The cost of government is not just in terms of how much and how many types of taxes paid – legislation more often than not, also costs the American people, as Ed Fuelner
, Heritage Foundation
points out – showing that while GW Bush didn’t do anything to solve economic issues, Obama is worse:
During the three years of the Obama administration, 106 new major regulations have been imposed at a price tag of more than $46 billion annually — and that’s on top of nearly $11 billion in one-time implementation costs. How does this compare to the number of major regulations that were imposed under President George W. Bush? It’s almost four times higher. And the cost? About five times higher. … In December, the National Federation of Independent Business asked small-business owners to name their single biggest problem. The number-one choice, named by 19 percent of those who responded, was ‘regulations and red tape.’ … And you can be sure that the weight of that burden is being shared. The costs of these regulations are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices and limited product choices. Take the price controls that bureaucrats slapped last year on the fees that banks may charge to process debit-card transactions. It prompted banks to cancel many rewards programs and free services. And it has led to higher fees on checking accounts and credit cards. Hardly an area of our lives goes untouched by regulation. The new rules for last year alone covered many activities, including refrigerators, freezers, clothes dryers, air conditioners, and energy standards for fluorescent lights. There were new testing and labeling requirements for toys, limits on automotive emissions of ‘greenhouse gases,’ requirements for posting federal labor rules, and more explicit warnings for cigarette packages. The list goes on.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
And, to get a clear view of gasoline prices without the political finger-pointing in the wrong places:
A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations. Gary Miller
The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.
was the anniversary of the birth of James Madison
. It was he
who conceived the basic outline of the Constitution before the Constitutional Convention met. He gathered his knowledge of ancient republics, their histories, and well-read in the matters of political theories of the time. His plan was for a new government, one that would be solid over time and apply to citizens generation after generation – solid rules to follow.
…the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.
The concepts of federalism
, checks and balances
, and the separation of powers
are in the Federalist Papers
, its concepts clearly defined – but not in the Constitution, it merely being a set of rules that limit the powers of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court – three separated branches all tasked to do important missions for the betterment of the American people and our nation.
When James Madison
became a member of Congress in the House of Representatives, it was he who was the principle author of the first ten amendments, which is known as the Bill of Rights – because the articles of the Constitution set forth rules of a limited government, but did not put into writing the rights and liberties of American citizens. The First Amendment addresses religious liberty because it was so important to James Madison
. Since that time the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
has rendered a stable republican government and it has only in recent decades that serious issues concerning limited government has taken its toll – because elected officials were allowed to run a muck, and circumvent or completely ignore constitutional law. It is under that address that members of Congress who are truly for a limited government and retaining that which was created, insist that every piece of legislation be examined and ensure that it meets constitutional law standards, as written in the articles and amendments thereof.
And, what James Madison left for us, is not a solid document written better than any government document in human history, but guidelines as to how to defend and preserve those articles and amendments for as long as there are Americans who insist that people they elect follow the Constitution and its amendments.
wrote in matters of identification that allows all Americans to conduct business:
…What astounds me is the almost entirely unremarked-upon complacency of liberals who seem to think it’s OK that millions of Americans (by their own reckoning) remain locked out of the modern economy, but who are horrified by the idea that states might actually give these same people new forms of identification — for free. … The crisis is not that these people will be asked to prove who they are when they vote. The crisis is that there are … millions upon millions of Americans who can’t prove who they are at all.
Those that are against a more solid form of identification are those who also are for allowing illegal aliens to become citizens, whether they broke the law or not – and allow any immigrant, illegal or not, to have the same benefits as a citizen in the form of social welfare. It is all because they see in these people an influx of voters who will vote for them because of what they did for them. In the meantime, immigration quotas are thrown out the window, background checks of incoming immigrants to determine criminal background and other important factors that primarily concern our national security and well being as a nation in terms of unemployment percentages are all thrown out the window because political parasites on both sides of the political aisle demonstrate that their political club, their political career, their political power is more important than We the People of America.
What can one say about a government that confiscates the lunch of a 5-year-old girl, prepared by her parents, to replace it with government approved chicken nuggets?
What can we say about a government that, in several states, allows teenage girls to have abortions without parental consent, when all the while that government has encouraged premarital sex at increasingly young ages through their social engineering programs?
The issue is this: What gives the government the authority to usurp parental authority? Part of the problem is that people who act as instruments of government do not pay a personal price for usurping parental authority. The reason is Americans, unlike Americans of yesteryear, have become timid and, as such, come to accept all manner of intrusive governmental acts. Can you imagine what a rugged American, such as one portrayed by John Wayne, would have done to a government tyrant who confiscated his daughter’s lunch or facilitated her abortion without his permission? … Americans have become compliant in nation-crippling ways.
author and philosopher (1905-1982) wrote:
The goal of the ‘liberals’ — as it emerges from the record of the past decades — was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus, statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot — by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli.
