Look not to government to make your life better. Look to
yourself to take advantage of the opportunities this great country provides.
That is the message that needs to be sent to the American people and especially
the Congress of the United States and those members who think government should
be doing everything for us.
The states were not created by the federal government. The
Federal government was created by the states to represent them in a common
forum. That is why this country was named "The United States of America." But
somehow, the federal government has been able to seize control over the states
by imposing unconstitutional laws along with income and other taxes which are
used to offer additional funding to states who comply with their mandates. The
states in turn have become addicted to federal government subsidies and now
Congress wants us, the people, to also become dependent on them. This simply
Our economy is on the verge of bankruptcy because of excessive
federal spending and if Democrats have their way, they will take as much of our
money as possible through high taxes and use it for government services to
ensnare us in government dependency before the collapse. If we allow this to
happen, we will become victims of the government and left out in the cold when
government can no longer take care of us.
That day may be coming soon. All it will take is one good
terrorist attack on a major city or two, or for China to call in our debt. The
last attack on our World Trade Center started a chain of events rolling that
caused our national debt to skyrocket. We simply cannot afford another attack
and expect our economy to survive with the current level of federal spending. We
need a reserve but have none.
Government cannot continue with this excessive spending without eventually
collapsing the economy or becoming a communist state by taking control of
business and industry to maintain their radical spending practices. 44% of our
national debt is now owned by foreigners, and about half of that is owned by the
governments of China and Japan. This gives them a strong influence in our
foreign policy. When you owe someone a lot of money, you don't want to anger
them. Why do you suppose we are still importing poison and toxic food and toys
Sure, the economic figures are looking good. Low unemployment,
high productivity, high home ownership figures, and a strong stock market, but
itís all being done on borrowed money. The current national debt at the time of
this writing stands at $9.116 trillion and as the debt goes up the value of the
dollar goes down.
Because of this, the dollar has been devaluated to just 60% of
what it was worth on the international market only a few years ago before 911.
Foreign traders are now choosing to trade in Euros instead of dollars as they
loose confidence in our ability to make good on our debts.
According to a news conference aired on CSPAN this morning,
Sen. Harry Reid would have you believe this debt is due to the $800 billion
spent to fight the war in Iraq and Afghanistan although Reid didn't mention
Afghanistan, only Iraq. He said this money would better be spent on healthcare,
housing for the poor, and paying people's utility bills who can't afford them,
instead of fighting "a civil war in Iraq." If Harry is so concerned about
government spending then why would he want to take that same money being spent
to fight a war and spend it elsewhere instead of cutting it from the budget?
Obviously, it's not the spending that Harry objects to. It's
the war. This is just the latest misguided attempt by Democrats to mislead the
public and try to convince the American people that defeat and surrender to
Islamofascism would be good for the country. War is actually good for the
economy in that it creates lots of jobs and innovations within the defense
industry and their contractors while there is virtually no return on giving
money to the poor.
It's hard to believe that a person in a top leadership
positions of this country could stand up in front of the press and the
television cameras complaining about defense spending, deny the great progress
being made in Iraq, and again demand a change of course, while promoting
socialist spending programs as Reid did this week. Has Harry gone completely off
his rocker? He's become about as useful in Congress as a Chia Pet, and not a
whole lot smarter.
The fact of the matter is that fighting wars is one of the
things that the Constitution authorizes Congress to spend tax money on. It does
not authorize Congress to spend our tax dollars on healthcare, low cost housing,
earmarks to campaign supporters, or private utility bills as Harry suggests.
I have often made reference to the Enumeration of Powers in
Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution which defines the powers of congress.
Let's take a closer look at this section. It is prefaced with the following
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties,
imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and
general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall
be uniform throughout the United States;
This says that Congress is granted the power to tax and spend,
but all taxes and spending must apply to everyone equally. It then goes on to
define specifically what that power includes:
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
That speaks for itself and our government has taken full
advantage of it.
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the
several states, and with the Indian tribes;
In other words, to act as a regulating agent in interstate
commerce and foreign trade.
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws
on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
Immigration and bankruptcy policies to be uniform throughout
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin,
and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To establish the U.S. Mint and a uniform standard of weights
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities
and current coin of the United States;
That speaks for itself.
