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The Therapist: By Charles Laramie

To Achieve real change in America there will have to be Millions of citizens in the streets demanding it-Change doesn't just happen-People make it happen.

Thomas Jefferson tells us in The Declaration of Independence: Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We the people, must not wait until the chains are to tight to act, it is our country, our children's future that is at stake.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Boehner, Walker and Washington: Why don't they get it?

Today's Headlines read: “House passes bill to cut $60 billion in spending.” Both sides are using this to say the other side is planning to shut down the government. The reality is the government has been shut down for a long time. That's why we are in the economic situation we are in. It's why Washington is seen around the world as protecting it own interests at the expense of peoples freedom. A journalist from Qatar, wrote me, “We like Americans but we don't like USA government policies at all.”

On television House Speaker, John Boehner said, “Republicans would not stop here in its efforts to reduce spending, Not when we're broke and Washington's spending binge is making it harder to create jobs." Boehner wants Americans to think that the economic crisis Americans are facing is Obama's fault and that Republicans are the good guys on white horses riding to the rescue. Nothing cold be farther from the truth!

Much is being made of how Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican Governor is trying to balance a deficit. He is defending a bill that would cut public workers' benefits and most collective bargaining rights. Workers would have to pay more for their health and retirement benefits. In reality this may be necessary. But if government is asking people to sacrifice, then the federal government should be looking at ways to slash their own benefits. There's a lot to slash for those responsible for America's continuing economic decline.

What is the real cause of this economic crisis? The federal government spending more money than it takes in. This creates a deficit. This happens to American families who spend more than they take in. When the government takes in more money than it spends, that's a surplus. When President Clinton left office in 2000 there was a $86.4 billion surplus. However from 1992-2000 the national debt still rose $400 billion to $5.73 trillion.

When President George W. Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was $5.73 trillion. In 2009 when he left office the national debt was $10.63 trillion. That's an 85 percent increase. President Bush left office in 2009 with a $1.5 trillion deficit. Under President Bush the national debt increased 85 percent or $4.9 trillion.

Presidential Candidate Obama promised financial responsibility. President Obama forgot about this promise when he took office choosing instead to blame the governments continued spending on Republicans and the Bush Administration. Under the Democrats and the Obama Administration the deficit has continued to rise and is now over $14 trillion.

What went on during the Bush and continues during the Obama administration, that wasn't going on during the Clinton administration? The answer is two wars. Wars not only cost lives but billions and billions of dollars. They also distracted government from realizing that the banking industry was out of control, setting up another financial meltdown. The American people have to accept responsibility for this too.

These wars have to be brought to a conclusion. They cannot continue into 2014. They are the pink elephant in the room, a silent cancer that's slowly destroying the very fabric of American life. These are the longest wars in a long list of wars in American history. It could be the reason why they coincide with the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We the people need to send a large suppository to 16 Pennsylvania Ave. and to both houses of congress. This may be the only way to cleanse our Damn Colon, ie D.C.,of all the crap we have sent there. The self serving politicians have not once offered to freeze their pay, take a pay cut, or agree to sign up for The President's health care plan. Why should I! Sincerely, Hode