80% of Americans Believe Congress Has A Spending Problem

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.


How Long Will This Nation Last?

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.


Is Social Security Broke?

May 13, 2011

Today the Social Security and Medicare trustees Report was released in Washington D.C at the Treasury Department.  The 6 trustees all discussed where Social Security and Medicare benefits were heading and the information is not good. We have to ask the question, “Is social security broke?

According to the report since the economic recession hit this country there is less money in the fund with more individuals receiving funds as they retire.  Charles Blahous one of the public trustees stated deficits in Social Security will continue to eradicate the funds as revenues continue to decline.  The insurance funds will exhaust  themselves by 2018 if there is no increase in taxes or cuts in benefits.

Our representatives on Capital Hill continue to say there is nothing wrong with Social Security at this time. They continue to tell the citizens there is nothing to worry about, but according to this report we need to address this problem just as we must address the national debt problem which had been swept under the rug for so many years while Congress continued to spend what they didn’t have.

Many citizens have and will rely on this fund as their only source of income upon retirement, we must not ignore the reality that the fund is broke and needs to be fixed. Billions of dollars have been paid into these funds and the citizens deserve their benefits once they do retire.


My Way Or The Highway!

April 7, 2011

That’s right “My Way Or The Highway” is the new slogan coming from the Democrats while discussing the eminent shut down of our government because both sides are digging their heels in with what they want from the budget with no room for negotiations.

On the floor in the Senate Bill Nelson a Democrat from Florida brought up  this new slogan while asking to have both sides work together to come to some sort of agreement or understanding so the astronauts will continue to prepare for missions and traffic controllers will be there for flights.

Mr. Nelson while spewing out the coined phrase “My Way Or The Highway” went on to state “You don’t govern from the political extremes.  We’ve had it from the left spectrum in the past but this is their way or no way. We can’t come together to agree to a solution.”  We agree with this statement from the Senator from Florida, we need to pass a budget that is good for the country without pork or waste hiding between the lines in each page as is in the Health Care bill recently passed with a super majority in the Senate.

Let’s look at this health care program passed without Republican support.  Speaker Pelosi stated “We have to pass the bill to see what is in it.”  Senator Reid held meetings with his Democratic cronies behind closed doors with the President.  When the President finally met with both sides to discuss the bill he made the statement “I won” to Representative Paul Ryan while Ryan was discussing what the Republicans wanted to see in the bill.

What we have seen over the past 50 years is partisan politics. NO one in the political arena will make the tough choices that need to be made. Only a few individuals in Congress will cross party lines to vote on resolutions because they believe in the content. Why you ask, that is easy to answer.  Those elected to represent the will of the people want to get re-elected so they can continue to vote for the items special interest, lobbyists, and union officials what to see passed.  They do not want to be a one term representative because they do not receive those million dollar retirement benefits until they have been established as Federal employees for a few terms. The 172 thousand dollar a year salaries they receive incentivize them to continue to campaign for office along with all those other perks that set them up for life.

The time has come for those elected to fight for what is right for our country and our citizens regardless of their re-election hopes.  We as a nation can not continue to spend more than we take in.  For all the money our government spends we have to borrow 43% of those funds.   We must stop the insanity in the Halls of Congress.  If it means one term for those in office, so be it.  Let’s get it right before the America the past few generations have come to know and love disappears with  a new form of government coming in taking hold, forever changing the landscape of a once great nation.


Are You Listening!

March 16, 2011

On the floor in the House today both sides discussed amendments to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program which the Republicans want to defund and save taxpayers 1 billion dollars of the 7 billion dollar program.  Sides are passionately debating what should be done with the billion dollars that are left in the program thus far unspent.  To the Democrats and Republicans alike elected by the people,  ARE YOU LISTENING!

We are a bankrupt nation do you not remember! We continue to borrow 43 cents out of every dollar spent in the Halls of Congress.  We now are over 12 trillion dollars in debt with just under 2 trillion this past year. Finally we have over 112 trillion, that is 11.2 billion billion dollars in unfunded mandates which are or will be due within the next ten years. Congress ARE YOU LISTENING!

Stop spending what you don’t have! Balance the budget and spend only what you need to spend. The times are hard and we as a nation need leaders how understand entitlements are not part of our Constitution.  We can not continue to fund programs that do not perform functions relegated by our Constitution.

