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As government expands, liberty contracts. —President Ronald ReaganBudget Deal: An Illusion of Responsible Governance
America's big federal government is broken. Americans know it. Our political elites know it.
To reduce the size, reach and power of our government, Americans want to cut Federal spending. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, 61% of Americans want to cut the Fed's spending. The 2011 Budget Agreement – aka sequester - required government to reduce spending by $1 trillion within 10 years. Sadly, $1 trillion is a miniscule portion of the spending that must be reduced. Since at least the time of President Carter, there has been earnest talk of reducing spending and the recent sequester was effective because it had the force of law.
It was the law, which could only be superseded by another law, requiring both the Senate and the House to pass the bills and signed by the President. Representative Ryan, Senator Murray and President Obama and their colleagues have just enacted the superseding law. The new law increases spending for two years, and then resumes the sequester for 8 more years.
Of course, the likes of Ryan, Murray, Obama and their subordinates have the power to pass another law. And, yes, they could pass another law saying the sequester is dead. Period.
Of course, this is exactly what the majority of the Senators and many members of Congress want. They want to spend more money. Thus, this budget deal is merely an illusion of responsible governance. It is simply a two-year spending bill, and then Congress and the President can decide what to do afterward. Pretty scary!
More than likely, the same set of government elites will continue to be in control – Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, McConnell, Ryan and Murray. Most likely, they will continue to eviscerate the only effective law – sequester – that actually cut spending for two consecutive years in the past 50 years.
Wake up America! We must institute structural restraints similar to Switzerland that control spending in relationship to GDP. Switzerland limits spending to be no higher than the trendline of revenue over a defined period of time. Additionally, Switzerland's law stops politicians from arbitrarily increasing tax, and any new tax increase must be approved by the majority in the nation and a majority of the cantons. [Read: Stop Excessive Government Spending - Now!]
The most recent flimsy budget deal will not stop the spending appetites of political power mongers.
Wake up Americans!
Personal Freedom and Prosperity 107: Limiting GovernanceAs government expands, liberty contracts. —President Ronald ReaganBudget Deal: An Illusion of Responsible GovernanceAmerica's big federal government is broken. Americans know it. Our political elites know it.
As government expands, liberty contracts.
-President Ronald Reagan
President Obama claims government needs major, structural reform. He is absolutely correct. He is absolutely wrong, however, about the solution. As President, Mr. Obama has increased spending, executive orders, policy czars, environmental regulations, health insurance mandates, the national debt, taxes on future workers and so on. The list is practically endless.
In another election year ploy, Mr. Obama claims reorganization will save money. This is bogus. As disingenuous as President Clinton was in claiming, “The era of big government is over.” Disastrously, Presidents Bush and Obama have expanded government to the detriment of freedom and prosperity.
President Reagan correctly analyzed, “As government expands liberty contracts.” Liberty gives everyone a choice in how to invest their time, intellect and resources, which is the genius that propels a great society. Obama’s czars, debts, taxes and government edicts retard innovation and human expansion.
Reagan, in his famous Berlin speech at Brandenburg Gate, extolled liberty and prosperity:
…. importance of liberty—that just as truth can flourish only when the journalist is given freedom of speech, so prosperity can come about only when the farmer and businessman enjoy economic freedom.
Lower taxes, tariffs and regulations propelled West Germany past the totalitarian East Germany, and Reagan proudly proclaimed:
"Freedom leads to prosperity. …”
Freedom and prosperity are what America needs – immediately. Presently, the only proposal to offer a solution is the Tea Party Budget. In order to survive, America must reform our basic systems of governance; the federal government protects our nation, and the state and local government take care of our day-to-day needs. The Tea Party Budget suggests the following actions to advance freedom and prosperity in America:
Yes, it is a bold plan. But just as President Reagan challenged the Soviet Union to “tear down this wall,” America must reduce the power and scope of federal government. America must tear down the walls of its our own government and make drastic changes in order to save our country. We must stop the expansion of government for freedom and prosperity to excel.
Personal Freedom and Power 107: Limiting Governance As government expands, liberty contracts.-President Ronald Reagan