I was sure it would never happen: Robert Ringer being in agreement with the duplicitous despot in the White House. I can only pray that I escape eternal punishment for my sin, but, alas, I do agree with Barack Obama on at least one issue: Every time he says he intends to call the Republicans’ bluff on cutting the deficit, I find myself thinking, “Good for you. Do it. Tell them to put up or shut up.”
BHO is confident that Americans are too far down the road to socialism to turn back now. As a result, and thanks to generations of inculcation, many beliefs that were once considered to be moral, mainstream and constitutional are now labeled extreme.
It’s one thing to huff and puff about our Founding Fathers, the Constitution and the evils of big government, but quite another to show that your words are not just hollow rhetoric. More to the point of this article, it’s easy to call for a drastic reduction in spending, but not so easy to name specific programs to cut.
Which is why Republicans still fall back on talking points filled with nice-sounding buzz words and phrases that say nothing – e.g., “reform,” “unsustainable” and, of course, the ever-mystical bogeyman “waste, fraud and abuse.” To talk about cutting waste, fraud and abuse is on a par with talking about the “Mideast peace process.” Both are fantasies kept alive by a media constantly on the prowl for non-stories to fill air time.
It’s no wonder networks resort to boredom breakers like Stephen Colbert lending his farm expertise to Congress, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton going in out of jail and a brawl between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle supporters. And if they get really desperate for “news,” they can always look to Warren Buffet to say something brilliant like “[I]t is not helpful to have people as unhappy as they are about what’s going on in Washington.” Calm down, Warren. Just drink your glass of warm milk and go to bed.
Now, along comes the Republicans’ “A Pledge to America,” a document that everyone assumed would have tea partiers cheering. You probably expected the first thing on the list to be a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, right? Sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not even at the bottom of the list. The document merely says that it wants to “put government on the path to a balanced budget.”
The “Pledge to America” also doesn’t address entitlement programs (e.g., Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) that are 100 percent guaranteed to go broke. Which I guess is fine, because even up-and-coming Republican superstar Marco Rubio has already gone on record as saying he is against “privatizing” Social Security. It’s clear he is already sniffing the Washington go-along-to-get-along aroma in the halls of Congress.
Sorry, Marco, but Social Security is unconstitutional – period. That being the case, there’s nothing to privatize. What needs to be done is to put a stop to this galling theft of the American people’s money.
As everyone now realizes, the stolen money does not go into a fund as FDR assured us it would, so it’s anything but an “investment.” Instead, it is illegally commingled with other government funds and used to pay government obligations (which includes Social Security payments).
Taking it one step further, when someone talks about “privatizing Social Security,” it implies that each individual should have the right to invest his money in any way he chooses. But does that mean he has to invest a certain portion of his earnings? If so, it’s as unconstitutional as forcing people to purchase health care. If it’s your money, you have a natural right to do with it as you please – including investing it or not investing it. What you do with your money is simply none of the government’s business.
I still don’t think most Republicans get the tea-party message: “Stay out of our lives, don’t tell us what we can and cannot do and leave our money alone! You work for us, so shut up and do what you’re told.” I think the antiquated term for this is liberty.
In closing, I should also mention one other glaring absence in the Republicans’ “Pledge to America” – a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on the rascals who decide our fates on Capitol Hill (not to mention the president and Supreme Court justices).
Not a good start for the “new” Republican Party. Let’s hope John Boehner is sincere when he says that the only thing Republicans want to explain to the American people right now is “how big the problem is,” then “begin to talk about possible solutions and … work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.” OK, John, whatever you say.
But what makes me nervous is that Boehner’s logic sounds eerily like Madame Pelosi saying (in reference to the health-care hell bill) that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Maybe it’s just something in the water these guys and gals drink in the Capitol building.
What puzzles me is that with this kind of in-house comedic talent, why does the Congress feel the need to call in an amateur like Stephen Colbert to perform?