Random Thoughts On Our Country and Our Path Forward

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“It is time for accountability to be forced by we the people.”
Matt Modleski Book

Cover picture above– U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot, Matt Modleski’s book “The American Dream and What We Must Do to Secure Our Children’s Dreams.”

Matt recently wrote an article for ROC Newsletter outlining some thoughts about what we need to do as a country to move forward. We share it below.

Matt recently wrote an article for ROC Newsletter outlining some thoughts about what we need to do as a country to move forward. We share it below.

Random Thoughts On Our Country and Our Path Forward

By Mathew Modleski

I asked [ROC editor} if I could share a few thoughts with all of you this week and he graciously said yes.  Many of these thoughts are related in some fashion and in my book I more fully explain some of that interconnectedness.  Thanks for the chance to contribute to the dialogue on ROC.
The $29 trillion dollar illusion
Unfortunately the illusion is our US standard of living as it has been propped up by credit for more than 40 years. I heard Mitt Romney say that if we cut spending by a trillion dollars in one year we would go back into a deep recession or perhaps a depression as the GDP would shrink by 5%.  Let’s turn that math around and look at it this way.  We are borrowing and spending $1.5 trillion this year to sustain the illusion and using Romney’s math, instead of our GPD growing at an anemic 1.8%, it is really shrinking at about 5%.  That means without the illusion of borrowing and spending we are actually in a steep recession or maybe a depression already, aren’t we?  Math is math, and no matter how it’s spun, it doesn’t lie (statistics can be manipulated to lie; basic math is not subject to that same problem).
Let me ask you this.  Let’s say you make $50,000.00 per year.  You have borrowed and spent $70,000.00 and pay interest on that amount in order to live a lifestyle that you’ve grown accustomed to.   Each month in order to “live that lifestyle,” you borrow 40% more than you make and you spend it?  Would your life appear better than it actually is in terms of sustainability? That’s what we’re doing in America.

It is time for accountability to be forced by we the people.  Please vote out of office anyone who serves you in government who has been there for more than 6 years, they have mismanaged our country so badly they don’t deserve the honor of continuing to serve (notice I wasn’t party specific).

Where are our Leaders?
Albert Einstein said, “Setting the example isn’t the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”  When you look across our great nation, do you see anyone that you would want your children to emulate who is serving us?   If the answer is no, ask yourself why you can’t find a single leader in public service that you would have your children emulate? Then, please find men and women of character to send to Washington, D.C. this year, because when the illusion comes crashing down, we are going to need people of character to lead our nation.  We may have to wait for the crash to see these people stand tall and serve us.  More than likely they will not be a byproduct of establishment politics; if there is a crash the country will want something very different.

College and High School Graduates-Get Skilled, Not Simply Educated

For most of the last 20-30 years a college education meant opportunity for a good job in America.  Even as our reliance on borrowing and spending at both the household level and federal level spiraled out of control, there was always a job for college graduates.  Those times are over in terms of the “automatic” aspect of jobs for people with academic knowledge.   We will now have to have graduates who have learned how to “do something” with their knowledge or said more simply, they will have to be skilled.  Knowledge is wonderful, but you wouldn’t want your airline pilot to be chock full of knowledge and have no skill.  You would want them to have taken the knowledge they have accrued and then turn that knowledge into the skill of flying your airplane.  Our children have been lead to believe that six figures waits at the end of the party called a bachelor’s degree.  We’d better communicate that the party is over and skills are going to be required to succeed in the new America (the one that comes after the very hard landing that’s now inevitable).  Skills are learned through practice and repetition, there is no shortcut to becoming skilled.
There was an interesting article a year or so ago that made the point that Military Academy graduates go on to achieve more with their lives than Ivy League school graduates.  It seems pretty simple to me when trying to discern why.  Academy graduates must learn skills that they apply everyday to solve real problems where lives are at risk.  Ivy League graduates aren’t forced to learn skills that have those same consequences. Even M.D.’s errors result in someone else dying, not them or their surgical counterparts.   The same cannot be said of a combat leader who has to be skilled.  If they make mistakes, they pay with their lives or those of their friends.
Skills will be required in the new America; knowledge has been overpriced in our run-up of borrowing and spending in almost every aspect of our lives.  (Just as an aside, most of the people in the current administration are “academic experts”).
So What is the Plan?
One of my biggest knocks on the right is the unwillingness to put forth a plan based on the truth and then lead its implementation.  My knock on the left is simply they won’t do math in public, a simple yet basic tenet of problem solving. So, based on my lack of patience for those who won’t put a plan forward, here is one aspect of my plan to address the crisis we’re in now.
Let’s cut spending across the board for the next 5 years.  We’ll reduce it 8%, 7%, 6%, 5%, 4% for each of the next five years.  The first two reductions include Presidential and Congressional pay, it’s time DC felt some sort of sacrifice for the good of the nation.  For those who want to know how much money each of those reductions would result in, it’s roughly $288 billion, $264 billion, $250 billion, $230 billion and $200 billion.  At the end of those 5 years we would still be borrowing money each month, but a revision of the tax code will close that gap.  In 5 years we will have stopped digging the hole we’re in, and will have balanced the budget.  We can then begin to pay off our debt which by then will be more than $20 trillion dollars.  Once the budget is balanced we should index Medicare spending and Defense spending as a percentage of GDP so that both parties can take care of their constituents by focusing on one thing, a healthy US economy.
The time for apathy has long since passed; most of America simply hasn’t realized it yet.
God Bless,
Matt

