.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Mr. Happy...I hope you are correct. Somehow I feel that the US Government going under is going to be far more eventful that us not paying our credit card debt...only time will tell. WB

@Old Poolman..You are exactly correct. We have too many folks in Washington looking for ways to grow overhead in the company. If companies had employees that continually did that without improving the revenue stream, they would be broke in no time. Thanks for the good comments! WB

@Micky Dee...Well stated, Micky. Nothing is going to happen unless we can get our country back and that looks doubtful. WB

@mslizzee...That is the same feeling that I have too often as well...not a good one. My gut has been correct more times than not and that really troubles me. Thanks much! WB

@The Frog Prince...Your conclusions are correct. I don't know how clearly America has to state it to get the message across that we want this stopped. Insanity reigns the day. Thanks for those good words! WB


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Watching the news very early this morning, I learned an interesting fact. Foreign aid to 158 countries, (I think that was the number), is all lumped under one umbrella. This makes it nearly impossible to cut off aid to any one particular country. We even give millions to Russia every year. Under this system a country will continue to receive their aid dollars every year regardless of their hatred for our country. Once a country gets on the give-away list, they are pretty much guaranteed to receive their aid payments forever. Now how stupid is this? I feel when it comes to budget cuts we should be taking a hard look at this list of countries and putting some big X's through at least some of them. I think I'll just have a beer for breakfast and study on this one a little more.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Writer David...I am with you all the way on those points, David. The Republicans are undermining their on credibility by taking the task at the election level and then floundering with it in the aftermath. I, like you, see a cut of $60 billion in the current budget as simply peanuts and a form of symbolism that says "we did something...just like we promise, now let's get on with the spending." We don't just need a cut, we need a comprehensive plan to start shrinking government over time in size and scope, move more powers back to the states, and to reduce spending on a long-term scale. In terms of the spending, much of that can be accomplished by eliminating waste, redundancy, and earmarking over time. We have to sustain our military and we need to honor social security and medicare...people have paid their money for that and it has been squandered. If it is not paid, the citizens have simply been made a part of a ponzi scheme or at best taxed illegally. Those who have been in office fifteen or twenty years need to leave...they brought us here and their services are long since not needed. We need comprehensive reform in the compensation packages of every Senator and Congressman to lower the salaries and the benefits. These people have created a gravy train for themselves and are willing to continue adding to it at any chance they get. Thanks for some great insights, David! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...I understand that is the case. It certainly would be nice to know who came up with that idea. I wonder how much of that money makes it back into elected officials pockets in the form of lobby payments. I also think that a lot of "covert funds" are buried in the blanket vote so that the accounting can be hidden from the public. I think the real bell ringer was when the government admitted that it might not know where are money is really all spent. That's when any sane person puts the brakes on and starts getting some competence back into the accounting system. Americans are truly stupid if we let this situation continue. WB


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

My opinion, and lately I have a bunch of them, is much of this stupid looking policy is done on purpose. You are most likely correct that areas like foreign aid are a hiding place for money that is spent on covert operations.

I notice a pattern where anytime budget cuts are in order, the first things mentioned are Social Security, Medicare, and entitlement programs. I believe that is done on purpose to strike fear into the hearts of citizens, and divert the focus from so many completely wasteful programs that are in place today. Nobody would be stupid enough to lump all foreign aid into one package making it nearly impossible to update unless it was intentional. A person struggling to make it on social security is so relieved to find out their monthly benefit will not be cut, they forget or overlook all the wasteful spending going on. With programs like foreign aid in place, how do we even hope to survive?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...I see it in two ways. Like all greedy people, our elected officials see where most of the pie is going. It is a lot easier to reach over there and fork it that it is to reduce your intake of pie. Then, they have all the more money to continue spending on BS and unknown things. Americans have paid their money in for Social Securiy and Medicare. It is not an entitlement granted by the government...it is money that the citizens entrusted the government with until they needed it. Our elected officials squandered it and now want the public to believe that we can no longer afford such entitlements. That's crap all the way down the line and anyone espousing such should be led out and shot on the front steps of the capitol. In the end, ObamaCare becomes nothing more than a way to cover up having to explain to Americans what happen to the money they have paid to Medicare over the years...now they have a new excuse to charge you even more. As long as we have people in elected office who think in this manner, we are doomed as a nation. Can you imagine being the head of a company and suggesting that the best way to free up funds would be just to take away all the employees pay and benefits and tell them the company could no longer afford it. That is not leadership...that is total stupidity in action. Unfortunately, our so-called leaders have filled the ranks of our country with voters who can no longer add up two plus two and get four nor can they logically think about any concept except getting another tatoo or body piercing. Far too many who go to the polls think America exists by sheer magic and nothing can harm it. These are the same people that actually believe that mankind has enough power to totally destroy what Mother Nature creates...now go figure that one out. There is truly an on-going push to keep America dumbed down and that is why you will continue to see the attacks on organization such as the Tea Party get worse and worse. It actually represents a threat to this direction. At best, us baby boomers will survive and die off and then I fear America is surely down the road to hell...without a boat or a paddle and without a care on the part of the American voter. What a shameful end to the vision that the Founding Fathers had for this country. A shame. WB


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. Wayne, without putting any blame on anyone specifically, I would like to say that the generation of the baby-boomers and that of their parents were really good at creating wars, armament, discontent, etc.

Resources have been spent thoughtlessly, wasted if I may say. Now we find ourselves in a world of famine, wars, natural disasters, etc. I do not trust the thinking of those who have been in power for decades: be they republican, democrat or independent. If you've been in a position of power it is my opinion, your time is over.

