Liberte needs to read some more and study economics...while you seem to think you know better than the rest of us, it obvious you learned your economics off the back of a marxist matchbook.
Tax revenue has remained constant for the past 50 years, averaging about 18 percent of gross domestic product.
During that interval, federal spending has risen from less than 20 percent to more than 25 percent of GDP. What accounts for this growth in federal spending?
Liberal progressives like to blame national defense, but in 1962, national defense expenditures were 50 percent of the federal budget; today they are 19 percent.
What accounts for most federal spending is the set of programs euphemistically called entitlements. In 1962, entitlement spending was 31 percent of the federal budget; today it is 62 percent.
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security alone take up 44 percent of the federal budget, and worse than that, it’s those expenditures that are the most rapidly growing spending areas.
Our federal debt and deficits are unsustainable and are driven by programs under which Congress takes the earnings of one American to give to another, or entitlements.
How long can Congress take in $200 billion in revenue per month and spend $360 billion per month? That means roughly 40 cents of every federal dollar spent has to be borrowed.
The undeniable fact of business is that a greater number of people are living off government welfare programs than are paying taxes.
That’s what’s driving Europe’s economic problems, and it’s what’s driving ours.
The true tragedy is that just to acknowledge that fact is political suicide, as presidential contender Mitt Romney found out.
We can’t blame politicians. It’s the American people who will crucify a politician who even talks about cutting their favorite handout.
Government sponsored welfare is not in the Constitution, for anyone's sake. I do want my fellow man to fare well, and I expect him to carry some of that water for himself. You're mistaken on another one of your points, there's no requirements for individuals to balance their budget, but there are requirements for the Senate to provide an annual budget and submit it to the House for consideration. The sad fact is the programs you listed, SS, Medicare and Medicaid do provide much needed support for many Americans but they are not protected and have been raided on numerous occasions. Welfare and caring for your fellow man are not bad in any sense of the word but it should be a hand up, not a hand out.
Black and red are irrelevant terms for a government. You are subscribing to the fallacy that individuals are required to have balanced budgets so therefore government should too. When in fact, individuals take out loans, get credit cards, open expense accounts, etc.
Well-funded and protected SS, Medicare and Medicaid benefit society as a whole. If those programs are successful, then more people are given increased means to become larger players in the economy, which in turn benefits the individual and the private sector.
I would love to know when "welfare" became such a bad word. You'd have to be a real asshole to not want your fellow man to fare well. It's even in the Constitution for christ's sake!
Ron, Please name one federal program which operates in the black, in other words, with no further need for funding from the taxpayers. Our tax dollars are not an investment, they are a funding source for government, nothing more. Profitable, didn't think our government was a business, I fail to see where any entitlements program florish without cutting something else.
Yes, what? Please offer a solution.
And I fail to see how entitlements flourishing is a bad thing. Why wouldn't you want programs in which your tax dollars are invested to become profitable? It not only benefits you but provides economic stimulation. Seriously, you self-defeating people are really giving me a rash.
Wait till we "really" find out what ObamaCare is all about!! Seniors and babyboomers will be screwed...........Medicaid will increase and Medicare will decrease. Entitlements will flourish. Very sad days ahead but we need to do something about it. But what??
Unprovoked violence or threats will only backfire, leading to even more government control freakery. The thing to do is to be prepared for a fiscal collapse (people won't want US dollars as much) and await the inevitable, since markets are now only being propped up by unsustainable Vegas-style derivatives. Yes, big government has grown over our lives, but now time is on our side.
Jack, do you know what had to happen in order for the Bill of Rights and Constitution to be established? Armed insurrection.
Gun nuts love to claim that they have the freedom to have weapons in order to protect against an oppressive government, but as you mentioned, the government just keeps on oppressin. So you guys clearly are not being effective.
I think it's time you and your Tea Party pals who went to rallies talking about watering the tree of liberty and whatnot finally put your money where your mouth is. You all sure like to talk a big game, so let's get this overthrow in motion!
