I write this to try to convince some of you who still believe “If we just get _________ into the ________ we will get things back on track!” that you are wrong.
If you look back over the last 50 years we have had a mix of Democrats and Republicans in the White House and in control of the Congress, however has the government in that time ever..EVER gotten smaller? Scaled back the encroaching Police State? Not Inflated the Currency more than their predecessors?
Our problems in this country, what will bring us down is economic, not China or Abdul in a Cave, but pure economics. We spend too much, we can’t pay it back and we have inflated our currency to a point where there is no turning back. The only question now is WHEN not IF the U.S. Economy will Crash and the Dollar will have to be replaced or re-valuated (i.e.$1 now equals .10 or .01).
These problems have been exacerbated by every President to hold the office and every Congress who has had a majority and the free rein to pass what it wants (or a bipartisan one).
Most of my readers are conservatives by and large so I will speak to you and the problems being just as much with the Republican Party as it is with the Democrats.
Much ado and many jokes have been made about “Obamaphones”, most conservatives if asked where this program started would tell you It was Obama and his Democratic Congress who gave away these phones and started it.
If you are specifically talking about cell phones, in a way yes you are right, however the program that has morphed into the “Obamaphone” should be called “Reaganphones” Yes the deity known as Reagan started the program of taxing every single phone so that we could pay for others subsidized phone lines, in his day it was land line (and this was in no part to lobbying by Telcom companies, they paid nothing and got more customers as well as got any work done in rural areas completely paid for and kept any profit made!)
So the next time you hear “Obamaphone” flash a picture of Reagan in your head.
On the topic of Reagan, I liked what he had to say, and if you take the extremely low bar of constitutional and small government loving administrations in recent history, then yes he was a good president, but this a bar so low, one only has to show up to be the best.
Reagan was responsible for some of the largest tax increases and largest budgets in American History, he was not a small government president, he was a politician who possibly actually believed these ideals, but given the circumstances made the politically expedient decisions to keep the government functioning vs doing the right thing in the long run.
Most Conservatives have woken up from the Love of Bush years, however it was the Bush presidency that laid 99% of the groundwork for NDAA, the program many conservatives love to peg onto our current president, however without the Patriot act NDAA would not be possible (and this was also supported with a healthy portion of REPUBLICAN Congressman!)
It was Republicans who expanded medicare, laying more groundwork for Obamacare to be implemented
It was Republicans who started No Child Left Behind who layed the groundwork for Common Core
It was Republicans who expanded HUD and the FHA loan program under the guise of “cuts”
Entitlement Spending actually grew by 8% more with Republican Presidents vs Democratic ones.
Friends there was once a political solution to the coming economic problem…disaster on the horizon, there was a time, a time that wasn’t that long ago. However we are still holding onto the belief that we are still in that window, we are not. That window is long gone, broken, shattered and burned down.
The political solution to this problem no longer lies in the present, and averting it, but in the future and averting our grandchildren from experiencing what we are about to.
I want to say “I don’t mean to be beating up on you if you are a Republican”, but I can’t I am beating up on you. But I am coming from a position that sees where you are, I was there years back, I am a recovering Republican myself, because the party I thought Stood for the things I stood for, doesn’t, and hasn’t for a long time.
To be equal in my rant I should lay into progressives, however I highly doubt you still read this blog if you think that more government is the solution.
Democrats often believe the same thing that Republican rank and file do, that the Republican party is actually a party that wants smaller government. A quick view of history will find that both parties are equal in their building of the state, and their belief in government as a problem solver.
GOVERNMENT is what is bringing these problems to bear, to a head and it will be government that will say they are the solution when it all comes down.
Imagine this country as a person, a person who has lung cancer from smoking statist cigarettes, and is now laid up in the hospital. Two people enter the room saying they can fix your problems, but both are offering you a pack of cigarettes…One Blue and One Red….
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