The federal behemoth

Our government and our economy are not the same thing

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Unquestioned by the news media, President Obama has somehow managed to convince much of the country that the federal government and the American economy are one and the same.

And, ironically, that belief system may make it true. If Americans are fooled into believing that we can improve the economy by taxing the rich and getting more money into the hands of Washington politicians, then at some point in the not-too-distant future, the federal government will be the same as the American economy.

For now, that’s not the case. And the media need to tell that story.

The Obama campaign is pinning its hopes on Americans’ inability to tell the difference between the government and the economy.

They want you to believe that we can get the economy going again if we just tax the rich more. The whole Obama campaign is based on that fallacious bit of class warfare. They want you to believe that your life, and the country, will be better off if upper-income Americans just pay their “fair share.”

Of course, that begs the question: How much is fair? The top 1 percent already pay 37 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 10 percent of earners pay 70 percent of all income taxes.

The top 50 percent of income earners pay 98 percent of the taxes.

So, who again is not paying his fair share?

Perhaps the worst part of this cynical class warfare is the fact that it covers over a fairly pertinent fact: In all this talk of who is and isn’t paying his fair share, no one is asking why. Why does the government need more of our money to begin with?

Shouldn’t the size and scope of the federal government be one of the issues in this election – if not the primary one? When is someone going to question whether the government really needs all that money?

Federal spending is now about 24 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Historically it’s been about 18 to 20 percent. The national debt has exploded to $16 trillion.

And since January 2008, while private-sector jobs have decreased 4 percent, federal employment actually surged 11 percent.

“America has painted itself into a corner,” Philip K. Howard wrote earlier this year in The Atlantic. “The nation is faced with trillion-dollar deficits, but most political leaders are unwilling to propose real solutions for fear of alienating voters who want it all. ...

“Little has emerged from the campaign season to address the reality that government is unsustainable in its current form.”

It’s only gotten worse since he wrote that last March, and President Obama’s grab-the-pitchforks rhetoric probably hasn’t helped: While a majority of Americans still say in a new Gallup Poll that the government does too much, 39 percent actually say it should do more.

Gallup says rarely has the number of Americans wanting more government been as high.

That’s just nutty. Don’t people see on their televisions what’s happening in Greece and elsewhere in Europe, where government largesse has collapsed economies?

“Worse yet,” says the National Black Chamber of Commerce, “the debt holders are nations such as China, Japan and Saudi Arabia who have no interest in a ‘happy landing’ for our future. Our nation is running on risky business and the future for our children and grandchildren does not look bright at all.”

Yet, selfishly, many people want our government to take even more in foreign cash – money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back – in order to do more for us now.

And Mr. Obama wants you to believe that not only can he do that, but that feeding the federal behemoth will actually improve the economy too!

While the campaign continues to focus on getting the government more money at any cost, is someone ever going to ask why?

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carcraft
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carcraft 09/30/12 - 05:23 am
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Obama has convinced Americans

Obama has convinced Americans our constitution is indeed flawed because it is a list of prohibitions against Government authority instead of prescriptions for citizen benefits. I think America is over, it was nice while it lasted. The women with her "free" "Obama phone" has convinced me. Are we more respected? No the President and American people look like idiots when Obama gets up in front of the UN and lies about our dead Ambassador. When the President says the death of an Ambassador was a "bump in the road". When the President appears on entertainment shows but claims he is "too busy" to meet with World Leaders, "if I meet with one I will have to meet with ten". When The President sits on a talk show and says "I don't know what our debt is". Then Obama goes on to say "it really doesn't matter its money we owe ourselves". Then the following week the Chinese currency trades higher than the dollar. Does Obama really not think that that is going to lead to inflation? Then the Press, instead of being honest covers for the compete incompetence of tPresident. The press is sad and amazing! That almost 50% of the population support this dolt is also sad and amazing! One bright spot I see is that Univision, (the spanish broadcast station) is going to air a documentary on "FAST AND FURIOUS" tonight that actually deliniates who was killed and where the weapons smuggled by the Obama administration actually went. ONce again Mexican immigrants are doing the work Americans won't. This time it is journalists that are being helped do their job!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/30/12 - 10:28 am
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National Black Chamber of Commerce

Interesting comments from the National Black Chamber of Commerce. I didn't realize they were conservative. Super. It shows capitalists of all shades get it.

