- Politics and Social Issues
By: Wayne Brown
The last time that I wrote about this subject, I told myself that I was done with it; that I was not going near the subject again because I felt as if I have spoken my mind and there was little left to say that was not of a redundant nature. That was before I got up this morning and walked out on the front lawn to pick up that rag of a newspaper that my lovely wife makes me subscribe to so she can read the obituaries each morning. A quick glance at the front page and I knew that I was heading back into redundancy mode and quickly!
Right on the front page of the newspaper is a story with a headline touting how much more money all taxpayers are going to have come January. Huh? What planet is this dim bulb living on that he or she can conclude such a thing. I have this sneaking suspicion that this article might have been ghost-written by Nancy Pelosi because she is one of our elected officials who think exactly in those terms. And I can understand it too especially after she adopted the position that long-term unemployment benefits was an economic stimulus. Yeah, well flying government airplanes over cities and dropping taxpayer money out into the air could also be construed in the same manner but neither one is very effective in terms of economic growth, so quit selling that crap.
The fact of the matter is that you or I or any of those rich people they talk about when they argue this subject are not going to have any more money in our pocket come January than we do today. The truth of the story should be that the government has agreed to let us keep what we have for the present time. Taxes are not going up in January and they are not coming down…they will remain the same, rate-wise. Your paycheck will essentially be for the same old amount that you normally see on it unless someone decides to raise your pay in the interim.
Now there are those serving in elected positions in our government who just don’t see it that way. They way they see it is that the Bush tax schedule was due to expire therefore the additional money potentially coming from those reductions belongs to the government. In fact, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, those officials were already counting that money into their coffers for further spending purposes. Recently, she took the position that the “tax cuts” were going to cost the government $700 billion dollars which would just wind up in the mounting pile of deficit debt. When I heard that statement, I almost pulled an “Elvis” and unloaded my pistol into the television set.
For Ms. Pelosi to subscribe to such a position can only be possible on the basis of two assumptions. First, we have to assume that she means that all the money coming in from a rate increase in income taxes would be applied against the ever-increasing debt we are piling up as a country. And on the second assumption, one could only conclude that she is indicating that as a country our intention is to continue to spend at the same rate whether the taxes are raised or not. In other words, she has no intention of even giving consideration to any approach that might put the government on a budget and restrict spending to a lesser rate. In embracing such a position, she can only be sending the message that she believes that every dime of taxpayer money now spent is being spent in a reasonable and effective manner and there is no pork-barreling, earmarked funds and no waste.
The commission appointed by President Obama recently to look at the revenue situation tends to think in the same mindset. They are not exploring methods by which to reduce spending and save money, oh no, that would be an awful waste of good time. They are spending more time looking at the various revenue streams the government has and attempting to find more ways to squeeze money from them so the government can continue to spend at the same rate. Well guess what, the largest stream in that revenue flow is the American taxpayer so it does not take long to figure out that we need to drain more money out of their pockets to pay for the excesses of government.
I have heard pundits right and left offer up their interpretations of the message that was sent by the voters in the mid-term election cycle. The further we get from those elections, the worse the interpretations get. Not only do they get convoluted, they also become very complex and one tires of trying to reinterpret the message as a listener. The fact of the matter is the American public is fed up with the way our current representatives in the federal government are handling our tax dollars. As citizens, the majority of us were sick and tired of watching elected politicians spend money like drunken sailors out on a weekend pass. We were tired of the blatant disregard of budgets and the ever growing deficit. We were tired of having things shoved down our throat in what should be a rather democratic society. It is not a complicated message and if you want the simple version, here goes, “Stop pissin’ our money away!”
Now I have my local newspaper telling me that I will have more money to spend come January. If I took them at their word, I might run out and buy a new car thinking that I could afford the payment. Man, wouldn’t I be surprised when I saw my paycheck? At the same time, keep in mind that is the exact conclusion some of our representatives in Washington would be making if the Bush tax plan did expire, “Oh, look at all this new money coming in…let’s buy something!”
Honestly, do you really believe that your hard-earned money is better spent by some Washington politician than what you can do with it for your home and family welfare? Do you really believe that someone in Washington is going to spend the time to actually sit down and read any bill they dream up in the process of spending money? Government should be a resource which provides the necessities of infrastructure and military protection for the citizens of the country. It should not be a monster that spends all its time looking for more and more and more ways to spend money. The possibilities are endless and never-ending and it does not require a genius to come up with them.
The federal government is long overdue to go on a diet, to slim down to a lean and mean operating weight. It is the only entity in this country which has grown in size and scope over the past few years. Local and state governments have shrunk as their revenue based decreased in this economy. The federal government on the other hand has continued to grow and expand ignoring spending limits and head count. As taxpayers, we must realize that government is a “necessary-evil” and the less we have of it the better off we are in terms of tax burden and individual freedom.
Those who would be secure in the knowing that the government continues to grow and expand are living under the guise of a false security. In fact, there is no such security, and if there was, the price of it is far too high. Every time the government steps up to take over the functionality of some process or to regulate some area, we all lose a little more of our freedom. That situation has grown to the point now that the federal government will soon be regulating the bake sale that a handful of little old ladies are planning down at the local Baptist church. Eventually, those in government decide that it is the government’s responsibility to protect a fool from himself…which is simply nothing more than a losing proposition not only for the government but also the fool.
Don’t stop by my place and tell me that the good news is that I am going to get to keep what I already have. That is the same effect as the boss coming by and telling me that I won’t be getting a raise this year and the good news is they are not going to reduce my pay. If I look at it from the government perspective…you just did! I was already counting on that raise that I am not going to get therefore I have suffered a reduction in pay! Remember the old adage, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? Well, this just might be a good example of the reasoning behind that statement.
Oh, and if those insane voters out in the Bay area of San Francisco ever decide to do the right thing and turn Ms. Pelosi out of elective office, I suggest that you not consider hiring her to run your chicken farm, otherwise, you just might be missing some chickens come payday.
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