Billy Roy Michum is getting out a little now coming off his back surgery and seems he has some pent up gusto when it comes to the political scene, "Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, also known as the Iron Lady, once said, 'Socialists eventually run out of other peoples money'. Well seems that has happened in the US and most of the world. Or to put it in local terms, 'the s--t has hit the fan'. America has reached a point where citizens and politicians can't put things off any longer. The growth of federal government has exploded, not just in spending (up from approximately $20,000 per household in 2000 to $31,000 today), but in its reach. Government now sticks its dirty hands into every nook and cranny of our daily lives, from the type of toilet we can purchase, to the mix of fuel we can put in our cars, to the kind of light bulb we can use. Government policies have all but stopped domestic energy production (that would be US oil and gas) while pouring billions of public dollars into stupid alternative energy subsidies (that would be the wind and sun and stuff), reflecting the elitist, 'progressive' faith that bureaucrats can pick winners and losers better than private markets. As a result, energy is too expensive and we have grown too dependent on foreign oil. And now, unelected bureaucratic jerks have been empowered to dictate what health services we will purchase and how and from whom we will receive them."
Well, this little intro sent the coffee drinkers into a frenzy being that they don't even know what decaf is. Sweet Lou Tekell, pulled his new Hubbard City Cafe hat down real tight and entered the fray, "Good call, BM. Obama's Deficit Reduction Commission made their pitch today which puts the putt on the ice so to speak. Little O and the Libs will get out early with a proposed agenda that includes stuff like:
Tax hikes (as many hidden as possible) particularly on higher income
Claims their health care plan and a bigger government takeover, will reduce costs
Arguments that we need to dangerously reduce military costs while closing down agencies like the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency for those of you in Mr. Calm)
And last, but not least, putting more businesses under government control and regulation.
Mao, Stalin, Castro, and Chavez would be envious of this plan."
BM came back, "Exactly Lou. That's why I have asked Butch to draft a Hubbard City Cafe 'Proclamation On Cutting Stuff'' to drive economic recovery in these United States. What have you got , Butch?"
"Alright guys our position is basically something like a smaller more restrained federal government, reduced spending, lower taxes, and strong defense. These are the first steps that I will be emailing to DC this afternoon. Let's compare these details with the recommendations of Little O's Commission:
One: FREEZE AND CUT SPENDING: First and foremost, the age of entitlements must end. Rather than allow these programs to bankrupt us on autopilot, Congress should set firm and enforceable budget caps for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Congress must also immediately freeze discretionary budget authority at 2010 levels; and cut at least $200 billion from the federal budget for fiscal year 2012.
Two: REPEAL OBAMACARE: Congress must immediately pass a bill that repeals Obamacare. Until Congress is able to get the President to sign a law repealing Obamacare, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations carrying out Obamacare. Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices.
Three: STOP THE OBAMA TAX HIKES: Congress must reject the Obama tax hikes, and make permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, thereby helping the economy grow and create more jobs.
Four: PROTECT AMERICA: Congress must pass a budget resolution that won’t put our troops at risk or leave Americans vulnerable. It can do this by providing for defense an average of $720 billion per year (to be adjusted for inflation) for each of the next five fiscal years, in addition to the funding needed for ongoing contingency operations. Congress must make the defense budget as efficient as possible and reinvest dollars achieved from reforms in the military to offset the cost of modernizing and developing next-generation equipment.
Five: GET CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT: Congress must immediately reestablish legislative accountability by posting complete legislation, ending earmarks, reviewing all unauthorized programs and respecting constitutional limits on government. Congress must check executive branch overreach with aggressive oversight, roll back recent government interventions, stop unnecessary administrative regulations and sunset new ones, restrict bureaucrats’ rule making authority and override expansive executive orders."
BM closed, "Hit the send button real hard, Butch, and let the games begin."
Join in folks,