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By: Wayne Brown
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen. The Super Committee has admitted failure in their ability to come up with the recommendations for the $1.2 trillion dollars in cuts to the federal budget. Actually, there are no surprises here. In fact the only shock would have been if they could have come up with some viable recommendations. As is the case too often in Washington these days, this was simply a dog and pony show designed to convince the voting public that their elected officials are working hard for them and trying to make the difficult choices. Of course, in light of the fact that those choices were not made, we will continue to spend at the same disastrous rate that we have in the past three years.
Finally, the taxpayers of America have found the one area in which bipartisanship still exists in Washington…”cronyism”…you protect my program and I will protect yours. Keep in mind as well that there never was an agreement to “cut spending” but more accurately an agreement to “cut the rate of spending” which is not quite the same animal. In fact, it should be an area in which agreement could more easily be reached as it does not do totally away with a given program but simply reduces the amount expended on that program in a given period. Still, there was no agreement in those areas.
There certainly are a lot of dogs in the hunt in this scenario. Most of them have their own self-interest at heart when the facts are all boiled down. Few if any have the guts to take steps necessary to achieve the spending reductions on which our future is hinged. Now, more than ever, Washington is simply a place where the taxpayer is victimized by the politics of both sides and ultimately turns out to be the focus of every effort which is put forth by this band of thieves. We have watched this same scenario play out over decades time and again only to sit before our televisions and listen to the President deliver the news that although much work and effort had been exerted, the only hope would be to increase taxes. Nothing in that scenario has changed except the public is getting far more knowledgeable about what a crock of politically mixed crap the whole explanation really is in the end. Hopefully, what it comes down to is the public will turn out the current crop of elected officials for their inability to act, clean the slate, and begin anew. At that point, the message will be in place…act or get out.
The Republicans, as usual, are afraid to act for fear that they might be construed as “strong-willed” in their attempt to bridle the out-of-control federal spending. Never mind that the voters handed them seats in the mid-term 2010 elections with just that scenario in mind. Of course, the Republicans are counting on the penalty for not achieving this task occurring so much later in the game that voters will not assign blame to their lack of ability. This failure becomes the set up for tax increases which will be demanded in 2014 to offset the continued growth in spending. These increases will not come from the rich as those on the liberal side of the aisle might want voters to think. No, they will be piled onto the burden of the middle class wage earner which is the only entity in the American society that is prevalent enough to generate the revenue streams necessary as this out of control government continues to grow in leaps and bounds bent on breaking the backs of the America society.
The Democrats do not want to accomplish anything. They have their marching orders from their great leader, the President. His 2012 re-election success cannot by any means come about by him running on his record of his first term in office. He must have a scapegoat to blame the outcome on and who better than a Congress which has failed to act? After all, what has Congress got to lose? It has an overall approval rating around 18% positive with the American public, why not let it take the dive? At any rate, Obama wants to be able to point his finger in blame at the Congress for not passing the necessary economic efforts that he had suggested in order to stimulate the jobs market and the economy. This leaves the voter with the false impression that his ideas would have worked if they had been implemented. Never mind the glaring $800 billion dollar stimulus mistake that he cooked up only to now point to it and say that it was not enough.
The Democrats, under Obama’s leadership, have shown that they have any intention at fiscal responsibility no matter what the state of the economic conditions in the country. The federal government has been without an operating budget since before Obama took office and during a time when the Democrats were in majority control of both houses of Congress. The message is clear and has been upheld over that time by Reid and Pelosi…we don’t care what it cost, the American taxpayer can just pony up. Even in light of the outcome of the 2010 mid-term elections, here is a political party thumbing its nose at the American voter and taxpayer letting it be clearly known that they intend to do whatever they damn well please and the rule of law and powers set forth in the Constitution be damned!
We have a country run amuck at the present. Young people are spending six-figures to acquire an education that outside the math and sciences is almost totally based in socialist propaganda. A sign recently carried by one of the OWS crowd read, “I spent $96,000 to get a degree in Gay and Lesbian Studies and I cannot find a job.” Well, duh? What could this person be thinking? When has there ever been a time in the economics of America that the demand for folks with degrees in the Gay sciences was through the roof? Where is the common sense? Where is the researching of the potential career prior to committing to it? We live in a time when information is literally at our fingertips yet this young lady is surprised. When do WE begin to take responsibility for our own decisions as we choose our paths in life?