Fish Pimp: if you are claiming the "right" to ejaculate into vaginae WITHOUT paying child support in some sort of "contract" with a woman, there IS NO SUCH RIGHT.... EVEN IF a woman steals your sperm out of a condom and impregnates herself later when you are out of the room, "the child" is still due your paternity and child support.... ZERO EXCEPTIONS..... If you have sex with a woman you are in fact agreeing to be a father...... intercourse can NOT be separated legally from pregnancy.... ONLY IF A SPERM DONOR GIVES his semen to a licensed gynecologist for ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION is there legal protection from paternity..... I am such a surrogate father and I signed a contract with a doctor protecting my privacy from the birth mother and any spouse she may be married to.... I did agree to be contacted if my progeny needed bone marrow or organ donation.....I can only presume s/he all such children are healthy and NOT LOOKING FOR ME in "registries" that serve both adopted children and adult children of artificial inseminations.
There is nothing "conservative" about enslaving women to forced pregnancy. Pessary, abortifacient & Caesarian "section" has been around since the pyramids of Egypt. Women decide if they want to stay pregnant. Thursday some criminal theocrat FEMALE Rethuglican introduced a bill into the New Mexico legislature to PRESERVE EVIDENCE OF RAPE banning abortions for raped pregnant women. I'll type it again: "ABORTION IS DESTRUCTION OF RAPE EVIDENCE" a felony as proposed by law in NM. This lawmaker for an alleged god is not really trying to preserve evidence or DNA in the tissues of a embryo or fetus. A rape kit or capture of a pubic hair from the crime scene is good enough, but noooooo, this traitor to woman hood from the party of Romney has merely invented a new way to force all women to stay pregnant. No exceptions. Jack Hunter is incapable of discussing this issue rationally. He's a Rethuglican for females to be enslaved and rib poking vegans in the process. 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish
What I find MOST disgusting (aside from the attack on our RIGHTS), is the fact that government employees are exempt from any such en-actions. Not just government employees, but ex,as well as retired employees. I do NOT understand why it is that those whom we have elected seem to believe and act accordingly, that they are somehow exempt from the laws they enact! Healthcare, Retirement, Gun laws, etc...
I look for the day when it becomes understood that becoming an employee of the people does NOT exempt one from law, but places them under greater constraints.
As a Democrat, I'm thrilled by your column. CD 1 is a tough district for us, but it will be infinitely easier if Sanford bears the Republican standard. Think of how much fun the TV comedians will have with it. Do you really think South Carolinians like being the butt of jokes all over the country? Bring it on!
Don't forget the THEOCRATIC CRIME FAMILY CONGRESSIONAL CULT Sanford belongs to @ 138 C Street in WDC..... Chuck Grassley & so many other gangsters since 1935 have hid behind their "prayer circles" to install murderous dictators in Uganda amongst many other nations planning to murder homosexuals and jail family members who do not turn in their gay relatives for execution.... It is time American Atheists are celebrated as heroic patriots and end the McCarthyism that dictates to us all yet today.... 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com
73 criminal violations of AIRPLANEtravel laws 73 thousand dollars in fines paid by corporations donating to this criminal theocrat Marcus Sanford.... 110 counts of campaign fraud by Bobby Harrell refusing to live by 44.5 cents per mile in driving like all other lawmakers to Columbia.... AIRPLANEgate something about gangsters in office like Sanford & Harrell, must be the "need for speed" of boy Bush the deserter from the Texas Air National Guard avoiding his second and all other flight physicals on his birthday as required by law.... AIRPLANES & RETHUGLICANS AND COCAINE .... Ravenel, such names along with RACIST RAPIST Thurmond keep haunting us all beyond the graves of half a million Americans caused by the TREASON OF SECESSION April 20 now 153 years ago.... becoming a country so male "owners" can rape black women to sell their babies..... Lindsey Graham with is FT Sumter giant photo in his office.... Glenn McConnell and his pair of token black "servants" ... at least Maurice Bessinger is dead, no longer able to spew racist venom at African American people who hungry and unaware, stumble into his family of bar be que crime joints.... I am running for Congress to bring sanity to this farce of South Carolina where Nimrata Haley takes bribes to betray our main port of Charleston to satisfy her criminal corporation donors from Savannah Georgia..... AIRPLANEgate toxic waste DREDGINGgate.... and how about Bobby Harrell using Speaker's Official documents to pressure the State Pharmacy Board to let him create a drug repackaging monopoly ? The criminals running loose at our abortion clinic..... The madness will only end when we elect an honest true conservative to grow our economy with GREEN NEW DEAL JOBS ending massive mega million dollar corruption by these Rethuglicans 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com
"Conservative's Conservative"?? Sanford who was censured by the South Carolina General Assembly following a State Ethics Commission investigation into allegations that he had misused state travel funds to conduct his affair?
