The Republican Response to the SOTU, Have They Seen The Light?

Yesterday I tore apart the State of the Union, and because there are no sacred cows, I turn my attention to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican response, that you can read here. As you will see I have no love for the actions of either party.

He began by talking about Rep. Giffords who is thankfully making a good recovery, then rolled into a bland overview of the debt, until this line.

Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

This is most definitely true, whenever the majority party controls all or two of three branches of government, its usually a rubber stamp for a President’s spending, instead of checking and balancing it. And even adding some money for their special projects back home. Did Obama just open a door to be surprised by a mess? No. He contributed to a mess that was already there when he was a Senator, and if he’s half  as smart as people think, then he knew it was there. And I think he’s smart enough to know it. Are the Republican’s pure and innocent? About as  innocent as the other side of the political coin, the Democrats.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25 percent for domestic government agencies — an 84 percent increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

You can say that all this spending stopped a crash, but unless you have a crystal ball, you can’t be certain. Unemployment still sucks, the rate of 9+% is a lie the politicians tell to make you feel better since when your off the rolls, your not counted anymore, and they don’t tell us about the underemployed. Though they do count them and its around 16%.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree — and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

While this is true, and the Obama Administration is more brazen about it, ever politician that passes a earmark or regulation that helps one group and hurts the other, has picked the winners and losers. And only a very few are innocent of the earmarks. That’s not a Democrat or Republican issue only, its a Politician issue.

Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified — especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.

The first way to address a problem is to admit you have one, now let’s see you back it up. Will it hurt? Yes it will. Compare it to cancer, you can die, or go through painful treatments that increase your chances of  living. Do I think their should be fallout and those responsible for sinking us into debt be held accountable? Damn right, not just being kicked out of office but some time in Leavenworth’s general population.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

That’s a first. Let’s examine these principles.

We believe government’s role is both vital and limited — to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders … to protect innocent life … to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

Defense? How does police actions overseas  defend us? Don’t isolate the country, but don’t interfere with others unless YOU plan to pick up a gun and fight alongside those you send into battle. If we’re attacked, go kill the ones who did it and leave, don’t rebuild. Let it stand as their gravestone. Ex. Find Osama, kill or capture, kill subordinates, leave. Secure our borders? FAIL. The front door is so hard to get through, its easier to sneak into the back. Solution. Lock the back door and open up the front. To uphold Constitutional Rights? I present the Patriot Act, TSA, and FISA.

The pursuit of happiness does depend on individual liberty. Liberty which is DENIED to the gay and lesbian community who thinks happiness would be getting married to their partner. Only the Log Cabin Republicans seem to vocally support this. If their happiness doesn’t physically harm you, and only your delicate sensibilities, then get over it. I’m sure your close-minded self-righteousness offends them.

When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well.

Agreed. Let’s begin with the liquidation of most of the government’s agencies like the NSA, BATFE, F.B.I, I.R.S(Fair tax anyone) and just have the C.I.A and the U.S Marshals.

This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Too late, we’re already there. People rely on Social Security for their retirement instead of saving for themselves, WIC is given to new mothers, and taxpayer subsidized healthcare. Where is the personal responsibility? Though to Ryan’s credit, his plans have tackled all the entitlement programs, but I’m addressing this on a general basis as coming from the Republican Party.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

And its up to us to be involved and hold both parties accountable, using logical reasoning, skepticism and to admit when you’re wrong. These principles spoke of above that the Republican’s say are theirs, I have only seen put in practice by the Libertarian Party. Talk is cheap, shut your mouth about what you’re going to do, and get at it.

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  1. I admire some of your points, and clearly you are a sincere guy. But its one thing to sit on the sidelines and bitch, it’s another thing if you are in a position of responsibility, and you have to decide.

    This is true in anything — not just politics. Hell it’s true in setting up a kids baseball league — some guys do all the work, and get it going, someone else comes in, never did any work, and he knows instantly how that first bunch messed up. So he takes over, and what do you know, he runs into the same problems.

