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The desire to rule is the mother of heresies. —St. John Chrysostom
In America, a politician intentionally selects to enter politics. They seek power in the name of public good, but predominately they seek power. When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.Stealth Bureaucrats Limit Drugs and Doctors to Seniors
Proposed Medicare regulations will shorten the lives of seniors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Yes, the same CMS that commanded the incompetent website for ObamaCare.) has proposed limiting the drugs available to seniors. Presently, Medicare Part D insurance pays for drugs to treat depression and organ transplants. CMS seeks to limit the number of the drugs available. Thus, the CMS bureaucrats will reduce the quality as well as the length of life for seniors. Diana Furchtgott-Roth explains in Real Clear Markets:
Depression is the most frequent mental health problem in the elderly, and lack of treatment can lead suicide. Depressed patients can cause difficulties for family members and caregivers. Immunosuppressant drugs are used in the case of a transplant, to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ. Cutting back on these drugs mean that transplants would be more risky and less successful. This would decrease life expectancy of seniors.
Additionally, CMS is forcing seniors to use Medicare doctors. Even if a senior has Part D any drug or services prescribed must be by a Medicare doctor. As more and more doctors refuse to take Medicare patients, seniors will be forced to use fewer and fewer doctors. What an inglorious bureaucratic subterfuge!
Federal bureaucrats at CMS are changing the rules to the detriment of seniors by denying them drugs and requiring them to only use Medicare doctors. Worse, because Americans were alarmed by Obamacare's “death panels,” Congress responded by cutting funding for the death panels. Now, in retaliation, the bureaucracy is stealthily reinstating the death panels by regulations. Again, Furchtgott-Roth reports:
The newly-passed fiscal year 2014 budget cuts $10 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was given the power under the Affordable Care Act to disallow medical drugs, devices, and procedures that the Board deemed too costly and therefore inefficient. But the new regulations show that CMS has taken over the rationing role.
Abuse of Power:
To pass ObamaCare, the President and other Democrats repeatedly said “ you can keep your insurance and your doctor.” Then, our public was outraged to find this wasn't the case. So now, the Obama administration has quietly told CMS to reduce costs, and governing by deceit and stealth tactics continues. James Madison, the intellectual force that formed our Constitution, warned in his speech at the Virginia State Convention of 1829-1830:
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Only We the People will stop this abuse of power by government. Our greatest strength is exposing corrupt governance and communicating with family, friends, neighbors and the millions of Americans that seek honest and competent government. Hopefully, through the internet, We the People will save America and restore honest and competent government.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician Seeks PowerThe desire to rule is the mother of heresies. —St. John ChrysostomIn America, a politician intentionally selects to enter politics. They seek power in the name of public good, but predominately they seek power. When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.
In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.
In America, a politician intentionally selects to enter politics. Politicians seek power in the name of public good, but they predominately seek power. When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.The Quest for Power Trumps Policy – Obama and Clinton
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates witnessed Hillary Clinton tell President Obama that she opposed the 2007 surge in Iraq because he was running against her in the Iowa primary. Gates wrote, “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the  surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . .” Keep in mind, Clinton had previously supported our war in Iraq.
Gates recalls Obama's response to Clinton's admission, “The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”
Dismaying is an understatement! Try, appalling or horrific. Two of the most powerful people in the world admit political ambition influenced a momentous policy discussion. Policies changing the lives of millions of people. Life and death decisions impacting thousands of Americans and Iraqis. Policy edicts that disrupted and destroyed lives throughout the Middle East – Libya to Afghanistan. Lethal government force that will have enormous repercussions for many years to come to the people in harms way and the United States.
Tolstoy understood the universal quest for power:
In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.
James Madison, the knowledgeable force creating America's Constitution, knew our leaders must be virtuous:
"The aim of every political Constitution, is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust."
Virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust, which is essential and absolutely needed today in America.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician Seeks PowerIn order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty. —Leo Tolstoy
The desire to rule is the mother of heresies. —St. John ChrysostomGovernment Debt – Does America Need a Constitutionally Defined Debt Limit?
