Thursday, September 23, 2010

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I have been told that I don't continue to defend my position when questioned by individuals who comment on my posts, especially my support of the "Contract from America". OK, here you go! First, let's show the "Contract" and then I'll take it item by item.

We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
  1. Protect the Constitution
  2. Reject Cap &Trade
  3. Demand a Balanced Budget
  4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
  5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government
  6. End Runaway Government Spending
  7. Defund, Repeal, Replace Government-run Health Care
  8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
  9. Stop the Pork
  10. Stop the Tax Hikes 
1. "Protect the Constitution" - This is a no brainer. The Constitution was passed and ratified by all the States
    to provide the ultimate law of the land. When you are sworn into office you take a oath to uphold and
    protect it. That means you live and legislate within what it says, not what you want it to say. If you don't like
    it the way it is, amend it. The Founding fathers made that possible.

2. "Reject Cap and Trade" - This is legislation that is touted to limit carbon dioxide emissions to control
    "global warming". Despite what the "Left" says, the jury is still out on this one. If warming is actually
    happening, where is the proof that it is human caused. There is supposedly a consensus of world scientists
    that say it is occurring. So what, 600 years ago the consensus of world scientist's was that the world was
    flat, and we all know how that turned out. Does Cap and Trade include China and India, who are currently
    the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitters? The United States has already reduced it's carbon dioxide
    emissions by about 95% since the early 70's. If passed, it will result in spiraling energy costs, no real
    worldwide reduction in emissions, and huge new Government controls over the private sector, with
    resulting huge job losses (some estimates put the losses as high as 600,000). We have done our share. If
    you want to decrease emissions, go after China and India. Any further reductions on our part will so
    minuscule as to mean nothing.

3. "Demand a Balanced Budget" - Another no brainer! Individuals and States have to balance their budget. If
    they don't, where does it end. Bankruptcy. Exactly where the Federal Government is headed if they don't
    get their house in order.

4. "Enact Fundamental Tax Reform" - Right now the IRS tax code is used by the Federal Government to
    control how the "We the People" act and what we do. It's used for social engineering. Repeal the 16th
    Amendment (the one that authorized the income tax). Get rid of the IRS, and institute a fair tax (a national
    sales tax) or a flat tax (a tax on income at a set rate with no deductions and the rate applies to all income
    earners at the same rate). Lower taxes mean increased revenue to the government, not less. Reducing
    taxes creates increased economic activity which results in increasing revenue. It has worked every time it's
    tried - See Harding, Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush tax cuts - all caused greatly increased
    economic activity and subsequent increased revenue. Bush started his Presidency with a deficit slightly
    below $200 billion dollars in 2002. It rose to about $400 billion in 2004. In between we had a recession
    and a thing called "9/11". Bush cut taxes in 2003, and after those took effect, the economy started
    growing and deficits continued to decline to about $200 billion in 2007. Unfortunately, in 2008 we had a
    stimulus bill of $150 billion and the $700 billion TARP bailout (both of which the "Left" agreed with) and
    the deficit soared to about $500 billion. The 2009 $1.5 trillion deficit is a combination of Bush's spending
    and Obama's stimulus bill.

5. "Restore Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government"- See 1, 3, & 4. Most "social"
     legislation by Congress is passed by quoting the "Commerce" clause of Article I, Section 8 of the
     Constitution. The "Commerce" clause was originally designed to regulate commerce between the States,
     meaning that states could not charge tariffs on items traded between each other, but it has since been
     "bastardized" to mean basically anything Congress thinks it should mean.

"6. "End Runaway Government Spending"-  See #3. Balance the budget and this takes care of itself. What
     about entitlements? Repeal Obamacare, Privatize Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.
     I couldn't tell you how many times I got fund raising letters from the Republican party when Bush was
     President and sent them back WITHOUT a check and a note about how I wouldn't give as long as Bush's
     Liberal domestic agenda continued. As far as I am concerned, Medicare Drug Program, TARP, bailout of
     car companies (which started under Bush), NO WAY! So stating I wasn't saying anything while Bush was
     President is totally untrue. The fact that I didn't start my blog until after Obama was elected doesn't mean I
     wasn't screaming at the top of lungs about government spending and intrusion into the private sector during
     Bush's 8 years.

7. "Defund, Repeal, Replace Government-run Health Care"
    Repeal Obamacare and get the government out of healthcare entirely. Enact tort reform, allow people and
    companies to buy insurance across state lines, eliminate government mandates as to what must be covered
    in insurance policies. Let the people decide what they want covered. Right now Obamacare requires
    insurance companies to provide heroin addiction treatment. If I'm not a addict, why do I need and have to
    pay for that. If the government must be involved, then provide vouchers (medical savings accounts) to
    Medicare and Medicaid recipients and let them shop for their own insurance in the free market. The
    government NEVER does anything cheaper or more efficiently that the private sector. The free market, if
    allowed to operate unhindered,will cause medical costs to drop precipitously.

8. "Pass an "All of the Above Energy Policy" - Wind power, solar, hydrogen, fuel cells - absolutely, but no
    matter how much money the Federal government throws at it, it will not become reality until the technology
    reaches the point where it becomes economically feasible for the average citizen. Is the Government going
    to create this technology? No! The private sector will do it. Until alternative energy sources come online,
    we  need all the oil we can get. We have vast reserves in this country that the government will not allow us
    to drill for such as ANWR, offshore (deep water and shallow water), the Bakken Formation in the
    Dakotas. But what about the gulf oil spill? Tragic, but it is mostly gone- dispersed and eaten by microbes.
    Every year there are far more oil spills from tanker accidents than offshore drilling accidents. The Bakken
    formation alone can make us energy independent, if we drill there. Why in God's name do we continue to
    buy oil from countries that hate us, when we have all the oil we need right here?

9. "Stop the Pork" - Stop it all! Agribusinesses, companies that send jobs overseas (of course, if corporate
    tax rates, mandates, and regulations were reduced there might not be as many jobs going overseas). With
    the growing potential military threat from China we need all the defense spending we can get. We don't
    need the government canceling planes like the F-22 or turning NASA into an outreach program to Muslim
    nations. Protection from foreign enemies IS one of the Constitutional authorities given to the Federal
    government. Should the government be funding studies like the effects of cocaine on monkeys or building a
    bike path somewhere in the country? That type of stuff IS NOT the job of the Federal Government.

10. "Stop the Tax Hikes" - If all the Bush tax cuts are not extended, it will be a disaster for our economy.
     Don't believe it, just watch what happens. I hear all the time about how the Clinton tax increase in the 90's
     set off an economic boom. No, it didn't. That boom was caused by the .com growth on the internet, and
     what everyone seems to forget is that the Republicans controlled Congress for the last 6 years of his
     administration and drastically reduced Government spending which left more money in the capital markets
     for the businesses to use for investment and job creation.

I am really getting sick and tired of the "Left" and some on the "Right", and their "Ruling Class" elitism, telling me that they have all the solutions to the world's problems, and if I would just sit down and shut up, they will lead me to a better life. Well, I am telling THEM to sit down and shut up, leave me alone, and get the hell out of my life, I'm perfectly capable of leading myself to a better life.

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