We need lots of things. We need more fresh water in Atlanta to support a fast growing population. We need to find a way to replenish the Louisiana wetlands with the Mississippi silt that no longer flows there. We need cane sugar in our colas!
These are small when compared to the economic troubles we have. At the center of these troubles is our own federal government. It has spent out of control since the Clinton administration. Many argue Clinton gave us a surplus that Bush squandered. Not true. Take a peak here at the real facts surrounding spending during the Clinton era. Our government played around with Social Security monies to make it appear that spending was in check. It wasn’t at all. Bush took a bad situation and made it worse. Sure, he had 9/11. I really don’t care. He expanded the federal government in extremely bad ways. We all yelled about it. The left felt this not only was fiscally irresponsible, they also felt the new spending put the federal government into places it should not be hurting our freedoms. President Obama ran on fiscal responsibility. But, here is what we have:
- President Bush began a string of expensive financial bailouts. President Obama accelerated that course.
- President Bush created a Medicare drug entitlement that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama’s new healthcare bill will add close to another $1 trillion on top of that and as well force citizens to buy something that should be a choice (it is in fact, a tax bill and a takeover/control oriented bill as well.)
- President Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. President Obama plans to double that.
- President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already increased this spending by 20 percent.
- President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President Obama plans to continue that trend.
- President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. President Obama has already added close to another $4 trillion in less than 2 years.
Medicare is going broke. Social Security is going broke. These programs shouldn’t even be here in the form they are now. They are rife with corruption and waste. Medicaid is out of control. Future taxes are planned when our current rates are some of the highest in the world.
All of this mismanagement, which can be blamed on congress and the administrations, is causing our economy to sink. Here’s what we must do to stay the largest and most prosperous economy and country in the world.
- Eliminate welfare/entitlement spending. We cannot afford it. Much of it was enacted due to past civil rights abuses (particularly abuses to our black population.) However, money can’t fix those past injustices. Only proper enforcement of the constitution can. Further, the money spent on Medicaid and other social programs, such as public housing, has actually hurt those it was supposed to help. Kill Medicaid. Kill public housing. Cut Medicare in half and eliminate theft and waste. Cut Social Security (no more SS at 45 due to disability, no more payments to kids).
- Eliminate the Department of Education. States handle this. If in doing so, they take away constitutional rights, then enforce those rights. But, the feds have no business in education.
- Eliminate HUD
- Drastically reduce Department of Labor
- Cut by 30% most other agencies.
- Get out of the social engineering business. Sell off Fannie and Freddie. Put proper banking regulations in place and let conservative bankers make bank loans (again, with the feds enforcing fair housing practices, that is, the constitution, so minorities who qualify for mortgages aren’t rejected because of the color of their skin.)
- Most of all, either balance the budget OR run a surplus. Always!
Our government, from a fiscal standpoint, should always be conservative. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican or Libertarian. When you’re spending other people’s money, you can ONLY be conservative. Want to be liberal? Be that way with your own money.
A great change should also be the Fairtax. No more class warfare. No more laborious tax filings. No more gun to our heads telling us to pay or go to jail. No more decision making based on tax implications.
We need the smallest government possible so we are free and prosperous. In fact, the freest and most prosperous on the planet.