Most bad government results from too much government
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
Only in America could the rich people who pay 86 percent of the taxes in this country be blamed for not paying their “fair share” by the people who pay no taxes at all. The new bill that went through Congress, rammed through by the White House, was mainly a bill to increase the amount of taxes on the rich, however, 80 percent of us who pay taxes will also be affected. Though this stopgap measure only kicks the can for a couple of months, the White House seems to think that it is a step in the right direction toward fiscal sanity.
It’s the spending, stupid. How many times do we have to point it out. It’s the spending, stupid. The amount of spending cuts in this new bill are so small they are hardly worth mentioning. During the debates, I totally agreed with king Obama when he said that our military does not need to be as large as it has been in the past because technology has replaced people just as it has in the private workforce. I have said before that we do not need, nor should we be, the policemen of the world. There are certainly many items that can be cut from the budget, including the defense budget, but keep in mind, the blow-hards in Washington will always target the hot buttons of the American voters in order to sway opinions so that they won’t have to cut the pork that particularly affects their voters. The amount of cuts offered in this stopgap measure that just passed through Congress is equivalent to you and I cutting 72 cents from an annual $24,000 household budget.
Have you ever heard a politician offer up the possibility of a one-percent budget cut across the board, such as I have suggested many times here in this venue? The budget for 2011 was $3.8 trillion for the federal government; Louisiana’s State Budget was just under $25 billion and the trickle down budgets continue in the millions of dollars for our local governing bodies, much of which is supplied by the federal government. The common thread here is that it is all of our, the taxpayers, money. There are approximately 1.4 million active-duty personnel in our armed forces with an annual budget for $550 billion. That’s a lot of ham and eggs. There is much waste throughout government from here to Baton Rouge and on to Washington, but government has become so powerful that it can threaten its bosses and we continually cower to those threats. If that is not slavery, then show me why you believe it is not.
The tail is wagging the dog, and soon socialism and its tentacles will totally replace the free enterprise system that we have cherished for over 200 years in this country. Thomas Jefferson once quipped, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
If you have and continue to vote for politicians who promise you largess from the treasury, remember that the treasury is your pockets. You will not complain when they take from others to give to you, but you will complain when they begin to take from you – and that is inevitable.
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