AMERICAN PERDITION

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By: Wayne Brown


So, you are convinced that the government is going to save the people of the good ol’ USA with all of the good things the left is laying on the table? Things ranging from stimulus packages to government run healthcare, job creation efforts, and the regulation of industry and the environment just to name a few. One might ask, “how could it not save us…they are putting all that money into circulation with all that government spending. That’s got to be good for the economy, right?”


Not this time, Robin! It only looks good if you don’t understand it. Government spending has nothing to do with producing the same effects as a booming economy. Booming economies are highlighted by widespread business growth and physical expansion into new markets. As a result, jobs are created and there is competition for the worker which tends to increase the wage scale. That effect pulls down unemployment numbers and raises the monetary value of the weekly paychecks which are taxed by the government. As a result, government revenue streams increase in value providing more money to support the insanity in Washington.


We need to understand one thing very clearly. The government does not make or produce anything of substance. It is not a profit center which makes money. It is pure and simply….overhead, nothing but expense, the expense of supporting a government, an infrastructure, and a military. In the past few decades, it has also been conduit of major welfare expense as more and more politicians use taxpayer revenues to buy votes. Regardless, in the end, it is all overhead.


Government gets it revenue from us, the citizens of the USA…the taxpayers. They also get a bit more from other miscellaneous areas but the bulk of the revenue comes in through the payroll tax process. In other words, they take our money before we see it and decide what should be done with it. In one sense, that is fine in that we should all pay a part to support the necessary operation of our government. On the other hand, those charged with running our government are addicted to spending and that addiction has exceeded all parameters of the revenue streams of the government to the point that about 42 cents of every dollar now spent by our government is “borrowed money” from either the taxpayer through raids on the Social Security/Medicare revenue streams or from outside sources like China, for example. In fact, 18% of the current national debt is owed to the taxpayers of America and that is more than twice what is owed to China. So the government spends to excess further increasing our debt and supposedly putting money into circulation that is “borrowed”. In the end, the government is taking money from at least half the citizens (those who pay taxes) and selectively spending it or passing it out on the streets to selective organizations.


This is not stimulus; it is simply redistribution of wealth. When the president hands billions of dollars to “green” startup businesses that declare bankruptcy within months of receiving the money, who do you really think benefited by those transactions? It certainly was not the taxpayers who are now shouldered with the debt. It certainly did not prove anything except that those industries could not survive in the marketplace even with government assistance. In the end, the money falls down a rat-hole and disappears into the pockets of a few all with no accountability on the part of anyone in Washington. The stimulus effect, if any, is rather short-lived and false…just as false as the growth in the housing market prior to 2008 which was engineered by the government.


When economies grow, good and service change hands between the businesses which makeup the American marketplace. Jobs are created on both sides of the equation. Workers have paychecks and they spend their money because they have confidence that the good times will last. That spending trickles into the coffers of other businesses that use it to create more goods and services, hires more people, and buys more raw materials, which in turn has the same effect again and again. There is a synergy of momentum created which expands exponentially and ultimately grows our gross domestic product values.


When governments grow, the opposite occurs. The number of people on the federal payroll goes up and the associated overhead goes up with it. That means that more of the revenue which the government takes in from various streams must be spent just to keep the doors open on the government. Since a dollar can only be in one place at a time, that means there are less of them passing through to other areas supported by the government or that more borrowing on the part of the government is necessary just to sustain the status quo. Those elected to office want to promise a chicken in every pot and grow the government to support that proposition. Too often, there is no measurement of “cost/benefit” in the consideration which generally comes at the wave of the hand by the president or a quick vote from Congress.


As the government grows, it ties up more revenue requiring higher taxes to sustain itself and likely more borrowing in the end. Debt continues to grow as well for spending cannot be cut unless government grows smaller in physical size. The fact that the government went out and built a bridge does not mean that the economy will be stimulated or improved. It simply means that the money to build that bridge came out of the pockets of taxpayers, was borrowed, or was a combination of the two. There again, since a dollar can only be in one place at one time, something else has to suffer, more borrowing has to occur, or taxes must be raised. That is the reality.


