Citizens must force reforms

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The past and present Congress and White House have put our country in financial ruin.

We are heading toward bankruptcy. Such is reflected in our escalating deficit. The deficit was $8.8 trillion in 2008; today, it has doubled to more than $17 trillion. In 2008, every man, woman and child owed about $30,000 toward the deficit. Today they each owe about $60,000. Our economy can no longer afford such a liability.

We citizens should force reforms to the campaign and election processes; force limits of two four-year terms for the president and each member of Congress; and force the enactment of a practical 15-year balanced budget amendment.

The immediate task for Congress and the president is to declare a state of financial crisis, and pass a budget with austerity cuts on all payments made by the U.S. Treasury, including the salaries and benefits of Congress and the president.

There is a principle in economics that a debt eventually has to be paid, and the sooner the better. Let us hope that at the end of 25 years we will have a manageable deficit.

Dante Antonacci

Augusta

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carcraft
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carcraft 11/15/13 - 06:29 am
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AMEN!!

AMEN!!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 11/15/13 - 07:44 am
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we need to add in campaign
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we need to add in campaign contributions, gifts, and lobbyists too...

Junior Dawg
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Junior Dawg 11/15/13 - 08:06 am
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Great ideas

However, they make too much sense and will therefore be rejected by liberals. Plus it would stop the gravy train for all their constituents...so of course we are doomed to bankruptcy at this time. Lets hope the ship turns its course sooner rather than later.

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localguy55 11/15/13 - 08:16 am
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Good Luck with that

It is my humble opinion that the genie can't be put back in the bottle. We have, unwittingly or not, put into power people that have elevated themselves to an elite status.

These crimmal politicans have passed laws that protect themselves and plays games with voters in order for them to continue to stay in power.

The masses are continuely dumbed down to the point that they have no idea who or what they are voting for, and the TV media tells them who to vote for. And just as George Orwell's 1984, they follow suit just like the lemmings they are.

david jennings
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david jennings 11/15/13 - 09:09 am
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Insurance?

I wonder if I could find coverage for when the government falls flat on it's face financially. Probably about as easy as I could go the day after my home burned down and buy a homeowners policy.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 11/15/13 - 09:15 am
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A good first step

A good first step would be to put a halt to all governmeent pensions, except for those individuals who put their life on the line every day to preserve and protect our country and it's citizens. Government workers receive on average, 17% more income than their counterparts. Why do they also receive government paid retirement accounts?

A good second step is to stop all forign aid to countries who are not with us 100%.

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deestafford 11/15/13 - 09:21 am
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Good ideas.

Obamacare will never be repealed in its entirety until he is out of office and both houses are controlled by Republicans with a very small number of Rhinos in the Senate.

The budget could be balanced in five years by freezing spending at current levels plus the inflation rate.

Asking the other things of Congress is like putting alcoholics in charge of the distillery.

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dichotomy 11/15/13 - 11:13 am
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There are ways to do it but

There are ways to do it but it has to start with a balanced budget amendment in addition to the spending freeze. I don't think have you to whack people's earned retirements or EARNED Social Security payments but there needs to be a 100% audit of Medicare billing, people drawing Social Security Disability, and Medicaid billing. We need to STOP doing stupid crap like paying drug addicts SSI so they can stay home and do drugs at our expense. There also needs to be a 100% audit of the eligibility of people drawing welfare, SNAP, WIC, and Section 8 and definite, SHORTER, time limits put on the eligibility for ALL of those programs. Maybe that would not save a huge amount of money but it would be a "point of order" to demonstrate that the government teat is drying up and it's time to get off of your lazy butt and get a job. Several federal government agencies need to be completely whacked or severely cut like the Department of Education, Department of Energy, the EPA, OSHA, etc.

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jimmymac 11/15/13 - 11:19 am
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TERM LIMITS
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Term limits are indeed needed but will never happen. The political elites sucking on the government teat will crush any attempt to enact term limits. We live in a tiered society with the politicians at the top. Our forefathers thought of politics as a community service not an occupation. You get elected, do your service and then go back to your normal life. Now once elected the only thing they think of is to be re-elected. The people be damned and the country along with them are going down the drain. Throw them all out and lets start over. The guy you supported is part of the problem and it's time to clean house.

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Bizkit 11/16/13 - 12:58 am
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Get people to work. Really

Get people to work. Really handicapped individuals are legally protected from discrimination and most want to work and do live product lives. The people who lack an education-can get an education and qualify for numerous assistance-nothing stopping that either. End generational welfare with education and jobs. More productive "working" citizens the govt gets more in revenues, our GDP goes up, and everybody wins. We need to do the same with our prisons system with non-violent criminals-make em working citizens and tax payers instead of a tax burden. I hate to say this but we need to back off from technology. It has put too many humans out of work and already robots are working their way into society. Humans aren't creatures of leisure-we need and usually thrive on problem solving and work. Intellect also has a standard distribution and low intellect people need jobs too. People with a trade or a craftsman is a thing of the past. We need to end lifetime benefits for Congress=people live too long and we can't afford it. Congress should have to produce balanced budgets, demonstrate effective and economical programs that have cut waste and fraud-rather now they identify it and have no authority to do anything. Anything Congress does that affects us should also affect them and they be held to the same standards , health care, etc as the citizens they serve-rather than their self-service.

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