Obama said, at the G20 meeting a few days ago:
“Somehow people say, why are you doing that, I’m not sure that’s good politics. I’m doing it because I said I was going to do it and I think it’s the right thing to do. People should learn that lesson about me because next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step-up because I’m calling their bluff. We’ll see how much of that, how much of the political arguments that they’re making right now are real and how much of it was just politics.”
Notice that Obama is talking about deficits and debts, but not once does he mention the overhead induced on our economy by the massive growth of government and incredible amounts of spending that he has caused. It sounds like Obama is going to propose heavy taxation, and/or printing a lot of paper money. But he will never, ever, reduce the size of the federal government, because that would be inimical to his agenda.
No matter how you slice it, government employees and the resources consumed by them, do not create wealth. They consume wealth. Because their entire existence is paid for by the sweat of those who do actually produce. This means that any government employee that is not essential to the well-being of the country should be terminated and told to get productive jobs in the private sector. This downsizing of the government should happen before increasing taxes or printing money.
And when I say ‘essential to the well-being of the country’, I mean it literally. Bean counters, lawyers, and administrators of useless programs should be eliminated – along with those useless programs. Keep the military, keep the border agents, keep the law enforcement and intelligence. Get rid of the paperweights you have hired to administer your insane ObamaCare program.
ADDENDUM: Some analysis here that supports my thesis that too much government hurts us economically.
Based on government salaries (around 35% higher than public sector equivalents, if you figure in benefits), and resources consumed, it probably takes the entire tax revenue from about 8 – 12 taxpayers to pay for every single parasitical government employee, on average. Work it out for yourself…
Let’s adopt the Fair Tax or something similar, ditch ALL other taxation, and fire the IRS in it’s entirety, because it would no longer be needed. While we’re at it, let’s legislate against frivolous lawsuits and put a ceiling on medical malpractice claims. That would thin out all those lawyers that are excess baggage on the economy, while simultaneously invigorating health care.
Let’s have a Constitutional Amendment to make it illegal to use taxation for any purpose other than raising funds; that is, let’s make it illegal for the government to practice social engineering through taxation. This is one of Obama’s favorite tactics, if you haven’t been paying attention. Reference SCHIP (taxing tobacco) and Cap & Trade (taxing all fossil fuel based energy).
It might be helpful if Obama wasn’t having social functions every three days on average, and if Nancy Pelosi would quit spending money for peanuts and drinks on her (military, tax funded) flights to California, to the tune of $50,000 plus per year (that’s just the refreshments, not including the cost of the flights). That cost is based on actual receipts over the last two years. Also, her new digs in California that costs $15,000 per month (taxpayer funded), seems a little pricey.
Not picking on Nancy, here, but there is a LOT of this going on. And this is a perfect example of fiscal discipline as demonstrated by high-ranking Democrats.
Obama, old buddy, we’re about to call your bluff, in November, and again in 2012.
We’ve GOT to kick you out; out of self defense.