American Reform - Curing The Bloat!

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By: Wayne Brown


Here we go again folks! It seems like every single time that word “reform ” shows up in the vocabulary among our Washington elite elected officials it comes down to just one question…”how much is it going to cost the taxpayers of America this time ?” The word “reform ” is a dirty six-letter word that really means “you are about to get the shaft ”. By the sound of the news bites coming across the airways today, this definition of the word will be followed to the letter.


President Obama has his “Commission on Fiscal Reform” launched and engaged in the process of defining what it is they plan to reform. Now, let’s get one thing clear up front here before we continue. Just because the word “fiscal” relates to the monetary process, it does not, by any means, indicate that we are in a discussion that has anything to do with spending or the lack there of…not in Washington DC anyway. This commission really has one purpose in mind though it might not be addressed in the formal mission statement associated with it. That mission is to define revenue streams which will allow the current level of spending to continue unchecked and unhampered. Anything else that comes from this commission will just be added fluff.


Is it not interesting that a politician or might I say elected official cannot find it within themselves to speak of spending in a conservative manner? Apparently, spending is what the government does and wants to continue to do as it grows itself into oblivion. You see, without spending, what would the government do on a daily basis. What would all those worn out career political hacks that populate Washington today have to get up for in the morning if not for spending the taxpayer’s money? Get the visual, the politician arises from his bed and runs to the window throwing back the curtain to let the sun shine blaze into the room upon his crisp white nightshirt and then sings out in a high operatic voice, “It’s another glorious day, on what might I pork-barrel money today?” He does so while lifting his arms to the heavens in an angelic, empowered fashion.


The truth of the matter is that “spending ” has truly become the mainstay of the government, and as it gets larger, it feeds it urges by spending more and more and more. It enters in to what should have been trust funds like Social Security and spends all the funds that have been collected and will be collected between now and forever. Then, it turns right around and tells us the fund is safe and in the black until 2036…yet, there’s really no money there because in reality it has already been spent. No one in Washington has the guts to tell the American people they literally stole it from them.


Washington officials are quick to point out that the nation can really no longer afford to provide Social Security without serious financial consequences. Let’s be clear here and call it what it really is today. Social Security today, and for the last fifty years for that matter, is nothing more than a glorified Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. Our elected officials have long since robbed the fund of any real assets. It is a fund totally filled with promises or IOU’s from a federal government that could not keep its tax and spend fingers out of the money that hard-working people were made to pay and expect to receive a benefit from when the time came. For the government to have soaked the “baby-boomer” generation and beyond out of billions and billions of dollars and then to turn around and say we cannot afford it any longer is a crime, an absolute crime. In fact it may be the single biggest crime of all times yet there are no culprits to convict. Those who have been bilked out of their hard-earned money for years and years are supposed to just shrug their shoulders and go on with life. In the eyes of the Washington elite, those who have funded this program should have no expectation to benefit from it.


The government, in the past two years, has grown by a factor of 25%. Now think about that for a bit. If you were a businessperson and employed a staff of workers, then you would expect that if your staff and overhead had grown by a factor of 25%, then your business must have grown in a proportion that exceeded the 25% number. Why? Because, as a businessperson, your goal is to make a profit and you set your policies and targets according to that goal. Our government, on the other hand, is not a profit center at all. No, in fact, it is nothing more than a sponge soaking up taxpayer money in leaps and bounds and sending out the other door even faster. Growth in our government does not come because someone made a calculated decision, no, it comes because a bunch of politicians had some whim that made their heart flutter or drove their greed to record levels thus it had to be done and done right now.


A discussion that includes a use of the word “fiscal ” co notates that there might be something responsible going on within that intercourse. Well, not in this case! No, this is all about looking for revenue streams to support spending levels. There is no discussion of tax relief, no discussions of shrinking government, no discussion of eliminating some of the absolute out-of-control pork barrel crap that is going on in America today. No discussion whatsoever. They reference tax write-offs long enjoyed by the American public like interest on our home mortgages and insinuate that this is a viable way to lower the deficit which has accumulated to monumental proportions since 2007 with great thanks to House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who publicly announced that there would be no further deficit spending by the Congress on her watch. They do this while at the same time hiding away a 3.8% sales tax on your home in the recent healthcare bill which was enacted into law. The fact of the matter is that no money, be it tax write-offs or whatever, is going toward the bottom line in our current scenario. All it will be going for is the continued effort to spend America into oblivion. It is time to stop that mindset in this country.


