Government fiddles while nation burns

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At least 19 states have passed legislation reaffirming their sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. They refuse to be bound by federal laws that have an adverse effect on them. Some states, including surprisingly the state of Vermont, are discussing secession.

The state of the union is not good. Our national debt is now $12,245,872,000,000 and climbing! That's $45,000 for every man, woman and child in the country! The Democrats have approved borrowing another $1.9 trillion, so more frivolous spending is forthcoming.

This administration and this Congress have expended more time and effort in castigating those who disagree with them; being "fair" to terrorists; knee-jerk apologies for supposed American wrongs; and a complete year conspiring behind closed doors while contriving a plan to take over the health-care industry.

Many businesses have gone to more favorable climates, escaping from an environment of excessive taxation and regulation, union demands and extreme environmental nonsense. Those working in industries that actually produce a marketable product comprise only 14 percent of our total work force, while those working for the government has increased to 17 percent of the total work force -- but they produce nothing!

Those really responsible for the breakdown of this economy and this depression are Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Ct. They have avoided any blame, of course, and are still in office! Others who bear guilt are Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Tim Howard. All are former CEOs or CFOs of Fannie Mae.

The Democrats, the president and the national news media have managed to place blame for everything on President Bush, thus obfuscating their own involvement. And so it goes.

Robert Smock

Hephzibah

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/08/10 - 06:22 am
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1. November 6, 2012. 2.

1. November 6, 2012.
2. Constitutional convention called by the States to require balanced budget, term limits, abolish IRS, etc. etc.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/08/10 - 07:15 am
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Yes, Mr Smock, this horrible

Yes, Mr Smock, this horrible and ugly experiment in diversity has turned into the worst case scenario, much like the "redistribution efforts of the sub-prime loans". Unfortunately, this mistake comes in 4 year increments. The best we can do is cripple the mad Marxist in November and toss him in 2012. Independents and moderates take note. Fashion is a poor reason to make someone president.

robaroo
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robaroo 02/08/10 - 07:45 am
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We absolutely must control

We absolutely must control the deficit. But don't forget the Republicans. With a majority in congress and a sitting president, they kicked off some massive deficit spending of their own.

Some years ago, there was a bill before congress to require balancing the budget. But it didn't pass because it couldn't get enough suppport from both parties.

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/08/10 - 08:01 am
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robaroo - All you say is

robaroo - All you say is true, however, Candidate Obama promised "Change" and "No more business as usual". How is that working out for you?

Rhetor
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Rhetor 02/08/10 - 08:39 am
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May I point out the obvious?

May I point out the obvious? In a little more than a year of the Obama presidency, the economy has already begun a rebound and the banking situation is stabilizing. The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan is still grim, but looking a little better. All this was accomplished in the face of countless parliamentary obstructions engineered by the most cynical group of Republicans in the history of the US Senate. Obama isn't perfect, but he is doing well.

TechLover
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TechLover 02/08/10 - 10:08 am
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"Congress has raised the US

"Congress has raised the US federal debt ceiling 76 times since 1960" CPI Financial. I don't remember any letters from Mr Smock, or any complaints from the Republicans, about raising the ceiling when their guy was in charge. Republican votes in Senate in favor of raising debt ceiling since Obama became President, 2 on one bill, one on another. Votes when their party had the Presidency, 2008-33, 2008-34, 2007-26, 2006-51, 2004-50, 2003-50. http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1500-The-Republicans-Haven-t-A....

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/08/10 - 10:12 am
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TechLover - Now please share

TechLover - Now please share with your listening audience how many times it's been raised by 1.9 trillian in one fell swoop?

Chillen
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Chillen 02/08/10 - 10:13 am
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techlover Obama has doubled

techlover Obama has doubled the debt during his miserable one year in office. That's why you are seeing so many complaints and concerns from educated people who know that this can't be sustained. We don't want to continue down this path and we certainly don't want to be socialists. But as long as he's in charge, that is the direction we are headed.

lenard
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lenard 02/08/10 - 10:23 am
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Don't blame us little tax

Don't blame us little tax payers....the government did this to us....Put the blame where it belongs.....

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/08/10 - 10:26 am
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WoW techlover, just imagine

WoW techlover, just imagine how many times the debt ceiling has been raised since 1776 and how relevant that is to this LTE.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/08/10 - 10:28 am
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Rhetor, open the right eye

Rhetor, open the right eye and see the other half of the obvious.

orgpsych
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orgpsych 02/08/10 - 10:51 am
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J.C. posted: "Rhetor, open

J.C. posted:
"Rhetor, open the right eye and see the other half of the obvious."