The Democracts have us following a path laid out in Agenda 21 towards socialism. Our democracy is falling apart just like Europe's. Republicans and Democrats don't compromise anymore. They just shout at each other.

When compromise goes, democracy is not far behind. When our leaders begin shouting at each other, shooting at each other is not far behind. Greece is our future...UNLESS we can turn things around with a massive conservative turn-out in November.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/30/12 - 10:07 am
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Yep.
Unpublished

All of the above and more.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/30/12 - 11:36 am
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So true....

.....the economy is a wholly different "being" than the government....our government educated populace fails to grasp this simple concept and they vote accordingly..

I've asked this question before in this forum without a satisfactory answer...to you "wealth redistribution" types where is the fairness in the top 10% of wage earners paying 70% of the taxes? What would you consider fair? 80, 90 percent?

If something isn't done quickly to get our economy moving again then the financial collapse will hurt the very people you libs say you want to help....the poor, the uneducated and the yes.. even the moochers and tics that have attached themselves to the Imperial Governments hide.

One thing history has shown us if people will see it..that borrowing your way out of debt does NOT work. And penalizing the very ones who create wealth will not grow anything...

If this country and in particular this President continues down this path they will effectively kill the goose that's laying the golden eggs and we'll ALL suffer for it...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/30/12 - 11:40 am
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From the mouth of one of Obama's supporters....
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“It’s not who wins the votes, it’s who counts to vote,” Stalin.

These observations are published in Pravda:
First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.
Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three years has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes.
America has traded places with the USSR. It’s time to congratulate the Democrat/Socialists and change the name of America in the spirit of “truth in advertising.”

wayne2410
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wayne2410 09/30/12 - 12:31 pm
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A well thought out and
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A well thought out and written article and I agree. Personally I believe Obama and the far left are trying to destroy the country on purpose. I would hate to even know what the nuts would replace it with, I'm sure it would be pretty sickening

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 09/30/12 - 12:37 pm
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Romney is losing exactly because

the public knows contempt when they see it, whether it's from his infamous comments, or your own obvious disdain for the same 47%, no matter who it includes. You either believe in democracy or you don't.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/30/12 - 02:18 pm
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Democracy....

...is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner..

I personally believe in a representative republic.

Commentary that references democracy in relation to our form of government further proves my point about the ignorance OF the governed...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/30/12 - 02:54 pm
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The rest of the public knows

The rest of the public knows we 53% can't continue to support the 47% in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

You either believe in being a productive citizen....or you don't.

EDIT...had to change 43% to 47%...it must be my Sarbanes-Oxley math!

socks99
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socks99 09/30/12 - 03:43 pm
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In the end, neither democrat

In the end, neither democrat nor republican leaders will likely devise a fiscal path forward; instead, those who lend money to the U.S. will increasingly dictate fiscal policy with the implicit threat of a jarring "sudden stop" in liquidity. Unfortunately, it's a lesson already learned by millions of private individuals, and all but the too-big-to-fail financial outfits.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 09/30/12 - 06:17 pm
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Election
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I am going to really enjoy all the comments if Obama is reelected, which is seeming more and more likely every day. Looks like the AC and its readership will show just how out of the mainstream they really are.
Election night should be a lot of fun.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/30/12 - 06:33 pm
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We have reached a point in

We have reached a point in our history where wrong thinking is the Mainstream... How very sad that foolish man serves his foolish self to his own demise.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/30/12 - 07:26 pm
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Willow, you nailed it! How

Willow, you nailed it! How do the ignorant think Spain and Greece got where they are? What do the ignorant think protect us from the laws of economics?

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/30/12 - 07:54 pm
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"Romney is losing exactly

"Romney is losing exactly because the public knows contempt when they see it.."

Contempt? Contempt is when the present administration lies to the public about the attack in Libya, and tries to mislead the country into believing it was a random act of violence! Lying to America is Contempt!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/30/12 - 08:02 pm
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Because they are lawless,

Because they are lawless, boundaryless and most of all, Godless, carcraft.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/30/12 - 10:19 pm
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The article reads; "Shouldn’t

The article reads; "Shouldn’t the size and scope of the federal government be one of the issues in this election – if not the primary one? When is someone going to question whether the government really needs all that money?"

Does the drug addict question just how much money the drug dealer is making off them?? No, they just want their drugs and to go get high. They don't care that the drug dealer is making thousands of dollars by helping to wreck families all over the world.

