July 25, 2011
We start another week with Washington at a stand still concerning the debt limit negotiations between the two parties. Interestingly on Sundays talk shows both sides talked about what they want to do. Speaker Boehner still wants a plan that holds the lines of the “Cap, Cut and Balance Act” that wasn’t ever put on the floor of the Senate for a vote. Treasury Secretary Geithner believes we are on the right path creating jobs, building the economy and spending dollars needed to keep the country prosperous.
The challenge ahead is not which side gets what they want in these discussions, the challenge ahead is which side gets a sound fiscal policy that will rebuild our nation by cutting the out of control spending and reining in the fraud and waste that created this monstrosity of a debt which is bankrupting our nation and eroding the quality of life for every citizen in the nation.
With a 14.5 trillion dollar national debt hanging over each taxpaying citizen along with 115 trillion dollars in unfunded mandates, which by the way our Congress have no plans in place to pay any of the debt down. Their plans each year are to spend more so they can give those special interest groups what they want just so they can get re-elected.
Mind you not all individuals in Washington or across the nation are all about their re-elections or personal agendas, some actually want to do what is right for America. Recently several members have shown were they stand as they attempt to work for the people who elected them and do what is right for the nation and not just their political careers.
Our time-table is a short one if we are to remain the greatest nation in the World. What our elected officials need to be working on is simple, the message is clear, “Stop spending what you don’t have!” Release a budget that is balanced with no new debt attached to it.
Our Congress, those the American People elected to work for them are in Congress now for over 815 days without passing a budget. Do you know of any business that can operate without having a budget in place as they strive to maintain a viable business? Not one comes to mind as business CEO’s realize in order to make money there has to be more revenue than expenses, as a matter of fact a 14-year-old can grasp that concept.
So, Congress roll up your sleeves and continue to work together to finally do what is right for the country you took an oath to abide by the Constitution to protect and serve. The American People expect no less.
July 16, 2011
Finally, Americans are speaking out and letting Congressional members know they have a spending problem. The latest poll out suggests 80% of Americans Believe Congress has a spending problem and want them to rein in the spending and finally do what is right for America and not their re-election campaigns.
This poll was done in the confines of a local restaurant here in Las Vegas. As we were eating and enjoying pleasant conversation the subject came up “Does Congress Spend More Than They Should?’ Out of the 5 people at the table 4 exclaimed yes to the question. The only one who thought Congress didn’t have the spending problem was a union member for the local school district. With that said imagine what the real statistics would be if I were to poll say 500 or 1000 individuals all across the Nation?
I would venture to say the results would be close if not exactly the same as my small sample poll. 14.5 trillion dollars in debt with 110 trillion in unfunded mandates due with Congress having no idea how to pay them at this point in time. Yes I would agree with those 80%, Congress has a spending problem that needs to be addressed immediately if not sooner.
July 7, 2011
Where are the jobs? According to President Obama when he pushed for the 878 billion dollar stimulus package after the election he stated we needed the funding so unemployment wouldn’t go over 8%, so he got it. Now with the new numbers out from the Labor Department the outlook is still bleak. Unemployment is at 9.2% nationally with 29 straight months over that magic number of 8%.
In Nevada the Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) pushed the bill so we could get millions of dollars for those “shovel ready” jobs that was to stimulate the economy. The roads across the state were torn up and expanded on with Federal Funds from that stimulus package. Stimulus funds went to Northern Nevada to help fund a solar energy company which stated they will create 269 new jobs using green energy. Money was spent all across the country to stimulate the economy. But we have to ask once again, Where are the jobs?
Both the House and Senate were to forego the 4th of July holiday to address the spending problems Congress has with the Americans tax dollars. They talked all week to news reported detailing what their parties were going to do to reduce the deficit and create jobs. Our National debt will be 14.5 trillion dollars by the time this article is written and rising approximately 14 thousand dollars a second.
The Republicans will not raise taxes according to Eric Cantor (R) Virginia. During a news conference held earlier today he stated ” Democrats insist on tax increases, there is no way!” Those Republicans talking to reporters all agreed the stimulus didn’t work and we can not continue traveling down this path which is killing our economy.
Representative McCarthy (R) California suggested last week the President get off the golf course and into the debate to show some leadership. Today he stated “Not a time to talk about raising taxes, it is a time to talk about reforming taxes. All the Republicans gathered on stage vocalized the same message. Everyone believes our government needs to stop spending what isn’t there just as the citizens of this country do.
Representative Nancy Pelosi (D) California also held a news conference to discuss the talks concerning where we are as a nation. She wanted to make the question and answer session short because she “Wanted to make every second count” as she deals with the debt crisis.
Representative Becerra (D) California stated Medicare and Social Security shouldn’t be reduced as they do not add one cent to the National Debt. He hoped the other side will work through the weekend and realize we can find ways to work through the debt problem in other areas.
Representative Larsen (D) Connecticut went on a rampage insisting “You can’t cut your way to prosperity.” Then went on to say “They (Republicans) can’t see the time of day in a watch factory” referring to their stance on tax cuts and economic growth philosophies.
President Obama went on the news to say they are making progress and would work through the weekend to find a resolution and meet back with him on Sunday. He stated again there were tough choices to make and both sides must be flexible for talks to achieve the outcome desired. Stay tuned as we learn more in the next few weeks.
July 3, 2011
I want to take this time to wish everyone a safe and healthy 4th of July. Throughout the history of this great nation we have celebrated this day as Independence Day. The day we claimed our country as our own against all odds according to history. Yes a rag-tag band of brothers united to fight for a land they believed in. After the Revolution we would unite as THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
As we grew into a nation our Constitution gave each individual unalienable rights that no government could take away. The Founding Fathers reflected on writings which included John Locke to create a nation that would protect individuals from unnecessary intrusion. Our forefathers wrote a Constitution that has withstood the test of time while constantly being challenged.
Thank you to all who have fought for our nation to protect her borders and her citizens from foreign invasion. Both past and present Patriots have played a role in our nations history keeping alive the visions of those who formed this great nation. Let’s hope we continue to remember our Constitution and our nation are second to none. Be proud to be an American for no other nation in the world will fight for your god given rights as this nation will.
Have a splendid 4th of July with family, friends and military. Bless each and every Patriot.