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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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Liberty, Safety, and Limited Government

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
~Benjamin Franklin, Reply to the Governor from the Pennsylvania Assembly.  November 11, 1755.

By Alden L. Benton

In a previous post (Moral Decay, Guns, and Leftism) I wrote that in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy we were asking the wrong questions.  I stated that instead of looking to increasing control over guns, we should be asking questions about how we deal with mental health and to the moral health of our society.  Unfortunately, the answers derived from any meaningful self-inspection would not bear any meaningful results in the short run.

Since I wrote that post, several ideas have come to the forefront.  The first of these ideas is that instead of controlling/eliminating guns and leaving our safety in the hands of others, we should train and arm individuals to protect themselves and those around them.  In the context of Newtown, that means arming teachers. 

Articles written by Ann Coulter and Doug Giles express that eloquently this idea can be found here (Coulter: We Know How to Stop School Shootings) and here (Giles: New Rule — All Teachers Should be Allowed to Carry Guns).

In the mean time, the president and his statist/communist cronies are desperately trying not to let another crisis go to waste.  They are callously playing our emotions after the Newtown shootings to gin up support for their freedom-killing agenda.  In this instance, that agenda is to repeal the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through draconian new gun control regulations.

The Second Amendment is clear.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
  ~Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified December 15, 1791.

The reason the Founders, in this case the Anti-Federalists, inserted it into the Bill of Rights is that they did not trust government.  They left the ultimate power over government in the hands of the people and ensured that, in the worst-case scenario of overbearing government power, the people could ensure their continued liberty, if necessary, by force.

The Declaration of Independence lays the foundation for the principles codified in the Bill of Rights.  In the second paragraph, the Declaration of Independence states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  (Emphasis mine)

In response to the Obama administration’s overt attack on one of our fundamental Constitutional rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) suggests we look away from additional gun control and protect our students by stationing armed guards and police at every school.

This is nonsense.  Police are reactive — they cannot protect you.  Unless you turn each school into a walled city with concertina wire and gun turrets protecting entrance checkpoints, a police presence is nothing more than a financially burdensome expansion of government into our lives. 

Armed guards were on campus, but could not stop the shootings at Columbine High School.  We must limit our dependence on government and protect ourselves.

In response to the NRA, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) issued a statement on his website stating, “Government security is just another kind of violence.”

“Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?”  Paul wrote.

“We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders.  This is the world of government provided ‘security,’ a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse.  School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America.”  From The Hill.

The argument is not about whether or not to protect our children and ourselves, but rather it is about the method.  It is a fundamental question about the role of government.  It is not about the size of government, though that is a significant issue, but rather it is about the role of government. 

It is a question not about large or small government, but about limited or unlimited government.  Limited government stays within the constraints of the Constitution while unlimited government does not, no matter what size it may be.

Dennis Prager says that the larger the government, the smaller the citizen.  He is correct.  As the government expands beyond its enumerated and limited powers it becomes not a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, but a government that rules by fiat backed by force — a government of men rather than a government of laws.

Two-hundred-thirty-six years ago, we fought for eight years to win the right to be free to enjoy our God-given rights without permission from a king.  It is time to stop the advance of tyranny and reclaim the government that is rightfully ours. 

The fight to save the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment is a critical first battle in the war to take back America.

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”
~Samuel Adams, in The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

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