~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
- Drew McKissick (11/28/12)
With all of the talk about the impending “fiscal cliff”, it’s a good time to step back from the trees and take a good look at the forest and how we got here to begin with.
For the last sixty years or so, Congress has been on an ever growing spending binge, guided by a political philosophy that government should play an ever growing role in our everyday lives – a role which requires more of our substance. In fact, it increasingly requires more than we can spare in any given year and maintain a healthy economy. So we borrow the rest, year after year.
This year’s federal deficit is 1.2 trillion, last year’s was 1.2 trillion and next year’s is projected to be over one trillion as well. Our national debt, the sum total of our annual deficits, is well over 16 trillion. And all of that is on top of the tens of trillions of dollars in “off-the-books” future obligations to entitlement programs.
When you are in a hole, stop digging, or so the advice goes. But what do you do when voters keep electing politicians who won’t put down the shovel, but hold to the insane notion that we can somehow dig our way out?
The current “fiscal cliff” is just the latest symptom of our larger “financial cliff”. Whether or not they reach some sort of compromise by the end of the year, it’s safe to say that the result will not change the downward direction of our finances, perhaps just the speed they deteriorate, (sort of like Thelma and Louise arguing over how fast they should drive over the cliff).
As Ronald Reagan suggested, we don’t have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem. And the spending problem has led to a chronic borrowing problem. The coming “financial cliff” is the point at which we can no longer borrow enough money from Peter (aka China, et al) to pay Paul (aka our entitlement programs).
Of course, it’s not a matter of whether or not things will change. It’s simple arithmetic. The question is when, and how abruptly. How much of a shock will it be to the lives of Americans? What changes will taxpayers (and lenders) demand?
The future is playing out before our eyes on the evening news.
Some countries are farther down this path than we are, (Greece comes to mind), and the people they have been borrowing from no longer have faith that they will be repaid, so they are being charged increasingly untenable interest rates, leaving citizens with a burden that will drag their economy and their families down for decades.
Since our current path is fiscally unsustainable, it is therefore immoral, and reducing our debt and balancing our budget becomes a moral issue in the sense of how it impacts the opportunities and liberties of those alive today, and those yet to be born.
Proverbs tells us that “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children”, but all we are leaving today is a bill. Every child that is born today will start out over fifty-two thousand dollars in the hole; their share of our national debt. Children born tomorrow will inherit even more.
When you consider the level of taxation that will be necessary to repay our debt – future taxes that have essentially been mandated by excessive spending – you have to seriously consider whether or not our children and grandchildren will be willing to accept the reduced standard of living that will be necessary to pay for what we have done and failed to do.
It will be hard to blame them if they are not.
We should remember that the catalyst for the revolution that gave birth to our country was a tax revolt whose rallying cry was “taxation without representation”.
If preemptive steps aren’t taken now, the end could ultimately resemble what we’ve seen in negotiations between a corporation and its employee unions. Management (aka taxpayers) will demand drastic cuts, and unions (aka entitlement recipients) will refuse and pitch a fit. So management finally decides to declare bankruptcy and wipe the slate clean.
As Republicans begin to think about the political future and how they should position themselves, they need to be mindful that there is a tax revolt unlike any we’ve ever seen coming in our nation’s future. And the GOP had better be on the right side of it when it happens.
Drew McKissick is a political strategist and former member of the Republican National Committee with over twenty years of experience in grassroots politics. He writes a bi-weekly column providing analysis and commentary on current events.
Great post, Mollie. If the GOP insiders keep Boehner, I think we are done. He is running scared, acting spineless, and will not risk a thing to save the country we all know and love!
I heard Dr. Wm. Bennett yesterday on the way to work, and the gist of the segment I heard was on the strength of the family. As the family deteriorates, there is a greater 'need' for government involvement/assistance. The left has done its work, decimating the black family, and over the decades, moved on to every other demographic, including whites... look at the increasing number of single moms. To successfully move to a smaller government, we need stronger families, and I do believe that the voice for this is found in Marco Rubio, for one. Mike Huckabee is another. I hope that Jim DeMint also works toward this in his new position with Heritage Foundation.
I agree JG! Boehner is no conservative. We gave him the house and this is what he does in return? I hope they get those 16 needed to make sure he is not speaker again in the new congress sworn in January!
I used to defend Boehner. I was born in Ohio. Now I pray they kick him down the road!
I'm with you on that one, Mollie! Boehner needs to go.
Now I know that someone will dig up some unconstitutional law stating that they HAVE to! My reply is: If the Constitution does not give them the power – the law is bogus and the only reason it is enforced is because the public allows them to!
Anything outside the original document and the 27 Amendments is garbage!
THE HOUSE SITS DOWN AND WRITES UP THE TAXES FOR THE COMING YEAR – PERIOD! THE SENATE MAY SUGGEST AMENDMENTS TO IT BUT THAT IS ALL! THE PRESIDENT CAN EITHER VETO IT OR SIGN IT. THEN THE ONUS IS ON HIM! END OF STORY!
I know this long but I did refrain from quoting from the Federalist Papers!
All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Article 2 - The Executive Branch
Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Amendment 16 - Status of Income Tax Clarified
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
(Why the states ever passed this I will never figure out!)
Definition of General Welfare when the Constitution was written
. WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good faring; G.]
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states.
From Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary