“Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them.” ~Marco Rubio
By Alden L. Benton
When I was a teenager, the Hippie culture of “turn on, drop out” was in full bloom. The buzz words of the time were, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.”
Today, it is the government, and their pocket pals in the mainstream media (MSM), that we cannot trust.
Before I start receiving mail about being paranoid, my fear of government is the same fear that the Founders expressed more than 200 years ago.
I do not fear of being governed by the rule of law in a Constitutional Republic. What I do fear is NOT being governed by a government with limited power, a government with complete accountability to the people, a government that, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, “…derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Unless you have been in living in a cave that has no satellite television or internet, or a Tibetan monastery, you know that our government has morphed into an insatiable Leviathan that is stealing our money and our liberty.
Our government has gone from protecting our liberties to granting them, or denying them, as it feels necessary. It has become treacherous — characterized by faithlessness or readiness to betray trust; traitorous; deceptive, untrustworthy, and unreliable.
Rather than belaboring the point with further explanation, I will let the following excerpts from the past few days on the internet prove my point.
On The Sequester
The so-called sequester is a mandatory, across the board spending cut designed to reduce the federal budget deficit. Laughingly, this year it will trim a mere $85 billion from a nearly $4 trillion budget. Name a federal program and you would probably find more money wasted in fraud and mismanagement.
Nonetheless, the harpies in the progressive-socialist-Democrat (PSD) party and the MSM have cranked up the scare-tactic rhetoric about the evils of cutting approximately 2 per cent of the budget. Oh my!
Never fear, the PSD party has the answer. According to a post on Jan Morgan Media today, the Democrats have proposed a sequester replacement bill that will ADD to the deficit.
“The sequester replacement bill proposed by Senate Democrats, and endorsed by the White House, would add $7.2 billion to the federal deficit over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
“CBO estimates that S. 388 would increase direct spending by $62.4 billion and revenues by $55.1 billion over the 2013–2023 period. Thus, the cumulative deficit would increase by $7.2 billion from those changes,” CBO wrote in a report.
The Democratic bill would replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday with a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts to defense programs and farm subsidies. However, those spending cuts would be phased in over a ten-year period, whereas the sequestration cuts would occur this year.
For more details, follow this link to Andrew Stiles’ article in the National Review.
More Sequester Games
In the Hit and Run blog on Reason.com, Mike Riggs reports that a White House report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) bemoans the drastic impact the sequester will have on a federal agency that does not exist.
“The first line item on page 121 of the OMB’s September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that’s slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress.”
The Government Wants Your Retirement Savings
According to a recent article in American Thinker, the government is secretly laying the groundwork to confiscate $19.4 trillion that Americans have invested in retirement savings accounts such as IRAs.
According to the article, the idea arose from a paper presented in 2007.
On Nov. 20, 2007, Theresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, presented a paper proposing that the feds eliminate the tax deferral for private retirement accounts, confiscate the balance of those accounts, give each worker a $600 annual “contribution,” assess a mandatory savings tax on every worker and guarantee a 3 percent rate of return on the newly titled “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts,” or GRAs.
Not wanting a good crisis to go to waste, the “Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts “including 401(k)s and IRAs” and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.”
We all know how well the Social Security Administration can manage our money.
Read John White’s entire American Thinker article here.
Obama Secretly Signs Bill Restricting Free Speech
If you have read my past posts, you know that I am not a fan of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but even predators have some purpose to serve. Vision to America reported a few days ago that the president signed a bill that “would ban free speech in the presence of the Secret Service” and linked me to the ACLU blog, Washington Markup.
Recent days have seen significant concern about an unassuming bill with an unassuming name: the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011.” The bill, H.R. 347, has been variously described as making the First Amendment illegal or criminalizing the Occupy protests.
The truth is more mundane, but the issues raised are still of major significance for the First Amendment.
It’s important to note — contrary to some reports — that H.R. 347 doesn’t create any new crimes, or directly apply to the Occupy protests. The bill slightly rewrites a short trespass law, originally passed in 1971 and amended a couple of times since, that covers areas subject to heightened Secret Service security measures.
These restricted areas include locations where individuals under Secret Service protection are temporarily located, and certain large special events like a presidential inauguration. They can also include large public events like the Super Bowl and the presidential nominating conventions (troublingly, the Department of Homeland Security has significant discretion in designating what qualifies as one of these special events).
As you contemplate these examples of government abuse, ask yourself this: “Why haven’t I heard about this in the mainstream media?”
“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” ~Ronald Reagan
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