Debtorgeddon!

Here is the monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:

Folks, we are now two days away from Armageddon, or, as I like to call it, Debtorgeddon. At least that is the claim of the caterwauling elites in Washington, DC, including Barack Obama, Harry Reid and John Boehner, leaders of their respective parts of government.

The truth is this: the Federal Government will NEVER begin to reign in spending until we, the people, cut off the purse strings and say “Enough is enough!” What you’ve been hearing for the last two weeks are the arguments of a junkie, hooked on OUR money to advance their ridiculous political agendas.

Most of these so-called leaders are independently wealthy and pursue their government jobs as a “calling” in the sense that they don’t need the money. What they do need, however, is the sense and trappings of power that their positions give them. This is the absolute worst kind of representation that the Founders envisioned.

I don’t begrudge them their wealth or success, but I take great exception to their desire to control the outcome of my life. How can they possibly appreciate the path I have taken and the adversity I’ve overcome to get to where I’m at today. I’ve done it without their tutelage, support and funding. I’ve had to rely on family at times and I have lent support to them in kind, because that’s what families do.

I’ve been unemployed in the past and was eligible for unemployment benefits, but I refused them. I chose to work myself out of the hole and took whatever job I had to that helped me make ends meet. I’ve hauled up and moved to a distant city for better job opportunities. I’ve hauled up and moved to a distant state for the same reason, taking me far away from family, but I’m doing okay. I have friends and family of my own who support me and that gives me a sense of accomplishment.

The same does not hold true for the politicians, pundits and bureaucrats in Washington. They’ve developed a support system of dependence at our expense. It’s time for a change.

If I could refuse to pay for misguided and unnecessary federal programs, I would, expecting nothing in return. I’d gladly pay for supporting my local infrastructure and schools, because those things directly impact my family and community. I would be happy to pay for a strong military, to protect my family and community from outside threats. But I would not provide money to allow a bunch of self-serving politicians to spend it like it was theirs to begin with. Unfortunately, I don’t have a choice in the matter unless I help elect politicians that will protect my ability to make my own choices and reap my own rewards.

Sadly, we’re seeing nothing change in Washington, even after the landslide elections of 2010. The drug is too strong and the pushers are too persuasive. We must take action to rid ourselves of those “pushers” and usher in those with a true “servant’s heart”. Isn’t that what what the Framers designed? They did their best to design a government that had checks and balances. They assumed that the “right” people would champion their ideals and adhere to their principles. In the event they did not, they designed a divided system of governance, hoping that those checks and balances would thwart any attempt at tyranny.

The House of Representatives is the only thing standing between us and a runaway federal government, controlled by Barack Obama and his minions in the Democratic party. The House Republicans MUST hold the line. I don’t care if they’re demonized by their opponents or derided by the media. They must stand for our liberty! I will gladly stand with them in the fires of hate, knowing that doing so just might turn the tide and ensure that my children have a future in liberty! Look at what the Framers risked. It was far more than ridicule. They and their families risked death and destruction. Was the price they paid all for naught?

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

Articles mentioned on today’s show:

Sarah Palin’s Facebook Note: “Congressional Freshman – For Such A Time As This”

The Heritage Foundation’s blog: “Morning Bell: The Obama EPA’s Brave New Future”

You can listen to today’s Roderic Deane Show here.

Pundits are melting down!

According to Gallup, Barack Obama just hit a low point in his job approval. Try as I might, I can’t find anyone in the “lamestream” media reporting it.

We are being played for fools, and many conservative pundits are swallowing it, hook, line and sinker.

The world is not going to end if we don’t have a debt deal. Trust me on this. In fact, set your alarm clock for 5am EDT on Wednesday, August 3rd. That’s the day after Barack Obama’s “hard” deadline for a deal.

Here is what you’ll find when you walk outside at 5am on August 3rd. Birds will be singing their morning songs. The sky will showcase clouds that cross your location as they make their way to an unknown destination.

