One and a half billion dollars. That is billion, with a “B.” The United States has been giving that amount to the Egypt every year for the past several years. And it appears to have made matters there worse!
Now, I realize that most of that goes to the Egyptian military, and as far as I can tell they are the good guys. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood was working to force radical Islam on the world, even burning Christian churches In Egypt and the military government has pledged to rebuild the damaged churches. My problem with the whole program is that we are once again spending money we do not have.
The enemies of America are working hard to destroy our nation by wrecking our economy, and we are helping them. If we are to survive as a great nation, we have to get our budget under control. One of the many steps we need to take is to drastically reduce our internationally aid payments. Once we are paying our own way, then we can look at who deserved our aid.
There is a long list of things we can do. First, our bureaucracy is vastly inflated. We need to establish a total hiring freeze on all but the sworn military. The freeze should stay in effect until the federal payroll is reduced to a reasonable level. Then we need to greatly reduce welfare payments, especially the food stamp program. Then we need to totally revamp our tax system, even abolish the Internal Revenue Service in favor of a national wholesale tax system that assures that foreign goods pay the same taxes as our domestically produced items.
One move that would dramatically boost our economy would be a great reduction in government rules and regulations. Our businesses spend a great deal of time and money trying to apply the current rules. And the rules are getting far worse thanks to Obama care.
What we need to do is strictly apply the Constitution to our federal government. Every bill passed by congress should have a title that includes the Constitutional authority for the bill. Each bill should cover only one subject and have a word count no greater than the Constitution and its amendments. Then require that any regulations written by the bureaucracy have the same word count and be approved by Congress.
We have far too many laws, too many regulations and too many bureaucrats trying to administer the rules. By simplifying the law and rules, we can afford to help those of our citizenship, and our international friends without bankrupting our nation.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is email@example.com. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
I agree Frank. The problem is that any politician, state or federal, thinks he is not a good job unless he 'passes' bills. I daresay we are the most regulated nation on the face of the earth because of it. All that is needed for this to take place is a few people to complain about something and the rep is off to the races to do something about it. Our representatives never have the nerve to tell their constituents 'this is a terrible idea' or 'there is no way that I could support something as bizarre as you suggest'. Maybe we need to elect those who have the interests of the state and nation in mind instead of trying to be politically correct and acting to get re-elected. This runs from the lowest city/county council/commission all the way to governors and presidents. Our Republic is in trouble and no one seens to care or even realize it. Jacob
08/31/13 at 10:55 AM
Well said, Jacob! This is one of the fundamental problems hastening the decline of our country and our culture. The answer is term limits, severe term limits, in exchange for slightly longer terms. Get elected and forget campaigning. The trouble is that fewer and fewer quality people are willing to endure the dirty ugliness of politics in order to step up and serve, so we get lower and lower quality candidates. This is all due to the sanctity of the all-important freedom of speech, the freedom to all but libel and destroy opponents. Democracy is very messy.
08/31/13 at 11:11 AM
Ole Jake- I believe this country would be better if WE started electing people to office who APPLY the laws and rules they make to their own life NOT the ones who make one set of laws for US and another set of laws for them self? I know men who don't have but a Third grade education but know how to make money? It's like everything they touch makes money and they would be better suited to run this country than the ones we have running it? BUT today we teach our children that the more education you have the better off you will be WE have forgotten to teach them that HARD WORK and being HONEST will help them more than a higher education?
08/30/13 at 08:37 PM
Frank I agree and the main thing I can't figure out is HOW and WHY is Obama telling the American people the United States has to borrow money to stay afloat BUT then he turns around and gives money to a group that wants to destroy the United States? Now I don't have alot of college degrees but I know if you are having to borrow money to stay afloat THEN YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO GIVE AWAY? And to be honest I don't see this changing as long as Obama and people like him are in office? AND I believe right before his term is done he is going to start a war with some country because as long as there is a war going on WE can't elect a new President so he will get to keep his job? AND by then the US will be so far in debt we will never be able to get out?
08/31/13 at 11:01 AM
".... he will get to keep his job ...."
You do know that a president serves only two terms and that Obama is in his second term.
Too many laws? Yes. Too many regulations? Please be specific.
Which comes first: the regulation, or the need for one?
Should CertainTeed and the like be allowed to spew an unlimited amount of toxins into the air we breathe?
Should our farmers be allowed to use DDT again?
How about our water supply? Think of the Chattahoochee.
You people just repeat the sound bites you hear on TV, which are paid for by corporations that don't give a damn about anything except profits. The biggest problem this country has is not the regulations that save lives and our environment, it's ignorant people and those that pander to them. Like Frank does.