American Necessity


By: Wayne Brown

The drama continues to play out in Washington between President Obama, his liberal faction democrats, and the republicans in the struggle over debt-ceiling limits. President Obama was reported to have stormed out of Wednesday’s meeting a huff and remarked that this situation might cost him his presidency but he would not give on his terms. I find that a rather telling remark in light of the discussions taking place. It is certainly not the remark a leader would make in his quest for a solution on this issue.

The debt-ceiling limit imposed by our own elected politicians must have had a functional purpose when it was instituted. Surely that purpose was not to serve as a basis of argument between the two sides of the aisle every 18 months to come to terms on raising the limit. That would be a rather stupid process but then again it might serve the needs of some politicians who seem more interested in determining where blame falls than on solving our problems in this country.

President Obama seems to want his cake and eat it too. We apparently ended up in this financial mess in this country because we had elected officials in high office who knew of only three tasks to be accomplished, tax, spend, and raise the debt ceiling so that we can justify taxing so that we can facilitate spending and that big frigging wheel went around and around. Unfortunately, most Americans were not paying attention during those times. Most Americans have not had the time to inquire of Congress as to where the formal operating budget for the fiscal year is or why did they not pass one as they are suppose to as a function of their jobs. That omission itself glares of the attitude prevalent in Washington today of an open checkbook which leads directly into the pockets of every tax paying American. Somewhere along the line, to quote the President, “enough is enough.” I think we might be there now.

One thing is certain, the actions of the President over the past few days have not reflected positively on the Office he occupies. Americans elect a President to office who they expect to speak to them truthfully and accurately on subjects which everyone else may be bending and twisting. The President owes honesty to the American public above all else. When the President resorts to scaring our elderly population and those veterans dependent on their compensation checks in order to gain political advantage on this issue, he is no longer being honest with the American people. He is absolutely, unequivocally practicing deceit and fear-mongering.

The federal government currently has a revenue stream capable of meeting our debt service, paying the Social Security, Medicare, and military obligations. The only reason that money would not be available for that purpose on a monthly basis is that someone in high places has plans to utilize it in some other fashion for spending purposes. Basically, they want to take our grocery money and use it to go to the amusement park. Those points have been hashed over by numerous individuals yet the President fails to discuss it with the American people in those terms. The President wants the American people to believe that without increased taxation and continued spending, they entitlements are in jeopardy because the government will have to shutdown. This is a total farce.

Certainly there are some credit services talking of down-grading the USA credit standing if America should go into default. If the money we have coming in is used properly, we will not go into default. The debt service will be met, bills will be paid, entitlements will be issued but continued growth in spending might suffer because only a paltry 30 billion dollars will be left over after the bills are paid.

We’ve all heard the term, “now or later”. Folks we are living that option right now. It is not a matter of whether or not we rein in spending, it is simply when. We are way past the point presently at which it should have happened yet we have elected officials in Washington attempting to convince everyone that it would be much better if we did it “later” when it was far more convenient to do so. For now, we simply need to raise the debt ceiling so the spending can continue at the rate of 42 cents of every dollar being borrowed. When “later” comes, the debt will be bigger and so will the problem. The politicians in Washington would like to convince you that this is far more complex than any out of control family budget. Don’t buy that line…it’s time to cut up Washington’s credit cards and start paying our bills with as much cash as we can. When we need more cash, we cutting spending to get it. This may mean some programs have to go and there are certainly plenty of them out there which are long overdue to be stopped. The time has come to put on those brakes.

CEO’s get hired to improve the bottom line of the companies they lead. They do this by putting the right talent in important positions. They do this by analyzing the waste and over-spending taking place within the company. They do it by analyzing the size of the work force relevant to the productivity level…how many widgets do we produce per employee and where is the breakeven point? They analyze markets, determine demand, and take advantage of opportunity. In the process they either expand the business model to function at an acceptable profitability level for the investors or the shrink the model to get it lean and mean enough to survive the hardships it is enduring on the short-term when business struggles. In either case, they insure the survivability of that business entity and the jobs it provides in the marketplace.

