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 13, 2013

Why We Are Losing Our Constitutional Republic

BO has long been a master @ appearing reasonable, believable, & innocent when he blames Republicans for disastrous things that really are purposely of his making & deliberate design.   The sequester spending cuts are the latest in this long line although this time he is having to squirm because some people are beginning to understand that the sequester was his idea, he signed it into law, & all the Republicans have to do is nothing for it to continue for the next nine years.


For proof of this all we have to do is look @ BO's sudden courting of Members of Congress (dinners, lunches, & meetings) after ignoring these people for his entire first term.  BO wants to negotiate a grand bargain which should be resisted because it will inevitably reverse the spending discipline of the sequester & once again unleash BO to work on his destructive agenda.  At least the sequester, which BO despises for more reasons than one, is slowing him down.


Now all of the budget talk & preparation work is not helping the Republicans.  Ryan is proposing a virtual do-over of the Republican budget plan that was repudiated by the electorate in the 2012 presidential election – so why present it again unless Republicans plan to really explain the benefits this time?


Ryan does have a few good points in his budget plan - he still includes Medicare premium support (although watered down) principles & withholds money from ObamaCare.  Both of these points have to be explained much better.  Suggestion – check applicable RTE postings.


The biggest problem is that Ryan brags that his budget increases spending 3.4% per year as opposed to the current 4.9% increase trajectory.  Ryan's budget will increase spending from the current $28 billion figure to $41 trillion over the next ten years while the current path is to reach $46 trillion over the next ten years.  Either way spending increases & in Ryan's case he left as much spending in his budget as he could in order to reach a balanced budget without raising taxes – this does nothing to solve the nation's spending addiction. 


Ryan's assumption is that the U.S. economy will grow faster than his 3.4% annual spending increases – but the average real GDP growth rate was 1.6% per year since 2001 meaning that the budget will not come into balance unless the economy picks up steam so the net result most likely is that spending will increase & we will still have large annual deficits with an increasing national debt.


Part of how BO wins all of these battles is because he frames the discussion so once the Republicans enter into the fray it is just a matter of how much & how badly they will lose.


In this case it is not the deficit that is important but rather government spending & its claim on earned income.  You will never limit government by increasing it 3.4% year after year.


Another budget related problem Republicans have gotten into is touting that a tax cut must "pay for itself." This foolish position plays right into BO's hands in that it takes for granted that government must remain the gargantuan size that it is or increase so it is very easy for Ryan to increase spending as indicated above.  This position starts with the premise that everything an individual or corporation earns justly belongs to the government who benevolently lets the citizenry keep some portion of what they earn.


As long as these are the type of battles being fought we have lost right out of the box.  In order to turn our economy around we need in the words of Ayn Rand "a separation of economics & state." A separation of economics & state would unleash the free enterprise capitalistic system to create wealth without the encumbrance of government interference which is the menace that is the root cause of our unemployment problem. Fred Charette writes "only entrepreneurs create jobs by risking career & capital to start & build businesses that employ people to make useful things & provide needed services. By contrast, the government ... destroy(s) jobs." But go a step farther to understand why we need unfettered free enterprise to dispel all of the misconceptions about the term "creating jobs": Bill Burbage writes - "no entrepreneur has ever had the objective of 'creating jobs'. (In fact) they constantly seek to eliminate jobs. People go into business to make a profit. If any jobs are created in the process there is no way to avoid it. To create more jobs, the sovereign must remove as many obstacles as he can between the entrepreneur & his ability to make a profit. No other stimulus is necessary. Instead of eliminating the obstacles that already exist, we are preparing to pile on even more with the carbon tax & healthcare reform."


When our elected reps are ready to present ideas like those directly above we will have a chance.  Until then we have to face the uphill battle we are fighting & losing with the current approach of playing BO's game – a very dear friend who I saw earlier this week in Alexandria, Virginia ended our meeting by sadly telling me that "we are losing our constitutional republic."


People of substance are working against an onslaught of propaganda from BO & the Democrats & many Republicans in Congress – they want to expand government & have an immense advantage in that their positions appear friendly, humane, & immediately helpful to the "have-nots" that BO, Jackson, Sharpton, & others pretend to be concerned about.  Until people realize that societies only grow @ healthy rates when everyone works creating products or performing services of value that other people want & will pay for BO will be in the position of power described hereinbefore.



1 comment:

  1. President's cards are exposed - he likes the children so much when they stand behind him he locks them out of the White House.