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An Open Letter to Congress Part 2

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

In my last post, I began an open letter to Congress criticizing their self-serving cowardice and lack of integrity.  I issued a warning that we are watching and we will judge them harshly if they fail to deliver as promised.

Today I lay out a basic plan, an agenda, for Congress to fulfill the mandate delivered in the last election.  In doing this, I am making a leap of faith.  I am assuming that the majority of Congress will grow a spine and have the courage and integrity to look beyond the next election, and beyond the demands of the donor and lobbying class, to solve the festering long-term problems that face the nation.

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

When your loyalty returns to the people, and to the nation, the solutions to our problems become amazingly clear and simple.  Here is a simple agenda that this Congress can easily complete and send to the president’s desk.

Repeal Obamacare and its myriad regulations in its entirety.  Do not replace it with another form of big government boondoggle.

If necessary, pass simple clear legislation, under the true meaning of the commerce clause, to ensure individuals are able to participate fully in a free and open market to purchase a health insurance policy from another state.

Make any adjustments, such as protecting individuals with preexisting condition, simply and directly in separately deliberated legislation.

Tax reform is even simpler.

Eliminate the entire labyrinth of the U.S. tax code.

Replace the tax code with a flat tax.  Everyone will pay a truly fair share.  If the rate is 10 per cent, then both the rich and the poor will pay their proportionate share.  No games.  No deductions.  No withholding.  No Internal Revenue Service.

Balancing the budget is not rocket science.

As any responsible head of household would do, cut up the credit cards, stop borrowing, and stop spending more than is earned.

This is a simple, rational concept that even Congress should understand and they could easily apply it to the federal budget process if they can put aside their selfish partisan wrangling and gets down to the business of putting the long-term well-being of country ahead of themselves.

Additionally, if spending and revenue are balanced, there will be no need, except in extreme emergencies, to borrow money.  As the old saying goes, never a borrower or lender be.

By balancing the budget and eliminating borrowing, the national debt will decline over time.  By balancing the budget, and funding only the projects deemed absolutely necessary and within the limitations of the enumerated powers in the Constitution, the need for large, ineffective, and costly federal bureaucracies becomes unnecessary, effectively downsizing the government.  In effect, this drains the swamp.

As spending contracts, the government contracts, and the less the government has to spend creates a smaller pie for the lobbyists and big donors to carve, thereby lessening their influence, and minimizing government interference in our lives.

We must make hard choices in order to achieve these goals.  Attitudes, both inside and outside of our government, must change.

The decades long tax and spend mentality must die.

The “gimme” mentality must die.  There can be no more free rides.

We must restructure the major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) to maintain their continued viability and their ability to continue to serve their recipients.

It all starts with Congress.  Congress must grow a spine.  Congress must muster the courage and integrity to deal with these long-term issues now.  The country cannot wait.

The time to act is now.  We cannot wait until sometime far in the future in a galaxy far, far away, when all the stars and planets are in perfect alignment.

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”  ~Barry Goldwater


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An Open Letter to Congress Part 1

“Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes — and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?”  ~Barry Goldwater

By Alden L. Benton

To all the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:

We, the people, spoke last November and swept the majority of into office because of your campaign promises.

You all have made similar promises, promises to repeal Obamacare, restructure the tax code, and balance the budget.

We also want you to take steps to eliminate the national debt, return to the rule of law, and to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C.

Words are cheap.

We are closely watching what you do, and so far, you have failed.

We have a warning for all of you from any political party: Do what we ask.  Period.  As my father would say, we want no ifs ands or buts.

It is called integrity.

If you fail us, if you break our trust, the only way you will ever see Washington, D.C., again will be through the windows of a tour bus.

Since most of you are career politicians who spend your days wheeling and dealing, peddling lies, corruption, influence, while pursuing obstructive self-interest and party political gain, it is clear that none of you have a clue what integrity means.

Integrity is defined as an adherence to moral and ethical principles; having a soundness of moral character; honesty, the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.

Your constituents demand integrity, the alignment of your words and your deeds.

To act without integrity makes you undependable, corrupt, a liar, and unfit to clean the toilets in your respective legislative chambers, let alone the privilege of representing the people of your respective states.

We are weary of your ineffectiveness, your sloth, your blatant, self-serving submission to the lobbying class, and your cowardice.

In fear, you retreat from your responsibilities to us.  You refuse to effectively and boldly, face the issues that plague our nation out of fear you will lose the next election, or fear that you may offend a big donor, whether they are the likes of George Soros or the Koch brothers.

You serve us.  You have sworn to uphold the Constitution.  To do less is malfeasance of office and blatant cowardice.