The news will still be broadcast on TV. The radio commentators will alert you to the news of the opening of the stock market with breathless anticipation. The traffic lights will still be working as you drive to your daily job.

In a word, nothing will be different that it was the day before. This manufactured “crisis” will morph into a discussion of, well, other things.

I grow weary of the “crisis of the day” with this administration. It’s all a ruse to scare you into submission. Don’t fall for it!

Listen to The Roderic Deane Show at noon ET on Sunday. We’ll dig into all that has transpired in the last few days.

Sarah calls out Republican Freshman in the House

Sarah Palin posted the following note on her Facebook page yesterday:

Out here in proverbial politico flyover country, we little folk are watching the debt ceiling debate with great interest and concern. Today I re-read the open letter I wrote to Republican Freshman Members of Congress in November 2010, just days after they were ushered into office in an historic landslide victory due in large part to the activism of commonsense patriots who are considered part of the Tea Party movement. I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us “little people” who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes. This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this.

The original letter is pasted below, with added emphasis to certain passages that I feel are especially relevant to the current discussion.

All my best to you, GOP Freshmen, from up here in the Last Frontier.

Sincerely,

Sarah Palin

P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries.

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November 13, 2010

Welcome to all Republican Freshmen and congratulations!

Congratulations to all of you for your contribution to this historic election, and for the contributions I am certain you will make to our country in the next two years. Your victory was hard fought, and the success belongs entirely to you and the staff and volunteers who spent countless hours working for this chance to put government back on the side of the people. Now you will come to Washington to serve your nation and leave your mark on history by reining in government spending, preserving our freedoms at home, and restoring America’s leadership abroad. Some of you have asked for my thoughts on how best to proceed in the weeks and months ahead and how best to advance an agenda that can move our country forward. I have a simple answer: stick to the principles that propelled your campaigns. When you take your oath to support and defend our Constitution and to faithfully discharge the duties of your office, remember that present and future generations of “We the People” are counting on you to stand by that oath. Never forget the people who sent you to Washington. Never forget the trust they placed in you to do the right thing.

The task before you is daunting because so much damage has been done in the last two years, but I believe you have the chance to achieve great things.

Republicans campaigned on a promise to rein in out-of-control government spending and to repeal and replace the massive, burdensome, and unwanted health care law President Obama and the Democrat Congress passed earlier this year in defiance of the will of the majority of the American people. These are promises that you must keep. Obamacare is a job-killer, a regulatory nightmare, and an enormous unfunded mandate. The American people don’t want it and we can’t afford it. We ask, with all due respect, that you remember your job will be to work to replace this legislation with real reform that relies on free market principles and patient-centered policies. The first step is, of course, to defund Obamacare.

You’ve also got to be deadly serious about cutting the deficit. Despite what some would like us to believe, tax cuts didn’t get us into the mess we’re in. Government spending did. Tough decisions need to be made about reducing government spending. The longer we put them off, the worse it will get. We need to start by cutting non-essential spending. That includes stopping earmarks (because abuse of the earmark process created the “gateway-drug” that allowed backroom deals and bloated budgets), canceling all further spending on the failed Stimulus program, and rolling back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels. You can do more, but this would be a good start.

In order to avert a fiscal disaster, we will also need to check the growth of spending on our entitlement programs. That will be a huge challenge, but it must be confronted head on. We must do it in a humane way that honors the government’s current commitments to our fellow Americans while also keeping faith with future generations. We cannot rob from our children and grandchildren’s tomorrow to pay for our unchecked spending today. Beyond that, we need to reform the way Congress conducts business in order to make it procedurally easier to cut spending than to increase it. We need to encourage zero-based budgeting practices in D.C. like the kind fiscally conservative mayors and governors utilize to balance their budgets and reduce unnecessary spending.

There in the insulated and isolated Beltway you will be far removed from the economic pain felt by so many Americans who are out of work. Please remember that if we want real job growth, we must create a stable investment climate by ending the tidal wave of overly burdensome regulations coming out of Washington. Businesses need certainty – and freedom that incentivizes competition – to grow and expand our workforce.

