More of the same…
The Senate and House both publish their weekly agenda on their websites. Tax reform or addressing the “Fiscal Cliff” is not on either agenda for this week. Today is Foreign Relations and Intelligence. Wednesday is open and Thursday and Friday the House are discussing Science and Engineering Visas and Hunting and Fishing on Public lands. A scheduled recess is for December 7th to 10th and the Adjournment is December 14th. Overall, I would like to send my congratulations to my fellow Americans for re-electing a Congress that cannot prioritize.
Off the floor both parties openly discuss they do not want to raise taxes on the middle class. However, have no agreement on everything else. Yet there are both Democrats and Republicans screaming to take us past the expiration date.
Yesterday the Obama Administration released a study that reflects what we already know. Raise taxes on the middle class will make people spend less. Congratulations. We paid for someone to draw a common sense conclusion. The upcoming budget will add an additional 11 Trillion dollars to the National Debt. We will have to raise the debt ceiling again. The tax cuts expire and we gain an additional 100 billion ($100,000,000) a year in revenue at best.
How do we fix this?
Before I address this let me take a moment to say that I am truly unbiased. Feeling pressed I should tell you that I think the left and right wing are both mentally ill. Each for their own special needs reasons. So I am going to break it down by percentages so you the reader can see just why it is that people claim kill this or kill that and how worthless those suggestions are (PBS, Foreign Aid etc.). Please bear in mind that everything is connected in the budget like a giant spider web. You make a cut in one place and it trickles across to the other side of the web. Almost nothing is independent within the budget.
Defense and International Security: 20% (We spend 13% more than the next country)
Social Security 20% (Untouchable)
Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP: 21% (Entitlement Programs)
Safety Net Programs: 13% (Food Stamps etc)
Interest on Debt: 6%
Benefits for Federal Retirees and Veterans: 7%
Transportation and Infrastructure: 3%
Science and Medical Research: 2%
Non-Security International: 1%
All Other: 4%
So we can take several of these and combine them because common sense says they are the same type of fund.
Social Security 20% and Benefits for Federal Retirees and Veterans: 7% = Socialized Retirement 27%
Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP: 21% and Safety Net Programs: 13%= Social Entitlement 34%
Transportation and Infrastructure is a State Issue/ responsibility and should go away all together that saves us 4%, Science and Medical Research can go away as well. I have several reasons for this. Of which are the violation of the rights of American Citizens. No not Stem cells, I’m all for science and medical advancements. It has to do with the fact that our government should not invest in projects with public money that violates the belief systems of its citizens. Regardless of how much good it could do. It’s a moot point. Respect your fellow Americans and their beliefs. Or you are no better than a Jew killing Nazi. So that is another 2%. Six percent! We are on our way!
Okay, now we are in territory that if anyone goes here it is political suicide. I am serious; we never see these suggestions on the floor of the House or Senate because doing so means zero support for re-election. The “All other” Category includes things such as: Job training, World Hunger, Health, Human Services, Community Development, Housing, and Agriculture.
It all must go, (Now you’re thinking oh my, he has lost his mind. Just hang tight stick with me; we have a lot more cuts to make). We have now cut Ten percent of the budget. 1.1 Trillion Or so based on the 11 Trillion budget. You’re still puzzled but wait for it. We still have 90% to deal with.
Eliminate Homeland Security and Border Patrol, Abandon Afghanistan and all military bases in except for: Hereford, Ramstein, Al Udeid, King Khalid, Port Rashid, Mina Qabus, Camp Snoopy, Abu Ghraib Prison, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Al-Nasr, Camp Stryker. Nine out of 142 military bases are kept open abroad; we pack them to capacity and come home. These nine are strategically placed around the world in a manner that we could easily have more than 100,000 troops on the ground, enough aircraft to block out the sun and more naval and artillery battery to level large countries anywhere in less than three hours. We can easily reduce the National Defense Budget by 7% maybe more. We as a people cannot see where all the money goes in this part of the budget. We use our military to secure our borders of Canada and Mexico. Patrol our skies and waters. We alter illegal immigration across the board to classify all illegals aliens as potential terrorists. You are here illegally. End of story. This is not a human rights issue. This is a national security issue. We cannot say a Canadian or Mexican is less criminal to be here illegally but a Jihadist is purely criminal. This is our freedom we are protecting here.
Now we are at a whopping 17% ($1,870,000,000) for arguments sake the tax cuts expired and we gain an additional 100 billion ($100,000,000) a year in revenue. Here comes the part that you’re really going to hate. The entitlement cut. We are currently at 34% (see above) The laws will have to be immediately addressed in this section of the budget but I really think that we could drop this to 25% if we cut the fat and bloat from these projects there is so much mismanagement with these programs, ask someone that works at your local planned parenthood or at the food stamp office for a list of what they would change. Currently cut? 26% or $2,860,000,000. We now have a budget of $8.1 Trillion Dollars. For 2011 we only took in 2.2 Trillion dollars.
We are still in the hole by 5.9 Trillion or so. So what is the solution? Truly what is it? Math does not lie. It’s not a magical fairy tale where the princess and prince live happily ever after. This is not a Disney story. The only solution is to return all of this back over to the States under the 10th Amendment. It’s time to expect the individual States to actually bear the burden of their people again. Someone in Mississippi should not be supporting someone here in Florida and vice versa. We must strip the Federal government down to bare bones. We must eliminate entire departments and put thousands out of work.
Thank you JFK:
We choose to strip our governments of power, not because this is easy, but because this is hard. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of eliminating the overburdened and almost tyrannical control of our Federal Government and returning to a state of positive growth. None will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We must cut ourselves deeply and bleed profusely and to the point that we nearly kill Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam alike.
There are two choices: Sit back and bet on black. Or we get serious, cut to the point where people are starving and dying in the streets. We are that far down the road here. There are no fiscal tactics or solutions that will truly solve this and put this country back in the black. Pay for nothing but Social Security, which is a rolling cost and is currently around 3.7 Trillion. We only bring in 2.2 Trillion. We are broke, broken, and no one can afford to pay any more. The 1%, not worth going after haven’t you been reading? Even at a 35% tax rate it wouldn’t cover Social Security.
Then we wonder why Congress kicks the can down the road. The only solution is not a solution at all. Its a death sentence.