Letters to the Editor: After the Mid-Terms
Now that the hard work leading up to the 2010 mid term elections is over, and with the great strides made by the Republican Party, the real job of the citizenry begins. We know it is our civic duty to vote, but it is also our duty to watch our elected officials. While voting takes little time and effort, it is much harder to make sure our will is done.
Many Internet sources compile voting records and other information on our representatives and senators. Heritage Alliance and Liberty Institute are two of the best but there are many others as well. These sources use different ‘scoring’ methods and if you look at several different sources, you can get an excellent representation of our civil servants.
Other things we can do are to be with like-minded people that we can swap ideas with, don’t be afraid to ‘talk politics’ with others, and get in touch with our elected representatives. Contacting these people through the mail, e-mail, phone or fax, and in person are all acceptable methods.
For the Conservative movement to redirect the government agenda and the future of America, as well as grow the Economy and create jobs there are three all-important topics that can be considered. They are cutting taxes, cutting spending and repealing ObamaCare.
We need to cut taxes on everyone, especially those that will use their skills and abilities to create wealth. Those that are willing to work hard at a business enterprise will need to hire people to help. People who work earn a paycheck and pay taxes; people who hire the workers need to be celebrated and not excoriated.
We need to cut government spending for several reasons. Primarily, the government spends more than it takes in. At the federal level, for the last couple of years, the federal budget has borrowed 40¢ for every dollar that is spent. A growing concern has to be inflation; as the Fed and the Treasury flood the economy with more and more paper, basic Econ 101 tells us that as soon as the economy heats up prices will rise and the dollar will be worth less.
The people who then buy our debt will not get the return they expect and will either demand a higher rate of return or look elsewhere to put their cash.
Finally, we must repeal the insane, complicated and unworkable ObamaCare. It is too expensive and a job killer. We must convince our representatives at all levels that ‘tweaking’ around the edges will not do! It must be killed! Granted, there may be portions that might be good, but if there are, they can be brought up for discussion and debate after the law is repealed.
So… in short, it is up to us to educate those around us and to get them involved. We must all do our part to make those we put in office know what we want them to do; we have been complacent for too long and if they don’t know what we want they will do what they think is best.
Bill Carson Midlothian