About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Response & Update - House CR Vote - A Slow But Getting Faster Burn

Representative responses to the subject message re Tuesday's disappointing House budget vote followed this one from a patriot, FairTax supporter, & subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net who works tirelessly virtually every night of the week for America after he finishes work - "Doug - Rob Woodall, really? What can he be thinking? This is a big disappointment...54 Republicans out of 240. Am I reading that correctly? There were 104 Democrats that voted NO...50 more than the Republicans...Something has got to change here...this is just not working..."

To specifically answer the subscriber as to what Rob Woodall was thinking he said that he would push for policy riders in future funding legislation - "If you think I'm done trying to defund Planned Parenthood...you're mistaken. If you think I'm done ripping out every nickel in the budget for Obamacare, you're mistaken." (my emphasis) Evidently Tuesday's vote was just not the right time for Mr. Woodall's strong & principled convictions re future actions - although Jeff Flake, Mike Pence, & Steve King all thought that it was.

To put the House majorities' pathetic spending reduction program into perspective please realize that the national debt jumped by $72 billion on Tuesday even as the Republican-led House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for just three weeks that will cut $6 billion from government spending. If Congress were to cut $6 billion every three weeks for the next 36 weeks, it would manage to save between now and late November as much money as the Treasury added to the nation's net debt during just the business hours of Tuesday, March 15 - the day of the House vote. The country gained $6 billion & went $72 billion further in the hole - even with all of these numbers we can start to understand what is happening.

Now I checked the blog posting of February 19 entitled Focus Of Disappointment & found that the promising freshmen Congressmen I highlighted in last night's original message - Lankford, Scott (SC), & Woodall - all voted the right way on the budget issue of that day. So between February 19 & Tuesday somebody got to them for them & three quarters of their fellow freshmen to change their minds on the spending issue & who they stood & sided with.

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