In his Jan. 24, 2011 column E.J. Dionne asks if Pres. Obama should retreat or spend the next two years consolidating the gains Obama has made. My question is what gains has Obama made? Passing a bill that a majority of our country doesn’t want, that was passed before it was written, and one that barely got bi-partisan support is not much of gain. Or is Dionne talking about the gains Obama made in getting Democrats elected to Congress and the state legislatures? The idea that Obama has any gains to consolidate is wishful thinking at best and delusional at worst.
Dionne quotes a poll of Americans who believe Obama is a moderate. Obama is not a moderate. This poll of Obama’s approval ratings, an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll is not an accurate poll of public opinion. First it was conducted of people who only have a cell phone and do not have a land line. About 20% of all Americans only use a cell phone. Most of the 20% are between the ages of 18 to 29 years old. This age bracket voted for Obama with an unusually high turnout in 2008. These factors make the poll a biased… Read more
Which type of government do you want? That is the question that confronts American politics today. Do we want Statist or a Constitutionalist government? What is the difference between them? A Constitutionalist wants the limited government that lives by the checks and balances in our Constitution. A Statist believes that our Constitution is a “living document” and it can be used to justify the creation of any government program imaginable. Here is an explanation of how we now have a Statist government and how we can bring back the Constitutional government we once had.
A Statist’s hero is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A Constitutionalist’s hero is James Madison. Both men were Presidents of the United States. Madison wrote most of our Constitution. FDR threw it away. How did FDR throw away our Constitution? He did so when he changed the meaning, the understanding of an important phrase in our Constitution. This phrase can be found twice in our Constitution. The first time is in the preamble but the most important time is in Article I Section 8 of our Constitution. It is in Article I Section 8 that the enumerated powers of our government are found. What are those two words?… Read more
What the election of 2010 was, was the people of this country telling our elected officials two things about their “solutions” to our problems 1) they don’t work and 2) they actually make our problems worse! Government programs in the long run do not work. They are at best a temporary fix to our problems. The primary purpose of the temporary fix is to get the politicians who created them reelected. The essence of the Tea Party Movement is the knowledge that it is not the job of Congress to solve our country’s problems!
What the election of 2010 is, is the election of those who do represent how the average American feels about our government. A feeling of being tired of high taxes, of being regulated in everything we do, and of being lied to. We are tired of the lies that a new government program, which is often the creation of another program Read more
Recently the newly elected Republican members of Congress gathered to discuss whether or not there should be a moratorium on the use of earmarks in spending bills. It was a discussion they didn’t need to have. Any and all of the old procedures for determining how our taxes are spent should have been viewed as something to get rid of as soon as possible. The whole system of taxation needs to be changed! Earmarks are just one of the ways that special interest groups are paid off. Earmarks must be permanently eliminated. Their elimination will be the beginning of the drastic reformation of our country’s tax code.
If earmarks are not the problem, then what is the problem? All of our tax laws from the XVI Amendment to the millions of regulations that the IRS tries to enforce are the problem! The solution is to simplify the tax laws so that your 1040 form would fit on a postcard.
Total income $75,000
Times 1% x 1%
Taxes due $ 750
No deductions, no adjustments and no exemptions. Everyone’s taxes would be a bill to be paid once a quarter. This person would have an annual tax bill of $3,000. A mere four 4% of their…
On November 2, 2010 the Republicans were again given control of the House of Representatives. When the Republicans were first given control in 1994 they did not keep the promises made by the Republican Contract with America to reduce the size of our government. Not all of them could be kept due to the natural give and take of politics and some were just typical campaign promises. But by making the Contract with America (CWA) the Republicans upped the expectations of what they could and would do to reduce the size of our government. After the 1998 election most of the promises of the CWA were forgotten. They had returned to politics as usual. It was only on their campaigns that the Republicans paid any attention to the idea of fiscal conservatism. Public anger over this caused the Republicans to lose control of Congress in 2006 with an even greater loss of seats and the White House in 2008.
Which brings up the question, “Will 2010 be a repeat of 1994?” It could. Not only could it be a repeat of 1994 but if the Republicans act as they did after 1998 it could also be the death knell of the…