February 18, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
An accumulation of thoughts about a few different topics.
I really wish Obama's actions were even half as good as his words! Obama said his administration is making "tough choices" and "significant spending cuts.","We're not going to be running up the credit card anymore," The budget he proposed has 15 tax increases and the largest annual deficit ever - nearly $2 trillion! From The Washington Times: ..."budget projects...will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history,” and that the debt will "reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That would be 102.6 percent of GDP …” The current Federal debt is growing at the rate of about $4 billion per day!
Remember Obama said America is “arrogant” and “imperial”? Remember how last year he wouldn't say anything supportive of the Iranian protests stating something to the effect
that it's not our place to interfere in another country? (Eventually he spoke out against the violence.) This year Egypt has demonstrations and all of a sudden it's alright for the president to demand that Mubarak leave office. But just days later, when Iran has demonstrations happening, Obama states that the United States cannot "dictate" what happens in Iran. Nothing like consistency!!!
While much blame for the current economic problems can be placed squarely on the fact that Democrats controlled Congress for the last
four years and the White House for the last two years (because they have produced a plethora of 'progressive' laws and exercised no restraint on federal agencies' rule-making), the Republicans are not free of guilt. During the previous 10 years, Republicans controlled Congress. At first they adhered to the principles of the Republican party, but they strayed. They abandoned the principles of small government, low taxes and individual rights. Only the outrageous excesses of the last few years have re-awakened them. Republicans won in this last election not because the people are happy with Republicans. They won because the people are unhappy with the
Democrats' behavior! If Republicans do not stay true to their principles, don't keep their campaign promises, they will be out in the cold in
two years. For America's and New Hampshire's sakes, I hope they stay true to their principles. We are watching.
I mentioned the cost of compliance with government rules and regulations the other week. Many of us don't realize the immense reach of these! This past year the Federal Government alone issued 80,000 pages of new rules and regulations! A study released in September of 2010 about the cost (keep in mind that leaves 3 more months of more regulations not included in the study) states in part:
“While the revenues and expenditures of the government are budgeted and accounted for each year, the costs of regulation are largely hidden from view, paid for indirectly via higher prices, fewer choices, and less innovation.
The best estimates of the total cost, however, have come from a series of reports commissioned by the Small Business Administration
(SBA)... Rules and restrictions imposed from Washington now cost Americans some $1.75 trillion each year... including a $445 billion increase in the cost of economic regulation...” (My comment: Mind you, this was BEFORE the Fiscal Reform Bill passed the lame duck Congress in December! That bill, now law, gives open ended power to the regulatory bureaucrats and is going to be a major problem in the near future!)
The study further states, “No matter how you slice it, $1.75 trillion is a lot of money. It is far more than Americans pay in income taxes each year. It’s about the same as the GDP of Italy. Per household, the regulatory tab works out to some $15,000—almost as much as the average family spends on housing.” The abstract from this study states (in reference to Federal regulations enacted in fiscal year 2010 alone), “Based on data from the Government Accountability Office,...reports from government regulators themselves, the total cost of these rules topped $26.5
billion. These costs will affect Americans in many ways, raising the price of the cars they buy and the food they eat, while destroying an untold number of jobs. And with the enactment of new health care laws, financial regulations, and plans for rulemaking in other areas, the regulatory burden on Americans is set to increase even further in the coming year.”
In his autobiography in 1990, Reagan described precisely where our nation is 20 years later: "We had strayed a great distance from our Founding Fathers' vision of America. They regarded the central government's responsibility as that of providing national security, protecting our democratic freedoms, and limiting the government's intrusion in our lives - in sum, the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They never envisioned vast agencies in Washington telling our farmers what to plant, our teachers what to teach, our industries what to build. The Constitution they wrote established sovereign states, not mere administrative districts for the federal government. They believed in keeping government as close as possible to the people."
Typical of its disdain for Rule of Law, the White House promised to continue implementation of Obamabcare, despite its being ruled unconstitutional. Many states are ceasing efforts to comply with the mandates and regulations of the law. Virginia is asking the Supreme Court to expedite its hearings on the law. Many states have asked that the Supreme Court accept and rule on Obamacare quickly as the “indefiniteness” of requirements on the states places undo hardship on the states in trying to plan their budgets. (Unlike any previous administration I am aware of, the Obama administration is now acting in contempt of federal court rulings about
two items – the oil drilling moratorium and Obamacare. If this isn't corrected we can kiss “Rule of Law” goodbye in this country!!!!!)
Remember my note about nullification? Twelve states have joined forces to nullify ObamaCare. In nearly all of the 12 bills, states are calling for jail time and fines for anyone trying
to enforce ObamaCare within state lines! “There are now 27 states that are in on the lawsuit against Obamacare. What if those 27 states do the same thing we do with nullification? It's a killer." Senator Pierce (R-ID)
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