Constitutional Thinking: Deficits: Then and now
Our leaders in Washington, after wrangling over the 2011 budget for nearly a year, have insulted our stupidity in continuing to re-elect them, with a deceptive 2 percent cut in this year’s budget deficit that is really far less.
Representatives of both parties are still lying to us, and I see trouble on the horizon.
During the first 140 years of our country, outside of times of war (notable the Civil War and World War I) peacetime surpluses paid down the debt acquired during war and depressions, but in 1930, things changed.
Politicians started to promote Federal activity in an attempt to turn around the economy, with Hoover increasing spending 50 percent. FDR would go far beyond.
Howard Philips points out, “The Hoover-FDR policies changed the way that Americans looked at the Federal government.
Programs such as the Works Progress Administration, Social Security, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, farm subsidies, unemployment insurance, housing subsidies, and even the GI Bill made the Federal government appear to be an inexhaustible source of financial assistance.”
Since that time, Americans have never fully recovered from accepting the belief that they are entitled to at least some support from the Federal Government.
The “cure” will be tough, but we take it or live under tyranny.
With the middle class being hit the hardest, balanced budget amendments have appeared around the country.
Phillips reminds us, “Constitutional conservatives should not fall for these tricks.”
All the amendments allow Congress to suspend the amendment at any time, for whatever reason, with a supermajority vote.
All budgets depend upon estimates, so how would we ever know what to expect. What will be done if things get out of balance?
Phillips goes on, “Enforcement is the true Achilles heel of the Balanced Budget Amendment.
The Constitution gives Congress primary authority over Federal spending, but Congress itself cannot be forced to balance the budget.”
If the President were given the power, it would make him the master of Congress.
Another proposal would call for judicial enforcement, but our courts are too slow and in addition, judges are not trained or experienced in budgetary matters.
The Goodlatte and Hatch amendments both include a requirement for the President to send Congress a balanced budget each year.
Some suggest the Congressional Budget Office provide independent numbers as was done under Clinton compromise with the Republican Congress, but the CBO isn’t totally independent.
With all these problems and little likelihood of passing Congress or being ratified by the states, it really is a waste of time and a distraction from the real problem: getting Congress to actually make spending cuts.
If our current group won’t do the job, let’s replace them in the next primary.
In Austin, the SB 18 passed the House, but does not protect property rights, and HB 2255 and HB 2432 would unleash PPPs across Texas including tolling I-35 in DFW. Many of our reps would sell everything we own for a temporary budget fix.
Quoting TURF, “PPPs are kept SECRET from the public, eliminate competitive bidding, put the taxpayers on the hook for losses, grant monopolies over public infrastructure & charge user fees for public access. In the case of roads, they contain non-competes that prohibit or penalize the expansion of free roads & the published toll rates are 75-80 cents per mile, like adding $15 to every gallon of gas you buy!”
Call your Reps; tell them NO to private toll roads. Don’t count on common sense.
They may not have any. Watch out for double-crossers, like Senator Robert Nichols and for Perry plants.
Presidential Candidate Brief 5 – Herman Cain (R) GA – Herman Cain, being black, would change the “race card” talk in the campaign, and he has a long record of accomplishment.
He earned a masters degree in computer science while working for the Navy and turning Godfather’s Pizza into Pillsbury’s most profitable division.
Cain had his own talk show in Atlanta, helped block the Clinton push for national health care, and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 in Georgia. In 2010, he was actively involved in Tea Party rallies. In January, he announced his presidential exploratory committee.
A passionate speaker, Cain’s political background sends a mixed message when clarity is needed.
He supported the gold standard on a radio show in 2010, but in 2011, stated there was no need for an audit of the Federal Reserve.
Do you think that might be due to Cain being the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City?
It appears he may be there to distract us from our number one problem – reigning in the private Federal Reserve, and restoring honest money.
We need to take a good look under the hood of the “Hermanator.” Something’s not right.