Have you seen any semblance of that attitude from our current President or most of the others holding the majority choke hold in Washington? Surely you don’t have to think about that question very long before you can answer. Obama claims he inherited all his problems. In saying that, he claims to recognize the problems and the hardships they have brought on the country both in the economic sector and in the sector of government finances. Given that he understood that situation, how could he possibly feel that expanding the federal government by a factor of roughly 17% was of any benefit to the American people in terms of economics or finances? The President created a large group of government czars who have a multitude of staff positions none of which have anything to do with reducing federal spending or improving the efficiency of government which in all right should be the primary focus of any elected government official.

Unfortunately, that focus in a lean and efficient government was lost long ago when politicians realized that social programs and social spending earned more votes for re-election than working hard to see that the taxpayers were well served. Today, only about 50% of the American population contributes to the tax revenues of this country. The remaining portion does not, some for good reason, others because they have found a gravy train living on the public dole so generously provided by those we elected to office. In effect, the taxpayer’s money has been squandered to the process of buying votes…it’s that simple.

Now, we have an attitude being demonstrated and carried out to some degree by those on the left side of the aisle on a daily basis. At times, even a few from the middle and the right join in if it benefits their personal goals. We see efforts to continue expanding social programs as they sit and dream of new ways to squander money every day. This aspect is the very reason that spending cannot be brought into check. It would absolutely ruin the power base of these career politicians who have turned far too many Americans into non-productive members of society by simply making it worthwhile not to work and just live off the government dole.

Let’s cut to the chase here. Recent polls indicate that slightly more than half of the American public believes the debt ceiling should not be raised. That group believes those elected to manage the business of government should get to work using the resources they have and focusing on cutting the spending processes as accurately and efficiently as possible. They also believe those actions should yield real results freeing up revenue to be applied to our debt service and ultimately drawing down the monstrous and ever growing national debt which is slowly choking this country to death financially and ultimately will ruin all of us if left unchecked.

The message is clear. Some on the right don’t want to hear and those on the left don’t want to believe it. The message is clear and has been very clear since the mid-term elections of 2010. It’s a simple message: Get spending under control, establish budgets, create revenue surpluses to reduce deficit spending and ultimately put long term measures in place which will reduce or eliminate a significant portion of the national debt. The message is clear.

Now, if we do not currently have elected officials in Washington who can read and understand that message, then we need to terminate their efforts as rapidly as the election process will allow us to do so. We need to send new representatives in their place who do have that vision and who are willing to work at it to establish a long-term focus and guarding against anyone changing that vision. We need to be rigid in that demand and have high expectations for positive results. Anyone who is not willing to make that effort or to continue in that direction needs to pack up and go home.

The President, in this circumstance, like so many others he has encountered in his first term, has and is failing at the process of leading the charge to do the right thing by the American people. His desires to continue spending and raising the debt ceiling are destructive and selfish to say the least. His attempts to use fear and coercion to accomplish his desires are a stain on the Office of the President which is shameful to say the least. If we do not have a President who can take a leadership role and do the right thing for America, then the American people, those who have consented to be governed as one people, must take the reins and demand that the right thing be done for the sake of this great country and its future.

America is at the point of necessity. That necessity is to begin living within our means at the federal level. That necessity is real and apparent. Later instead of now is no longer an option. Now is the time and the choice to stop the spending insanity is the only viable option to securing our future.

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Becky 5 years ago

Wayne, Thank you for explaining to me in a manner which I can understand. It was clear, informative, and educating. I now understand how to explain to my disabled husband that we will get his check at the beginning of the month and next month also. Good job.

