Sunday, November 01, 2009

Continued Government Failure



To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

  • The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.
  • Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
  • Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before.. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
  • You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??

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6 Comments:

Blogger drjim said...

Yep, and they STILL won't listen to us that we DO NOT want socialized medicine!

9:52 PM, November 01, 2009  
Blogger Tom said...

It's a little unfair to blame President Obama and the current 535 legislators for all the failures you list.

Failure to run an efficient government goes back to the beginning of our government.

Including the failure of our founding fathers and the wrongs they did not correct in their documents that started our government.

They did give us a legal process to amend what they did, in hopes that future generations would do better. I believe they fully expected that future Americans would amend or add to what they wrote, hopefully to improve on what they did.

I don't believe it would be correct to say that the founding fathers would disagree with programs that would serve all Americans. In fact they set up the first programs to serve ALL the people.

No responsible elected legislator should vote for this health care bill, for 100's of reasons, nor should any responsible elected legislator ignore the voice of the people, or the obvious problems caused nationwide by the status quo of the current health care system.

Seems the good ideas either don't exists, or are being hidden by the quieting effect of corporate lobby groups and the money they "donate" to our elected representatives.

11:57 PM, November 01, 2009  
Blogger ablur said...

Tom,
It is right that they are not to blame for all these failures, but not recognizing the chronic failure of government to do these things and insisting on another future failure program drives my point.
Government by its very nature will be a failure in one group or another's eyes. We all see things differently and those differences paint our point of view. Yet to look at this list and the many other failures of government should give one pause. We instead see blind determination by evidence of not even reading the bills laid before them.

The federal government is clearly stepping outside the framework of our constitution that each of these people have sworn to uphold. If we need to amend the constitution then let us do so. Until then let us follow that which we agreed to follow.

Healthcare - There are hundreds of good ideas out there. I have presented many here. Yet our current group of leaders see themselves so high above us that they are unwilling to listen. Don't allow the con of no one offering up any alternatives fool you. The media won't cover these offerings and the congress won't listen. We are being duped.

9:24 AM, November 02, 2009  
Blogger Tom said...

Duped, yes, but I would describe it more as "on the take." Our legislators are being paid (donations) by groups that have a vested interest of a certain outcome. But the Supreme Court sees that money as free speech.

The Supreme Court has held that these social programs are Constitutional. So by definition, they are not out of the guidelines of the Constitution. These decisions have been coming from the Supreme Court for decades, not just in our era.

In my opinion, it's not the Constitution that needs change, it's the behavior of our legislators and the rules they operate under.

That is the responsibility of the people. They have the duty of supervision over elected officials and the ability (vote) to decide who is in those positions.

It's not a small point to remember that the legislators we elected passed these programs into law. Taxation and services to the people by representation. That was exactly the intent of the founding fathers and the founding documents. We do get the government we deserve (vote for).

If we want our programs to help Americans that need help, then all programs should be means tested. Waste and fraud should be eliminated. Ones waste in a federal program, is another's benefit - like a bridge to nowhere.

It's long past time we demand more from our media than talking points, opinion, or extremism that brings ratings and higher sales.

But again, it's the people ( by their choices of what they view, read, and listen to) that set the standards, which are way to low, in my opinion. It's a matter of quality not quantity, of true facts reported not a political spin of the facts. Given good information, can Americans make a good decision? One has to wonder.

I'm more interested in what works, not if the idea came from the right, or the left. It's also important to know (legislate) what a program will do 50 years out, as well as if it will help solve a current problem.

Social Security is a perfect example. It should be an insurance program, not a pension program. It has been abused by legislators since the day it was enacted. The people voted for it over 70 years ago, and have voted to enlarge it ever since. It has served its intent, and saved millions from poverty in old age. The people want it, they just don't want to pay for it, thus it goes bankrupt.

What kind of services do we want, and how much are we willing to pay for those services? The ultimate irresponsibility, is to leave crippling debt to future Americans.

10:21 AM, November 02, 2009  
Anonymous Perri Nelson said...

The U.S. Post Service is one thing that is expressly authorized by the Constitution. That it is broken is indeed an indication of government failure.

The Social Security program is NOT authorized by the U.S. Constitution. It represents a federal usurpation of a power delegated and reserved to the States. It is no wonder that it is broken.

Just as with Social Security, Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, the "War on Poverty", Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Energy, and one you didn't even mention, the Department of Education are all examples of federal programs that are not authorized by the Constitution, but instead are reserved for the States.

These items make up the bulk of the federal budget. They are the principal cause of our massive deficit spending, and our outrageous "progressive" taxation scheme. By focusing on these things as government services, our federal government ignores it's primary purpose - the defense of the States.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
— James Madison, Federalist No. 45

The federal government also has no business running a health care system.


“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Spencer Roane, 9 March 1821

12:20 PM, November 02, 2009  
Anonymous Perri Nelson said...

@Tom,

“The Supreme Court has held that these social programs are Constitutional. So by definition, they are not out of the guidelines of the Constitution. These decisions have been coming from the Supreme Court for decades, not just in our era.”

True, and also unconstitutional in itself. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the supreme court the right or power to judge what is and is not Constitutional...

“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 11 September 1804

It was Chief Justice John Marshal that decided that it was incumbent on the court to do that very thing, while at the same time denying it had jurisdiction to do so. Applying the principles of "Common Law" to "Statutory Law" eventually ends up making "Statutory Law" meaningless.

If you need an example, consider this example from a year and a half ago... (sorry, the original news article is no longer available online)

http://perrinelson.com/2008/3/18/1142.aspx

12:30 PM, November 02, 2009  

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