The 2011 debt ceiling imbroglio between Democrats and Republicans produced terrible legislation approved by Congress and signed by the President. To rescind the misbegotten legislation, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner and McConnell are currently negotiating tax increases, spending cuts and manipulating the debt ceiling law. Thus, the greatest economy in the world is being held hostage by five politicians and their political acolytes. Worse, their combined economic IQs are less than room temperature. This is insane.
The following is an observation of why America is in a financial crisis. Elected officials seek power. Thus, political power prevails over prudent and responsible policies and this plagues all democracies.
"Most problems are the result of bad politics... In a democracy, you have lots of pressure groups to expand the state for reasons of money, ideology, etc. Even if they are angels in the government, which is not the case, if there is not a counterbalance in the form of proponents of limited government, then there will be a shift toward more statism and ultimately into stagnation and crisis."
Leszek Balcerowicz, the author of said observation, has made Poland economically robust. Today, Poland has the fastest growing economy in Europe, and The Wall Street Journal reports on how Balcerowicz stopped the politicians from piling up debt – a horrible policy decision:
In the late 1990s,he jammed a debt ceiling into his country's constitution, handcuffing future free spenders.
Today, Poland limits their national debt to 60% of GDP. When government debt exceeds 50%, the Council of Ministers may not adopt a new budget that has a larger deficit than that of the previous year’s. When the debt exceeds 55%, spending cuts, additional taxes, public employee salary freezes and many other methods of reducing the debt must be considered. When the debt to GDP reaches 60%, the Council of Ministers must submit an austerity budget within a month, which is to include budget freezes for local governments.
Balcerowicz fears America's has excessive debt, and is very critical of the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve. Dangerously, America is not making good policy decisions to reduce spending and our debt because China, Japan and others are still willing to purchase our bonds at a very low interest rates.
Again, Balcerowicz is quoted the WSJ:
"The greatest neglect in the U.S. is fiscal," he says. The dollar lets the U.S. "get a lot of cheap financing to finance bad policies," which is "dangerous to the world and perhaps dangerous to the U.S."
Presently, America is overloaded with bad policies – wars, deficits, debt, “quantitative easing”, Obamacare and many more. All of the bad policies were made or consented to by politicians – a long train of abuses by Democrats and Republicans. Worse, America's politicians are continuing to “kick the can down the road,” which Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner and McConnell are continuing.
America urgently needs to make intelligent fiscal decisions.
Part of the negotiations between Obama and Republicans includes manipulating the law pertaining to the debt ceiling. As it appears, Poland has benefited by a constitutionally imposed debt-to-GDP ratio of 60%. America's debt-to-GDP ratio is much higher and closing in on 100% and higher. Tragically, our politicians refuse to be fiscally prudent. As part of the debt ceiling extension, moratorium or whatever is being concocted, Congress and the President need to propose a constitutional amendment limiting debt to a percentage of GDP.
America must engage in a full discussion on a debt-to-GDP limit. We must commence this discussion immediately, and seriously consider a constitutional amendment.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks powerThe desire to rule is the mother of heresies. —St. John Chrysostom
“… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The Declaration of IndependenceTrampling – “the Consent of the Governed”
Violating their statutory rules, the Senate has not produced a budget in three years. Senator Kirk Conrad, Chairman of the Budget Committee, intended to create a budget based on the Bowles-Simpson commission, which the President and Congress have ignored for two years. Most likely bowing to pressures from Senator Harry Reid and the Democratic caucus, Conrad delayed an open debate and vote until after this year’s election. According to the New York Times, Senator Conrad has stated:
“It’s unlikely we will reach agreement until after the election,” he said. “That’s just reality.”
“Reality” is code for Congress and the President intentionally deceiving the governed – We the People. Rather than having an open debate on the most important issue of our era – the enormous and exploding debt – the Senate will wait until the elections are completed. Therefore, prior to the election, voters will not be adequately apprised of the size and impact of the debt. Worse, the public will not be informed or consulted on the proffered solutions. And wrongfully, voters will be denied a vote on the decisions made in a lame-duck session...for at least two years. Senator Conrad, this is immoral and is trampling on the core component of self-government.
Most despicable is the evisceration of the 20th Amendment, which intended to prevent lame-duck sessions. In the 1930’s, the 20th Amendment became part of our Constitution to prohibit legislation being promulgated by Members of Congress that were no-longer accountable to the electorate.
Presently, Congress and the President are intentionally ignoring the intent of the 20th Amendment and are plotting to enact far-reaching pieces of legislation. There are many tax issues and budget issues impacting nearly every American that either expire or are activated on January 1, 2013. Again, the New York Times reports:
On Jan. 1, the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire, which would raise income tax rates on virtually every household; increase estate, dividend and capital gains tax rates; and shrink popular deductions like the child credit. More than $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts would also kick in, creating what the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has called an $8 trillion “fiscal cliff.”
If Congress honored the philosophy, intent and the meaning of the Constitution, all of the tax and spending cuts should have an open debate with We the People. Conversely, Congress is plotting to trample on the American people: For example Senator Wyden eagerly awaits for the elections to be concluded. And the New York Times reports:
“Everybody’s waiting for the moment,” said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who is negotiating with Senator Dan Coats, Republican of Indiana, to prepare a tax overhaul for the lame-duck session.
Cowardly, arrogantly and harmfully, Congress intends to act on legislation that should be considered prior to the election along with an open participation of We the People with our elected Members of Congress.
Disgracefully, major legislation has been enacted in many lame-duck sessions for the past few years. Morally and realistically, a great society cannot continue to excel when the elected leaders intentionally disregard the rule of law and disrespect a basic tenant of self-governance – “the consent of the governed.”
Read the about the 2010 Undemocratic Lame Duck Session.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks power “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The Declaration of Independence
When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.
Cowardice asks the question—is it safe? Expediency asks the question—is it politic? Vanity asks the question—is it popular? But conscience asks the question—is it right? … There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.
-Martin Luther King
America’s economic crisis is the result of two political wrongs:
Richard W. Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, knows banks and businesses have plenty of money. However, an unstable and uncertain legal order prevents these institutions from hiring and investing. Obamacare, tax policy and regulatory uncertainty stop businesses from hiring. Fisher states:
I maintain that no matter how much cash you have on your balance sheet, or how compliant your banker might be, or how cheap the cost of money, you will not commit substantial capital to expanding your payroll or investing significant amounts to expand plant and equipment until you know what it will cost you to run your business; until you know how much you will be taxed; until you know how federal spending will impact your customer base; until you know the cost of employee health insurance; until you are reassured that regulations that affect your business will be structured so as to incentivize rather than discourage expansion…
Worse, Fisher knows that Presidents and Congresses have willfully and recklessly caused the debt crisis.
All I know is that the “honorable” members of Congress and presidents past, Republicans and Democrats alike, have conspired over time, however unwittingly, to drive fiscal policy into the ditch. They purchased their elections and reelections with popular programs so poorly funded that they now threaten the economic well-being of our children and our children’s children. Instead of passing the torch on to the successor generation of Americans, they have simply passed them the bill. This is the opposite of honorable.
Fisher believes We the People must force the politicians to pass legislation that is right for America.
The Christmas spirit may be overwhelming my judgment, but I believe that the American people—from the mainstream to the Tea Party to the unemployed and disaffected who have taken to the streets—are in the process of forcing politicians to get their act together. There is a loud, distinct, clarion call for leadership—for the people we entrust to right the rules that determine our economic future, cast away cowardice, expediency and vanity, and get on with leading us out of our fiscal wilderness.
For the economy to recover and prosper major fiscal corrections must occur. The Tea Party Budget is the only serious proposal. The Budget cuts over $9 trillion, devolves most social programs to the states and puts Social Security and Medicare on a path to solvency.
Join FreedomWorks and support the Tea Party Budget. As Fisher strongly implies; only We the People can force the politicians to do what is right. If We the People fail, our future is dismal. Fisher also alluded to the horrors of war:
But the face of both the economist and businessman turn into something akin to Edvard Munch’s Scream when contemplating the frightful consequences of indecision and political mischief at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
America has suffered too long from political cowardice, expediency, and vanity. We the People must unite behind the Budget and force politicians to do what is right. Only We the People can force the DC politicians to be responsible and honorable.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks power When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.
Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes. Jacques Attali
When a person enters Congress or the Presidency, they seek and use the coercive power of government.Green Agenda Destroys Jobs
Since 2006, when the economy weakened, there have been sectors with job growth - education, health care, and financial institutions. However, the greatest gain was in energy. In Forbes, Joel Kotkin writes:
But the biggest growth by far has taken place in the mining, oil and natural gas industries, where jobs expanded by 60%, creating a total of 500,000 new jobs. While that number is not as large as those generated by health care or education, the quality of these jobs are far higher.
Of course, the Obama Administration “knows” the future is in green energy. Oops... green energy has a cost problem:
One big problem lies in the cost per kilowatt, where wind is roughly twice as expensive and solar at least three times as expensive as electricity produced with natural gas.
Now, where are jobs expanding in America? Let's look to the energy regions:
Much of the new action is on the U.S. mainland, including the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. Increasingly, there’s excitement about finds in long-challenged sections of the Midwest such as Ohio. The Utica shale formation, according to an estimate by Chesapeake Energy, could be worth roughly a half trillion dollars and be, in the words of CEO Aubrey McClendon, “the biggest to hit Ohio, since maybe the plow.”
Naturally, increased oil and gas production expands ancillary industries and manufacturing.
The energy boom also has sparked a spate of new factory expansions, including a $650 million new steel mill to make pipes for gas pipelines.
The bottom line is America needs to utilize its natural resources.
The surest road to recovery does not lie in the chimera of “green jobs” or by magically harvesting riches from social networks. It’s in making America a more self-reliant and productive power. The new spate of energy in the Midwest and elsewhere in the country may be one way to do this if we have the will to take full advantage.
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s relentless pursuit of “green energy” has prevented economic expansion and job growth. Besides channeling enormous sums of money for solar panels, the Obama Administration uses regulations and tax laws to prohibit an intelligent use of fossil fuels. Only the American voter will change this harmful policy.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks power Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes. Jacques Attali
To some people, government appears as a vast reservoir of power which inspires them to dream of what use might be made of it. They have favorite projects of various dimensions which they sincerely believe are for the benefit of mankind. They are thus disposed to recognize government—an instrument of passion, the art of politics to inflame and direct desire.
-Michael Oakeshott – English political philosopher 1901-1990Obama and “the art of politics is to inflame and direct desire”
When Obama became president the American economy was stagnant. Relying on an $800 billion stimulus package to spur the economy, Obama marshaled his Presidential power toward his favorite projects – ObamaCare, green energy, world statesman, and pleasing his electoral base; especially unions.
Maureen Dowd in the New York Times laments Obama’s failure to emphasize job creation. Analogous to Oakeshott’s depiction of a politician’s zeal to change mankind, Dowd describes Obama’s attempt to inflame and direct desire:
Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.
Juxtaposed to a politician’s passion to remake mankind is Gary Becker, a noble laureate in economics from the University of Chicago. A scholar of government and economic prosperity, Becker describes the damage caused by Obama’s adventure of governing as badly conceived and promulgated legislation, i.e., ObamaCare, Frank Dodd, as well as his requests for more taxes and environmental regulation, and thus created an unstable legal system for investors and consumers. Resultantly, the great recession continues, as quoted by Becker In the Wall Street Journal:
Congress did manage to pass badly designed laws concerning financial markets, consumer protection and medical care. Although regulatory discretion failed leading up to the crisis, Congress nevertheless added to the number and diversity of federal regulations as well as to the discretion of regulators. These laws and the continuing calls for additional regulations and taxes have broadened the uncertainty about the economic environment facing businesses and consumers. This uncertainty decreased the incentives to invest in long-lived producer and consumer goods. Particularly discouraged was the creation of small businesses, which are a major source of new hires.
