Ponzi Scheme or Conservative Ideology? Your choice!
Folks, we get the government we deserve and we get the government that we will tolerate!!!
For over a year we have been hearing the continuing argument over healthcare. Now, our politicians are engaged in Parliamentary tricks like “Reconciliation”, aka the “50+1 vote”, “the simple majority” and previously known as, “The Nuclear Option” (when the Republicans used it).
If any of you are news junkies, as I am, you have undoubtedly seen film footage, this week, of Obama in 2007, when he was a Senator, stating that to pass healthcare on a 51 vote, simple majority, would be a mistake. He said this when the Republicans were threatening to pass some healthcare legislation that the Democrats opposed. Now, of course, he has conveniently forgotten that statement and that position and he is now in favor of 50+1, as he declares….”…that’s what elections are for”.
The pundits make news over this type of hypocrisy and they present their fair and balanced approach by airing two talking air-heads, one from each side, to debate the merits of this hypocrisy. This silly debate, which is more like a recitation of each side’s bullet points, covers the standard positions…….
- Both sides do it
- They all do it
- That’s politics
- They always lie during campaigns
- All politicians lie
- Flip flop is nothing more than getting enlightened and changing ones original position
- And many more excuses.
The problem with this is that there appears to be a general acceptance of the fact that all politicians are hypocrites and liars and that they all say anything necessary to get elected and then they do whatever they want after they are in office. Well, that may be true but isn’t it crazy for us, the governed, to accept this premise as normal and OK? Shouldn’t we demand better?
You might ask how can we change this? Simply stated….we can change this by not accepting it. We can all call/e-mail the White House and protest whenever the president lies. We can do the same thing and call/e-mail Congress whenever a Senator or Representative lies. We can hold our elected officials to the highest standard, no matter what party they are in. And then we can put some weight behind our demands for honesty by Throwing the Bums Out after one term. If they lie, dump them. If they all lie, dump them all. Keep dumping them until the new bunch gets the message.
Recently, Senator Jim Bunning made a big deal about the new “Pay as you go” legislation. He, single handedly, held up the third extension of unemployment benefits by demanding that the Senate follow their own rules of funding any new benefit, before passing the bill. The result of Bunning’s Quixotic stance? Harry Reid insulted our intelligence by coming on TV and painting Bunning and all the Republicans as people who do not care about the working man and people who are willing to throw 100,000 Americans into the street by not passing this bill. Reid stated that Bunning ,”……..didn’t even vote for the Paygo bill and now he’s insisting that it be followed”. Think about that argument. It’s illogical and insulting to our intelligence. What does one have to do with the other? Reid doesn’t care about insulting our intelligence. Most of them don’t care about insulting our intelligence. Know why? Because we let them get away with it every time. You can be sure that the Democrats will remember this issue and use it in some partisan commercial when they need to distort some future election. You can also be sure that such a distorted ad will work with the uninformed among us, who will see it on TV and then quote the inaccuracy at the office. By the way, the facts are that Bunning’s stance on this issue did not delay a single unemployment check for one minute and there was no real threat that there would ever be any interruption of this ongoing entitlement.
But let’s not just criticize the Democrats on this one. Additionally, let’s consider the Republican Party position on this Paygo/unemployment benefits issue. The Republicans ran away from Bunning like rats fleeing a sinking ship. Why? Hypocrisy! They agreed with his position but they didn’t like the specific case. They did not want to be called mean-spirited. Now is that the leadership we want leading our country. What ever happened to courage to stand for what is right, even when it’s difficult?
Folks, our government is in bad shape. Our leadership is in bad shape. Therefore, it’s no wonder that our country is in bad shape!!! What do we need to do?
In my humble opinion I believe that all politicians are not the same and all parties are not alike. There are some good guys in Congress (both Houses and both Parties). I believe that we are obligated to actively support the good ones and to actively decry, defeat and oust the bad ones. The question is how do you determine the good from the bad. The answer is like everything else. You need to do your homework. You need to spend some time beyond just listening to the 6 O’clock news and reading the New York Times headlines and front page. You need to do some research and you need to listen to more than one source. Then, after you’ve become informed, you need to DEMAND more from every one of our politicians.
Finally, I believe each of us needs to make an up front decision regarding ideology. What ideology do you support? Do you believe in big government or small government? Do you support higher taxes or less taxes? Are you in favor of more entitlement programs? Do you support Capitalism or Socialism? Do you know the difference? Do you want America to compete in the global marketplace and win and be #1 or do you believe in the new world order, with world cooperation and spreading the wealth?