Today, March 20th
in 1854, three weeks after the US Senate passed the pro-slavery Kansas-Nebraska Act, a small group of politicians who opposed the legislation meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin
. The group were mostly “Conscience Whigs” and “Free Soil Democrats” who decided to form a new political organization. By summer the party became a reality and they named it the Republican Party
that would hold its first state convention. By 1856, the faction had spread in the Northeast and Midwest, and four years later a party member would become the 16th
President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln
President Obama is desperately lying everywhere he goes, trying to convince the American people by traveling around the country, and, just plain lying.
Prince George Community College, March 15th, 2012, Obama quote:
Do not tell me that we’re not drilling. We’re drilling all over this country. I guess there are a few spots where we’re not drilling. We’re not drilling in the National Mall. We’re not drilling at your house. I guess we could try to have, like, 200 oil rigs in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.
The truth is: Obama has blocked drilling in offshore areas
that total ten times more than can be drilled in Texas. He, as a senator, was against Alaska drilling, even though an Alaskan citizen poll was taken that showed that 75% of Alaskans wanted the drilling – to boost their economy and other states as well. Obama has stalled an estimated one trillion barrels of oil just in the American West. If only the shale oil reserves are in consideration, there is more there than in Saudi Arabia who provides crude oil all over the world. We could not only be self sufficient, but become a big crude oil trader in the world – and beat OPEC prices every time. Then, wouldn’t you see the oil prices drop drastically? Which brings to another comment made by Obama, also stated at the community college …
America uses more than 20 percent of the world’s oil. If we drilled every square inch of this country — so we went to your house and we went to the National Mall and we put up those rigs everywhere — we’d still have only 2 percent of the world’s known oil reserves. Let’s say we miss something — maybe it’s 3 percent instead of 2. We’re using 20; we have 2.
He is like those in the 1970s and other periods of US history that claim we are running out of oil – which is outdated rhetoric, just as outdated as what they have been teaching in science classes for as long as I can remember – oil comes from dead dinosaurs and ancient plant life. It has been found that oil is actually processed from the magma that comprises the center of Earth. Which certainly makes more sense than dinosaurs who turned into fossil – how could that possibly become crude oil? I asked that question in high school science class – but never got an answer because it was in the teacher’s lesson plan as the established scientific “fact”. You know, like global warming.
President Obama gets his “2 percent” from American oil reserves that is kept in case of emergency, a practice that has been going on since WW2 – in case oil supplies (foreign) become unavailable, or extra fuel is needed. And speaking of fuel, Congress keeps saying “NO” to another refinery being built, one that was first requested 30 years ago, when the sociocrats claimed we were “running out of oil” and then it was found that ships were waiting in the harbor to unload there was so much of the stuff coming in. Yes, we need to find alternate energy, but we also must use what we have here in America and not rely on OPEC or anyone who can control pricing as they see fit or use it for blackmail purposes.
For the President of the United States claim that America uses 20% of the world’s oil is totally false. We consume 20% of the world oil production (and that would American oil consumed if Washington would get their head out of their butt) – not 20% of the world’s reserve oil.
On March 7th, in North Carolina, President Obama stated:
How much oil we produce here at home, because we only have 2 percent and we use 20, that’s not going to set the price of gas worldwide, or here in the United States. Oil is bought and sold on the world market.
And before that, February 23rd, 2012, Miami, Florida:
We can’t just allow ourselves to be held hostage to the ups and downs of the world oil market.
We’re not going to, overnight, solve the problem of world oil markets.
We still have the same problems we had with GW Bush – of which Obama used as his “Change” campaign theme. Yet, after three years in office, fuel is higher than when GW Bush was in office. Does anyone else see this?
Solving our issues and problems is NOT going to be an “overnight” process, like the crude oil situation – because it will take a while to fix what has been escalating over too many decades.
President Obama knows about economic issues about as much as he does foreign policy and diplomacy.
The President cannot “set the prices” – but he can make sure, with the help of Congress to quit standing in the way of the natural cycle of the economy and progress. As Reagan stated:
Government IS the problem.
And Obama is about as big about government as Big Government can be – but I know he won’t or can’t stop there until government controls everything and everyone.
And, contrary to what Obama and others like him say: The oil industry is NOT SUBSIDIZED. It is subject to tax deductions like all US manufacturers. But Obama wants to target the oil companies – not realizing that it would bring the fuel prices up further. And even worse, Obama wants to end rules that prevent American companies from being double-taxed on energy they produce outside the United States – it only benefits foreign competitors at the expense of American businesses.
The Obama administration has provided “corporate welfare” to “green” energy companies, like Solyndra – and they are going bankrupt.
And, think about this: Obama says that solar and wind energy will solve the problems. It will in regards to making electricity – but it won’t (as of yet) fuel our automobiles! Electric cars are great, but in the meantime – we need our OWN crude oil and lower prices so we can afford to live.
High fuel prices cause other prices to go up – duh!
Enuff, said for now.