When economic growth outperforms and exceeds the growth in government, revenue streams increase in value because more people are working and paying taxes, even when they are paying taxes at a lower rate. When that takes place less money has to be borrowed to sustain existing situations and if new spending is not enacted, eventually more of that revenue goes against reducing the debt. At present, we have a federal government attempting to create that “stimulus” for economic growth in the marketplace while at the same time talking out of both sides of its mouth with regard to future taxation and the implementation of outrageous programs such as Obama-Care. The private sector trembles in fear of the unknown and the economy continues to remain stagnant. The government is creating its own destiny with the approach that is being employed.


Plain and simple…growing and healthy economies can save governments but government cannot create nor can it sustain growing, healthy economies by inserting itself into that environment with taxation and regulatory efforts which are directly counter to the goal. Obama does not believe this and subscribes to big government as the solution to all the needs of the citizens of the USA. If you need something, the government will eventually supply it and it will do so by taking more and more of your earned income and redistributing it as it sees fit. You don’t have to be wealthy to fear wealth distribution. There are more middle-class taxpayers than there are wealthy people in America so eventually the taxman will come to our door for greater and greater amounts of our earned income…all in the name of the government knowing the best way to save us from financial ruin.


Our current state of affairs as a country are not the direct result of economic down cycles that will simply get better with time by any means. The current state of economics in this country is government-imposed and government-sustained and it will continue in that manner as long as Obama occupies the White House. In order to change that situation, Obama would have to remove the government from center stage of our existence as a nation and shrink it significantly. He will not do that for his legacy as a president rides on what he hopes to achieve with the powers of a big government in the lives of all Americans. Sadly, he will ride that horse until it takes it last breath. Even sadder is the lack of opposition he faces in that process which allows him to circumvent checks and balances and walk on the Constitution on a regular basis. Americans should be outraged but instead far too many are apathetically thrilled with this socialistic dreamer who occupies the White House.


Everything is eventually affected by the “Law of Diminishing Returns” and so goes it for the government. By growing larger, the government does not grow more efficient except possibly in the area of having its fingers in about every aspect of your life. Government wants to take your ability to choose and execute it for you in terms of healthcare, taxation, environment, employment, education, and the list goes on and on even getting to the highly ridiculous side of shutting down your annual neighborhood bake sale. For the citizens and taxpayers, the benefit does not justify the cost. Even for those who are not paying taxes, and not productive, but are willing to take all the handouts the government can muster, reach the same conclusion from a different perspective...it's not enough. If that seems unreal to you just take a look at Greece…the freeloaders are rioting in the streets because government cannot fulfill its promises of security and generosity. Charity and welfare are eventually taken for granted and must always grow in scale to be appreciated.


This is not to say that welfare and charity can be ignored but maybe it should be ignored at least by the government. America has strong communities at the local levels and within those communities there are many knowledgeable people and organizations who know far better than the government where funds need to be spent to gain relief for those in need. We can address welfare and charity effectively without putting it in the hands of Washington politicians to be used as beads to barter for votes in the public place. This is the spending that no one in Washington wants to stop doing regardless of their political orientation but it is a good example of an area where the government needs to step aside and let local community organizations and private industry carry the burden. An efficient and effective government owes that to its taxpayers.


The upcoming election in November 2012 offers an opportunity to change our direction and move the concept of “big government” out of the spotlight. Once that step is achieved and once Obama-Care is simply a bad dream that has gone away, then we will see the American economy start to get up off its knees and return to health. Then, we will begin to see more revenue flowing to the government such that our newly elected officials may be able to give serious consideration to reducing our ever-growing debt load. If we stay with the status quo, government will only continue to grow in size and cost in every conceivable way for that is the goal of this administration and about the only success that it can claim.


Keep the Preamble to the Constitution in mind as you think of the federal government…”We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Outside of the six points noted in that mission statement, we, as citizens, should look to the federal government for nothing else and in turn the federal government should neither offer it.