The last thing our small businesses need is tax hikes. It falls to the current Democrat-controlled Congress to decide on the future of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. If it does not permanently renew all of them, you should move quickly to do so in the new Congress. It would remove from households and businesses the threat of a possible $3.8 trillion tax hike hitting all Americans at the worst possible moment, with our economy struggling to recover from a deep recession! You must continue to remind Democrats that the people they are dismissing as “rich” are the small business owners who create up to 70% of all jobs in this country!

Another issue of vital importance is border security. Americans expect our leadership in Washington to act now to secure our borders. Don’t fall for the claims of those who suggest that we can’t secure our borders until we simultaneously deal with the illegal immigrants already here. Let’s deal with securing the border first. That alone is a huge challenge that has been ignored for far too long.

On foreign policy and national security, I urge you to stick to our principles: strong defense, free trade, nurturing allies, and steadfast opposition to America’s enemies. We are the most powerful country on earth and the world is better off because of it. Our president does not seem to understand this. If we withdraw from the world, the world will become a much more dangerous place. You must push President Obama to finish the job right in Iraq and get the job done in Afghanistan, otherwise we who are war-weary will forever question why America’s finest are sent overseas to make the ultimate sacrifice with no clear commitment to victory from those who send them. You should be prepared to stand with the President against Iran’s nuclear aspirations using whatever means necessary to ensure the mullahs in Tehran do not get their hands on nuclear weapons. And you can stand with the Iranian people who oppose the tyrannical rule of the clerics and concretely support their efforts to win their freedom – even if the President does not.

You need to say no to cutting the necessities in our defense budget when we are engaged in two wars and face so many threats – from Islamic extremists to a nuclear Iran to a rising China. As Ronald Reagan said, “We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.” You will also have the opportunity to push job-creating free trade agreements with allies like Colombia and South Korea. You can stand with allies like Israel, not criticize them. You can let the President know what you believe – Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement. And for those of you joining the United States Senate, don’t listen to desperate politically-motivated arguments about the need for hasty consideration of the “New START” treaty. Insist on your right to patient and careful deliberation of New START to address very real concerns about verification, missile defense, and modernization of our nuclear infrastructure. No New START in the lame duck!

You can stand against misguided proposals to try dangerous, evil terrorists in the US; precipitously close the Guantanamo prison; and a return to the failed policies of the past in treating the war on terror as a law enforcement problem. Finally, you have a platform to express the support of the American people for all those around the world seeking their freedom that God has bestowed within all mankind’s being – from Burma and Egypt to Russia and Venezuela – because the spread of liberty increases our own security. You, freshmen lawmakers, can and will be powerful voices in support of foreign policies that protect our interests and promote our values! Thank you for being willing to fight for our values and our freedom!

In all this, you should extend a hand to President Obama and Democrats in Congress. After this election, they may finally be prepared to work with Republicans on some of these issues for the good of the country. And if not, we will all be looking forward to 2012.

Remember that some in the media will love you when you stray from the time-tested truths that built America into the most exceptional nation on earth. When the Left in the media pat you on the back, quickly reassess where you are and readjust, for the liberals’ praise is a warning bell you must heed. Trust me on that.

I and most Americans are so excited for you. Working together, we have every right to be optimistic about our future. We can be hopeful because real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the everyday Americans who make our country exceptional. These are the men and women who sent you to Washington. May your work and leadership honor their faith in you.

With sincere congratulations and a big Alaskan heart,

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin eviscerates Barack Obama

In a scathing response to Obama’s performance in the debt-ceiling negotiations, Sarah Palin took to Facebook last night and proclaimed Barack Obama a “Lame Duck President”.

