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September 24, 2010

2010 Election: History making or not?

We are fast approaching our next election and like so many other elections before, I am hearing how this one is special, critically important and history making. Ok, I can buy into this election being special and even critically important, but as for history making??   I think history making will be determined by which direction we vote, but we need history making.

Our nation is so deep in financial trouble that we may not be able to recover.  As Americans we are living and breathing this fact day in and day out.   Some say that we are in our financial mess because big corporations and the “rich” aren’t paying their share.  Some say that Reagan and Bush tax cuts created revenue shortfalls.  And then there are those myriad of other excuses about how our tax system is regressive, archaic and or ineffective.  Well guess what?  Lack of revenue, tax or otherwise, did not create our mess.

We spent our way into this mess.  Since roughly 1960 everyone we elected to office seems to have made it their personal goal to out spend everyone before them and not just out spend them a little, but out spend them in a big way.  Check the chart.  Revenues are not the problem and they haven’t been.  Spending is the problem.  And contrary to what we hear from some, defense spending is not what is breaking our nation.  In fact, even the ramped up war spending since 9/11 pales in comparison to the increases in spending as a whole.  I’m at the point now where I just laugh when I read debate points about how best to tax our nation.  Get this, it don’t make no difference to me if a tax is progressive, regressive, digressive, whether the rich, the poor, the income or the sales are taxed.  We don’t have a tax problem!  We have a spend twice as much as we bring in problem!

What will make this election historical is if the people we elect quit spending so damn much and start changing the direction that we have been going for the whole of my lifetime.

Here’s part of my voting process:

  • cut or eliminate a program – Vote YES
  • new or restructured program – Vote NO
  • Candidate with a history of spending – Vote NO
  • If the candidate won’t commit to cut spending – Vote NO

I hope everyone will do their part in making this an historical election.

Data for chart is from http://www.usgovernmentrevenue.com/ and http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/

March 29, 2007

Priorities for federal spending

Dean Kahn’s join the conversation column over at the Herald today has to do with the new federal budget and what our feeling are regarding priorities.

Join the conversation:What are your priorities for federal spending?
People are paying their federal income tax. How would you like to see your money spent?”

I put my budgeted 2 cents into the comment section.

Primarily defense from both foreign and domestic enemies of our nation. Secondarily to protect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That would be a good start.

And of course it was immediately picked apart as per comment section usual.

giving it to the fat cats in washington so they can play there WAR GAMES wally. did you fight in a war??? are you in va therapy too??

Fortunately for me, I have this blog and don’t have to explain myself in the comment section. Here is my explanation:

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We have been attacked and are at war with any and all nations that support terrorists who would do us harm. Our federal government must step up and provide for the common defense of its member states. I would eat Top Raman safe and sound in my home rather than buy steak dinners and ignore the mortgage. Defense must be priority or we won’t have a nation to call home, or we will be calling it home followed by “all praise and gratitude be to Allah.”

Dean Kahn asked U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for his priorities. Rick Larsen’s response was a little cryptic, so I’ve provided my simplified interpretations in italics on the right.

Rick Larsen says:

supports education for a 21st century workforce – more taxes

expands health care for our children – more taxes

budget restores fiscal responsibility – more taxes

addresses federal spending – more taxes

businesses and farms have the resources – more taxes

access to capital – more taxes

communities have the resources they need – more taxes

support initiatives to fight hunger – more taxes

make sure that our federal spending – more taxes

I did find his response a little disturbing, yet not unexpected. Lots of taxes and spending. Isn’t that what budget means; increase taxes to cover spending?

Like I said, I would want to see our defense budget expanded and other items reduced so that we can meet or exceed whatever military need arises. I say if our military leaders need money, troops and equipment, then lets give it to them money, troops and equipment; without exceptions, without conditions, and without surrendering. But Rick Larsen and the Democrats say:

This budget leads us in a new direction – taxes not going to our common defense.

There is only one good thing about this budget and it is still a mixed blessing.

resources to ensure that soldiers and veterans get the care. – Good

Good, because we need to take care of these guys after all they have given for our nation. The mixed blessing is that tragically there will be more veterans needing this care when the Democrats “new direction” budget starts cutting off supplies, reinforcements and equipment to our overseas armed force who are in the middle of a war.

Will our soldiers quit defending our nation as their supplies run low and then run out? I doubt it. More will die and their blood will be on the hands of Democrats like Rick Larsen who can find innumerable ways to spend our taxes until there is nothing left for defense. More people need to tell them that the enemy is no longer at the gate; they flew a few airliners right through it on 9/11.

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