Our country has been robbed and squandered by career politicians seeking power and pandering for the vote. The voters have been paid off with pork-barreling and earmarks that sent billions and billions of tax dollars off to no good end. Finally, we have come to a place where the road to the future forks. One way takes us further into debt as a country baited with the promise of a better future and more security all offered in exchange for your freedom and liberty. The other is a tough road for it requires us to truly change; to stop the insane spending, to apply our revenue in some fashion to our debt, and to live within our means as a nation in order to put our future on a solid foundation and allow those who come behind us to experience the America that we knew. This is not a road for the faint of heart or the queasy but it is a road to the solution. Freedom and liberty are not on the chopping block on this road but those who elected to be a non-productive component of society may find it a rather barren journey. Still, like our forefathers, those who desire to remain a free nation will answer the call and take the hard road and those who truly know how to lead will take us down it all the way to the destination.


Our choices for the future are clear. If we look to an overgrown federal government to answer our needs and guarantee our security, we will accomplish nothing except to bankrupt each other over time and enslave ourselves to a socialist collective. If we elect to rein-in the insanity and become fiscally responsible, we can once again fire the economic engines of this great country and again see a nation on a course which will solidify our future, reduce our debt, and draw a line in the sand putting all those who would freeload off the American taxpayer on notice…It ends here!



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22 February 2012


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Good points, very interesting. Voted up and socially shared.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@KimberlyLake...Thanks, glad you liked it. Thanks as well for the great marks! WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Terrific common sense piece that tells it like it is. This should be required reading in Congress, the White House and the electorate. Up, awesome and shared.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Wizardd of Whimsy...I do not detect any sincerity that caries any momentum in Washington on true tax reform...just saber-rattling for effect. One only has to listen to the various voices up there to realize what a broad definition "tax reform" really has. Just as Obama is suggesting that he is lowering taxes by reducing the upper bracket to 28%...what really happens is the rate goes down, the loopholes or write-offs go away, and the net tax is actually higher in the end. I am not really a proponent of either but until we get honest about it and stop using voodoo math to convince folks that their taxes have been cut, its just eyewash to make those in office look like they have done something. As long as the government's revenue stream is rooted in payroll taxes there will be problems. To me, true tax reform looks at things like flat tax or consumer taxation as opposed to payroll taxes. Good luck to anyone who attempts to garner enough support to get that legislation passed. It is amazing to me that we have elected officials who can an unread 2000 page document (Obama-Care) in the dead of night yet cannot manage ot put together a budget or do any significant tax reform. WB

@breakfastpop...I am not sure the folks that you mention in the first two categories can read or not...LOL! Thanks Poppy! WB


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago

In the past 30 years or so, as a result of the anti-government theories of Milton Friedman and the crackpot Ayn Randian, social Darwinist theories of Alan Greenspan, there has been a huge redistribution of income from the middle class and poor to the one percenters in this country. The failure to regulate the banks allowed them to load up their clients with all kinds of unjustified hidden fees and plunge the world into a deep recession with toxic mortgage securities based on undocumented home loans. The government bailed out the big banks and now they are fighting against regulation designed to prevent them from doing the same thing again or developing some new dishonest gimmick which will lead to another meltdown and bailout. Illegal Insider trading by hedge funds and bankers is rampant and apparently very hard to stop. The Tea Party ignoscenti in the House of Representatives have stymied nearly every Obama effort to revive the economy, leaving the job up to Bernanke and the Federal Reserve provide stimulus to avert a double dip recession. None of the GOP candidates has offered anything more than tax proposals which would increase the gap between the rich and the middle class and, except for Ron Paul, railing against contraceptives, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, collective bargaining, and public schools.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Wayne, I think Ralph is eloquent and on target with his rebuttal and I'd love to hear your denial of the the truth and the facts he's expressed.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Wizard, here is your rebuttal! Homosexual Barney Frank and friends devised a way to create equality among the people, and as usual, the liberal utopia failed! They created a plan for everyone to get a nice home. They then told the banking industry not to worry because it was foolproof and they would stand behind it. Many banks gave out loans as fast as they could under the new guidelines then sold the loans for a profit to larger banks! Some of those banks used the new loop holes to finance the worst of the worst! The larger banks also involved in these shaddy loans bought them at an alarming rate!...........then? as you know the economy began to falter and foreclosures started overnight! Had banks not been interferred with they would have been more careful, they would have looked loans over from shaddy banks with a careful eye!..........All of this started from a liberals pen!..............and sits with liberals today!........let this be a life lesson for you! First of all, just because Ralph can speak doesn't make him wise, second of all every liberal touted law to bring equality ends in failure world wide!