Might one offer the same advice to you? Maybe not, but I shall anyway.

You can't eat your cake and have it, too. Own the mistakes of the last President even as you criticze the performance of the current one. All contributed to the mess we have now.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/08/10 - 11:12 am
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We need a Federal Balanced

We need a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment and a flat tax rate that cannot be changed without a national referendum. Tax every dollar that moves in the economy from welfare to wealthy at the same rate. The only discretion those clowns (of both parties) should have is where they spend what we decide to give them. There could be built in exceptions for temporary tax increase in case of war or national disaster with the provision that the increase would expire when the bills were paid. You and your family live within a budget. So do corporations and many state governments. Why shouldn't our federal government have to do it? The system we have today only encourages our representatives to buy votes with our tax dollars by funding projects and programs that have nothing to do with the constitutional function of the federal government. Anyone who pays taxes should be in favor of a balanced budget amendment to replace the unlimited tax liability system and budget deficit system we have today. Flat taxes and balanced budget amendments should also apply to state, local, and property taxes. No discretion. Live within OUR means.

TechLover
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TechLover 02/08/10 - 11:14 am
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chillen; You are a little

chillen; You are a little confused between debt and deficit. The DEBT when Obama was sworn in was $10.627 trillion. As of 2/4/10, it was $12.346 trillion, a 16% increase. The debt averaged a 10.5% increase over the 8 years of the previous administration. The DEFICIT is also projected to be higher, but we are in a recession and revenues have taken a nose dive. The deficit for 2010 is projected to be $1.171 trillion. With the decrease in revenues due to the recession, even if 2010 budget was the same dollar amount as 2009, the deficit would have been $807 billion.

TechLover
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TechLover 02/08/10 - 11:23 am
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dichot: Mandatory spending

dichot: Mandatory spending (service on debt, Social Security, Medicare, etc) totals $2.184 trillion. Defense and homeland security add another $706.4 billion for a total of $2.890 trillion. Total revenue is expected to be $2.381 trillion. If the budget was balanced, a lot of cutting would have to come from SS, Medicare, and defense. Which do you propose to slash?

Chillen
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Chillen 02/08/10 - 11:36 am
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techlover, you are right I

techlover, you are right I did mean deficit. Its still double and not only because of the recession. Spending is wildly out of control.

If revenues have taken a nosedive, shouldn't spending also nosedive? If I make less money in my household, I cut my expenses, I don't go out and take out a $100,000 loan. Its not logical. Something has got to "change" and soon.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/08/10 - 11:52 am
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Well said Mr. Smock! I can

Well said Mr. Smock! I can see sir, that you are a great american, who also can see that we are sliding deeper into socialism every day. Dichotomy nailed it above. Looks like the only way to get our country back to financial solvency is to pass a constitutional amendment. I'm all for it, but I would also put one in there about term limits as well. That is the biggest problem as I see it. These clowns spend their entire life in washington, and become blind to the will of the people. Just as in the case of the MA election, the people spoke, and again it seems nobody is listening. Hope and change is only good if it is the hope and change that the people want, and so far it has not.

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deekster 02/08/10 - 01:00 pm
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Destroy the American Economy.

Destroy the American Economy. Destroy the American Economy. The "mantra" of our esteemed leader. Our great wealth was "our wall". Our "iron curtain". A defense from external interference. The "mantra" is real and it is now. Nothing else makes sense.

aureliusdios
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aureliusdios 02/08/10 - 05:50 pm
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Now, exactly what civil

Now, exactly what civil liberty have we been deprived of over the last year under this new socialist government? Yes, let's cut everything: medicare, social security, federal education funding, militray pensions, Pell grants, Federal road projects, farm aid, welfare, aid to dependant children, all government programs should just shut down. Just finance the war! We'd solve that little budget problem in a snap!

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/08/10 - 07:59 pm
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Guess you just dont get it

Guess you just dont get it Aureliusdios. Nobody said the current government is socialist. What we said is that the current government's agenda is socialist, but thankfully they have not been able to implement the majority of their wishlist. btw...all of the programs you listed are indeed unfunded entitlement programs that need funding sir. How about coming up with some real solutions to that end, so we can solve that little budget problem, or our children will have to pay up for their entire lives. Finally, Mr. Hussein could end the war tomorrow, but last I heard he is sending in more troops. Guess you liberals will figure out a way to blame GW for that too.

kulay294
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kulay294 02/08/10 - 08:55 pm
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Looks as if Vivian didn't

Looks as if Vivian didn't read this LTE before she wrote her Liberal lies.

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