Politics 2012 – Is there a good presidential candidate ?

Unfortunately, for decades, Main Street USA has allowed politicians to bathe in their own self-proclaimed glory and have not demanded that they rein in their own lavish salaries, expenses and excesses and actually “work for the people.”

Politicians take credit for things they really did not accomplish and they blame others for their own faults and shortcomings.

It is very difficult, today, to distinguish between the art of politics and the art of deception, art of mis-direction, or sleight of hand. With large PR machines operating, most (if not all) politicians do not utter a word to their target public that has not been polled, i.e., that those people being addressed want to hear.

One party accuses Wall Street for all of America’s woes and miseries (while taking their money for their own campaigns), meanwhile trying to add jobs that will, in reality, only add to the budget deficit.

Another party doesn’t want to raise taxes on the wealthy, meaning that the burden of funding runaway spending by all parties entrenched in Capitol Hill falls, again, upon the middle class.

Both parties continue to append thousands of pieces of pork annually to legislation, adding countless billions to the statospheric national debt.

Add to the scenario that elected officals probably spend half of their time while in office campaigning for their next term.

How is it that politicians who “feel your pain” have no pain of their own to feel? Theirs is a “job” that offers incredible wages, benefits, pensions, spending accounts and more. Have any of them actually slashed their own budgets during this economy? Have they ever even thought about doing so?

 

Looking to the 2012 presidential election, there is no “good” candidate from any party. And there is really no “lesser of two evils” to choose between.

Exactly what, then, does a voter do?

Hope and pray that, by some chance, a candidate emerges who does not add jobs to the public sector as the “solution” to unemployment (while increasing the private sector’s burden), who knows that balancing a budget requires cutting certain “entitlement” programs, who will flatly deny approving legislation with even one earmark added, who knows that wealthy individuals do not pay an equivalent share of taxes compared to their actual cash income, who understands that increasing the size of government does not make it run more efficiently, who knows with certainty that forcing citizens to purchase healthcare is unconstitutional and not governed by interstate commerce, who will actually make the public sector transparent and accountable, and who knows they are in office only to serve those who elected them, not any special interest.

Then, and only then, will Amercians be able to say that they have found a person who truly deserves to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

As well, only then could the person being sworn in to the nation’s highest office honestly state the oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Over For Now.

Main Street One

School House Pork Does Not Solve The Illiteracy Epidemic

There have been several articles written the past several years about earmarks for education.

While it might be argued that some may be worthwhile it appears that a majority of them could have been eliminated without any harm to educating youth in America.

Especially when one considers the epidemic of illiteracy that persists with 85% of all juvenile offenders lacking basic reading and math skills and one high school student dropping out every 29 seconds.

Does it make sense to, in one year, fund zoos in the amount of $2.7 million in the name of “education?” Do Hall of Fames for Rock and Roll, Baseball and Aviation deserve to garner over one million dollars instead of teaching students how to read?

The fact that both parties deem it worthwhile to attach billions of dollars annually in education earmarks without addressing the vital need to get American students back to basics with systematic and explicit phonics so that they are able to read proficiently is criminal.

Factually, it would cost a fraction of what “image pork” besets taxpayers.

What is meant by Image Pork? How about Congress passing an earmark, using taxpayer dollars, in the amount of $1.9 million for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service or $19 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate or $2.4 million for the Lott Leadership Institute or $10 million for the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center.

Why would any reasonable person sitting on Capitol Hill believe that their name is worth more than properly educating children in America how to read?

Education “reform” is not needed. Political reform definitely is required.

It is time to eliminate earmarks of all nature as they are special interest in nature and burden each and every citizen with a pricetag to pay.

More importantly, it is time to ensure students in America are properly educated how to read because, as Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Wake Up Amercia – Politicians Do NOT Create The Economy

Citizens of this great country must wake up and realize that politicans do NOT create the economy. In fact, they bleed it, more often than not, through frivolous and zealous spending.

Likewise, the elected representatives of Main Street USA need to realize that government does not affect the economy in ways they think it does.

What really moves the U.S. financially, in all ways, is the private sector. A healthy American business front is the only thing that is needed to turn a poor economic environment into a strong and vibrant one.

Politicians generate tons of rhetoric about “jobs and the economy” and how they have plans to improve these areas for the people.

The only jobs created (or sustained) in any significant volume that add to the economy are in the private sector. And each and every job created by politicos in the public arena costs taxpayers more than the overall benefits produced. Capitol Hill has, for several decades now, grown the public sector into a giant labyrinth of the economy.

Any first year student of United States government knows, in no uncertain terms, that the Founding Fathers did not endorse a vast government body reaching into all areas of society. Quite the opposite. The federal government was formed for a few specific reasons.

They had studied many forms of government, studied the rise and fall of governments, and studied what makes a government good or bad when they wrote and passed the documents creating the United States.

Some knew that any government body is not ideal. Witness Thomas Paine, who said, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

The size and scope of government very much concerned them.

Consider that Thomas Jefferson said, “Most bad government has grown out of too much government,” as well as, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

Patrick Henry, fearing an overbearing giant, said, “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

They also knew that people of questionable character and morals would undoutedly gain entry to the public sector.

Noah Webster, the father of American education, wrote as a warning, “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; Corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.”

It is now a given that earmarks (legislative provisions) are attached by the hundreds to large pieces of legislation (costing all taxpayers billions) which are, in reality, for the politician’s selfish and local purposes.

Citizens of America need to realize that government today has grown, gradually over scores of years, into something too big to continue to feed. It has bankrupt this nation and yet those elected to represent and serve the people still expect (demand) taxpayers to provide vast sustenance for their “work.”

Government must change. The United States must become, once again, “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address, and not what it has eroded into – of, for and by the politicians.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Congress Must Be Held Accountable

Where is it that elected representatives feel that they can take their leave without finishing urgent business, causing financial loss and unemployment, two major issues facing their “people.”

Only in America.

It is most disturbing that members of the House and Senate take their four week leave prior to dealing with the expired FAA taxation.

This serious lapse by Congress is estimated to cost the government approximately one billion dollars in revenue.

Isn’t there a financial crisis still facing the United States?

Does Congress feel that dealing with the loss of a billion can wait?

Or, is that number too small to worry about?

The time is past due when all individuals elected to represent the people perform their jobs as professionals, not as politicians.

They (members of Congress) need to balance the budget. They need to totally eliminate earmarks as a “way of life.” They need to trim their own office expenses. They need to quit spending more than is collected by the myriad sources of income they collect. They need to be held 100% accountable.

In short they need to put our house in order.

Main Street USA should not have to continue paying for the excesses and irresponsibility exhibited year after year on Capitol Hill.

America does not need more politicians. America needs leaders. America needs people who take full responsibility for their actions.

Over For now.

Main Street One