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

AR- If I wanted a narrow-minded and jaundiced jeremiad, I would have asked you—but I don't and that's why I asked Wayne.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Ralph Deeds...There is no denying that greed and corrupt people pass through our halls and leave us with some actions that are less than acceptable. The important part is that our system still catches those who attempt to manipulate it illegally and rightfully so. At the same time there will always be those who try as has been seen down through time in one way or another. As for the financial situation, I think we see it in a different perspective. While I do fault the banking institutions for getting pulled into the mess, I will point out that the government initially created the environment for it with the alternations to the "Fair Housing Act" basically promising to be the guarantor for less than ideal loan or mortgage situations then pressuring the lending institutions to lay aside their litmus tests and loan the money. The outcome was a lot of high risk paper that piled up in the asset mix of these operations. On the other side of the equation, especially in the banking industry, the FDIC regularly looks at the ratio of "non=performing" assets in the portfolio of these banks and that mix is unbalanced to the proper degree, they come down hard on the bank to the extent of closing them and liquidating their remaining assets to other banks within ratio. Obviously, those who saw the high default rate developing were quick to package the paper and sell it not so much to break laws but to unload their leveraged situation. Those banks who might have resisted this scenario were eventually pulled into the mix to some level but one can see by the regional impacts of the large foreclosure rates in various areas of the country that many would hit the wall before others. Then, the government turns around with a stimulus package to "rescue" the financial side of the house which in effect was a rescue of "fannie" and "freddie". In that process the same pressures came to bear to take the bailout money even if you don't need it just to keep the same face on things and continue to make those in government look like the "good guys" riding to the rescue when in effect they were the ones at fault in the first place.

When government decides that it is everyone's "right" to own a home and that right must be fulfilled even if it gambles with the financial stability of the nation, then someone has it wrong. Home ownership is a priviledge just as driving on the street is a priviledge not a right. This entire mess is nothing more than the warmed over chicken broth of a government attempting to put chicken in everyone's pot and it has its root right smack in the middle of the Clinton Era with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd drawing the blueprint. That fact was pointed out on at least seven occasions by the Bush Adminstration by the pleas fell at the feet of a Democrat-dominated Congress which elected to do nothing with it. Too many folks want to forget that the Dems owned Congress for the last two years that Bush was in office and did pretty much what they damned well pleased...ie. no budget, out of control spending, and such. I won't hang that around Obama's neck but I will say that he did nothing with it the first two years except flaunt the fact with even more spending...a stimulus package that paid off all those "loan guarantees" and kept "Freddie and Fannie" in business for the left could not stand the blow that such a failure would have caused on their watch.

That said,no matter who did what or where in the past, winning or losing that debate will not save us as a nation nor will continuing to spend borrowed money either. We have a president who has stalemated the private sector and then touted big government as the answer to all our ills. Instead, he should have been pointing out the ills of big government and promising to get it off our back as he took steps to shrink it. He doesn't have that level of courage especailly when George Soros has his hand so far up the back of his jacket. WB


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Spot on Wayne. Sometimes you rant like I do and it comes through clearly if people would WTF up. If the federal government could fix anything, wouldn't it be fixed?

Remember in November.

The Frog


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Wow, Wayne, talk about convenient amnesia!

You blame Lyndon Johnson and a 1968 effort to stop discrimination in home ownership as the root cause?

And then you don't bother to mention the Texas Senator Phil Gramm (and his corporate-crony wife) who were totally to blame for the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis and the 2008 global economic crisis—all brought to us by his "Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, that kept derivatives and default swaps free from any government regulation?