Once again, President Obama will attempt to “inflame and direct desire” with a speech to a joint session of Congress. Most likely he will focus on more money for union jobs, particularly building roads and bridges. Rather than render null and void ObamaCare, Frank Dodd, and the green agenda, he will propose more debt at the expense of future generations.
How will America respond? At least Dowd has her doubts:
The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks power To some people, government appears as a vast reservoir of power which inspires them to dream of what use might be made of it. They have favorite projects of various dimensions which they sincerely believe are for the benefit of mankind. They are thus disposed to recognize government—an instrument of passion, the art of politics to inflame and direct desire.
… Virginia's George Mason, the president "is not safely to be entrusted with" the power to decide on war. Mason therefore favored "clogging rather than facilitating war." James Wilson, though an advocate of a strong presidency, approvingly observed that the new constitutional system "will not hurry us into war." Instead, "it is calculated to guard against it. It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress." Doug Bandow,1995Libya - Rule of Law - Freedom
In the Wall Street Journal, Fouad Ajami of the Hoover Institute exuberates for the freedom fighters in Libya:
Who, today, does not thrill to the spectacle of freedom in Tripoli? A brave people, civilians in the main, exiles who returned to their devastated country, students with no military skills—all headed to the front in their pickup trucks to reclaim their homeland from a tyrant who had turned it into a laboratory for his mix of megalomania and derangement. These are the people who have made this rebellion.
We wish the Libyan people a speedy victory and the blessings of freedom.
However, the questions of the greatest importance to freedom is: was America’s freedom diminished by our participation in this war? In particular, was the unilateral decision by the president a violation of the rule of law? Again, is the unilateral decision of the president to order military action and expend a billion dollars to expel a cruel dictator a violation of the philosophy and laws protecting freedom in America?
Fearing the enormous power of government, the American founders intended to restrict the powers of the president, such as to declaring war and no one person should have controlling power. Thus, in the Constitution the Founders empowered Congress to declare war and made the president Commander and Chief of the military. Clearly the guiding principle was no person should make the decision to engage in war, but once war was declared it necessitates one person to be in command.
So, how does the president have the power to order hostile airstrikes on thousands of Libya military positions and installations? Unfortunately, over the years many presidents and members of Congress have ignored the philosophy and purpose for the restriction imposed by the Constitution. For example, Congress has not declared war since World War II. Needless to say, America has had serious and some inglorious military adventures to the detriment of America and millions of humans outside the United States.
Having relinquished their constitutional duty to declare war Congress in the 1970’s enacted the War Powers Resolution giving the President the authority to commit troops before seeking Congressional authority. The intent was to allow the President to act in an emergency. Many presidents and political elites claim this is unconstitutional. However it is the law. This, too, was violated in the current Libyan war. There was no emergency and plenty of time to consult with Congress. The President purposely failed to follow the law. Ridiculously, the Obama administration attempted to obfuscate America’s war by claiming this was simply “kinetic action.”
If President Obama adhered to the Constitution, what would have been debated?
The list is almost endless. Here is a small beginning:
What is the purpose?
Revenge for Libyan aggressions
What is the probability of success?
What is success?
Anybody but Gadhafi
What is the military plan?
Do we have an exit strategy?
How does our action affect relations?
What is the cost?
Is the military capable of sustaining wars in Iraq, Pakistan, Libya and potential hostile conflicts in Iran, Syria, and North Korea?
Simply, no person should unilaterally make such a momentous decision.
Harmfully, the philosophy and intent of the rule of law has been badly diminished by many Congresses and Presidents. The greatest political philosophers that possessed the power to enact a Constitution, the America founders, clearly intended no person to have the power to unilaterally declare and make war. President Lincoln appreciated the Founders intent, as explained by Doug Bandow:
Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object." He (Lincoln) rejected the contention that presidents have expansive war-making powers independent of Congress: "This, our Convention, understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they naturally resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us." The opposing view, he concluded, "destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.
Politicians, especially presidents, lust for power, and thereby erode the restraints of the Constitution. Presidents, Congresses and the Supreme Courts cannot be trusted to uphold the Constitution. Only strong and continual disapproval by the citizens can hold politicians to the rule of law.
