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    Force DC to Right Their Wrongs

    12/25/2011

    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. 

    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

    Force DC to Right Their Wrongs

     America’s economic crisis is the result of two political wrongs: 

    • Government does not provide a stable and predictable legal order  allowing people – especially small businesses – to make educated economic and personal decisions.
    • Government has spent years recklessly accumulating debt by politicians and leaving it as an unpaid tax bill which is now due.

    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.

    9 comments
    David Clevinger
    01/02/2012

    The critical nodes that generate money, thus power, for politicians are: 1) the federal income tax code, and 2) unbounded campaign funding. The tax code gives politicians unchecked power to target specific groups both as individuals and corporations. Politicians can constrain or unconstrain these entities at will. This leverage gets rewarded by the unconstrained groups in terms of votes or in some form of financial gain for the politician. The solution to neutralize this power is to Impliment a program like the Fair Tax, which abolishes the 16th Amendment and removes direct taxing power from congress, creates one simple consumption tax that is collected through the States, and abolishes the 70,000 page tax code and 160,000 strong IRS agency. The solution to campaign funding is to abolish all current campaign funding laws, and then restrict campaign funds to ONLY individuals within the voting district of the Representative or Senator. This will level the playing field for political challengers within that district to compete. This restriction will also neutralize the power and influence from lobbyists and power gained from being a member of the various committees. The current structure of allowing congressmen to accept campaign funding from both national and international sources is obscene.
    Destroying these two nodes of power will effectively neutralize the corrupting unchecked power currently enjoyed by congressmen.

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    Ted Abram
    01/03/2012

    David,
    I agree the federal income tax has corrupted politicians and benefitted special interest predators. Repealing the 16th Amendment and the Fair Tax has many benefits, especially taxing consumption. The Flat Tax also is a consumption tax that should be debated.

    Bob Light
    01/01/2012

    Nothing will matter unless a sizable portion of Congress is replaced with conservative/TeaParty oriented people...and the rest of Congress is scared to death that their seat is next. The lunatic left and the ridiculous right have to be replaced by the conservative center - Americans who want value for their tax dollar, who are righteous when it comes to caring for the poor but are courageous enough to say to those who can work - "you must work - you can't live off of us - here's a job...get to work". No longer can able bodied American's expect a handout. We no longer can afford to spend our children's money on frivolous "arts projects", foolish regulations, public radio and bridges to nowhere. If we are borrowing money from our kids, it had better be to pay for something from which they can derive value....otherwise we are enriching our generation at the expense of the next. I hate to say it but the TEA Party and the Occupy folks share the same goals (but of course have drastically different tactics)... The Occupy folks rail against "big corp" and the TEA Party rails against "Big Gov't"... but Big Gov't is what provides the evolutionary energy to evolve ordinary corporations into "big corp"....since you need massive corporations in order to harness the massive government bureaucracies. Shrink "big gov't" down to size and you will find "big corp" fading also because "big corp" can't compete against nimble "small corp" if they didn't have the government in their back pockets.

    Janie Shimer
    12/27/2011

    Corruption in America is much different than corruption in a Socialist or Communist Society. Here, corruption is for personal gain but there are still honest people in all walks of life. There, the corruption is so widespread that it hurts everyone. A man from the Ukraine explained that when his wife went to the hospital when his child was born, he had to promise the nurse a toilet seat to obtain care for his wife. The shortages were so widespread, that bribery and corruption became a way of life. We have begun to have shortages in the pharmaceutical industry and elsewhere. It is time to turn this around. US corruption is a lot less evil than the corruption in totalitarian states.

    Bob Light
    01/01/2012

    Nothing will matter unless a sizable portion of Congress is replaced with conservative/TeaParty oriented people...and the rest of Congress is scared to death that their seat is next. The lunatic left and the ridiculous right have to be replaced by the conservative center - Americans who want value for their tax dollar, who are righteous when it comes to caring for the poor but are courageous enough to say to those who can work - "you must work - you can't live off of us - here's a job...get to work". No longer can able bodied American's expect a handout. We no longer can afford to spend our children's money on frivolous "arts projects", foolish regulations, public radio and bridges to nowhere. If we are borrowing money from our kids, it had better be to pay for something from which they can derive value....otherwise we are enriching our generation at the expense of the next.

    I hate to say it but the TEA Party and the Occupy folks share the same goals (but of course have drastically different tactics)... The Occupy folks rail against "big corp" and the TEA Party rails against "Big Gov't"... but Big Gov't is what provides the evolutionary energy to evolve ordinary corporations into "big corp"....since you need massive corporations in order to harness the massive government bureaucracies.

    Shrink "big gov't" down to size and you will find "big corp" fading also because "big corp" can't compete against nimble "small corp" if they didn't have the government in their back pockets.

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    Ted Abram
    12/28/2011

    Yes, over many years politicians - Democrats and Republicans – have usurped more and more power to DC. FreedomWorks is actively challenging this disastrous power grab.

    First, last year Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe announced that FreedomWorks was not a junior partner to the Republican Party but intends to take over the Republican Party. Politics as usual must stop.

    Second, concerning the budget Kibbe stated, “The only way we will ever reduce the debt and balance the budget is if America beats Washington and tea party activists take over this process.”

    Third, the quest to restore freedom in America has the support of many Members of Congress – Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ron Paul (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mick
    Mulvaney (R-SC), Kevin Brady (R-TX) and gaining many more.

    Yes, reducing debt and restoring personal freedom is an enormous task. Only the inside DC (Members of Congress) and outside (the citizen activists) has the opportunity to effect meaningful and necessary change.

    Horrifically, if We the People do not make the structural changes proposed in the Tea Party Budget, serious if not devastating economic and ruinous social disorders most likely will occur.

    christian kowalski
    12/26/2011

    great article,again.furthermore i think Bill Anderson is dead on with his analysis.the pressure is on Washington,the people are alert but if you cut through the chase not a lot will change-especially with this GOP lineup-no way.just a couple of days ago the GOP caved in again.the USA needs somebody totally different.

    Bill Anderson
    12/26/2011

    These thoughts are correct, but there is no way to FORCE our congressional representatives to choose to do right! The actions of the leadership of the Republican party this past week, in the manner in which they acceded to the designs of the Democrats via the Senate "extend the SS tax cuts" bill (for two months only) demonstrated that all is corrupt in D.C. ALL is corrupt and the only way to change that is to vote them all out and start over.

    Unfortunately, as the system is now structured, we can't do that. Just consider these two points: 1) how many of us will truly have any impact on the choice of the Republican presidential nominee (candidate) for the 2012 election(?) - answer, very few, and the money will provide the result the Republican leadership desires, regardless of what we want (think about the massive, deceptive and negative ad campaigns run by one or two Republican candidates against another in just the last few weeks, resulting in a massive change in poll numbers); and 2) remember the results of the 2010 election and the ultimate result - we thought we elected "constitutional conservatives," but what we got was MORE OF THE SAME - the system is corrupt, those of the "tea party" persuasion who were elected had their collective hands tied, the leadership did what they wanted, when they wanted and in the manner they chose.

    The statists now control (Republican and Democrat alike) our government and those in power, whichever party, will continue to act corruptly and against our Constitution until our once great nation collapses. Saving intervention from our Almighty Creator, I can no longer see that there is any hope for the re-establishment of Constitutional Government - the Statists have carried the day, tyranny has begun and will only get worse!

    Washington76
    12/26/2011

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