In its 2008 coverage of the financial crisis, The Washington Post named Gramm one of seven "Key Players In the Battle Over Regulating Derivatives", for having "[p]ushed through several major bills to deregulate the banking and investment industries, including the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley act that brought down the walls separating the commercial banking, investment and insurance industries".

Wayne you still evade, disappoint and totally fail to persuade anyone but the staunchest Fox viewing sycophants who circle your posts like seagulls at a trash heap.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince...But what those folks waiting for the government to fix everything, Frog? Oh, they will get to them as soon as the figure out how to protect a fool from himself. Thanks much! WB

@WOW...You are attempting to put words in my mouth Wiz. But that seems to be your approach. The Act did stem from the Johnson Administration in his attempt to create the "Great Society". But it was Frank and Dodd in the Clinton Era that gave it the teeth to do the damage that was done. Then you want to throw Phil Gramm in the mix because he pushed deregulation. Well, tell me this, where were those "regulators" who saw this train coming when the Democrats had control of both chambers of the Congress for four years...two under Bush and two under Obama. If it was a problem, then why did they not fix it? You want to frame the collapsing housing bubble in predatory lending practices...just innocent people taken advantage of in the marketplace. Sorry...let the buyer be aware and do his/her homework before signing on the bottomline. The government cannot protect a fool from himself without killing him in the process. No one held a gun to anyone's head on the buying side of this equation. On the other hand, the government did more than its share of pressuring lenders to make high risk loans and they eventually caved...they had to when their competition was already doing it. So here we have a government on the one hand guaranteeing high risk loans to consumers while on the other regulating bank practices through the FDIC. One sets them up; the other shuts them down and redistributes their assets. A perfect example of why the government needs to stay out of private sector waters and let them seek their own level rather than falsely inflate growth that cannot be sustained and does not make any sense in terms of risk management. You can create all the lending practices and regulations that you want but at the end of the day when the government is sitting there pushing growth and attempting to put everyone in their own home, those regulations and oversights are going to be laid aside until the train runs off the track. People have to be accountable which is far more than we can ever expect from government. BTW...thanks for that compliment with regard to the seagulls at the dump...I am sure my readers will cherish it. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

There's the distinction between our politics, Wayne. Your blinkered vision always comes to the fore.

You believe it should be "Buyer Beware!" That attitude has fueled all of our economic crises—boom & bust speculation and corrupted systems that fill the coffers of the economic insiders who buy politicians and so easily pervert democracy.

If democracy is to survive, it will have to be "Seller Beware!"—either your product has integrity or it doesn't and you get jailed if it doesn't.

As I've tried to get through your thick-headed ideology before—I'm not against business or government—I'm against corrupt business and corrupt government, but for you, it's always the binary belief that ALL business is GOOD and all government is BAD.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...Not so, I have no desire to see business or government corrupted but I am realistic enough to know that some level of it is probably going to occur as that is the nature of certain people and we will always have to guard against it. At the same time, I am against "big government" that justifies it on-going and continued growth with more and more regulation that chokes down the business environment for honest people who are simply trying to get ahead and make a living. Government is essential and it does have a purpose as defined by the Constitution. The government we have in place today has far exceed those parameters in many ways and in doing so is now infringing on the very goals that were set out for it in the first place. It all comes back to accountability...the votes and taxpayers must hold those who seek office accountable for their actions. Eventually, we start to fill seats with people who have enough integrity to represent the will of the people. The mindset in Washington at the present is that "equality" can be legislated or engineered within the judicial process. So we either tax it or regulate it or jail it in the hope that conformity will take place and we do it on the back of the taxpayers and when the wheels fall off all the politicians run for cover and try to blame it on something else. I am not saying that is true for one party and not the other...the whole of Washington has lost its way and it is slowly but surely destroying us as a people and a country. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

"the whole of Washington has lost its way and it is slowly but surely destroying us as a people and a country."