    It’s easy to demonize and think you know better, when often times when you get in there, you realize it was a lot trickier than you thought.

    Obama learned this — he was always so quick to critize Bush and CHeney, for example, on Quantanmo. He was great at bitching about it — got in, wow, not so easy. That’s how it goes in a lot of things.

    There are rarely any clear perfect answers, no matter what you do, there will be problems and people bitching anyway. Usually people have to be 40 or 50 years old before they grasp that. The politicians realize that, but they have to act like the other side is evil, to impress those who are impressed by that type of certainty and hate.

    What I wanted to mention is one particular thing you said — Fairtax. I was a big fan of it too, for a while. I believe it, I was excited about. Then I read the fine print.

    For ten years or so, all we heard from Fairtax was about all these great benefits. Just a reasonable sales tax — that would cause prices to drop anyway. They even said it was researched more than any other plan ever. Okay. I bought that — for a while.

    Then I read the fine print. I read this fine print in Fairtax Answer Book, page 138. A massive new tax on city and state government. Every city govenment will have to pay very high taxes to the federal government. And every state government too.

    That’s about all it said. Very short sentence. But every state? Every city? Pay a tax to the federal government? Not just a tax on people, but a separate tax on city and state government!

    I never heard that. Not in any book, any speech, any video. But there it was, in this book, one sentence.

    In fact, for example, the state of California will have to pay the federal government about 20 billion. The state of Texas will have to pay the federal governmentn about 14 billion. Every state.

    And every city in every state.

    One sentence! No explanations, nothing to find anywhere about it. Nothing in the index, nothing on their web sites, but here was this sentence.

    So I contacted Fairtax spokesman, and asked them about – -is there really a very large tax on every city government? Will state governments really have to pay massive money to the federal government?

    Yes — yes they will, the guy told me. And they should. In fact, city and state governments HAVE to pay this or their plan won’t work!

    WTF?

    He tried to convince me that was so city and states did not go into business against private companies , blah blah. But he also admitted the money city and state governments would pay was why the tax on people could be 23%. If they didn’t tax city and state governments, that 23% would have to go up. Way up.

    In fact, he said if city and state governments would not pay it, then Fairtax was finished. Fairtax was based on this — you couldnt take it out. It was part and parcel of it, like Oxygen in the air.

    But my concern was — why didn’t this massive tax appear before?

    WHy didn’t I see that in earlier books? Or videos?

    Why didn’t I see it in their web sites, or hear it in their speeches?

    Do city and states know abou this massive tax?

    No, they don’t.

    Are the Fairtax spokesman going to tell the city can state officials about it?

    He said, no, they had no plans to.

    It didn’t make any sense. You mean city and state governments have to pay this tax?

    Yes.

    Okay, where will they get the money, I asked him.

    That is up to them, he said. They do not tell city and states what to do!

    I love the idea of no IRS, no tax forms, and all that. Great stuff. But Fairtax has been deceptive, fundamentally deceptive. And their leaders know it.

    Why would Fairtax claim city and state governments will pay this tax? City and states will never pay it, they can’t. They simply can not pay it. And there is nothing the federal government could do. Nothing.

    Now, no one is even going to try to force city and states to pay this. Fairtax wasn’t serious. Frankly it’s not a serious plan. Their leaders are not trying to pass it.

    The supporters — who do not know anything about this fine print I just told you about — they are the ones trying to pass it. Not the people who made Fairtax up and put the fine print in it.

    So why would they even bother to pretend city and states would pay it?

    Because by pretending that city and states will pay this tax (about a trillion dollars a year), their math works. Their math does NOT work, without this trillion dollars. They don’t want to tell us a national sales tax would be 50% or more. No no, that’s not an easy sell.

    So they cooked the books. They pretend they will collect all these billions from city and state governments. They know they can’t.

    Anyway, keep it up, just realize, there is always more to things, look at both sides, ask questions, find out what BS both sides to an issue are giving you.

    Cause most of what we hear is half bs, and half truth.

    http://fairtaxfineprint.blogspot.com/

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