It seems to me…
Unfortunately, we see many of our elected leaders attempting to destroy the principles and strengths on which our nation depended to reach where we are today. They have lied and mislead us into believing we no longer can afford to invest in our future or cultivate that spirit of innovation which has allowed us to achieve so much more than any other nation in the world. They say we no longer can afford to provide a quality education to future generations of Americans. That quality healthcare no longer is affordable. That we have to close national parks and scenic areas. That environmental issues or food safety do not matter. That police and fire protection costs too much. That there isn’t anything we can do about our decaying transportation infrastructure.
They say that the rich have earned their money and are entitled to it in spite of the biblical teaching that to whom much is given, much is expected (but it is the rich that fund their reelection campaigns). They support tax “incentives” for large petro-chemical or agri-business corporations even though those companies’ profit margins are higher than at any point in history. They support tax loopholes for self-serving interest of lobbyists.
While our recent recession might “officially” be over, unemployment remains high. History is replete with examples of double-dip recessions or jobless recoveries resulting from the failure by the public sector to adequately invest so as to sustain and promote recovery.
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” ~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797).
There are a significant number of our congressional representatives that apparently never studied history. While perhaps counterintuitive, history has repeatedly demonstrated that tax reductions never have resulted in economic stimulation regardless of wishful thinking to the contrary. Too many members of Congress seem to be looking romantically back to a time in our nation’s past that never was – isn’t it preferable to look forward to a still better future?
Instead of concentrating on where to cut spending to balance our national budget, we instead need to think about how to grow our economy. An increase in our GDP of only a couple percent would not only eliminate the deficit, we would be able to start reducing our national debit making all the current political acrimony meaningless. Our taxes (combined federal and state) currently are at their lowest level since 1950 and the lowest of any industrial economy. I do not believe in a free lunch and am willing to pay when shown it is to my long-term benefit. Yes, there is waste in government and the deficit problem must ultimately be remedied – but the medicine should be appropriate to the illness and not kill the patient.
And for the attempt to label President Obama as a socialist for supporting Social Security or Medicare, Social Security definitely was NOT our nation’s first socialistic policy; we always have had social programs. Starting in the colonies, local villages and towns recognized an obligation to aid the needy when family effort and assistance provided by neighbors and friends were not sufficient. This aid was carried out through the poor relief system and almshouses or workhouses. Gradually, measures were adopted to provide aid on a more organized basis, usually through cash allowances to certain categories among the poor. Mothers’ pension laws, which made it possible for children without paternal support to live at home with their mothers rather than in institutions or foster homes, were adopted in a number of States even before World War I. In the mid-twenties, a few States began to experiment with old-age assistance and aid to the blind. A Federal law covering civilian employees of the Government in hazardous jobs was adopted in 1908, and the first State compensation law was enacted in 1911. By 1929, workers’ compensation laws were in effect in all but four States. So much for socialism. I am tired of the politically motivated mendacity and would appreciate the truth for a change.
I do not always agree with Obama or Pelosi but now consider wingnuts like Limbaugh or the Tea Party’ers to be the primary threats to the future of our nation – not foreign terrorists. Forced governmental austerity measures will not only perpetuate our nation’s current unemployment crisis but guarantee an extended period of economic stagflation. In this, the conservative extremists have successfully inflicted the “perfect storm” not only on the U.S. but also on the rest of the industrialized world.
That’s what I think, what about you?