Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But how about the third time?\
President Reagan was confronted by the Democrats demanding that he sign a tax increase bill. He responded that he would only sign it if there were significant cuts in government spending. They agreed, promising to make cuts in spending later if he would just sign their tax bill. He signed the bill. The spending cuts never happened.
The same thing happened to President Bush the First. After he promised “watch my lips, no new taxes,” they came to him with the same promise. They argued that they had to have revenue to finance the government. He demanded spending cuts in exchange for his signature. They promised. He signed. The spending cuts never happened.
So now comes President Obama demanding massive new taxes. “Lets get the tax thing done now, and we will address spending cuts after the first of the year.” The Republicans are right not to trust that promise. They have been burned twice already. If they make a deal that if they pass the tax bill now, they can deal with the spending problem next year, you can be assured that the spending cuts will never happen.
Obama’s approach is 180 degrees out of line anyway. It is impossible to know how much money is needed to finance the government until after the spending cuts are in place. Congress needs to do a serious job of reducing the cost of government by trimming all areas of spending. They should start with the federal payroll. We have far too many people working for the government. So the first item ought to be a total ban on future government hiring. When someone retires, fill their job with people already on the payroll who are not needed in their present job. There are thousands of them.
Next, all the president’s czars need to be fired, their staff and offices transferred to the appropriate cabinet officer. We do not need two cabinets basically doing the same job.
Then those same cabinet officers need to form a commission to draw a flow chart of their offices to see where they are duplicating services with other cabinet offices. For example, why is the Department of Agriculture handing out food stamps? They are not a poverty branch of government. Other cabinets have food programs. Let them combine the stamps with their existing programs.
And while we are at it, we need an extensive review of eligibility for food stamps. Better yet, let’s dump the whole thing and go to a food aid program that gives boxes of food to those who are in need of food assistance. Those boxes must contain only foods of high nutritional value.
Now, how about that prison in Illinois that the government just purchased. We do not need that because we should never move GITMO prisoners to stateside prisons. Have the GSA do an inventory of unneeded property and sell them, including that prison, to the highest bidder. That would bring in some cash and add new property to the state tax rolls.
I am convinced that a thorough cleansing of the government budget, if we had a budget, would dramatically reduce if not eliminate the need for any tax increases. Congress and the President need to get the horse in front of the cart.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
Well now, there's the ultimate truth about all this. And if there is anyone in charge with common sense, they let greed and power rule them instead. I agree that governments need to run way more efficiently, but how does firing a bunch of government workers help a largely jobless recovery? Those workers will just go to collect unemployment insurance benefits and we are pushed back beyond any gains we have made. Now is clearly not the time to do this! If private enterprize is not willing to spend any of all that money they have been hording for years now on hiring and if government quits paying some workers along with other spending, what money is being circulated to keep the economy going even at the present slow pace? When money stops circulating, people get nothing and spend nothing. Businesses can't sell anything so they let people go or eventually close. If businesses won't spend, that leaves government as the only stimulous.
Republicans are no better. They are as much to blame for the postion we are in as the demonrats. Actually the republicans are worse, they have had control of all three houses and they grew the goverment larger than it has ever been. Not to mention the shreading of the constitution with the patriot act, DHS, NDAA.
12/14/12 at 04:52 PM
sovrncitzn- You are right they both are to blame SO no one party can say it's the others fault BUT neither party cares AND not even YOUR President.
Now they are going to be comming for your guns. Diane Finestine has a bill drafted that requires you to turn in your guns. The way this will probally work, wew will be given a certain amount of time to turn them into your local sheriffs office or PD. After that if you havent turned them in you will be considered a terrorist. All these terror laws and secret arrest and prisons that you neocons love so much is going to be turned on you. see how you like it then. The feds will not do a mass round up all at once. The local police would not go along with that, so what they will do is FBI, DHS, ATFE, ect..... will come into the county with a list of say like 20 people. They will tell the local police these people are working with AL-CIADA. They will then be more than glad to kick in your door and throw you in a dark hole. GOD help us all.