Well, some seem more lost than others, but your side only offers "fear, resentment and greed"—strong incentives I admit, but those human attributes eventually cause war and mayhem. I want "rational" and "fair-mindedt" in a politician , one who'll appeal to my better nature as a caring American who is willing to work together to solve mutual problems that we all face as a country and as a species.

That's just not happening in the GOP anymore.

"Eventually, we start to fill seats with people who have enough integrity to represent the will of the people."

Like Phil Gramm, George W. Bush, Romney, Santorum & Ging-get-rich? PASS!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...I will leave you to your choices in that regard although you must admit that the Democrat Party has lost all semblance of itself...gone left of left and more than willing to erect a welfare state regardless of the cost. I am not necessarily on the Republican line all the way down as they do not necessarily meet my conservative views in a totally satisfactory manner. There is too much tiptoeing around and worry over name recognition and in my opinion too much playing to the middle for their own good. Given that our system offers little else of substance, I do land on that side of the land more so than not. That is not to say that I am not a caring American or that I do not place value in seeing that people who are in need receive some assistance. I just do not think we have rearrange our house and move the earth to do that and I do not believe the federal government has to be the driving force behind it. The American people are on the whole very caring and giving...generous and willing to help when people suffer. I see no need for a government taking that role. And the shame of it all is that it gets done more for political purposes than the fact that they really care.

The current perspective seems to learn toward "legislating" fairness with the expectation that equality will be the result. I do not see that happening as much as I understand your desire for fairness. The reason I say that is that I do not believe the line most politicians take when they call for fairness and equality...which amounts mostly to a tirade designed to garner votes and solidify a base. That may be the name of the game but it is truly victimizing the citizens of this country. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Sorry to disappoint, Wayne, but I can't agree whatsoever.

Obama is no leftist, he's as moderate as any conservative Republican from days gone by—it's because the GOP has been subversively taken over by the shrewd ideologues who profit in fear and resentment.

As for "fair," you obviously have a different dictionary than mine. I meant "just" and "impartial"—from our representatives to our Supreme Court.

Your party turned all that into an ideological battle to the death—sullying the very meaning of "fair" and "just"—the same way you made "Liberal" into a dirty word. It once meant open-minded and tolerant until your fear-mongers & propagandists got hold of it.

Now we have to walk around dealing with intolerant people too unaware to even realize they are being played by a lot of weasels and cheats—and yes, in both parties!


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I guess i get the last word.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...I'll give you that. WB


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Government is a black hole that sucks up money and produces nothing. Unless we get control back into the hands of the people, we are doomed.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...Those who pull the levers seem to want to grow that black hole all the more. Thanks, Will. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Come on guys, that horse is dead — unsaddle it and get off!

We all have to work together or sink and there's plenty to agree on in terms of what we need to do to prevent bad government . . . and bad citizenship!

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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wayne,

People are wondering why gasoline prices are skyrocketing while supplies are so high and demand is so low. The answer is our $16 trillion dollar debt and the resulting inflation of our money.

Inflation always makes itself known in food and energy first, the same two items that the Obama administration does not use in figuring the percentage of inflation.

We are in deep trouble, because inflation now means a double-dip recession.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like it needs a nail.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Wayne, you need to be a speech writer!!

I am motivated in the fashion that Reagan used to motivate me after one of his brilliant speeches....

How anyone can read this and argue (I won't mention any names) or disagree with the absolute truths that you point out, is mind boggling. It is not just an opinion, but a message of simple common sense.

Your statement "Americans should be outraged but instead far too many are apathetically thrilled with this socialistic dreamer who occupies the White House."

That is the scariest remark, but is so dead on correct...unless we can create a new generation of young folks, who can break this trend of "free loaders" we WILL end up like greece as you pointed out.

If some of these folks could hear this vision you just shared, and take it to heart, it could turn this ship back into the direction we must face to restore this country as it once was.

I again applaud your unique ability to put words down that carry so much meaning with heart felt compassion.

I vote up, awesome, interesting and useful!

Chris


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When almost 50% of Americans no longer pay income taxes, we are probably already doomed, because those 50% will vote for those who will promise them the most largesse.