The nation is in trouble.  We can no longer kick the proverbial can down the road.  The time is NOW.

I am the son of a working man and a stay-at-home mom.  My father and my brother served our nation with honor through military service.

It is your sacred duty to all veterans, living and dead, and to every citizen of the United States of America, to save this great country from its pending destruction, both financial and social.

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  ~Ronald Reagan


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Insanity

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!  And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”  ~Barry Goldwater

By Alden L. Benton

The Looney Tunes in the Washington state Senate have taken idiocy and insanity to a new level.  According to a column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, language in a proposed gun-control bill REQUIRES an annual search of the home of a person who legally owns a banned gun.

This is bad enough, but the column continues, stating that the bill’s two sponsors never read the bill and were not aware of the Orwellian nightmare the bill would create.

I guess the sponsors of this bill subscribe to the Pelosi theory of governance: pass a bill so we all can see what’s in it.

The bill, SB5737, contained the following text when it was introduced on February 13, 2013:

“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon.  The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”

I think the authors and sponsors of this bill are vying to see who can shred the most Constitutional rights with one piece of legislation. 

Miraculously, the online version of the bill does not contain the offending section.  The sanitized bill is labeled “Corrected Copy.”  How convenient.

As I have written before, proponents of this type of legislation only seek one thing — power and control. 

There is no evidence this type of law serves the stated purpose of quelling gun-related violence.  In fact, there is myriad evidence to the contrary.  In addition, the proponents of this type of law choose not to see the implications for individual and civil liberty.  Yet, they do the same things over and over again — different problem, same tired answers.

Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”  Unfortunately, this is the first rule of the progressive-statist Democrat (PSD) complex in government.

No matter what the problem, real or imagined, the PSD response is always the same: spend more money, make more regulations, raise taxes, and shred the Constitution. 

The result is always the same — more government, less freedom, and no solution to the original problem.  As former Senator Barry Goldwater observed, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”

Einstein called it insanity; I call it the PSD Syndrome.

PSD Syndrome is nothing new.  It began with the progressive movement at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Many of the basic ideas put forth by the PSD complex are well intentioned, but suffer from the same faulty premise that the government should be the one “fixing” any given problem.  Connect that basic assumption with the basic PSD syndrome fix, and you have a Constitutional and fiscal disaster of Biblical proportions.

In the best of all possible worlds, at least the world the Founders envisioned, the insanity of the PSD syndrome could be countered with logic, reason, and an adherence to the principles of the founding documents — The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

However, as the PSD complex grows bolder, and empowered, through 100 years of proselytizing, obfuscation, and lying that culminated in the election of B. Hussein Obama and his cadre of cronies, crooks, and communists, the ground rules for discussion have changed.

The new ground rules are not based on principles or on any consideration of what will actually solve an issue, let alone any thought as to the immediate and long-term effects of the so-called “solution.”  Rather, the basis for discussion is now what can I give my supporters that will get me re-elected.  The arguments for and against any measure are clouded with lies, personal attacks, and misinformation. 

Reasoned discourse has given way to divide and conquer and civility has gone the way of the dinosaurs.

We must find a way to stop the insanity in the legislative process before it overwhelms our liberties and destroys our nation.

“Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth.  And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.  Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.  Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen.  Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences.  Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.  Fellow Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public, which enforce such conformity and inflict such despotism.  It is the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people.”
~Barry Goldwater


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More or Less — That is the Only Question

By Alden L. Benton

I am burned out on the campaign. 

We have had four years of incessant campaigning by the president.  The campaign for the Republican Party nomination began a year ago.

Now that it is time to make a decision we are now pummeled with non-stop advertising. 

Rule number one is that all political advertising lies and therefore is a waste of our time.  It has become a game for me to see how fast I can hit the mute button when a political ad comes on the television screen.

Now we are in the midst of debate season.  Debates are the quadrennial kabuki theater of the absurd where archrivals stand in front of us and tell us what they have been saying and what the other guy isn’t saying.

Yawn!

The problem is that many so-called independent and undecided voters use the debates as the sole information for choosing a candidate.  

This year, however, the choice is much clearer.  The two candidates are not Tweedledum and Tweedledee clones of the centrist wings of the two parties.

The issues can be distilled into one question: Do you want more government or less government?

Pick any issue facing the United States, and your opinion on how to solve it will come down to this basic question: more or less government.

Dennis Prager says, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”

Barack Obama wants to “spread the wealth around.”

Do you want more or less government?

In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

Do you want more or less government?

When you stand in the voting booth on November 6, as you make your decision remember this quote from Barry Goldwater:

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

Do you want more or less government?


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