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sheila b. 5 years ago

Well said. Me, I feel most of DC is against us - they need our tax money so they can buy power with it.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...Very true, the only reason there would not be enough money to pay entitlements, etc. is that those who we have sent to Washington elect to spend the roughly $200 billion coming into the government coffers every month on other programs and pork. If we pay the bills first, there is still money left over but it is not enough money to satisfy their desires for spending...that's the real issue on the left and they are more than willing to continue borrowing money to do just that as long as the American people will tolerate it. WB

@sheila b. Thanks much, Shiela...I agree with you...they are a bunch of power brokers who are drunk with power and hopped up on money. We need to put their feet on the ground. WB

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texasgirlfw 5 years ago

I think both political parties are using this issue to make points for election. STOP IT and do what is right for the American public, and NOT just the top 20% high earners.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Our federal government should be held to the same standards as state governments and those who manage family budgets. Just how long can any entity continue to spend beyond one's means without dire results? It is time that we cut the pork and live within our means while reducing the deficit. The deficit has ballooned more under the current regime than many others combined! Let's elect some officials that can balance their own budgets and then do the same for our country!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@texasgirlfw...I read that to be Texas Girl - Fort that the case. If so, I am right next door. You comments hold a lot of truth. The mess we are in is due to the actions of both sides of the aisle over time. The system is broken in many ways and requires some necessary fixes if it is to serve us well in the future. WB

@Peggy W...Absolutely true, Peggy. The approach to fiscal responsibility in Washington causes the crimes of some Ponzi scheme operators to pale in comparison and we put those people in jail. Social Security and Medicare have been operated for years and in actuality are simply a tax in that the American public cannot elect to opt out of it. Now, after they have spent the money, our dear elected officials want to refer to the programs as "entitlements" like it is some kind of dirty word that one would not want to be associated with. Dammit...they took my money for more than four decades and I received nothing but assurance that I would have something there to supplement my retirement. Now, they want to color those folks as dead weight and bloodsuckers in order to get the government's books in order. No, it's time to quit spending money and buckle down to the tasks at hand and be held accountable for it. WB

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When we learn that every man, woman, and child in the US already owes a whopping $46,667.00 (and rising!), it's time to come to our senses.

This is it. We must stop borrowing now and live within our means, before we become another Greece!

Socialism does not and cannot work!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...You hear me shouting "Amen" from this corner? WB

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The 'mind-boggling' part of this is the closed minds of the left. They refuse to see the impending collapse of this house of cards under the crushing debt.

Even if the Republicans triumph, the debt will rise to $16.5 trillion and our personal debt will go from $46,667.00 to a cool $55,000.00!

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The roots lie deep at least back to FDR.It might help if the government switched to the same accounting system that is used in business.In the government system everything seems to have a different meaning than to everyone else. It makes the flim flam easier if nobody can understand the figures or words.

In government politicians can give away money, yet have no accountability for it.

In government you can screw something up and get rewarded.

How can the citizen understand it?

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...That is about the equivalent of someone stealing our identity and running up a bill without our permission. I think we been Hoo-Dooo'D! WB

@dahoglund...Yes, FDR was the original perpetrator with his Social Security Ponzi Scheme then LBJ got into the act the same way with Medicare. I think we all got too busy living good and turned a blind eye to Washington because we didn't think they were hurting that we have awaken, we see how badly our neglect has cost us. Thanks DA. WB

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I just said on Sally's hub - it used to be save, save, save - now it's spend, spend, spend. It's e downfall of the economy.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Are you positively certain, Wayne, that you don't want to run for office? Yours is one of the very few rational voices I hear these days. You got my vote, buddy.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...We are being played for fools by both sides of the street...never doubt that fact. WB

@drbj...If the nation drafts me, how can I turn it down, Doc? I promise you that I would not take a paycheck until every last SS, MC, and Veteran receive theirs. If instlling fear in the blind, cripple, and old was the only way I could serve then I would surely resign my office to a more capable person. What we have in Washington today is the dregs of humanity dressed up in suits and ties. We need to clean house big time and start the process all over so that everyone understands that we, the people, are in control. If we don't exercise that option soon, it will be gone forever. WB