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Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes.
-Jacques AttaliObama's Ideologies Obstruct Good GovernanceThe economy is flying without instruments because of the White House's policy choices.
President Obama authorized the $800 billion stimulus and then proceeded to initiate his ideological goals of government-proscribed health care and financial regulation.
Predictably, and tragically, the stimulus failed. Worse, health care and other financial reforms are so far-reaching and obtuse that America’s men and women who producing goods and services are terrified to invest and expand their businesses. [See: The Uncertainty Trap] As a result, there is $3 billion held by businesses. [See: Business knows more than Obama] Therefore, unemployment is high and America’s debt continues to soar.
In the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger describes the chaos caused by 4000 pages of health care and financial legislation:
Hundreds of thousands of economic actors across the country now wait while the bureaucracies struggle to interpret 4,000 pages of "smart" legislating.
Additionally, Obama’s ideology prolongs and exacerbates the housing crisis. The administration is coercing banks and mortgage services to adopt: a complex regulatory scheme whose goal, literally, is to fix their "business model."
President Obama, with the complicit assistance of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, has imposed his ideology on the American people. Relentlessly, President Obama covets to consolidate and expand his ideological crusade. Presently, the American debt crisis and contacting economy has disrupted the President’s quest. However, his intent is clear.
Realistically, only the vote of the American people will stop this ideological calamity. Needless-to-say, the election of 2012 is very important.
Democracy and Power 105: The Politician seeks power Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes.
Their (Renaissance popes) three outstanding attitudes -- obliviousness to the growing disaffection of constituents, primacy of self-aggrandizement, illusion of invulnerable status -- are persistent aspects of folly. While in the case of the Renaissance popes, these were bred in and exaggerated by the surrounding culture, all are independent of time and recurrent in governorship.
- Historian Barbara TuchmanThe Path to Prosperity
Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.
America has a very serious debt crisis. America’s government debt – federal, state and local – is 100% of GDP because of willful and wasteful past decisions by elected politicians. It is inevitable that major changes will occur. The extreme situation would be catastrophic if America defaults on its debt. Similar to the self-aggrandizing Popes of 16th Century, America’s politicians have an arrogance of invulnerable and are contemptuous of their constituents’ discontent. Irresponsibly, President Obama and many Republicans and Democrats avoided discussing the crisis. This is reprehensible and dangerous.
Ryan stated the sad state of D.C. politics as reported by Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post:
Look, the facts are very, very clear. For too long, Washington has not been honest with the American people. Washington has been making empty promises to Americans from a government that is going broke. The nation’s fiscal trajectory is simply not sustainable. The debt is projected to grow to truly catastrophic levels in the near future, leading to an economic collapse and a diminished future. We don’t need clever politicians in Washington. We need real leadership and that is what we intend to provide.
The Renaissance Popes arrogantly disrespected their constituents, resulting in the Reformation, which spiritually and violently changed Europe. Today, self-aggrandizing American politicians have wantonly created a debt crisis, which could catastrophically change monetary systems and societies in America and the entire world. Fortunately, in a democracy, the arrogant politicians must listen to their constituents. In fact, all politicians count how many constituents favor or oppose the politician’s vote. Thus there is still an opportunity to make intelligent changes.
As explained in a previous post, the American Enterprise Institute has studied many governments’ attempts to reduced debt and found that major spending cuts are indispensable.
The data also clearly indicate that successful attempts to balance budgets rely almost entirely on reduced government expenditures, while unsuccessful ones rely heavily on tax increases.
Thoughtfully, Ryan has proposed spending cuts. However, Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks correctly states the cuts must be greater. Soon the House will vote on spending cuts:
The House will also have a chance to vote on an alternative, even better budget plan offered by the 177-member Republican Study Committee (RSC), the more fiscally conservative caucus within the Republican majority.
- The RSC budget would save $300 billion in the first year, $9.1 trillion over 10 years, and balance the budget in 10 years.
The American people must support the Study Committee plan to cut spending. Call your Members of Congress today. It is very important for your future. In fact, major spending cuts will positively reverberate throughout the world and for a couple of generations.
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