If there is blight in neighborhoods let the local, county or city government handle the problem.  The Federal Government does not need to buy these properties nor offer money to others to buy them. WE are a broke nation, let’s act like one and do what is finally right for the citizens and the States.  Congress, ARE YOU LISTENING!


Who Can We Trust

March 10, 2011

As we deal with the rising deficits occurring in local, state and federal governments we have to ask ourselves, “Who Can We Trust!” Just about everyone in politics will tell you one thing and then once you turn your back, bam they do something contrary to what they had stated.

As we listen to politicians on the Hill giving their speeches we have to ask ourselves once again, “Who Can We Trust”.  Representative Maxine Waters is on the floor stating people what jobs and the Republicans are attempting to dismantle the Health Care Reform bill.  She goes on to state no one is going to jail over the fraudulent activities on wall street and someone should be going to jail over the housing market crisis.

At Patriot Express Radio we agree with Ms. Waters, someone should go to jail over the crisis created by those in power. We will start with Ms. Waters as one of those who should be in jail when the Bush administration wanted to investigate Freddie and Fannie back in 2004, she was at the front of the line stating those at Freddie and Fannie did not have a problem.  As a matter of fact she stated ” We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac and in particular at Fannie Mae under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines.” Mr. Raines later would be found to be cooking the books to receive million dollar bonuses for his outstanding leadership skills.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Today we have members of Congress discussing the dismantling of both entities citing problems stemming from  millions of dollars going to campaigns to key members of  Congress to turn their heads and let the corruption within the organizations carry on.  We don’t like to look back and point fingers however we must understand that the corruption from within caused this housing crisis which we will not climb out of for at least 10 years if not more.

We as Americans must not let corrupt politicians continue to erode the quality of life for all citizens to further their personal agenda’s.   Now we have to deal with political leaders who ran campaigns to do what is right for their constituents and again we have to ask, “Who Can We Trust?


3.7 Trillion Budget

February 15, 2011

Today the President released his 2012 budget an amazing 3.7 trillion dollars. During his state of the Union speech he stated he understood the country had a spending problem and in the words of Representative Frank Guinta, ‘This may be Valentine’s Day, but the $3.73T #budget proposal by #POTUS is no love letter to the American people!”

We are in a severe recession and still the President can not understand you can not spend more of what you don’t have to bring about prosperity to a nation. He has proposed an increase in taxation over the next ten years to raise an additional 1.6 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. CNN stated the President has two choices that will address the problems we face, “He can fix it or ignore it” In the piece they decided he has ignored it. http://bit.ly/fHL7Mh

The budget will drop to 1.2 trillion next year but will balloon to 104% of GDP by 2015. This is not the way to stimulate an economy that is bloated and in need of reduction.  Congress has stated they will cut the budget by 100 billion, a mere 2% of the budget when we need to look at cuts across the board by no less than 500 billion each and every year until we contain the uncontrolled spending that has eroded the quality of life for all Americans.

The CBO estimates there is 10% fraud and waste in every government program which is not being address as of yet on the Hill. Every member knows about the problem but no solutions are being presented to reel in the corruption.  Patriot Express Radio  has offered a solution that would help alleviate the problem.  Quite simple pass a law that makes it a mandatory 10 year prison sentence for any individual or corporation that commits acts of fraud when dealing with any government agency.  If an individual knows when they decide to steal our tax dollars by submitting fraudulent bills will land them in jail for 10 years many of those individuals would not attempt these deceitful practices.

Second, we must hold those accountable in Congress when appropriating funds. The funding must have a paper trail just as businesses have to track where the money is going and how it is being spent. The funds must not be sent out in bulk but released in segments to the receiving parties. When the parties show how the funds released to them were spent then they receive the next allocation until all criteria has been met.

We the People are tired of our tax dollars being wasted and are now monitoring how our government is spending them.  The Congress have to fulfill their promises made on the campaign trail to reduce the nation debt and the size of the Federal Government. They must understand trillion-dollar deficits are no longer going to be tolerated here in America. So get out the pencils and start cutting to save our nation and give future generations of children a country they can be proud to be a citizen of that is working to be fiscally responsible from here on in.