"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Thursday, December 30, 2010

We Need Noble, Honorable, Visionary Actions From The 112th Congress

There is great anticipation and great expectation of the 112th Congress by the people of this great nation. But with that anticipation and expectation comes great responsibility. For on the shoulders of the 112th Congress will fall the task of proving to the American people that our system of government – a Republic supported by the foundation of the US Constitution – is indeed still viable.

With the growth of Federal Agencies and Departments, the increased dependency on “czars”, and the erosion of the powers of our Constitution over decades as the Federal Government has usurped power never authorized by our Constitution, your task may seem monumental. It will take great commitment, great energy, great wisdom, and great resolve to prove our governmental system still works, and the power does indeed rest with the individual states and/or the people – not the federal government.

The number one task before you is to immediately identify areas where quick spending reductions can be implemented. Then it will be incumbent upon the 112th Congress to tackle the three beasts that have been in the room for decades, beasts that should never have been created – Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare - as well as Obamacare. Those systems need to be reformed and/or repealed, and a system put in place to phase them out entirely over the shortest possible period of time.

Entitlement programs also need to be addressed, reformed, and reduced to minimal levels. They need to include incentives for individuals to abandon the program at the earliest opportunity, instead of the disincentives currently inherent in those systems and programs.

The people currently using those programs will welcome neither of those tasks, but we all know they are necessary if the country is to survive (and hopefully flourish again) long term.

Another area for review is the foreign aid currently given to other countries around the globe. Many of those countries are not our allies, and quite a few, while considered allies, rarely support our positions in the UN. Let’s eliminate aid to anyone who is not an ally of America, reduce aid to those who do not support our positions 75% of the time, and allow the people to give what aid they can/want individually instead of the government confiscating our money and redistributing it around the world. Let's see just how "liberal" our progressive brethren really are when they have to part with their own money.

Controlling spending will automatically influence the reduction of the Deficit. To further that goal, enact a Fair or Flat Tax system, eliminating hundreds of thousands of tax code regulations that few people understand, and which just helps to bloat the size of government and the scope of governmental authority. This will do more to stimulate the economy, short and long term, than any other single action could. It will bring stability to the corporate world and allow future growth decisions by companies to be made with certainty. So long-term planning will occur naturally.

These are just a few areas where we need immediate, decisive and perhaps drastic reform to strengthen America. I imagine there will be a fight within the Republican Party, as more conservative constitutionalists fight the established RINO's. And there will be a fight as well with the Democrats/Progressives, so I hope there is expansive honor, integrity and fortitude for the 112th to stand on the principles that created this great country.

Walk your path knowing that God is watching and will be there to support you. Trust in Him as our Founders did. I am praying for the entire 112th Congress, for we need good, noble, visionary actions from that body, and we are counting on you to lead us from the destructive path we’ve been on for the past 40 years. It is unfortunate that we have been sliding down a much steeper hill the past two years, and the climb back out of the quagmire in which we currently find ourselves will be steep.

Good luck, and God Bless!

Stand With God, Stand For Liberty, Prepare To Fight For Both!

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