April 29, 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 topics.
There are times I really wonder about the intelligence and sanity of some government employees and the ideas they come up with.... A state employment office in Florida actually used taxpayer money ($14,000) on 6,000 red capes as part of its 'Cape-A-Bility' challenge to make the unemployed feel like they are worthy of taking on 'Dr. Evil Unemployment.'
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. government will sell most of its remaining stake in Government Motors despite the fact it will mean a loss of approximately $11 billion. First and foremost, the Federal government had absolutely no right to interfere in a non-government business. That was a total violation of the government's Constitutional powers! Now, adding insult to injury, they are just going to sell it off at a large loss – as if the country had money to just throw away!!!
For more than two years, Obama has talked about cutting spending and deficits while doing nothing to achieve those goals. Actually he has been doing many things that accomplish the opposite. In February, Obama proposed a budget that he falsely claimed significantly cut federal spending. It didn't. Obama proposed spending $252 billion more in 2012 than the feds spent in 2010 -- at the height of the stimulus spending spree. Right now America is borrowing $188 million every hour! This is unsustainable and has to stop.
Paul Ryan in the House of Representatives proposed a serious budget designed to actually reduce the deficit and bring government expenses more in line with the government income (from taxes and fees). Obama's reaction was to categorically reject all its reform ideas, repeatedly vilifying them as essentially un-American. He used rhetoric that was meant to cause fear in the less fortunate and stimulate class warfare in all of us. Part of the Wall Street Journal's article stated ...“The President was not attempting to join the debate Mr. Ryan has started, but to close it off just as it begins and banish House GOP ideas to political Siberia. Mr. Obama then packaged his poison in the rhetoric of bipartisanship -- which 'starts,' he said, 'by being honest about what's causing our deficit.' The speech he chose to deliver was dishonest even by modern political standards."
Okay. Let's be honest about a few things...
First, not only is there massive waste and fraud in all the government programs, there is plenty of excess spending right in Washington itself. In 2000, the federal government spent $2.87 billion just to run Capitol Hill. In fiscal year 2010, they almost doubled the amount, to $5.42 billion. From 2000 to 2010, inflation went up 26 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but U.S. Capitol expenses went up 89 percent.
Next, corporations are not the evil and bad things that Obama and liberals makes them out to be. They are actually a great benefit to the country and the economy. Corporations are job producers. America has one of the highest (if not the highest) corporate tax rates in the world. Large corporations move their businesses to less expensive places. This takes jobs away from America and Americans. Yes, I know some corporations have manipulated the tax code through lobbyists and get away with not paying their corporate “fair share”. That is one of the reasons why the tax code needs to be redone! The point is that corporations have money and that is good, no-one has ever gotten a job from a poor person.
Also, those “evil” rich people who should be paying their “fair share of taxes”. The top one percent of the income earners in the nation earn only 19.6% of the income but pay 41% of the taxes in the country. The top 5%
of income earners in the country pay 60% of all the taxes in the country. This sounds like they pay way more than their “fair share” of the taxes to me!
So, when you hear things like “We're simply not taxing the big corporations enough. ... We're not taxing the millionaires and billionaires enough."(Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY), don't be fooled. It shows how little they actually know or that they are just plain liars. It's nothing but hogwash and you are too smart to fall for that.
Also, don't expect Obama to be serious about reducing the debt or the deficit. Even when he finally responded by proposing a better budget (after Ryan's budget proposal changed the dialog), it wasn't a truly serious effort. As J.D. Foster, an economist wrote: “The surest sign that the President is not serious is that he sets as his defining goal a steady reduction in government debt as a share of our economy beginning in the second half of this decade. In case anyone is curious, that would be beginning in 2016, the last year of the second term the President aspires to gain. The deficit reduction path needs to begin today, not five years from now.”
George Soros is a billionaire and financier as well as a dedicated liberal who wants one world government and economy. He was the architect of the 1992 collapse of the British pound (which netted him billions in profits). He has said he would destroy America's economy like he did England's. In 2006, he said “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States,”... He recently had a conference and appears to be ready to remove that “obstacle” by crashing the US dollar. So, knowing this, I find absolutely no comfort in his recent well-reported comment that “The country could, actually, absorb some more debt in order to get the economy going.” It is impossible to get out of debt by going deeper into debt.
On a different topic, the man who made Obama's presidency possible died the other day. I haven't heard Obama expressing his gratitude or debt. You would think that the death of Hubert Schlafly, the man who invented the teleprompter, would have warranted some recognition from the President.
I'd like to start a Claremont Republican Committee. We need to be more involved in what both the local and national legislators are doing. If you are interested in joining, please call or email me.