The budget for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has more than doubled since Obama was elected. Image via Wikipedia
The problem with politicians is that they’re, well, politicians.
Of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was deemed passed last year by the Democrats and hurriedly signed by the President, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio is quoted by the Associated Press as saying “”I think it is important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity.”
That doesn’t sound much different than what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in the same story.
“I’m ready for some tweaking” on the health care law but would fight its repeal, Reid told the AP.
That’s not what America wants. We don’t want Congress to “tweak” anything, particularly anything as hugely expensive as the health care bill. America can’t afford to shave a dollar or two from something promises to cost in the trillions of dollars.
For Mr. Boehner, the response should be to simply write: ”H.R. 3962 – the Affordable Health Care for America Act is hereby repealed” and put it for a floor vote on the House of Representatives, as Rush Limbaugh says, “every week and make the Democrats defend it.”
The point is: they can’t. Nobody can. At least not anyone who wants to be truthful and honest with themselves and the American public.
Which gets back to the problem at hand. Politicians can’t do anything simple because it goes against the very core of their beliefs that we the people are simply too stupid and too simple to understand the complex inner workings of the government.
Well, we do understand, and we don’t like it! That’s what the recent election was all about.
America didn’t overwhelmingly wake up one morning and decide that it wanted the Republicans to once again be in power as much as we began to get fed up shortly after Obama was inaugurated and discover the direction he and the Democrats wanted to take this great country was 180 degrees from the direction our fathers and grandfathers fought to prevent. It’s certainly not because we have a love-affair with the Republicans; we simply can’t stomach the socialism that the Democrats and their complicit Republican cohorts are forcing down our throats.
That’s why most of the so-called “Tea Party” candidates won big where they ran for office (except in California, where none of the incumbent legislators lost their reelection bids, but that’s another story!). Those Tea Party candidates who won were successful because of their no-nonsense approach, and that’s what America hopes takes place come January when the new Senators and Representatives are sworn in.
So to Mr. Boehner, who will likely become the next House Speaker, listen up sir: we do not want you to merely tinker around the edges to appease the Democrats or the GOP leaders who aren’t much different from the crop of socialists currently inhabiting and running the House of Representatives and US Senate. We want drastic and significant change, and we want it immediately.
Here’s some suggestions:
- Repeal H.R. 3962 as your very first act.
- Repeal and eliminate the US Tax Code and the IRS. Replace each with a simple flat tax of 10% on all income and all wage earners with no deductions, credits or similar “incentives.”
- Along with this tax reform, eliminate all corporate taxes for two years, then raise them to the 10% level to mirror the income tax. That should provide some incentive for private industry to grow and flourish in America, and once back on its feet, the taxes collected will be enough to pay for a leaner government.
- Eliminate most of the existing government agencies — don’t merely cut their budgets, but ELIMINATE them, including the US Department of Education and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- For those departments we keep, such as State and Defense, cut their budgets by 25%. Government is too costly and it’s too big. Now is not the time to merely slow the growth of government or to propose a hiring freeze, but to perform major surgery and remove the cancerous growth that is affectionately known as the federal bureaucracy.
- Tell the United Nations it has 30 days to evacuate its New York headquarters and then sell the building space on the open market. Use that money to help pay back the Chinese and others who currently own our debt.
- Aside from the national parks, sell all remaining federal property that is not directly tied to defense. Put that land back on the tax rolls for local governments.
America will not die if we significantly cut government back. On the contrary, America will cease to exist as we once knew it if we don’t stop the insane spending and fiscal shell games that has ballooned our budget to numbers nobody can grasp, much less understand.
If government fails to heed the drastic changes we the people seek of them, on behalf of us and this once-great nation, then the only resolution will be to execute our duty as described by the Declaration of Independence and “alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
We have no other choice.