The younger people are beginning to take charge (in the Middle East, Europe and slowly perhaps North America as well). It is really up to us and it remains to be seen if we can do better.

All the best!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

As I was reading this literate hub of yours, Wayne, and the meaningful comments that others have made, I could not stop thinking of how we describe magicians as using "smoke and mirrors." To me, that also describes the machinations of our government representatives. They are continuously using smoke and mirrors to divert us from the hole they have put us in which we may NEVER ever climb out of. Wake up citizens; vote the bums out!


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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

Mr. Happy,

I must take issue with this; "I would like to say that the generation of the baby-boomers and that of their parents were really good at creating wars, armament, discontent, etc."

That is a blanket generalization I'm not quite sure you really intended it to be. Yes, during my generation (yes, I'm a baby boomer) in the 60s, there was great discontent about any number of things. This was in particular of a second straight Asian war that we never intended to win. That was a terrible mistake, as it was in Korea. I don't think we can say we ALL created that monster. But, there were two ways you could address that war during that era. You could either be a draft dodger and go to Canada or join the military and serve (which I did). I never really blamed those that took a different path from me. I did what I felt I had to do. Those that were totally opposed to the war did what they had to do. But, I'm not sure I can say we created this problem. It seemed to be heaped on us by the UN when our so-called allies deserted us in both Asian wars.

As for our (baby boomers) parents, the greatest generation, if not for them, you and I might be speaking German right now.


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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Amen! I love America, But Damit! Jim! We got a lot of growing up to do,I have a lot men and women in their 20's out of work coming to me daily looking for jobs. I received a letter from Defazio saying how they are trying to help with illegal immigration, but nowhere in there does it mention that they do not qualify for food stamps. I think thats where we are getting hurt,too. It is taxing the welfare system set up for our own countrymen and women. Thank you Wayne, lots of great info!


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sunflowerbucky 5 years ago from Small Town, USA

Great hub, Wayne and some great comments as well. I agree that our country has become way too reliant on debt. How on earth do we expect Americans to be responsible with money and live within a budget if our own country can't do it? I also agree that so many people are starting to feel helpless that they are burying their head in the sands. People laugh at the notion of standing in ration lines and the like, but I honestly think that I will see that in my lifetime unless we change our course VERY SOON! As a thirty something young mother, that's a very frightening thought. When I was born, I represented the 5th living generation in my family. It seemed that each generation continued to exceed the prior generation in terms of wealth, education, success, health, etc. It now seems to me that for the first time in my life, it's going the other way. It looks like my future generations are going to have it worse. That scares me, and I hope people wake up before it's too late.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. David, I did say at the beginning of my comment that I cannot put blame on anyone on specific. Also I did not mean just the baby-boomers and their parents from North America. No, I meant baby-boomers and their parents from this entire planet.

There has been so much opportunity in the last hundred years and we could have done without the atomic bomb, without stealth planes, without two world wars, a cold war, wars in the Middle East, in the Balkans, etc. I am not saying it's your fault, or Mr. Wayne's fault. I am trying to say that our attitude towards life, our values and morals as a specie have been misguided.

Instead of co-operating with one another we compete in quite unethical ways. We horde resources instead of sharing and we mistrust one another instead of embracing. We are all responsible for what happens, everyone on this planet.

And yes, I would rather have dodgers than people dying anyday.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Wow what a great hub as always. I enjoy reading all your hubs but your political hubs really show how passionate and patriotic you are. I can't believe that this country of ours still gives aid to other countries that puts us on their shit list, it makes no sense to me. And where are all these other countries when catastrophe hits home for us? Did any other country give us any aid when 911 hit us? Seems like we are always helping others out but there isn't anybody coming to our aid.....enjoyed your hub as always, cheers.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Are you ever right on that point, Doc! Smoke and mirror is all it has been since LBJ took the silver out of the money and threw the Social Security revenue into the general fund. Those were the very days that America started to get really chilli-dipped and it has gotten all the worse since. WB

@mindyjgirl...You are so correct...it is time to do something but these guys on both sides of the aisle are just going to posture back and forth and throw up their hands and keep on spending. What else can you expect from idiots? WB

@sunflowerbucky...We have lost our moral and our financial compass as a nation. It is no longer political correct to invoke the name of the Lord if it has anything to do with our government. We have lost our ability to plan and stick to the plan financially and we have lost our ability to stay the course with a clear focus. The reason for that is that we have no clear leadership serving us today nor have we had any since Ronald Reagan left office. If he were here today, I guarantee you that he would have those in the Senate and Congress on the run for their very political lives. He would get results. Instead we have a man in the office who seems totally bent on breaking America's financial back and the breaking down our culture as a free society. In his mind, the only answer is big government and the only way big government can work is to keep spending keep grabbing power. One of these days folks might figure out that Soros and every other communist has their hand up his back working the lips. Thanks Bucky! WB

@ladyjane1...I was a bit charred when I wrote this one. I am more upset with those who were elected in 2010 than I am with the carryover. I expected those who were already there to do nothing but I didn't expect the new guys to start giving up and compromising so quickly. How about pulling this President into the deep water before you quit! Thanks for the good works, LJ....WB


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I think this brilliant piece of writing should be sent to every single member of Congress.Is that feasible? Up and awesome.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...If you can find a way to blanket sent it Poppy, we'll sure do it! What do we have to lose? WB

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