After listening to the President’s press conference today, let’s keep in mind the following:

This is the same president who proposed an absurdly irresponsible budget that would increase our debt by trillions of dollars, and whose party failed to even put forward a budget in over 800 days! This is the same president who is pushing our country to the brink because of his reckless spending on things like the nearly trillion dollar “stimulus” boondoggle. This is the same president who ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations and demonized the voices of fiscal sanity who proposed responsible plans to reform our entitlement programs and rein in our dangerous debt trajectory. This is the same president who wanted to push through an increase in the debt ceiling that didn’t include any cuts in government spending! This is the same president who wants to slam Americans with tax hikes to cover his reckless spending, but has threatened to veto a bill proposing a balanced budget amendment. This is the same president who hasn’t put forward a responsible plan himself, but has rejected reasonable proposals that would tackle our debt. This is the same president who still refuses to understand that the American electorate rejected his big government agenda last November. As I said in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Tax Day Tea Party rally, “We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.”

Now the President is outraged because the GOP House leadership called his bluff and ended discussions with him because they deemed him an obstruction to any real solution to the debt crisis.

He has been deemed a lame duck president. And he is angry now because he is being treated as such.

His foreign policy strategy has been described as “leading from behind.” Well, that’s his domestic policy strategy as well. Why should he be surprised that he’s been left behind in the negotiations when he’s been leading from behind on this debt crisis?

Thank you, GOP House leaders. Please don’t get wobbly on us now.

2012 can’t come soon enough.

- Sarah Palin

Deficits, Demons and Champions

Here is the monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show on BlogTalkRadio:

On Friday, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, broke off negotiations with the White House on how to raise the debt-limit and reduce spending. Boehner than issued a letter to his House colleagues explaining the issue. You can read that letter here.

Boehner knew that he had to put out an explanation immediately and for good reason. Obama walked to the WH Press Room to make a statement 30 minutes after Boehner broke off talks.

In his presser, Obama said that Republican commentators and voters are puzzled as to why it couldn’t get done. How could ANYONE know why it couldn’t get done when Boehner had only called Obama 30 minutes before his press conference began? This is one of Obama’s favorite rhetorical devices: the use of a “straw man”. He will attribute something to some unknown person as a way of bolstering his argument. We have no way of proving if it is true or not.

In addition to his letter to Congress, Speaker Boehner called his own press conference later in the evening. It was designed to be a follow-up to his letter.

Folks, we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Raising taxes only delays the inevitable need to reduce spending. But we’re not just talking about discretionary spending, we’re talking about ALL spending. This includes Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare. The federal government has instituted programs that are unsustainable. In other words, if we don’t reform these key programs, we’ll go broke! It’s just a matter of time.

How long do we continue to allow our politicians to skirt this issue? The 2010 elections brought a wave of fiscal conservatives into the halls of Congress. Unfortunately, the election did not change the balance of power in the Senate and we will have to wait until 2012 to change out the current occupant of the White House. So, what do we do?

Number 1: Hold the line on raising the debt limit. There is absolutely no reason to give the federal government free reign to continue spending. Trust me, with the current occupant in the White House, that is exactly what will happen.

Number 2: Hold the line on increasing taxes. We have a history of passing tax increases on the premise of reducing spending, but the spending reductions never happen. Just ask George Bush 41 or Ronald Reagan for that matter. They both got sucked into the lie that Congress would cut spending down the road, but for the present, they just needed a tax increase to maintain fiscal balance. It NEVER happened. Ronald Reagan swore that he would never fall for the charade again and pushed very hard for a balanced budget amendment. Unfortunately, he fell short of getting a bill out of the House. George Bush 41 was not re-elected to a second term and rightly so, after he had said “read my lips, no new taxes”.

There is a meme out there that suggests that we can solve our debt problem with higher taxes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our debt is going to overwhelm us if we don’t get it under control.

There is a conservative commentator that I really like. His name is Bill Whittle and he is part of the Pajamas Media enterprise. He’s also taken to doing some stuff on his own and he’s posting some great, great videos on YouTube. I post them on my blog to put them on your radar screen. He calls them “The Firewall”.

He did a video back in April about our debt crisis. It is definitely worth a listen and you can find that video here.

