Is This the Only Way to Stop Federal Government Spending?

November 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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It’s easy to blame progressives for their spending spree (GWB certainly did it). But I’ve often said that it’s really the majority of the American people who are responsible. They keep electing people to Congress who will not face up to responsible action, for fear of being voted out of office. There was a time that I, and many others, believed that if we just keep cutting taxes, we would limit the out of control spending.

Andrew Ferguson’s article in The Weekly Standard Gorging The Beast makes a very reasoned case that “Tax cuts didn’t starve big government.”

He cites Milton Friedman who wrote.

I believe there is one and only one way: the way parents control spendthrift children, by cutting their allowance.

But there’s a big difference, between a kid on an allowance and the federal government: The government has a credit card with no debt limit.

As long as a majority of the people who get benefits from the Government don’t feel the pain of higher taxes, there’s no cry out there to reduce money spent on “free stuff.”

So it may be that the only way to really reduce the spending is to raise taxes on the vast middle class. Then, and only then, might they start getting serious about living on less.

Here are the 2 key paragraphs:

Reagan, Friedman had counted on something that never materialized. They had assumed that as the debt piled up to finance annual budget deficits caused by free-flowing benefits, public outrage would force politicians to restrain spending without raising taxes. Yet we’ve had the deficits and the borrowing, in amounts that would have left Friedman and Reagan agog; what’s been missing is the outrage.

As compelling as Niskanen’s critique is, he was less persuasive in explaining the flip side of his findings. Why do tax increases lead to decreased spending? “Demand by current voters for federal spending,” he explained, “declines with the amount of this spending that is financed by current taxes.” When you make them pay for government benefits out of their own pockets, in other words, voters will want fewer of them. The journalist Jonathan Rauch put Niskanen’s point more pithily: “Voters will not shrink Big Government until they feel the pinch of its true cost.”

Obama`s Budget vs Reality

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What`s Better for the Unemployed, a Government Handout or a Private Sector Job?

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Best quote:

Instead of changing the Bush policies of more spending and more regulation Obama just stepped on the accelerator and is going in the same direction of bigger government.

Are Nina Totenberg, Mark Shields & Evan Thomas Gullible?

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The 2012 National Debt Road Trip

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Hannan: Whatever the Problem, the EU`s Solution is Always to Spend Spend Spend

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My new find from CPAC12 was Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP (Member European Union) from England:

The Great Divider? Is Obama Polarizing the Nation More than Any Other President?

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The Vote Pump & The Redistribution Pump

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What a Great Speech.

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Turn The Spigot Off

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How Obama Caused The Debt, Downgrade Crisis

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Any homeowner can appreciate what’s going on. A responsible lender will not allow you to accrue too much debt in proportion to your potential income. Obama’s economic philosophy is driving him to want tax increases to increase revenue to keep pace with spending.

Folks, it’s not anymore complicated than that.

Spend It All

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Chris Christie`s Best Examples. In 44 Seconds.

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This is why so many Conservatives love Gov Chris Christie. His simple, straight forward examples of what should be obvious. We don’t have a money tree.

I looked.

41 Statistics About the National Debt That Are Almost Too Crazy to Believe.

July 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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From one of my favorite websites Monty Pelerin’s World.

The following are 41 statistics about the national debt that are almost too crazy to believe….

1 – As of June 20th, the U.S. national debt was $14,344,524,186,068.19.

2 – 30 years ago, the U.S. national debt was approximately 14 times smaller.

3 – It took from the presidency of George Washington to the presidency of Ronald Reagan for the U.S. government to accumulate one trillion dollars of debt.

4 – Since then, we have added more than 13 trillion dollars of additional debt.

5 – The United States government is responsible for more than a third of all the government debt in the entire world.

6 – If you divide up the national debt equally among all U.S. households, each one owes over $125,000.

7 – Mandatory federal spending is going to surpass total federal revenue for the first time ever in this fiscal year.  That was not supposed to happen until 50 years from now.

8 – Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. GDP grew by only 4.26%, but the U.S. national debt soared by 61% during that same time period.

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41 Stats About The National Debt

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From Monty Pelerin’s World:  The following are 41 statistics about the national debt that are almost too crazy to believe….

1 – As of June 20th, the U.S. national debt was $14,344,524,186,068.19.

2 – 30 years ago, the U.S. national debt was approximately 14 times smaller.

3 – It took from the presidency of George Washington to the presidency of Ronald Reagan for the U.S. government to accumulate one trillion dollars of debt.

4 – Since then, we have added more than 13 trillion dollars of additional debt.

5 – The United States government is responsible for more than a third of all the government debt in the entire world.

6 – If you divide up the national debt equally among all U.S. households, each one owes over $125,000.

7 – Mandatory federal spending is going to surpass total federal revenue for the first time ever in this fiscal year.  That was not supposed to happen until 50 years from now.

8 – Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. GDP grew by only 4.26%, but the U.S. national debt soared by 61% during that same time period.

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All They Want to do Kick the Can Down the Road and Get Re~elected.

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If U.S. Paid $100 Million a Day, it Would Take 389 Years to Pay Off National Debt

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Cartoons of the Week

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Incredible Debt Levels of the US Govt Are Shown in These Graphs

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Uh, We’ve been focusing on the current debt. The debate needs to shift up to the Unfunded Liability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the Continuing Resolution

April 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Rand: “Who’s in charge here?”

Both parties are responsible for the deficits.

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