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

If necessity is the mother of invention, where are the inventors? Our country is under the control of children. Wayne, you are so smart. Up useful and awesome.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...That could be because I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express this past week! LOL! True leadership searches for consensus and brings forth solutions. This community organizer we have in office only seems to be able to whine and threaten to expose the evil side of the conservatives for all of America to see. This continuing rant about taxing the rich is such a smoke screen that it aches for explanation. Based on the revenue stream of 2010, taxes on corporations (basically the rich) would have to be magnified by a factor of four to five times to simply reach the size of the revenue stream coming from individual taxpayer contribution. Ultimately, if taxation is the answer to our woes, it must be imposed across the board on all taxpayers in order to significantly increase that stream which amounts to 42% of the revenue taken in by the government. Sadly, and as bad as we hear our "entitlements" really are from these folks, Social Security and Medicare took in 70 billion more dollars than it was required to spend in 2010...that money was pissed away on other things. Obama wants to claim that entitlements are the burden which keeps us from cutting spending when in actuality they are currently paying their own way. This is all smoke to cover the fact that more than 600 billion dollars per year goes into discretionary spending and amounted to roughly 19% of the spending in 2010. A leader would focus on this area and encourage those working with him to dig deep into it and find the waste and frivilous spending inside. It does not solve all the problems but it is a start and it is a place to send the message to the American people that 1. We reduced spending in lieu of raising the debt ceiling...some things had to go. 2. We paid all entitlements as scheduled. 3. We met the payment on our debt service lowering the possibility that anyone will reduce our credit standing. Obama does not want to take this step because it is "the step" in the right direction to turning this country around. He is not interested in that direction. He is only interested in using taxpayer money to buy large voting block influence, pointing his finger, and causing as much envy and division in the American populus as possible. Anyone sitting in that office who scares my little 83 year old mother about her Social Security check damn well better not get paid until she does...she paid it in and she deserves something back for it...its that simple. Thanks Poppy! WB

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Wayne I remember prior to his being President Obama was talking about shrinking the size of Government by going over each expense line by line. I myself do not want the debt ceiling raised but now we are at a point we may have to. Obama came on as a centrist and has been nothing but a big Government guy since. And according to Sheila Jackson Lee the Rep. from Texas it is all about race. Too crazy.

My only question is why when they knew this date was coming did both sides wait so long to go to the table ?

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breakfastpop 5 years ago


Scare and intimidation are the operative words. Tell the "plain" folks out there that the bad Republicans want to take away your means of existence and they just might believe you. Obama learned this on the streets of Chicago. He's like the thugs who make you pay for protection or else. No wonder he is so in love with the unions. They have the same values. By the way, the Holiday Inn has nothing to do with how smart you are..You were born that way! It's Obama who must have stayed there and decided he could be President!

Becky 5 years ago

Interesting little fact about Obama. The federal deficit has risen more while he has been in office than during the entire previous 43 Presidents terms.

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kateperez 5 years ago from pasadena, tx

Becky1, It's pretty much doubled in 2.5 years. profile image 5 years ago from upstate, NY

I hope the American poeple are fed up with all this insane spending. In the long run though if the American poeple themselves don't respect the limits placed on government according to the Constitution, the temptation for politicians to buy votes will continue. Most of what the federal government does has no Constitutional authority period!

Stu From VT 5 years ago

"The federal government currently has a revenue stream capable of meeting our debt service, paying the Social Security, Medicare, and military obligations. The only reason that money would not be available for that purpose on a monthly basis is that someone in high places has plans to utilize it in some other fashion for spending purposes."

The above is the crux of the problem. Capping spending, but still paying SS and military checks, means OTHER things have to be cut, namely the bureaucracy that enables Obama usurp state and judiciary powers, and behave like a fiat dictator. The ugly truth, for Obama, is that true fiscal reform would require the federal Admin and Congress to adhere much more closely to enumerated powers, because the stolen powers could not all be funded any more. That is why Obama was DEAD SERIOUS when he said "this situation might cost him his presidency but he would not give on his terms." He is ABSOLUTELY UNWILLING to focus on TRUE federal enumerated powers (national defense, coinage, treaties, and resolving disputes between states), and letting everything else flow to the states/people as the Tenth Amendment demands. That, my God, would actually be Constitutional Democracy. We can't have any of that, can we now?

