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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Reality

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson


What conditions would have to exist before the elected official at State and Federal levels would understand the following simple REALITIES?

1* "You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity."

2* "What one person receives without working for it, another person must work for it without receiving."

3* “The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else."

4* “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them--and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation."

5* “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

We under stand that our representatives in all levels of government cannot nor have they ever figured these realities out for themselves. Clearly, at the State and Federal government levels, it hasn't mattered which national party had the controlling majority. They simply never get this.

Because some Republican congresses lower taxes or somewhat slow the wealth transfers or that some Democratic congresses speed up these transfers, the drum still keeps beating.

What would we, the working voters, the folks these "tax transfers" are taken from, have to do in order to create the necessary CONDITIONS for representatives from both national parties to accept these realities and STOP this behavior?

Would limiting the time (terms) representatives can hold office be one step towards creating the "right" CONDITIONS? Limiting their time in office would end the concept of a career politician for sure. That might be a good thing. The representative would not have to worry 1) about being reelected; 2) worrying about his/her vote being acceptable to their party; 3) worrying about their vote being politically correct; 4) casting votes in order to secure funding for the next election cycle. Sounds like an idea. Sounds like.

Would these elected politicians vote to limit their time in office and would the Courts not overturn the idea of term limits if they did? It doesn't seem likely we can look to the elected or courts to solve the "career politician" problem for us.

Even if term limits could become the law of the land, does that address the core problem we are experiencing with our current government? This President along with a supporting Congress is redefining how this country will work, how every sector of our economy will work, how businesses will work, how salaries will be paid, how medical services will be supplied, how education will be conducted, and appoint themselves (i.e. the government) to manage it all. This is just a stunning and down right silly idea.

The part of this I clearly understand is the governments' quest for more and more power BUT what I don't understand is why close to 50% of the population are saying, "at-a-boy" to the whole convoluted mess. Its possible that this group does not understand what is happening…. What the Obama "changes" will cost not so much in dollars but of rights and freedoms they enjoy without recognizing what these freedoms are on a day to day basis. Until this group "gets it" they will not join us in our effort to put together a congress that holds the values and beliefs clearly laid down in the documents by Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers. They just won't join in.

The Tea Party efforts, if directed only towards the "bad" politicians, may not accomplish our goals. If the Tea Party effort is about educating and winning the minds and hearts of some part of the cheering quasi liberal "at-a-boy" group as well as more of the independent voter group, with a few fence sitters picked up here and there, then all together we could accomplish the Tea Party goals. Do not doubt that without sizable blocks of voters from these three groups the Tea Party effort/goals are real "IFFIE."

The poor brain damaged main stream press still think the Tea Party is against Health Care Reform. The Health Care Bill that just got signed into law is not in anyway about Health Care Reform. The press missed that and they also missed the fact that we think Health Care needs reforming. However, what they won't miss is any opportunity to attack the movement and Yes Mr. President it is a movement.

Showing up at rallies is important… It seems until people start taking to the street no one listens... Political history tells us that all politics are local…Local rallies are scary to local politicians, state politicians, and sometimes friends and neighbors.
This President has been the most effective president in our lifetime in dividing the country along liberal vs conservative lines. Conservatives are spoken of as bad citizens because they are against all the changes he wants to make. The main stream press reinforces his position. Between now and November both he and the press will demonize the Tea Party folks. The attacks have already started and will escalate.

The first major social program was Social Security and it has taken almost seventy years for the cracks in the program to begin to open. This month was the first month in history that Social Security had to send out more money then it took in. Medicare and Medicaid have been around less than a half century and are on the brink of bankrupting the states and the nation. These three programs are managed by our government. The current social Healthcare Bill is expected to run up to a trillion dollars in the first ten years and it too will be managed by our government. Everyone who believes that the government has "learned" and will manage this fourth national social program, well, raise your hand.

1/3 1/3 1/3 … About 1/3 of the citizens are unemployed or on some form of government support….. About 1/3 of the citizens are employed in some government position at the state or federal levels…..About 1/3 of the citizens work in the private sector and money is taken from this private sector group and given to the other two groups. So the 1/3 is effectively paying/supporting the other two groups. As the costs of the new social programs kick in, the private sector will need to work harder/more to support the other two groups. Makes sense? Not one bit. However, it's more of them than us so it is a pretty good bet which way they other two groups will do their voting.

Whoever the congress person might be, the one thing they have to be is firm and clear on their conviction and beliefs on the role of government in ways other than a transfer agent of productive working people's wealth. These potential congress people are out there but really hard to find.

One thing that is known is that these political and economic problems will not be solved in Washington with the current crop of elected leaders. If we don't change the make-up of this group they will sink the country in debt. But come November..

Come November, for the Tea Partiers, the vote will be about Stateism VS Enterpriseism - Takers VS Makers - Now vs Future…. Come November, for the President, the vote will be about Progressives vs Regressives… Most of the free press will echo his position. Most young voters will buy the talk, many liberals will buy the talk, all the "takers" will embrace the talk, so who will we find to walk the walk with us?

What would ideal candidate for us have to have on their résumés….?

EXPERIENCE: Built a business, hired and fired people, made a product or created a service, signed payroll checks every Friday, did the bookkeeping, filled out tax forms, paid State and Federal taxes, paid the business half of Social Security on each employee, been through IRS audits, been through State audits, worked fifty hours a week, bought business insurance, paid into workers comp insurance, paid into unemployment insurance funds, bought health insurance for the business and employees, dealt with EPA, created retirement plans, paid into retirement plans, developed medium and long term business plans, executed medium and long term business plans, gone through business cycles, had experience with contractors and subcontractors, had weeks when employees got paid and there was no money left for him/her, put children through college, paid off home, cared for aging parents, etc. (What size, shape, gender, color, ethnicity is not a issue on the resume but a law degree automatically disqualifies the individual.)

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson

Come November…. Come with us... The Oxford Tea Party

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