The country is divided, no doubt. The President continues to build that divide with his inflammatory remarks regarding class envy in America. The young minds of America actually believe that corporate America is an evil place with no regard for the America public or the worker. Their assessment is made on the back of actions taken by the Clinton Administration which left loopholes in the laws regarding the home mortgage and financial industry that one could drive a truck through. When things are left that unguarded there will always be an element which elects to manipulate and take advantage in the name of greed and selfishness. This fact was pointed out under the Bush Administration yet the Congress of 2007, a Democrat-controlled one, saw no reason to take any actions allowing the problem to continue. Now, this same government wants to paint the private sector of America black and insinuate that those things which the private sector provides such as a thriving economy and job opportunities can be provided by an all knowing, all seeing, federal government. We can talk all day about how badly sectors of the financial market leveraged home mortgages and misled the public but it pales in light of the lies being perpetuated by our government officials. More government and bigger government is not the answer to our problems in America. In fact, it is the burden which will eventually sink the entire ship.
We are seeing the efforts that are being made to eventually pick a Republican candidate which Obama wants to face in his re-election bid. Herman Cain came into the sights first as he began to gain a majority momentum. Accusations of sexual harassment were piled high damning the man in the eyes of the public yet not putting forth any real evidence as to his guilt. Now the seeds of doubt are sown and it is anyone’s guess as to whether Cain’s camp can recover from the situation. One thing is clear, even if Cain has the resolve, if the donations to his campaign dry up, he is finished.
Now the media goes to work on Newt Gingrich. Though Newt has a long history in American politics, he is still a factor to be reckoned with in the present day. He is a factor Obama had not planned to deal with in the 2012 election but now Gingrich’s star is rapidly on the rise. Now the accusations come that Gingrich is a religious nut who is bound on eliminating the Constitution and installing religious tenets as a basis for governance. Here again, allegations which cannot be disproved but have total strength to create doubt and mistrust simply by the spreading of them. Could this be the same effort on Gingrich that we have already seen play out on Cain? Time will tell.
One can sit back and watch this political scenario play out. No matter who rises to the top, if it is anyone other than Mitt Romney, the political machine will go to work to destroy them. You see, Romney is acceptable to the Obama camp. He has a liberal Achilles Heel and cannot come after Obama in the manner in which the other potential candidates are free to do. Romney is a less viable candidate than McCain was in 2008 and everyone in the Obama camp knows it. Unfortunately, the Republicans are as quick, if not quicker, to run away from a potential candidate with any inkling of troubles than is the American voter. What a shame when the other side picks your horse for the race.
This is America today. This is what we have become because, we the American voters and taxpayers, have allowed the minority sector of our population to determine our fate as a country. Those policies and programs which are in place in Washington now are not representative of the desires of the vast majority of America but there are most certainly there. There are pork barrel programs out the ying-yang in operation today by our federal government yet those appointed to finding ways to reduce spending cannot find any viable methods by which to cut? One would have to be a damned fool to believe that the existing spending in place in the federal government in totally necessary and without pork or waste yet this is what those we have elected to office are telling us at this point. They are telling us that there is no place to cut and therefore it goes without saying that the only alternative is to continue to increase taxes in order to produce the necessary revenue streams needed to pay for this spending. What they do not point out to you is that every single one of them has some new idea for the spending of those new revenue stream dollars before they even start arriving in Washington. What they don’t say is that increasing taxes will not make one iota of difference as the debt will continue to grow.
As a public, we have been duped into the notion that our problems in America stem from the lack of revenue within the government so that the proper programs cannot be put into place to create jobs and stimulate the economy. We have been conned into believing that we should look to the government to fix these things when in actuality, it was the government that messed them up in the first place. We are led to believe that the only way out for us as a country is to raise more revenue and spend our way out. While this lie is being perpetuated, the burden of American debt grows larger and larger quietly beginning to reach a level at which its value meets or exceeds our Gross Domestic Product and spells bankruptcy for us as a nation. At that point, there will be not choices and the government will no longer have to lie. We will become prisoners of our own naïve belief that those we elected to office had our best interest in mind when they made choices on our behalf. Unfortunately, by that point, the joke will be on us as a public.
So, watch the members of the Super Committee come forward and talk about all the blood, sweat, and tears they exerted on this project only to fail. Watch Obama step forth and blame that failure squarely on the Republicans though the Democrat side of the aisle is an insult to the concept of democracy. The truth is they were destined to fail; they were appointed to fail. They achieved what they were supposed to achieve…validating an increase in necessary tax revenue downstream. Watch all this play out, then shrug your shoulders and head on down to the polls come election-day and cast your vote for another four years of this outrageous behavior in Washington and see where we end up as a country. Given our present circumstance, one cannot be sure we have the luxury of four more years .
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