Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spending and Debt

"[Overspending leads to]...the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt, taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
                                                                                                    Thomas Jefferson

What do you think Mr. Jefferson and the rest of our founding fathers would say at the spending and debt we have today? Do you think they could ever wrap their brilliant minds around the 14 trillion (and growing) dollar debt we have today? Never! He and those great men would have put a stop to this madness long ago, with their God-given right of rebellion if need be. So why is it that we have allowed it?

We all know that spending is out of control. If we keep on going down this road our nation will not survive. We are like a teenage girl turned loose at the mall with her daddies credit card. The way she would buy shoes and clothes is the way we are spending on frivolous social programs and stupid pet projects. Leslie Lever said, "generosity is part of my character, and I therefore assure this government that I will never make the allegation of dishonesty against it whenever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice."

There are many factors contributing to this debt, from all the silly and needless spending like hippie museums, and those bridges to nowhere that were not stopped to bloated bureaucracies whose payrolls match that of the largest companies in America. We have all heard of the $200.00 hammers and $1,000.00 toilet seats, anyone that has ever worked on a government budget has this notion that if you don't spend your whole allotted budget, you lose it. So they go on this massive spending spree at the end of the fiscal year, buying unneeded equipment and supplies to ensure they get every dime in next years budget. These are all outrageous and should be stopped, but our main drains are all the social programs that are not even a responsibility of the federal government; like social security, Medicare, unemployment, Medicaid, welfare, WIC, Housing Programs, and all the others, including Obama-care. Sure it may sound all well and good to be helping needy people, but would it not be better done by a church, a community, a county, or at the most a state instead of some bloated federal bureaucracy that soaks up more of the money than gets to those in need? And would it not be better to use the old adage of teaching a man to fish, instead of giving him a fish. That way they aren't reliant on anyone but themselves and not coming back time and again for another fish. Thomas Jefferson said, "to compel a man to subsidize, with his taxes, the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." He also said, "democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Yet these are the exact things that we are doing.

One thing that President Obama, or any other president, and Congress should never forget is that they are spending other people's money. Our money. Just the other day President Obama offered us some financial advice given to him by his grandmother, "never spend all your money." I guess that only applies when he is spending his money, not ours. Government makes no money; they neither produce, manufacture or render a service. They are truly parasitic in nature. Ronald Reagan reminded us that, "every dollar the government gives to someone must first be taken from someone else." Our leaders, our organization, and even ourselves need to get this notion of government money being free money out of their heads. It is not free, it's ours, it was taken from you. Didn't you have a better place to spend it than the breeding habits of some obscure and useless fish?

We need to ensure that our Congress is spending our money wisely, and not like that teenage girl with her daddies credit cards. If they don't write letters, speak out, go to TEA parties, vote for someone else and keep voting for someone else until you find one that will, make your voice heard. We can no longer afford to keep spending money like we got it, your parents were right, it doesn't grow on tree's, nor should it be printed out of thin air. It is time to finally make the hard decisions and cut the spending, even the sacred cows like social security, Medicare, and even defense.

Mr. Jefferson also said, "we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority." Isn't it too bad we didn't listen We would not have this unsustainable debt and deficits that grows with every budget. Sadly the leaders of both parties have no desire to bring that spending under control. Sure they give you some great sound bites, but as for action, no proposal, even the Paul Ryan plan, will even start the process of reducing our debt. We need to truly live within our means and stop this political farce we see today. The left love to remind us that President Bill Clinton left us with a balanced budget. So, for one he had a republican congress and two his budget still added to the debt. Who really cares if you say what you are going to spend in a budget when you are still adding to the debt. They still laud that as some sort of triumph, and use it as a political slogan. No fake balanced budget is going to save us from the problems we are facing now. We must spend less that we bring in and start paying off our massive debt.

If we are going to leave for our children the rights and freedoms willed to us by our founders, then we must get our fiscal house in order. Truly in order, not just some political platitudes from some politician trying to get elected.

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