The government is the drug dealer!! The drug is federal financial assistance programs. They give them to States, Colleges, families, individuals and businesses. They have EVERYONE hooked on drugs. They have even blackmailed States, Colleges and business with pulling Federal assistance if they don't succumb to the Federal goverment's desires. I actually know drug dealers who have refused to sell their product to people, unless they do something for them. With women it's usually sexual favors. Sound similar??

So, do you really expect the size of government to be the biggest election topic?? Do you expect the drug addict to complain that the dealer is giving him to much drugs?? Do you expect a drug addict to tell the dealer their business is too large and are selling to many drugs?? The addict doesn't care how many drugs the dealer is selling to others, AS LONG AS THEY GET THEIR DRUGS!!!! Get the point??

myfather15
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myfather15 09/30/12 - 10:30 pm
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ultrarnr;

Actually, I expect Obama will get reelected. Romney hasn't got to the independents. He isn't a strong motivator or speaker!! There are many people (in my own family also) who have stated they have a hard time voting for a Morman (Which I think is ridiculous). I've stated before, I would vote for the gum off the bottom of my shoe before I would vote for a man trying to destroy the USA (Obama). But yes, I believe Obama is going to win this fall. But I'm also firm in my faith that God's will shall be done, regardless of which MAN is in office.

God uses whomsoever he wants to complete his plan. No, he doesn't toy with everyone's free will, but he will use people in places of power especially, to complete his plan. Obama doesn't scare me, he will continue to do things against Israel, which is just prophecy being fulfilled. A MAN like Obama doesn't scare a true Christian. We KNOW we have the ultimate victory at the end. Because we have stood with Christ, through thick and thin!! God's wrath isn't kindled against those that love Him. As a matter of fact, He says we will be rulers and kings in His kingdom, when He comes!! But I would hate to be one who stood against Him!!

KSL
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KSL 09/30/12 - 10:33 pm
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Myfather

Great analogy!

KSL
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KSL 09/30/12 - 11:18 pm
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I, on the other hand, have

I, on the other hand, have family members who were Democrats. One in particular mentioned that her successful children were votie not democrat.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 10/01/12 - 03:24 pm
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Predestination
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So my father15, guess you believe in predestination. I would love to hear from you how Obama is trying to destroy this country. On another note I feel this election is a national referendum on whether we preserve the social safety net or not. The polls I see give Romney a 15% chance of winning the electoral college. But, as they say on Espn "That's why they play the game." Going to be interesting

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/01/12 - 06:23 pm
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^ :(

^ :(

myfather15
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myfather15 10/02/12 - 02:25 am
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Ultranr....

There are many examples of Obama and the hard left trying to destroy this Country. From banning offshore drilling but allowing Brazil to drill for our oil, to stopping the Keystone Pipeline, not allowing us to drill any NEW areas of the US. They talk out of the side of their mouth. They say they want us to be indenpendent and free from relying on foreign oil, yet every bill they pass makes us more dependent on foreign oil. That just examples revolving around oil. I could go much further but you wont believe them anyway. There is no doubt, the hard left is more concerned with the ONE WORLDISM than the US remaining a dominant superpower. It's in his own words, Obama despises Collonialism.

Yes, I do believe in predestination, absolutely. Because the word of God mentions it numerous times. But it is because God's elect have proven themselves to Him. He knows He can count on us because of what we did for Him before. We stood for Him against Satan once and we are doing it again now!! With God's elect, He does use them to complete His will. With people that don't give Him the time of day, they are on their own. Yes, He will also use people in positions of power (Such as a President or any leader of a Country) as He sees fit. God doesn't tinker with the vast majority of human beings free will. Thats not a game to Him. He created us with Free Will and He doesn't pull us by puppet strings. Thats why I said it's mostly world leaders and His elect that he uses. I have given my life to Him. I WANT Him to use me anyway he chooses to complete His plan, no matter how big or small a part I may have. My part might be just getting on here and speaking truth and thats fine with me. Whatever he chooses!!

Yes, some people are choosen!! They were choose before they were born in this flesh age. Why? Because we had already PROVEN to Him, He can count on us. We stood with Him before!! If you have no clue what I'm talking about, maybe you should study a little more but I will give you a hint. The earth IS billions of years old, just as science has proclaimed!!

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