Freedom lovers are already a minority in what used to be the greatest nation on Earth.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

It's not a time to argue, it's a time to be honest about who the real welfare queens are—it's not the working poor or the ailing middle class—it's the Ultra-Rich and the corporations who get all of the benefits of a strong government without ever paying taxes. Freeloaders indeed—it's the ones with the money and power to keep guys like you spreading bias and prejudice to promote fear and anger.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"...it's the ones with the money and power to keep guys like you spreading bias and prejudice to promote fear and anger."

The irony.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...Thanks Chris...much appreciated. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Will- The same kind of irony, for example, that says you want government out of our lives and then supports putting government in our bedrooms and women's' vaginas?


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...Wiz, I think you are being a bit unfair to Will here because you assume that absence of something is the presence of it. Marriage has long since been defined in the Bible and in our laws. The absence of abortion is birth which is a natural occurrence when two people of the opposite gender engage in sex. You want legislation to promote the basis for abortion and you want the definition of marriage changed because you think that is something simple. Once it changes, where does it stop...when the farmer cries for legal recognition of his "marriage" to his pig? As for abortion, it becomes a function of accountability...if you cannot afford the stakes, then don't play the game for sex can and does become parenthood in all reality. Just because you are for legislation to thrown everything in the trash out back does not back it right...after all, you have already been born and surpassed the opportunity for abortion as a human being. Believe what you want but don't come around here painting people in a bad light because they have acceptable beliefs. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Wayne, I'll be fair to you and Will when you're fair with me. I'm not "for" abortion, I'm for allowing women to decide about their own bodies—just like I can decide and not have it determined by a bunch of narrow-minded men who claim liberty and freedom for themselves while taking it away from people they don't agree with.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Where did I say I support: "...putting government in our bedrooms and women's' vaginas?"

Either produce it or admit that you simply made it up.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Will, try to hold on to a train of thought—you brought up "irony" and I pointed out what real irony is wrt "conservative values." Where did I say YOU said it?

You guys are shooting with blanks!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You said: "YOU WANT", so I asked where I said any such thing.

You have now admitted that you just made it up.

Thank you


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

DUH!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...This hub is focused on the out of control growth of the federal government and its eventual damnation of the American society. Whether you are of liberal mind or a conservative one, that fact should bother you greatly and I would assume there would be a desire to find a way to stop it as a country. Obama is certainly not the leader for that job as he is the guru of big government and a government-centered society. Regardless of how large the government gets, it will always fail at the desired goad of attempting to protect a fool from himself. Mankind has particular traits which cause some level of greed and selfishness to surface in any form of society...it is not reserved to capitalism or democracy. The government is suppose to work for us, the people, not the other way around. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

I'm in accord with some of your points, Wayne but you are dead wrong about Obama, IMHO.

We are a divided nation because the conservatives decided to fight a war to the death with whatever got in their way—from their loyal opposition, the Democrats, regulations that prevented their usury, speculation and bribery of Congress, and the ultimate folly, the war in Iraq. Those are the true causes of what you term our "damnation" and NOTHING else.

If you weren't such a narrow-minded ideologue you would see that my words serve the truth and not any ideology. Moreover you would admit that the Republican clowns running to replace Obama would be the final nail in the coffin of our democracy.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...I am not a Republican per se...I am a conservative. I see nothing in what Barack Obama is doing whether he be (as you state) a moderate or a raging socialist (my term)that is in the best interest of this country. We can argue for years about what Johnson did, what Reagan did, what Clinton did, what Bush did, but in the end it comes down to the right now. I don't know where you stand but I stand on the side that says America cannot in good financial health survive four more years of Barack Obama. That is my opinion that I am expressing...mine alone but I am sure that there are folks out there who agree with me. I will concede this...getting him out of office given the status quo will not put us on the road to recovery for he is only one man but it might just be a wake up call to those who populate Congress that they need to get their crap together and start running this country on a responsible basis. What we have seen in the past decades does not cut it and I am not pointing fingers. Our Social Security and Medicare funds have been squandered and in our darkest hours in 2009, we end up with a Stimulus Package which is chock full of pork likely from both sides of the aisle no less. We have to turn away from spending. We have to have the leadership to take us there. There is no other alternive. It is impossible to tax ourselves out of our condition as a people. Obama does not care about that and he will continue to spend, spend, spend, for another four years...that, that, is the nail in the coffin. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Wayne your sincerity is noted and I'm sure you mean well, but you're wrong. We have a huge military and corporate welfare system and fat cats who still refuse to pay any taxes. By addressing just those three overwhelming realities we can remove most of the nails and put our future in order and start investing in our grandkid's future—not suffocating them with the same old Neocon fear mongering.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wayne,

