Thomas Jefferson

"We must make our choice between economy and liberty or confusion and servitude...If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labor and in our amusements...if we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy."--Thomas Jefferson

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. "
--John Quincy Adams
US diplomat & politician (1767 - 1848)

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”
-James Madison at the Virginia Ratification Debates
"With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

- James Madison's Letter to James Robertson, April 20, 1831

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Republican Budget Proposal Is Mainly Window Dressing

I applaud Congressman Paul Ryan's "bold" budget proposal cutting nearly $7 Trillion over 10 years including his attempt to take on the third rail of American politics--Medicare and Social Security. But despite that MASSIVE inconceivable amount of money, it truly is peanuts when you consider our overall debt and unfunded mandates. There are many good ideas in this proposal, but I have one question for Mr. Ryan and the rest of the so-called Conservatives in Congress:
If you are truly serious about cutting the budget AND cutting government why have we not heard anything about dismantling the vast array of inefficient, bureaucratic, bloated, and UNCONSTITUTIONAL federal agencies??? Basically, anything that begins with "Department of..." or ends with "...Agency/Administration" with VERY few exceptions should be IMMEDIATELY defunded and disbanded! The massive amount of money not to mention the regulatory red tape that would be lifted off of business and individuals would go a long way to beheading the Federal beast!
Let's start with just these:
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Agriculture
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Urban and Housing Development
Department of Labor

Most of these agencies are stacked with Socialists and big government leftists and career government union workers leaching off the US economy. All of these agencies should be dissolved and the power and money returned to the individual states for their management and discretion. There is simply NO WAY that ANY agency can micro manage ANY part of the US economy or YOUR life from some alabaster clad building in Washington DC.

Our Founders knew that the states and the people of those states were best to determine their futures and the level of control they wanted to grant their government. Remember, that is why they were called "States" and not "states". The capital "S" was the Founders' recognition that each was like its own country and sovereign.

I fail to see WHY people like Ryan don't go after this low hanging fruit one at a time. Let me remind the Congressman that NO CONGRESS is locked in to continuing on ANY agency or law that a previous Congress or administration has created! So why should they be beholden to them? why do we continue to squabble and nibble around the edges on puny insignificant cuts. The left will whine about $1 being cut from the budget so why not be bold and really make a statement by demonstrating the TRUE cost of this massive government monster we have created in the last 100 years--a monster that is about to eat all of us!

Congressman, Democrats will demonize you for any cuts you propose so why not do what is really necessary and needed! Be bold! The American people in vast majority WILL SUPPORT YOU!
Otherwise, this is all window dressing and only buys us a temporary stay of execution.

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