Folks, these are important questions for you to answer as you decide what ideology you want to support. Remember, as you decide your ideology you need to be informed. For example….you need to know that the top 1% of Americans pay 40% of the taxes and the top 10 % of Americans pay 70% of all taxes. Furthermore, the bottom 50% of Americans pay only 3% of the taxes. Think about this. Research it. Then ask yourself what happens if this trend continues? Well, the same thing will happen that has happened to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all other government entitlements. They go broke! Eventually, big government takes what seems to be a kind, humanistic, caring concept and it mismanages it, abuses it, distorts it, and eventually bankrupts it. Our government has converted every one of the aforementioned entitlements into a Ponzi Scheme and we are now at the end of the chain. We are broke.
So, what is your ideology? If you want to survive, it had better be an ideology for smaller, more efficient government, with less entitlements, and no spreading of the wealth. It had better encourage Capitalism by reducing taxes and encouraging free enterprise. Why should you support this ideology over the Democrat/Progressive ideology? Because the Progressive/Socialist ideology has never worked in any country and because Capitalism and the free market system have made America the world leader. By the way, for those bleeding hearts among us who care for the downtrodden and those that are from poor, underdeveloped countries, it is important to state that the survival of America as The World Power is critical for the rest of the world. For the last 234 years America has been the model for the rest of the world and a beacon of hope. America has been a place for them to admire and for many to emigrate to. America has supported freedom and democracy around the world and the best thing we can do for the world is maintain our power and strength and continue to encourage and support others to strive for democracy and freedom.
So, final question……. what party is the better bet for an ideology that wins for America and the rest of the on-looking world? The uninformed keep saying things like, “….. there’s no difference between the Democrat and The Republican Parties”. Untrue! There’s a big difference.
The Republican Party supports the values of smaller government, less taxes, less spending and less debt. They believe in individual responsibility, free enterprise, reverence for our Constitution and adherence to it as standing document (as opposed to a changing/interpretive document). The Republican Party realizes that America is a center-right country and they govern from that perspective.
Conversely, The Democrat party has been hi-jacked by the Progressives. Google Progressives. Research the Progressive/Socialist movement from the time of Woodrow Wilson, through Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and now Obama. Google Cloward and Piven’s philosophy. Realize that there are 83 Representatives in The Democrat party who call themselves Progressives. Understand where Obama and the Democrats/Progressives are trying to take us in this “transitioning of America”. Then, after you understand the two different ideologies, as an informed citizen, ask yourself what’s better for you.
Of course, if you are among the more than 50% of Americans receiving more from the government than they contribute, then your ideology is probably for bigger government. But even if you are enjoying the largesse of liberalism and Progressive logic, you still must realize that this formula is unsustainable, just like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Somebody has got to work and produce something to earn money. Capitalism must prevail if some people are to benefit from the taxes of the working “rich”. If we keep spending money we don’t have and increasing our debt, then our economy will continue to deteriorate, and unemployment will increase, the government will be forced to increase taxes on the remaining, who still have a job and are willing to work, to make up for the lost revenues caused by unemployment, and our death spiral will continue like all those other countries that courted Socialism, because it sounded so caring, friendly, fair and comfortable.
Now all the above is not to say that The Republican Party is perfect. Far from it! However, the ideology of The Republican Party is the better of our two choices. Not because Republicans are more honest, or less hypocritic, or better people, but because their ideology is not a Ponzi Scheme. They still need to be managed by us, the people, and they still need to be thrown out and culled to periodically improve the lot. But, they are a better shot for us. What we need to do is continuously upgrade the Republican herd by demanding more Conservative Representatives and Senators. Conservatism is what we need to vote into office. Specifically, Conservativism as defined by the Tea Party movement, that will serve as the underpinnings for the Republican party ideology.
I ask you to join the “Anti-incumbent Revolution” in this year’s mid-term elections and Throw The Bums Out! Throw out all the Progressives and all the liberal Democrats and all the RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) and all the Leftists and Socialists. Vote in ONLY Conservative Republicans and then stay on their backs to bring America back; to cut spending; to reduce debt; to create jobs; to cut taxes; to toughen security and anti-terrorism tactics; to reduce the size of government, etc. etc. etc.
These are critical times. We need to change things in Washington for now and our future. Stay informed and stay engaged!
God Bless America!