July 22, 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.
“Money Makes The World Go Round”
Listening to the different pundits in Washington DC discussing the debt problems is getting confusing. Who is doing what and what are they doing? What is being said and reported?
As far as I can follow: The House is trying to address both the spending cap and reduce the debt but doesn't want to raise taxes. (Thank you!) They have submitted both a proposed balanced budget and ways to reduce spending so that an increase in the debt ceiling won't be necessary. They recognize that changes in entitlements will need to be addressed if Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are to survive financially. They passed Cap, Cut and Balance. As far as I can see, the House is the only portion of the government trying to do
its job! Of course they are being soundly criticized by the liberals and mainstream media. Their ideas are being misrepresented and distorted by those who don't like them. The media and liberals are playing on the fears that those depending on these entitlements have about any changes. (An old and well known political ploy used to manipulate people).
The Senate, which didn't even propose a budget for over two years, has a “gang of 6” that is trying to address reducing the debt but not addressing the debt ceiling. (These actually are two different but related problems.) As far as the debt ceiling goes, I can't quite figure out what the Senate is doing but they did not pass Cap, Cut and Balance. As of this writing, they have not come up with any proposals for dealing with the problems.
The President has “compromised” somewhat. He first proposed a budget that created $8.7 trillion in new spending, $1.6 trillion in new taxes and added $13 trillion to the debt. (Information from budget analysis published by Brian Darling.) President Obama altered that proposed budget but still proposed a budget that had new taxes, more spending and increased the debt size. At this point, he says he wants increased taxes and reduced spending but refuses to make any solid suggestions that can be worked with by the legislature. I laughed out loud when I heard he was willing to have $2 billion in spending cuts. We have this much spending deficit every 10 hours! Then he suddenly said there should be $4 trillion in cuts. He gave absolutely no indication of where he thinks the cuts should be. As normal, he just made his pronouncement and it is supposed to miraculously happen. So, still no proposals from Obama (or the Senate) on how to resolve the fiscal problems. (It's very hard to negotiate when there is no starting point. The President's and Senate's refusal to make ANY solid proposals to be debated and worked with is making it very hard for the House to make any progress with these problems!)
In all the discussion, I hear the Democrats being very politically smart but not looking out for the welfare of the country. They demonize the Republicans and the conservative efforts they are making. I haven't quite heard the “throwing granny off the cliff” statement but it's been pretty close. They are also doing a good job of setting up the Republicans to take the blame for the inflation and reduced credit rating (meaning higher interest rates charged) which will happen because of Congress' and Federal Reserve's actions over the past years.
Today I learned why Obama made the sudden change. S&P has told us that in
three months or less our credit rating will be down-graded unless we have $4 trillion
of cuts and a responsible fiscal plan. Downgrading our credit rating will have a HUGE and UNDESIRABLE impact on all areas of the economy and thereby the society!
Now my cynical side comes to the front.....Obama said he wanted to “fundamentally change America” – “the greatest country in the world”. First, why would you want to fundamentally change America if you actually believed what you said, that it is the greatest country in the world? Second, what would be the most effective way to “change America”? Wrecking our economy would be a very effective way to do that because the economy touches everybody. Crashing the economy would make his other socialist accomplishments (Federal government taking over private companies, financial institutions and healthcare) look minuscule. It would be the ultimate radical coup!
Saul Alinsky wanted to see the capitalist system in America be destroyed. His book, Rules for Radicals, is an instruction manual about manipulating people and circumstances to cause the destruction of capitalist America. Deception and manipulation are hallmarks of Alinsky's plan. He taught radicals how to effectively deceive the people about the real aim of their actions, the technique of overwhelming the system causing it to break down and that once “broken” the masses will be willing to accept “solutions” that they would never accept under normal circumstances. Then the radicals could implement the revolutionary changes desired with the least difficulty.
Two of his disciples, Cloward and Piven (a married couple), studied his techniques, analyzed the structure and society in America and devised a plan for how to bring about the end of capitalism in America. Progressives have for several decades been accomplishing this plan step by step, just the way it was laid out by Cloward and Piven. (In my opinion, many Progressives/Liberals/Socialists are not aware that they are being used by the radicals. Many of them actually believe they are doing good things. Unfortunately, they have never bothered to look at the results of their actions – almost always the results have been negative despite the best of intentions that they may have had.)
So, I look at what has been happening: we have unmanageable and unsustainable
debt; in order to facilitate the deficit government spending, the Federal Reserve has been printing tons of worthless paper money (which makes every dollar you have worth less causing
inflation); and our credit rating is threatened with being lowered. In other words, the economy is on the brink of break down. The President, a man who was raised and educated by people who believed as Alinsky did that the capitalist system was evil and bad, refuses to make any proposal that can be debated or worked with to try to fix the situation. The progressives leading the Senate refuse to make proposals about how to deal with the problems and vote down the only actual proposal that has been put forward. Only the House, which has some conservative Republicans, is making any genuine attempt to fix the fiscal mess.
I was wrong. This isn't getting confusing, it's getting scary! God help America.