People are so busy making a living, most are ill-informed concerning those making political decisions for them. In a sense, they have become worker bees for the state - too busy at their tasks to see the forest fire coming their way. Many times their elected officials have let them down, but the people are unaware.
When people are informed concerning the bad management of the Obama administration, some within the party say you can't just complain, do something. When I tell them how to get good people that are fiscal, moral, and constitutional conservatives elected, they balk and say we must be more inclusive. Folks, compromise with evil has gotten us into this mess. "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country" (Charles E. Weller) or you won't have a country or state with freedom and prosperity.
I know from my stint in Lansing that those elected by their peers as leaders in the House and Senate often want followers - it makes their agendas easier, but it takes away from the purpose of elected officials - to represent the people. To blindly follow leads to mini-dictatorships who have garnered power with promises and money. True leaders think for themselves, analyze, and act on the best interests of their constituents. A good leader surrounds himself with people that will tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear. Elect such leaders.
You Can't Make Up The 1.5 Trillion By Taxing The Rich
The annual federal deficit is running about 1.5 trillion dollars. Personal income tax receipts are about 900 billion, corporate about 200 billion, for a total in income tax receipts of about $1.1 trillion. To get another 1.5 trillion in tax revenues, you would have to increase income taxes on everybody by 150%!
Nor can we just "soak the rich," the top one percent. The top 1% is made up of about a million taxpayers making $250,000 or more. There are about 4 million of those. In order to cover the 1.5 trillion dollar deficit, we would have to get about $400,000 more each year out of each of those families. It's tough to come up with an extra $400,000 when you are only making $250,000.
If you want to get it out of those making a million or more, there are about 235,000 of those. That means you have to get $6,000,000 more out of each of those. Again, tough to find an extra six million when you are only making a million.
If you want to get it out of the 8,000 making 10 million or more - again, lots of luck.
The greatest threat we face as a nation, is that we are in danger of forgetting what made us great as a people. Our ancestors responded to the call to "Go west young men," because that was where the opportunities, and the risks, were to be found.
Now we are heeding the call to "Go East young men," because in Washington DC you can find government jobs paying on average $20,000 a year more than private sector jobs, government guarantees for the "retire at 55" unsustainable pensions your Unions negotiated for you, inexpensive health care paid for by your grand children, unemployment compensation extendable as long as "necessary," bail outs for the obviously flawed investments you (and especially Wall Street) made, help to keep you in the house you couldn't afford, and in general, lifetime security and entitlements.
I hope there is something in the foregoing to offend all of us, for we are all part of the problem. We are asking the government to guarantee and subsidize everything, with money stolen from our grandchildren.
Most of us support the philosophy of helping the bottom 10 or 15%. But the current thinking among many is that we can do everything for everybody, and pass the bill along to our grandchildren. That is NOT sustainable. Our lapse of vision and failure to remember what made us great as a people, has lead to runaway national debt, which is the greatest single threat to the future of America since the Civil War.
And let's not forget about those $127 Trillion of Unfunded Liabilities (Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff says is really $222 Trillion today). The whole world's GDP is only $45 Trillion. These liabilities, created by Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, Welfare, Food Stamps etc., cannot be all paid; something has got to give. It is just simple math. How's that for a sustainable future?
(Thanks to James Mitchell for the above statistics.)