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Tony0724...I tend to agree with you...I think there is a lot of posturing going on but in the end Obama will probably get most of what he wants and will make minimal concessions. WB

@breakfastpop...I can't get past the fact that those on the left side of the aisle seem to believe that we will default on the debt interest payment if we do not raise the limit and continue spending. There is over 600 billion in discretionary spending as of 2010...some of that could easily go away in lieu of defaulting on a debt payment. WB sentiments exactly...WB

@Stu From VT....You are right on that one Stu...Obama never heard of States Rights. Discretionary spending exceeded 600 billion dollars in 2010...we could easily find some cuts in a box that large but as you say, it takes away their power and influence when that money disappears. Sadly, in 2010 there was a 70 billion Social Security surplus and the government simply spent it in other areas. Deficit spending is a way of life with the Obama crowd and the only solution will be that it costs him his presidency...nothing could be finer. WB

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Wayne, agree getting rid of Obummer in 2012 would be great. The sad thing is that's another 18 months of massive debt buildup, even if he is defeated. At some point the problem will become too big to solve even with the most stringent austerity.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Stu From VT...Yes, with Reid and the Senate leaning to the left there is no muzzling this adminstration for a while. I think the Republicans are going to cave anyway...too many back there all want the same thing regardless of where they sit...spend, spend, spend. I hope most of them are near the end of their career. WB

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Wayne, I hate to say it, but I think you're right. I know Obama wnats no cuts, because reducing agency sizes would decrease his ability to issue regulations (skirt Congress). But I really don't understand what's in the mind of the GOP. I know taxes are a sacred cow that will have to be addressed at some point, but there's been enough talk about entitlement reform to move on that. And I certainly don't see why the GOP's are so scared about floating federal operating cuts. I know Obama will veto them, but the GOP's could really make him look bad in the process. I suspect the Dem's have something they could do to embarrass the GOP's back, and that's what's holding the GOP up, but I can't figure out what it might be.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Stu From VT...Stu, I think the explanation with the Republicans lies behind two factors. One is the shutdown the government went through when Newt Gingrich and his gang made the contrat with America...Newt and company shouldered most of the blame for that fiasco. Those who are still around are gun shy from that standpoint and unwilling to stand with the Tea Party conservatives to hold the line...essentially there are cracks in the armor on the Republican side. There is also that faction who is more interested in plotting and scheming their way to political victory than working on the problem. Mitch McConnell thought it would be good to come up with a way tho leave the President holding the ball if things went sour...he never gave much thought to how it would leave the American people. We don't need people in office who are not working on true solutions. The President wants to sell senior citizens on the idea that we will have to use their Social Security money to pay our interest on debts. In fact, Social Security and Medicare took in more than 70 billion dollars in surplus funds in 2010 yet all of it was squander on other spending actions. Discretionary spending amounted to more than 660 billion dollars in 2010...almost 20% of the total spending yet the President has no interest in looking at that silo and cutting the trash out of it because that is the money he uses to buy his voting blocks with for the upcoming election. At the same time, there are not to many on the right side of the aisle willing to look into that same silo because that pork barrel spending is what buys them power and gives them the right to choose. In the end, the divisions in the thinking inside the Republican Party will leave the silo in place and Obama will get his ceiling increase and never give up a damn thing on the spending side. Of course, the Republicans will argue that they battled to the last man for what was the right and appropriate thing to do but they just could not muster the votes. In effect, Washington continues at its status quo after putting on a three-act drama for the American people which amounts to little more than a distraction. WB

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Wayne, an excellent analysis, and very scary. The implication is that nobody will do anything until a mega-crisis occurs. By then, the problem may be too big to solve.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Obama has been on a continual spending spree since he walked in the White House and I think he got the check book and hasn't been back. I keep asking over and over and no one seems to know about Hillary taking billions to the Mexican leader to do with drug control,,,it was billions. So what happened with that. Does anyone doubt they just split it up or maybe invested in the good thing going? The $600 million Obama took for border patrol, where is that, we know he isn't controlling any borders.

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Pollyannalana...True....Stimulus 2 will be approved today throwing yet more taxpayer dollars at nothing in the hope of solving our problems. The private sector is capable of solving our probles and doing so rapidly but the government has to move out of first...not likely to happen on Obama's watch. WB

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