By The People

There are fundamental flaws in how American government operates today,
contrary to the Constitution and the vision of a representative republican form of governance.
I intend doing something about it: by educating and informing others who
are not even aware of the dangers.

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's NOT Entitlements, Stupid!

Social Security is not an entitlement program, and neither is Medicare. Working Americans pay into that system so that when they are older and no longer able to work, they will have a pension and medical coverage. The real entitlements programs are not even mentioned.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, Medicaid, these are ALL entitlement programs that are funded through the federal government, to provide assistance to those in need. When these programs were started, it was for the temporary support of those that were in crisis, and needed to handle their financial affairs until they were able to return to work and support themselevs.

And these programs are paid for through the debit spending of Congress, because they certainly do not take in adequate tax dollars to cover them. In fact, they have bred a generation who are educated to "work the system" so they don't have to support themselves, instead, rely on the government (our tax dollars and the increasing national debt) to keep them freeloading.

Social Security and Medicare need to be left alone. The funds that Americans paid into these programs must not be used for other programs, such as the real entitlements given to non-working Americans as well as illegal aliens, who usually do work for less than minimum wages, and their employers do not withhold taxes, from their wages, therefore they too are freeloading.

It is past time for the Republicans to stop referring to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements, and start looking at the real causes of rising debt. The fact that Congress has its own pension and health care plans is one good place to start. I do not feel that ANY elected representative has the right to their own plans, when they are legislating and mandating for all of us while they hold themselves above those laws. And the audacity they display in voting themselves raises really galls the hell out of me. Where else can you tell your employer that you and the rest of the workers voted yourselves raises and get them?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ron Paul: The Right Man for 2012!

There are many members of the GOP that deserve recognition for their positions regarding the 2012 Presidential Race, but there is good reason why Ron Paul stands out among the rest. His endorsement by the Tea Party Movement is only one.

Dr. Paul has represented the State of Texas in the House of Representatives for many years. I do not think that Texans would have kept voting for him if he wasn't doing a good job. His positions on many issues are too "radical" for the conservatives, but it will take radical changes to get America back to prosperity and respect in the global community.

Even Fox News who, brought the first debate to us last week, downplayed his significance and instead made Herman Cain the "winner" in the debate. But Paul was the only one that stood out, by making it known that the Federal Reserve System itself was the main cause of all the economic issues we face today.

But I feel that it was his stance on foreign aid, both financially and militarily that turned most people off. And that is because of the spin, er commentary, that Fox News put on Dr. Paul's statements that really twisted what he was saying out of context. The fact that we give more aid to Arab nations in the Middle East did not seem to deter his detractors from saying they felt he was "anti-Israel." In reality, he is "anti-meddling" in the affairs of other nations.

He also came under fire for his views on legalizing drugs. Seems most of the inquisitors on the panel felt that legalizing drugs such as heroin and cocaine would lead to massive drug addiction, although the studio audience indicated the contrary would be true for them. I guess they (Fox News) look at the addictions of alcohol and tobacco as the "proof" that legalizing drugs would lead to such a place.

Dr. Paul is the only candidate thus far who has indicated that he is well informed regarding fiscal responsibility, as he is the only one who seeks to abolish the Federal Reserve System and its collection agency, the Internal Revenue Service. Coupled with Mr. Cain's flat tax instead of income tax, that would stimulate the growth of the economy and bring needed jobs back into the United States.

While we are still nearly a year and a half from the elections, it is time that we started looking at the candidates for what they stand for and not make it a matter of popularity, as the polls always seem to indicate. We need reforms, not change. The changes we have been subjected to since the Obama Administration has been nothing short of catastrophic for America, and we will continue to decline under the same policies that have been the hallmark of the two-party system for decades.

Ron Paul will restore true Constitutional law to the Republic, and return to the States, their sovereign rights, and to the people. He is the only candidate that will do what is right, even if it is unpopular. And having a doctor in the White House will restore sanity to the health care system without an unconstitutional bill that forces people to participate.