Did you hear the latest out of Washington D.C. and our Government?
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and the Obama administration is already pushing for a higher debt ceiling. Remember last year when we went through all the threats of a government shut-down, and Obama threatened (in an off-handed way) to withhold social security and veterans checks? Well, get ready for more of the same!
Geithner has already fired a shot across the Republicans bow saying, ““We hope they do it without the drama and the pain and the damage they caused the country last July…”
The amazing thing to me is that the amount of “pain and drama” caused is shared more by the Dems than the Repubs, based on Obama’s 2008 campaign promises to get government spending under control and get the budget balanced! (A little side note to all those throwing dollars at Obama because of his “stance on gay marriage”, beware and pay attention to his actions, both past and present, not just his words! It would appear as if lies have been told to nearly every “group” or “division” of American society.) The Republicans that supposedly caused all this “pain and drama” were elected to slow down and reverse the out-of-control government spending, not to go along with whatever the President wanted.
Given that fact, the Republicans that Geithner is trying to blame, did almost exactly what they were hired to do! Imagine that, an employee actually doing what the “boss” says to do. What a concept. My biggest complaint about the “gridlock” of 2011 is that spending wasn’t reduced at all! Yes, that’s right, spending levels are higher this year than they were last year! They just are not quite as high as some of the politicians and bureaucrats had hoped for. I know of very few other places where a reduction in the future rate of increases in spending actually are looked at and treated as if they were spending cuts! Maybe it’s time for some basic English lessons and a law which requires Truth in Government Speech and actions and would require the two to be in alignment (government speech and actions).
Some of the questions to be answered are:
Do you approve of continually raising the debt ceiling?
Do you want Americas Next President to continue piling on debt?
Are you ready and willing to cut some of the government spending and thus, lower the constant increases in the debt?
If you are happy to continue raising the ceiling, how in the world do you propose to pay off the debt when the bill comes due?
Do you feel, as I do, that the 2012 elections are probably in the top 5 in terms of importance in the history of these United States of America?
I myself, am not willing to continue to raise the debt ceiling, and would propose ALL Federal Government employees (including and especially those in Elected positions) take a 5% to 10% reduction in pay/income, WITHOUT any promise of making the money up at some point in the future. Maybe even two reductions of 5% to 10% each over a 5 to 10 year period. No increases in pension, benefits or perks! Freeze the pay there for at least 10 years to give the nation a chance to get handle on this debt issue. To the average person in America today, there are a tremendous number of people who appear to be overpaid and under worked at all levels of government, and that really does need to change.
Also, for those “progressives” out there and all those worried about “fairness,” (as the President claims he is) the pay cuts would be on a sliding scale. Those with lower pay, the less the pay cut (5%), those with higher pay, the higher the pay cut(10%). Those cuts should come from 2008 pay levels, not some of the inflated numbers that have occurred in the last 3 years. If you now work for the Federal Government, and your job did not exist at the beginning of 2008, then it’s time for you to go find something else to do, as in my opinion, your job should not exist now. I’m pretty sure there was already somebody riding on the payroll that was underutilized and qualified to do the work you are now doing.
It is time to put Personal Prosperity and Personal Liberty at the forefront and stop the Presidential speeches blaming tax loopholes, low taxes on business (anybody with any sense knows the higher the tax on business the higher the cost of goods to the consumer) and whatever else you want to blame. Stop blaming and start operating this nation the way our founding fathers intended it to be run. Debt Free and Focused on Personal Liberty, Prosperity and National Freedom!
Folks, it’s time to tighten the belt, cut actual spending, work on eliminating the debt and get this country on the track to stop being a debtor nation and becoming prosperous nation once again! Stop trying to bleed dry all those that are willing to improve this country and their lives by taking all you can from them. Stop trying to tax us more and more in both life and death and start running the country like you would if it were your own money being spent.
And to those “wealthy” individuals that continue to insist on the paying of higher tax rates, stop trying to spend other people’s money. If you have more money than you know what to do with, and your comfortable having some politician spend it for you, then by all means, write the treasury a check and send it to them…today! Don’t waste any more time letting that money cause you the obvious pain that it does. Just because it pains you, don’t assume it has the same effect on others, and stop trying to control others by your transfer of money schemes. Just write the check, send it in, then take a deep breath and feel much better about yourself.
That’s my nickels worth of words for today, see you again tomorrow, and don’t forget to leave a coherent comment below to let us know what your thoughts are!
S. C. Wilkinson