Politicians: Listen to that Famous Kennedy Line – Ask Not …

Though John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not spend a long time in the White House he did accomplish some very meaningful actions while he occupied the nation’s top seat.

The Bay of Pigs, though possibly viewed by some as a fiasco, was handled well, and the Cuban Missile Crisis was an exceptionally tough time for any political figure where success was ultimately accomplished, while his work fowarding civil rights positively changed the course of the nation.

When looking at JFK’s political career one of the most meaningful points he ever expressed, and was evident in various of his actions while he served, was during his innaugural address.

Towards the end of that speech he stated, And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

Unfortunately, most politicians lean exactly the opposite of President Kennedy. It certainly appears that they are trying to figure out how the United States can do more, provide more, hand out more, to fellow Americans. Much of this is, more than likely, done to garner votes for their always-upcoming re-election.

Regardless, each piece of legislation the nation’s elected officials vote into existence that, basically, provides either something for nothing or continually expands the public sector by increasing its size and scope with added personnel and payroll (as well as health and retirement benefits) primarily results in more and more financial burden for Main Street USA and a growing federal budget deficit.

Case in point, is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which poured billions of dollars into public works through the public sector, with no meaningful statistics to show.

Had that money been channeled into the private sector through bidding contracts that would be awarded to companies there may have been some positive change that could be measured. And this would have been acccomplished with less cost to American taxpayers.

The economy cannot be fixed by increasing the size of the public sector. If, and when, politicans learn this simple truth the country will begin to better itself.

It is not the government’s job, nor purpose as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, to have become an overly massive bureaucracy that ends up taxing it’s citizens to death in the attempt to cover all the costs necessary to pay for immediate, and future, costs of their myriad programs.

And though JFK was human and had his share of flaws, as pointed out by the 2011 The Kennedys six-hour mini-series, he did have a fairly good idea of the activities and actions that government should and should not be doing or areas where government should or should not become involved.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

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

Straddling Main Street USA With More Debt

An Associated Press headline today reads: “Obama to propose $300 billion to jump-start jobs.”

And where does the jump-start take place?

In the public sector.

Thus, there is evidently going to be a proposal to spend $300 billion that the government does not have, increasing the national debt once again.

And, public sector employees are paid via the private sector (read Main Street USA) taxes.

Therefore, another double whammy for tax-paying citizens.

Capitol Hill needs to remove themselves from the business of trying to “generate” business and jobs. While there may be thousands of new (public sector) jobs created it comes at a cost that simply adds more debt and more burden to Americans.

Why can’t those in Washington DC allow small businesses and corporations to do what they do best, ie create, manufacture and sell their products and services. Yes, regulate the unethical and throw them in prison, but let businesses do their thing.

And while our elected representatives and their appointees regulate the bad apples in the private sector it should be added that the public sector needs that type of oversight as well.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Political Poll – Do Not Re-elect Anyone

The results of the most recent USA Today/Gallup poll revealed that only 24% of those surveyed felt that most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.

Interesting that the word “most” is included.

Despite splitting hairs on that point, the vast majority of Americans are furious with those elected to take care of business.

Alas, that is the problem.

Capitol Hill is not taking care of business. They are not taking care of anything other than themselves.

They can point fingers and name call with the best of them.

They cannot get a product.

The collective intelligence and effort of the White House, Senate and House were only able to arrive at a 50% (if that) solution on the “debt crisis” and spending free-for-all that exists (due to those very people).

The result of that farce “historic” agreement was a credit rating downgrade by S&P and a loss of 600+ points in the market.

Great job Washington DC!

And, to top that off, those very same people who are supposed to represent Main Street USA decided that their 4 week vacation was vastly more important that the FAA fiasco.

Those elected to “serve the people” decided to leave and cost the government an estimated one billion dollars (though it will probably end up a much larger figure) in revenue. That is truly astounding. Astonishing.

No matter what happens, members of Congress will still receive their overly generous pension, courtesy of the taxpayer.

Where is accountability?

All of the above was a long-winded way of finally asking this question: are the people who think ANY people currently on Capitol Hill deserve re-election citizens of this country?

It certainly does not seem that way.

America needs real leaders. America needs Statespeople. America does NOT need politicians.

Over For Now.

Main Street One