Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 11:48 p.m. MDT
The problem with our politicians is that they have sworn loyalty to the
"party" rather than the people who chose to represent them. In fact it
reminds me of Soviet Communists or German Fascists who talked of nothing other
than the "party." You know a nation is in serious trouble when the
"party" becomes the all important aspect of a politicians life. The fix
is simple in returning America back to the citizens: Drop party affiliation.
Anyone who has registered with a political party is also part of the problem.
If people would simply drop their registration as a democrat or republican and
become independent, the politicians would be forced to forgo their party
allegiances or risk losing their jobs. Politicians are motivated by money and
power. It is their weakness. They seem to be able to find plenty of money from
a handful of wealthy donors (aka puppet masters) but the power to rule comes
from the power of the vote. If they can no longer take votes for granted via
party membership, then they have no choice but to become answerable to the
people thereby placing power back into the hands of the people where it belongs.
The Democrats want higher taxes. Fine! They're free to pay the government
anything OVER the amount that they're assessed. Of course, when it comes
to THEM paying more taxes, they scurry for cover. They stammer and stutter that
what America needs is for Obama's mythical "rich man" to pay for
the services that THEY, themselves, receive. They refuse to open
their own wallets, but they demand that somebody else open his.They
demand equality, except when it comes to paying for the RESPONSIBILITY of being
a free citizen in America.They want someone else to work longer
hours for less pay so that they can join with Obama in removing all incentive
from being "successful".When Obama has sense enough to ask
successful business people to show him how they became successful, he may begin
to see that his leftist ideas left him I'll-prepared to lead this FREE
country, but he's so sure that he's got the right idea that he will
destroy this nation just to prove that he's wrong.
Are parties the problem?When we go to a baseball game, do we expect
to see "teams" play each other, or should we all demand that eighteen
"independents" take the field; after all everybody knows that big money
controls sports and that we'll never see a real game until each player
plays only for himself.In every situation there are always two
choices. When the democrats and the republicans clearly stand on opposite sides
of each choice, why would we prefer to have people who straddle the fence?One party tells us that they're comfortable having 47% of the
people on the dole and then charging the "rich guys" $60 billion a year
to pay off $15 trillion in deficits. Does anyone in that party know how to do
math? Do they really think that we have 250 years to pay down the deficit - at
no interest?It's not the parties who at fault, but the false
ideals espoused by those parties.
I read a letter in the DN this week from a lady criticizing Mia Love for saying
that she thought the Dept of Education should be eliminated. That's the
commenter's opinion and she's entitled to it but it illustrates the
fact that we just can't cut anything without some special interest singing
the blues. We just found out that the USPS is going to default on a
required payment of 15 billion to it's retirement fund but every time
Postal Service executives propose closing post offices or processing facilities
or eliminating Saturday delivery to cut costs our Congress won't let
them. We're actually spending money at the USDA to advertise to
people that they should sign up for the Snap (food stamps) program. We're
working with Mexico to help us find Mexican nationals in America to enroll in
our Snap program. Are you kidding me? Where does all the spending end? Not
in a good place. Left, Right, or Center I don't see how a sane person can
conclude that we do not have a spending/money printing problem in this Country.
@Wonder said, "Bush was a progressive????? That's a good one."Well, "Wonder" for a President, who signed the spending
authorizations that added another $4.7 Trillion to the national deficit, Bush
was certainly NOT a conservative.
Just stop paying the bills, that's all you have to do. Espacially the
trillon dollar a year Pentagon bill.All over America republican men
are buying record numbers of guns and ammo on thier credit cards and blaming
thier wives for spending too much money when they pay the credit card bill. It IS just like your kitchen table.
@VST -- Yes, but billions of dollars spent on a couple of wars is not what most
people would call progressive, now is it?
The big problem is that everyone has something they want government to do, but
no one (especially the Republicans) want to pay for it. When the R's were
in power, they started two wars and Medicare Part D without any means of paying
for them. They even went further and cut taxes, especially on the top 1-2%.
They (with a lot of help from Dems, including Clinton) deregulated the financial
industry with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and caused the economic crisis.
Now, with taxes at the lowest point in 50 years, they are still screaming that
taxes are too high.Interest rates for the government have never been
lower. Europeans are flocking to put money into US bonds - they see it as
giving a very bad return, but as the safest place to park their money. We need
more deficit spending to get the economy moving again, and then we need to
increase taxes and pay off the debt, but only after the economy is doing well
again. Deficit spending in bad economic times, paying off the debt in good
economic times. That's the best recipe for success. Unfortunately,
everyone forgets that second part.
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