Saturday, October 1, 2011
"Tea Party principles required to return nation to fiscal-sanity"
For the last several years, our nation’s economy has been reeling under the weight of trillions of dollars of accumulated debt. When President George W. Bush took office, he inherited a national debt of over 5 trillion dollars. After 8 years in office, and fighting 2 wars,followed by the sub-prime loan/housing crisis, President Bush left office with a national debt of over 10 trillion dollars. And now, after only 2 ½ years in office, President Obama has increased the national debt to nearly 15 trillion dollars. His answer to the problem; spend more money.
To put this huge amount of money into perspective; one- trillion is one –thousand billion, and as of Oct. 1st 2011, our $14,700,000,000 ,000 national debt translates to $47,210.10 FOR EVERY American citizen We are clearly on a runaway train of debt, and simple common sense will tell you that there is a “train-wreck” coming.
Fortunately, as the country has struggled with the burden of this huge and rapidly rising debt, there has been a nation-wide grassroots awakening of common-sense fiscal conservatives. The “Tea-Party” movement has been both vilified by the left, and dismissed by the mainstream media, but it has become the most powerful force in American politics today. You can try to deny it or debate it, but fiscal conservatives are thankfully taking control of the national discussion about the looming economic crisis. We can no longer allow Keynesian economists’, or Saul Alinsky trained “community organizers” like Barack Hussein Obama to chart the course for America. We must take our country back from the liberals and Socialists like Obama, and return it to a path of fiscal restraint as well as personal responsibility. We must commit ourselves to accepting responsibility for our own fortunes rather than expecting “government” to provide for us. That is socialism, and we are not a socialist country.
America’s economic system is free-market capitalism and we are unfortunately caught in the throes of decline and decay that the false promises of social democracy bring. Europe is currently struggling with its very economic survival because it believed those false promises of the “social welfare state”. We cannot allow ourselves to follow them down that road. In 1992, Texas businessman H. Ross Perot entered the presidential race in an attempt to steer our country away from what he warned was a dangerous economic road. He warned that our national deficit and increasing national debt were going to become destructive to our economy.
We should have listened to Perot then, but in the 2012 G.O.P. presidential primaries we have another candidate from Texas who is preaching much the same warning; Governor Rick Perry. Like Perot, Governor Perry is a straight-talking Texan who cares less for scoring political points than he does for fixing problems. Perry understands that fixing America’s economy means addressing the spending on so-called “entitlement programs”, which makes up over 2/3rds of our national economy. He was absolutely correct when he bluntly labeled Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme”. No less a social liberal than Mario Cuomo admitted in a debate with Newt Gingrich that “only a government could get away with running a program like Social Security” saying that it is a “con-game”.
It’s time we confront the economic challenges that we face in our country and “take our medicine”. We need to elect leadership at all levels of government that will honestly deal with the reality of our fiscal situation. We in Michigan are fortunate that, like most states, we have a constitutional “balanced-budget-requirement. That forces us to make tough decisions during tough economic times, and doesn’t allow us to “live on our credit cards” as the federal government has been doing. It won’t be easy, but “Tea Party principles” will return our nation to being the “land of liberty” that our forefathers intended it to be. But first, “We the people” must take charge, as our constitution intended for us to do.