I'm starting to see why the Ron Paul campaign starting distancing itself from you during the elections. Jesse Benton was a clown but maybe he had you figured out?
Ron Paul was definitely the greatest politician I have ever witnessed.
If ten percent of politicians were similar to him, I would still have great hopes for our Constitutional Republic.
It has been his passion for liberty and limited government that helped guide me to where I stand politically firm today, Voluntarism.
Beautifully written, Jack.
It is the works of men, like yourself and both Dr.s Paul that renew and affirm my faith...
that should America fail, it was not because brave men did not give their hearts to the cause.
FP, that's ridiculous and you know it. You think anyone here believes that was justified? You know what's just as stupid as what you just wrote? If I were to say this: Huey Newton killed Oakland Police Officer John Frey and even boasted of the murder and that he never regretted it. But Newton, being a Black Panther, was for civil rights for black people, so you must think his crime was justified. Why do you want to kill police officers, Fish Pimp?!?! See how silly the guilt of the whole inferred by the guilt of one argument is? That's what you just did.
I pointed out last week that TIMOTHY MCVEIGH committed a terrorist act that killed hundreds of people in a misguided defense of his second amendment rights in 1994. Apparently Hunter and the local drones feel this was justified because you can NEVER be too extreme in your defense of freedom.
There is no moral equivalency here. The facts support Ron's analogy.
This article is so full of generalities that it amounts to platitudes. Mr. Hunter's Dr. Evil characterizations of George Bush and Barack Obama do not hold up to a moment's scrutiny, nor does the false equivalency he tries to draw. He doesn't offer a scrap of evidence to support his assertions, but I will.
The Patriot Act has been found to be constitutional over and over again. The controversial part, Section 213, does not expand delayed-notice warrants or 'sneak and peak" searches, which have been used by law enforcement for decades. It merely establishes a uniform national standard for their use. The Supreme Court ruled back in 1979, in U.S. v. Dahlia, that covert entry pursuant to a judicial warrant does not violate the 4th Amendment. In 2000, before 9/11, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held, in U.S. v Simon, that delayed notification was constitutional. Libertarians may not like this, but it's not unlawful and it sure as hell doesn't amount to Bush using 9/11 as "an excuse to shred the Fourth Amendment and start an irrational war in Iraq that neoconservatives had been itching for since the Clinton administration."
Go look up the President's 23 Executive Orders and tell me, as Mr. Hunter does, that "Obama is using Sandy Hook as an excuse to trample the Second Amendment." I think the measures are useless and amount to nothing more than making him and his base feel like they "did something," but they're also harmless.
#7 Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
#11 Nominate an ATF director.
#14 Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
#20 Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
Dangerous? Threat to our Liberties? How about MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! How about we quit wasting our time with the idiotic national gun debate and focus on what actually matters, something conservatives and libertarians agree on, and that really does threaten our future -- Debt & Spending.
"I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine. And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we've got to take a serious look. I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we've got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."
--Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal
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