To establish post offices and post roads;
This paves the way for the Highway Dept. and the U.S. Post
Office. It provides for roads needed for the movement and delivery of U.S. mail.
(Keep reading. There is a reason for all this.)
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;
This provides for the U.S. patent office and establishes
copyright laws to encourage individual creativity for profit.
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
This is where Henry Waxman gets his power to hold never ending
congressional investigations into the Bush Administrationís activities.
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the
high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
The power to prosecute and punish international criminals
involved in crimes against the United States outside the national
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make
rules concerning captures on land and water;
Allows Congress, in addition to declaring war, to authorize
private persons or companies to act as agents outside the U.S. borders in
defense or retaliations for attacks or crimes against America. Also to establish
rules for dealing with those captured in such actions.
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to
that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
The authorization to create and fund the Department of Defense
and explains why the defense appropriations bill must be renewed every two
To provide and maintain a navy;
If we have an army, weíre going to need a navy to get them to
the war and defend our interests on the high seas. This authorizes Congress to
fund the navy.
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and
Authorizes Congress to establish operating rules for government
agencies including the army, navy, and marines, but doesnít say anything about
the Air Force, so go for it boys before they change the Constitution.
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of
the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
Authorizes Congress to call up armed forces to suppress riots
and drive back invasions of our sovereign soil from places such as Mexico. We
can expect Congress to continue ignoring that one.
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;
Establishes uniform rules, equipment and organization of the
stateís National Guards, and authority over them when in the service of the
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, dockyards, and other needful
This basically establishes Washington D.C. and all other
federal reserves under the authority and regulation of the U.S. Congress.
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.
Notice above it states Congress is authorized to make all
laws necessary to carry out the forgoing powers (listed here) and to make
laws necessary for carrying out the other provisions of this Constitution.
This is the limit of congressional powers. The 10th Amendment states
that all other powers are reserved to the states and to the people.
It is clear that the Constitution does authorize Congress to
fund military operations on foreign soil and in fact, the primary duty of all
elected officials is to defend the Constitution and the United States of America
from all enemies foreign and domestic, according to their oath of office.
By now, it should also be clear that Congress and the federal
government has absolutely no constitutional authorization to regulate or fund
healthcare, low cost housing, private utility bills, farm aid, foreign aid,
welfare, social services, education, private enterprise within state lines,
civil rights beyond the right to vote (15th Amendment), regulation of
firearms, or any of the thousands of other freedoms they have stolen from us in
their abuse of power.
The answer to Harry Reid is, cut out the unconstitutional
spending so that there is enough money to fund the things that the Constitution
authorizes you to fund.
America was a free country until the 20th century
when career politicians began making Congress a full time job. We now have 535
career politicians with nothing better to do than to spend their time finding
ways to spend our money and making unnecessary laws for the rest of us to live
by. They keep the wheels of their machine grinding away simply to justify their
own existence, ambitions, and power but do little for the country that doesnít
have to be undone later on down the road with more laws and more spending.
The more time these people have on their hands, the more laws
they think up and the more of our hard earned money they find ways to spend. It
is important to understand that every single law passed by our government
represents another freedom taken away from us. And when they are not busy taking
away our freedom and liberties, they are taking away our hard earned money to
give to someone else of their choosing.
This is not the America our founders intended. I often think
about how it was in the wild west when men were really free. Local law was the
prime law and people survived by being self reliant and not dependent on any
government. That was when America was really America. We have allowed our free
America to become a nation of regulations under the elected elite and a nanny
state that takes what we earn and gives it to those who donít for the sake of
their own reelection votes.
And now Democrats want to take it to the next level with the
election of Hillary ďMarxĒ Clinton. At this rate, I predict there wonít be much
difference between the United States of America and Russia under the former
Soviet Union within the next 20 years. Everything must be regulated and
controlled by federal government to assure that everyone is equal and life is
fair for everyone. Everyone, that is, except those who would take personal
responsibility for their own lives.
Is that what Americans really want? Itís what we will get if we donít take
back our government and return it to what it was before itís servants lost sight
of our Constitution and declared themselves absolute rulers of the people. In
1903, Congressmen and Senators served a total of 73 days a year in Congress.
Today it's more like 225 days a year but only about 10% of those days produce
anything useful. Itís time now for all of them to find new jobs, return the
control of America to the people, and restore freedom and liberty to America.