The United States Federal Government has a mission. That mission is to provide for the common defense of our borders and our lands, to uphold the rule of law, and to sustain an economic environment in which individuals and business can flourish, generate revenue, and contribute to the overall economic growth of our society. As this growth takes place, jobs are created, pay levels increase, consumption increases, demand increases and in turn drives growth to even higher levels. Our government and our elected officials need to get back to the basic tasks at hand in America. Once that happens, America will get back to being the great America it has been and can still be.


Commissions appointed to define revenue streams have little to do with reducing spending our country. In fact the effort smacks with a mission statement that says to the people, “we have every intention of continuing on the road we are on, we simply have to look for ways to generate the money.” Would it not make sense to first establish a commission to determine whether or not this is a viable mindset under today’s economic pressures? Is there no logical mind among those in Washington that says, “why not reduce or stop the spending completely in some cases?” Can we not have an effort which looks at the total debt, then defines a methodology to eliminate it by some target date? Why not take the initiative to reduce the insane spending rather than by taking more and more from the taxpayers? Why not reduce some of the deficit by cutting a significant portion of the fat out of an overfed federal government beast? Why? Because the beast is not willing to gnaw at its own foot, that’s why!


The American public must get over the feeling that we are stuck on a ship without a rudder or a sail. We, as citizens, still have the power to vote and determine the outcome of elections. We have the power to send the people who brought us to this abyss back to the homes. We have the power to put new minds to work and assign them the task of getting America back on its feet. We have to power to say enough is enough and we expect a different direction. We have the power to reform. We have that power and it is imperative that we use it rather than sit and listen to more and more of Washington’s doublespeak which is only focused on the slight of hand that smacks of the intention to continue spending at the current level of insanity.


Our futures and the futures of our children are on the line right now in America today. The financial burden America is taking on justified by socialist politicians who are willing to implement a long failed economic formula will break our backs as a country. The welfare of every single individual is on the line today both in terms of economics, security, and freedom. The financial burdens imposed by elected officials who do not have the best interest of America in mind will be the chains that bind us all to the walls of a dark, dank, and uncertain future in America.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

I have a confession to make as I say in my Hub, "I Am A Liberal Progressive" , I wondered if an old fogey like me would be able to obtain the necessary financing for my home purchase since I was soon going to be 64 years of age and on Social Security disability. Much to my surprise a local credit union gladly took my mortgage request and the outcome was a favorable response and I obtained the funds necessary to purchase the house. The closing took place yesterday on Friday 10-22-2010!!!!!!!!!

During the closing I found out what I suspected all along, the mortgage was immediately being sold to Fannie Mae, that government backed entity that had exacerbated the housing crash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Obama finally agrees that his agenda is on the election ballot this fall. This slam down his agenda!!!!

Keep on hubbing!


TimBryce 6 years ago

Wayne -

Good article. All the O-Bomb is trying to do is "reform" our wallets into someone else's pocket.

I cannot believe how blind the American public is.

All the Best,

Tim


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Tell us how you really feel, Wayne. :>)

Great Hub--points all accurate & well stated. Loved the picture of the pig--what a great metaphor to define what you rightly describe as our "Washington elite elected officials..."

That's the problem--elitists are in charge. Elitists who have no comprehension of life outside their insulated bubble, which the rest of us refer to as the real world where we live our lives.

Thumbs up. Nov 2nd's coming. . .


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth...Yes Tom, you are having what I like to call one of those 4th quarter moments...when you look up at the scoreboard and wonder if there is enough time left in the game to score. Luckily, we bailed out Fannie Mae or you might have been on the street! LOL! WB

@eovery...I hope people take a good sobering look at this agenda before they enter that polling booth. This guy is total poison for the American culture...we have to reverse this direction and soon! WB

@TimBryce...Thanks Tim...There are still far too many Americans who view our country through rose-colored glasses wanting to feel that they live in a land of magic and make-believe and that nothing can ever really go wrong. These are the ones you get to first...the naive, the next layer is the stupid ones and works downhill from there. What a shame! WB

@Ken R. Abell...I appreciate the comment Ken. We really need a new direction toward a more balanced thought process. Anybody can build highways and bridges with money that we do not have...its the guy who can get it done and pay for it too that we are looking for! Our government is the equivalent of a fat pig and that is a large part of the problem...the elected officials have no fiscal responsibility when it comes to growing government...government spelled another way is "overhead"! WB


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Every lawyer up for election is for lower taxes, less government, sending Washington insiders a message, some kind of reform. But THEY will never! As is evidence by America being the most imprisoned nation on Earth. Don't elect a lawyer. No good will come of it.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

OMGosh Wayne - the other code word that just FROSTS MY HIDE is "invest." We need to "invest" in schools. We need to "invest" in Public Television. We need to "invest" in jobs. CODE FOR - The federal government wants to take your hard-earned money and spend it on PORK! Like that pig you have up there. And the song is A HOOT BTW! We are MAD AS HELL and frankly BIG changes better happen or Washington is going to have one furious italian mother/grandmother/Army wife retired storm their steps and let them know just how mad I am! Don't MAKE me do that! ;-) GREAT Hub Wayne!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Micky Dee...I am with 100% on that point MD. That is exactly why we can not get any litigation restraints in this country now. These guys spend all their time protecting their ability to run class action law suits by which the victims benefit very little and the lawyers get rich. America needs some business heads in place...we can hire the lawyers to advise them...in fact we already have...they are busy sueing Arizona! LOL! Thanks Mick! WB

@cjv123...I am trying to do my part to keep you happily at home, Carol! LOL! You are correct, America is a sucker for the words "reform" and "invest" when it all just comes down to nothing but "debt". The reason we cannot pay our bills and meet our entitlements is because we keep adding things to the mix...like a child in a toy store with an endless supply of money. There are some sacred cows which I will defend to the death that must not be touched and that is 1. Care for our elderly 2. Social Security 3. Our Military. All three of those items deserve even more than we give to it but our officials are too busy spending money to worry about anything except robbing them. From my way of thinking, when you take my money for almost 40 years without me having any say in the matter and then turn around and try to tell me that you cannot afford to provide me a benefit...sorry Charlie...somebody needs to hang! Thanks for the good comments...I will try to catch the show today! WB


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Reform: a buzzword. As a prior educator administrator, I heard the term "reform" when I started the educational process until I got out of the process. Education and politics go hand-in-hand. You can tell the liberal teachers anything that the "Board" tells you to tell them and when the teachers close the door to their classroom, they do what they want to. There is no accountability... Ditto politics... Money and hidden agendas rule...

There,I feel better: hope it was good for you! :-)


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Reform means redistribution of wealth in Kenya.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@dallas93444...I agree with you on those points. Education does harbor some liberal thinkers within. That's why we need even more money for education because there will never be enough. Of course not, they use it to build stadiums and football fields! LOL! Thanks for the read and yes, it was good for me! WB

@breakfastpop...the pieces are now coming together! LOL! WB


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poppyl1 5 years ago from Marlton, NJ

When they "BORROWED" from the social security fund, did they have any intention of paying back the loan? Obviously not. No one has even offered to do so much as mention it as a debt to the people of America. I have authored an open letter, demanding payment of the debt addressed to Congress, house Representatives and the president in one of my hubs. The other problem as I see it are the 3 L's. Liars, lawyers and lobbyists. Until they are eliminated or severely limited we don't stand a chance for reform of any significant nature. Great hub WB. Keep up the good work.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@poppyl1...Yes, I read your hub on the 3L's and I totally agree. Since LBJ was President all we have been doing is taking the SS money into the treasury and spending it then placing IOU's into the till...50 years of borrowing from working people. 18% of the national debt is owed to the American taxpayers and this is the bulk of it. In contrast, China only holds about 8% of our national debt and we speak of them as if they own us. Maybe its time for the American taxpayer to speak up as you have. Thanks for the great comments. WB

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