Thursday, February 24, 2011

Our Ox Is In The Ditch

Every great cause begins as a movement, entwines itself with government, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. Such as: SS, Medicare care, Medicaid, drug programs, pension programs, civil rights, HUD, Fannie May, Freddie Mack, AARP, foreign aid, wars, taxes, education, political parties, etc. each finding a home and protection under federal laws. Each evolving and growing using the federal government power to carry out their expended social agenda….Oddly, the payers don't seem to ever notice until some tipping point is reached…i.e. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, California, and the list is growing….

Who believes that if our national founders could look at where we are today would they see any resemblances to their handy work, their goals, or beliefs in what is going on? I hardly recognize it just looking back sixty some odd years. Methods used in carrying out missions change with time but principles don't change over time. By electing and reelecting people who are unprincipled the nation has lost its way.

They can fool some of the people all the time…..

The GOOD GUYS (?)---Our GOP is demanding 60 to 70 million dollars in federal program spending cuts as a requirement for their votes on the new Obama budget and raising the national debt ceiling…. I say, "At-a-Boy!"

IF they (our GOP) is willing to make these kind of sacrifices then our family must too. I talked this over with my wife and at first she didn't see why we should have to sacrifice anything since we didn't run this debt up. I explained that, for us in the Tea Party, it was important to walk what we talk….If we want our government to be conservative then we must be conservative.

I told her that the federal budget was 3.5 trillion, the 60/70 million in cuts equaled 1/35,000 of the budget….That each family must step up, cut back, and share the pain of this humongous cut our courageous congress are willing to make…

Given our family's monthly budget that means she (she, because she controls most of the spending) would need to find a way to match the 1/35,000 federal cut which would, for us, equal a stunting 9 cent cut each and every month from our home budget. She said, "I don't like it but I'll do it." (She has never waivered, in forty some odd years, in her support of me.)

So effectively, starting in March 2011, no more high living for us, no more luxuries, our personal spending will reflect the same percentage cut (1/35,000) as the federal draconian cuts. We are only going to buy a quart of milk every two weeks instead of weekly. For the rest of this year we can just kick back and watch this national debt drop like a rock.

We are beginning to wonder if even the good Lord can protect us from the duplicity of our elected congressional employees.

Not that I'm wanting to make a comparison but at least with the stated goals of the Muslim Brotherhood there is no duplicity.

They say: It must be remembered that at its heart, the Muslim Brotherhood is a covert organization albeit with a public face and there is discordance between its public and private positions. Although the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, along with the whole of the Global Muslim Brotherhood network, proclaims it support for democracy, the motto of their organization remains as it always has been:

- Allah is our objective.
- The Prophet is our leader.
- Qur’an is our law.
- Jihad is our way.
- Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.

The Ikhwan's (the Brotherhood) work in America is a grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging its miserable house" (meaning us and our way of life) at the hands of the true believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.

Five simple statements and a short paragraph of their goals…bam…bam…bam and we know exactly where they stand and what they mean. In a way this reminds me of Newt's campaign in 1994. Simple stated goals that everyone understood. This gave the voters a clear choice….Our congress has writen a twenty seven hundred page Health Law and we can't understand any of it.

The Tea Party needs a simple direct agenda that doesn't leave an opening for the liberal press to spin or anyone to misunderstand. People need to know exactly what they are voting for…and the steps that will be taken to get there.

Definition: Skeptical optimist?

Son says to Dad, "Let me use your credit card and I promise not to spend as much as I did last time." Dad hands over his credit card…..

Can you think of any group of people this little vignette reminds you of?

Not that anyone one would remember but we had a article shortly after the old guard GOP published their Pledge to America. We questioned the pledge because of it vagaries. We got lots of 'comments' about the article and a few people unsubscribed to The Oxford Tea Party news letters. In looking back we wished we would have made more noise about the pledge. We saw it as the GOP's version of smoke and mirrors. It simply left too much room for them to do just what they are doing right now.

This old guard thinks they are safe for now... I wonder?

We need to keep reminding them: The plow is in the ground, our eyes are on the back end of this mule, and there ain't going to be no sun set till this whole field get turned.

By the way how are we doing in Mississippi? Do we know? How are our systemic issues/our systemic debt such as Medicare, Medicaid, state workers, teachers, pension funds, etc., doing? What rating do our housing bonds have? It seems that most people in most states didn't ask these questions until the bottom fell out…..

Look at the other states that are in the news every moment. Look where their government is looking within their states budgets and see what problems they are struggling with. Do none of the same problems and potential problems exist here? Clearly some states have larger problems than others but is it possible that Mississippi has had such foresight as to avoid all these problems? If there wasn't one illegal foreign person in the state, Mississippi we would still be at the bottom of the education charts… Businesses would still not be pouring into Mississippi. Property taxes would still be going up…The big problems are government problems….We need government to focus on the systemic problems within our state.

Possibly, there are more important and pressing matters for Mississippi than are being look at in our congress at the moment? It would appear that something is getting sidetracked.

Many state are now having the most important conversation that many voters have seen in their lifetime. The future of many states are bleak. These states are trying to put a hold on their systemic growth problems and for many states that will be the best and only shot.

In every crisis there is opportunity….Many business in the "Tax Burdened" state will need to move in order to survive. If they move we need them here. In order for that to happen changes need to be made within our state. We need to keep that focus. Our government needs to keep that focus. We have a few towns that are attracting business. Look at what they are doing and then have our state as a whole make the needed changes. Business taxes-home taxes-sales taxes are the big three followed by state business regulations.

We are too few to be divided…Time is too short to loose our focus…Doors open and close very quickly…

I was talking to another person in the Tea Party about California and New York and she said, "Well, that could never happen here." I didn't know what to say or how to respond. Both of these states I had lived in and loved for most of my adult life.

The only trustworthy sound on the planet is the individual voices speaking about their personal experience…We know the truth of this and that’s why we are in the Tea Party….We are individual voices speaking out of the same beliefs, values, and principles...

Without freedom and truth there is no freedom or justice.

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow….


Americans always do the right thing but only after they have exhausted everything else.

I want to thank everyone who has started using my e-mail address to send me their comments or just to chat... Also, to answer a question from some of you on The Oxford Tea Party mailing list: Yes, feel free to forward us your articles. Please, send them to my e-mail address….The more people we can get to think about and talk about the Tea Party mission the better shot we have at achieving our goals.

I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, His eyes are on the sparrow
I know he watches over me.

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