Number 3: Pass a balanced budget amendment. This is long overdue. Reagan tried to do it and failed to get a bill out of the House, which was controlled by Democrats. The Republicans controlled the Senate at the time. Now, Republicans control the House, have passed a bill to require a Balanced Budget Amendment, but now the Democrats control the Senate. This is why the 2012 elections are so important!

These items are all included in the Cut, Cap and Balance Act that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last Tuesday. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, has indicated that he will not allow the bill to come to the Senate floor for debate and vote. We must demand that this happen! If given a proper hearing, I believe that there just might be enough Democrats for it to pass the Senate. At that point, it will be up to Barack Obama to say no. If he does what is expected and vetoes the bill, he will own the debt crisis all by himself. I do believe that he’ll take that as a badge of honor. That’s perfectly fine with me. He can take that badge when he moves out of the White House in January of 2013. Whatever Republican wins the Presidency, they should make sure and tell Barry not to let the door hit him on the way out!

Friends, we can either rise up to oppose more government interference in our lives, or we can sit back and do nothing, suffering the consequences. I stand with Sarah Palin because she is the only potential candidate that has been consistent in her views about governance. She has been consistent in her approach to governance as coming from “a servant’s heart”. This is huge. We don’t need politicians to tell us what to do, we need someone that understands the dynamic that has driven this country for the last 235 years: liberty. Liberty to make choices that benefit both us and our fellow man. Liberty to voice our opinions wherever we choose to do so. Liberty to advance our own wealth by bringing products to market that benefit all.

I know I standing on a soap-box, but you have to understand something very basic. Our country and our economic model is the best ever devised by man. We have faced adversity before and we face it now. I am confident that we’ll achieve greatness beyond anyone’s imagination if we just stick to our roots.

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

BlogTalkRadio: Deficits, Demons and Champions

Articles mentioned on today’s show:

Investor’s Business Daily – Thomas Sowell

David Limbaugh: America’s Financial Restoration vs. Obama’s Ideology

Sarah Palin: Lame Duck President

The Simplicity of Governance

We have all been taught that governance is a “civic” duty performed by well-intentioned individuals that stand in place for the electorate. On a federal level, we codified the means of governance in our founding documents. The principles contained therein were debated over many days in Philadelphia during a very hot summer in 1787, with NO AIR CONDITIONING! Can you even imagine that?

Our elected leaders swear fealty to the principles contained in our founding documents. In addition to the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence forms a framework for federal governance.

What should be a simple template of principles has become a vast nightmare of abomination and obstruction. But there is one thing present to make all things right and that is a free election. We are free to choose whomever we wish to perform the governance that we ordain by our acceptance of the Constitution. But is that enough?

As an educated voter, we have a responsibility to make sure that those vying for our vote are true to the principles that we expect them to follow. The only way to determine that is through both word AND deed. Those two things cannot be separated. Our vote should never be based on word only, because human history has shown us that words alone can mislead. It is only when those words are compared to a candidate’s deeds that we can understand his or her true fealty to our principles of governance.

We are now seeing the results of voting on the basis of words and not deeds. Barack Obama has not exhibited an acceptance of our principles of governance in his deeds. He has exhibited quite the opposite by ignoring a number of basic principles laid out in our founding documents. The list of transgressions are numerous and I will not attempt to go into all of those in this post.

Suffice it to say that we must make sure that the next election is about both words AND deeds. Governance is not the same as legislating. Writing the US Constitution was one thing. Governing by its principles was another. We need someone that has shown the ability to govern with our agreed-to principles in mind. To date, I can only think of a handful of individuals that have governed in a way that is true to the principles of our Constitution. Amongst this handful of individuals stands Sarah Palin. She has already demonstrated the willingness to govern based on the principles of our founding.

As a litmus test, experience and deeds are HUGE in deciding who should be the next President of the United States. Never again should we base our vote on only words, because Barack Obama has shown us that his words do not translate into deeds that demonstrate fealty to our governing principles.