Senator Marco Rubio voted “No” on the recent fiscal cliff bill. He has taken to his website to explain why he voted “No”:
The federal government has a spending problem. Simple math shows it to be the root cause of our nation’s fiscal crisis. Yet when it came time to present a bill to address this crisis, not a single spending cut was included in the proposal.
Instead, the bill contained a new tax hike that will impact more than just the wealthy. It will also hit thousands of small businesses, many of which may have to lay off employees in order to bear this new burden.
In my efforts to look at Transformational Change in government, this is an amazing time to be a news junkie and writer. This video below of a speech that Leftist Harry Reid actually delivered in the US Senate chamber, is an opportunity to see the largesse that needs to be cut from the things that the federal government spends money on.
Here is the text of that video so that you can actually see this stupidity:
“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1,, eliminates National Public Broadcasting…It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
I don’t think you can watch this video, and then read the words, and still believe that government spending is not out of control and that Transformational Change is not needed.
And before you attempt to tell me that we need PBS, NEA, NEH and NPR and all this other nonsense, realize that I don’t want the federal government funding this sort of leftist propaganda in any case. The Constitution does not call for this sort of heavy-handed intervention. If PBS and NPR are so great, let the market place decide that and fund it. Pacifica Radio is also full of leftists who hate America, but unlike NPR and PBS, Pacifica finds fellow travelers to pay the bills. The same should apply to NPR and PBS. It’s time to stop paying for these things. Let’s minimize the functions of government, keep more money in our communities and keep more of our own earnings.
Friends, the time is now, to figure out where this country is headed. I figured I would say this at some point during the Obama Regime’s Reign, but I figured it would be closer to the Marxist-In-Chief’s re-election run, and not now, in February 2011. Shoot, it’s not even April 15th, Tax day. It’s just a Tuesday night in America.
I don’t yet know the format this will take; meaning I don’t know what the blog posts will look like, what the graphics will look like or what the overall approach will be. It might vary and not flow well at all, but the theme will be the same.
The bottom line is, we can no longer continue down our current path as a nation. We cannot keep spending on everything that our government views as necessary for one reason or another. But, saying “stop spending” is not enough. What does that really get us? Cut a few billion dollars here or a few billions dollars there; drops in the ocean. This is what I refer to as using a teaspoon to clear water off the deck of the Titanic.
What we need is transformational change. That means tough decisions. No, it won’t be easy, certainly not as easy as continuing the spending that got us to this point of disaster in the first place. If you want more tax increases, we’ll you’ve gotten them. Have you paid attention to the prices rising all around you? Everything you buy has increased in price since January 20, 2009. So your cost of living has increased, you want to pay more taxes on top of that? What are you getting in return for your taxes each year? Where does is stop? When does it stop? The time is now.
I think the first question needs to be; What do you view as the fundamental role of the federal government? I think we’d all agree that a military is necessary. But, I’m not even willing to make that assumption definite. In my mind, we have to get back to finding out what the basic functions of the federal government need to be, then we build up from there. So, you tell me, let’s start with that.