Why bother? Everything you said was true, but it was simply dismissed without rebuttal.

At the rate we are spending, we will soon be $20 trillion in debt and on the verge of collapse. Our money is inflating so fast that $10 gasoline will soon be the norm. This has to stop.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW....Read the following hub and then paint me a picture of how "more taxes on the fat cats" is going to pay our bills.

http://hubpages.com/politics/Income-Tax-Cannot-Fix...


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...No doubt about it...lots of folks in Washington need to be sent home (on both sides of the aisle)in November. We need to keep replacing them until we find the ones willing to get it right. No doubt, we have too many who have sold their souls to the lobbyist or are lining their own pockets with their corrupt practices. Then there is Obama...not attracted to either but hell bent on achieving his Marxist goal to break the back of America. You are so correct...this cannot continue. WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

"Truth?" Hyperbole & agitprop!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"We need to keep replacing them until we find the ones willing to get it right."

We would probably be better off selecting our reps by lottery from a pool of 50 years and older folks!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...Possibly you would like to demonstrate the "real math" to us on the basis of your judgement....WB

@WillStarr...Maybe we could sell raffle tickets for the jobs and use it to help pay down the national debt. I would relish seeing a list of things which the government has touched and NOT SCREWED UP....a blank page you say? LOL! WB


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@WOW...If that quote had any truth in it you might have a point. If you are talking about the "surplus" which Bill Clinton purportedly left us with....smoke and mirrors. In fact, Bush accumulated $4.9 trillion in debt over an eight year term. Worthy of note is that 41% of that amount, just over $2 trillon of those dollars were accumulated after the Democrats took over the Congress in 2007. Also worthy of note is that Obama has managed to accumulate approximately $4.8 trillon in debt since he took office in January 2009 up through 1 March of this year...in other words he has already created in less than four years 97% of all the debt created in Bush's eight years in office. And you don't think we have a spending problem in Washington? WB


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Oh there's a spending problem alright, but it's mostly with the corporate lobbyists and all of the other military welfare you always so conveniently ignore to fit your blinkered vision, Wayne.

http://s4.hubimg.com/u/6260119_f520.jpg


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

How about a real pie chart instead? As you can see, defense spending is less than 20%, while social spending and interest on it is over 60%! :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fy2010_spending_...


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Ah, Social Security, the real target of your resentment and annoyance — nevertheless, defense is about mayhem and destruction while social security is about working your whole life and (for most middle class) people a way to provoke you to save for old age.

Yes let's do go back to ruthless tribal ways with every man for himself so the fat cats can stay in control and exploit their power for their "investors."

And I'm sure you and Wayne would never accept military benefits, a pension or Social Security?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

So you admit that you deliberately made a blatantly false claim.

(Or was it just ignorance?)


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

Ignorance? Yes on your part, Willy, and I made no false claims.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Well said my friend! I like this quote :

"Booming economies are highlighted by widespread business growth and physical expansion into new markets. As a result, jobs are created and there is competition for the worker which tends to increase the wage scale. That effect pulls down unemployment numbers and raises the monetary value of the weekly paychecks which are taxed by the government. "

It's really too bad they don't stress sound economic theory in the schools anymore, so many poeple think the government can create wealth!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@wba108@yahoo.com....You are so correct. The best thing government can do is attempt to nurture and environment where business and the economy can thrive. In that sense, government is an almost invisible behind the scenes partner. Education has failed us as a people and that translates into an ignorant voter. Thanks much. WB

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