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The “D” Bomb


Spending Is the Game

The ruling class is pulling out all the stops in the mis-framed debate over the direction our country will take to try and put up barriers to anything resembling a halt to what they like to do best; spend the taxpayers money as fast as they can!

The problem is that after going on a literal blitzkrieg of irresponsible spending based upon the cover of cannibalistic stimulus policy known as Keynesian economics, including endless bailouts,  quantitative easing (money printing), crony payouts, and the like, since 2007, we suddenly find ourselves very, very far in debt.

In the 2010 elections the people clearly said, “ENOUGH!”,  by voting out incumbents in historic proportions.  The message was unmistakable that people wanted a halt to fiscal irresponsibility… and out of control government.

So now those most recently voted in are holding fast and we the people are holding everyone’s feet to the fire by expecting them to stand on the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.

The establishment, who were shocked by the election results, seemed to understand briefly that business as usual had changed. However, they quickly got over it, believing that they could use their powers to bring any “upstarts” inline with their reality and the way “things are done inside the beltway!” This particular plan has not seemed to work very well though and now we witness much screaming and howling and crying, “FOUL!”

It seems that those associated with the Tea Party movement are now considered middle-earth hobbits incapable of being reasonable nor of understanding the complexities of the game by members in their own party establishment.

We understand just fine.

Obama and the other leftists in charge have no desire to stop spending at a fast and furious rate, but they do have an election to worry about, so they will do whatever it takes to blame the right for their spending addiction.  We learn from them that the current GOP leadership is weak on principles, and will often sacrifice these strategic strongholds (conservative principles) in order to gain minute or insignificant pieces of political ground in order to claim progress.  This easy exploitation seems apparent to everyone but those who are being played.

Economically the left has no answers at all that do not include more taxes and more spending.   They just need the permission to continue their program relatively unabated.  It is their foes in Congress who are continuously “compromising”  to give them this further permission. To be fair, there is actually one area the left would cut willing, our national defense. Other than this, they are about growing, not limiting government size.  For that, they always need more of the people’s money to spend.

The astronomical national debt numbers are not imaginary figures ginned up by cave dwelling know-nothings.  This debt was created in record time by those in Washington… playing their game. These are addicts and enablers trying to point fingers at the interventionists wanting responsibility in their representation! We get back  loud protests about disastrous election results if the game is not allowed to continue on their own terms!

There are only so many points of time where the opportunity exists to turn back in the right direction for this country.  This is one of those times. Let’s put the onus back on those who deserve the real criticism.

The best deal for America is to take the steps needed to bring spending under control, and to do it now, not later.  It may be too tough a job for some, but in that event, we can, and will, find those who are willing to perform the job of ending the spending game.

Time To Pay the Piper?

Time To Pay the Piper?
ROC Commentary (July 15, 2011 Issue#28)

Any private entity operating like our government does now would likely be considered a criminal enterprise.

Since the 1930’s our federal government works in many respects much like Ponzi schemes made famous by many notorious figures who devised underhanded ways to help themselves to the fruits of other people’s labor for profit to themselves.  Politicians figured out long ago that public accountability was lacking at certain times, especially when their own party enjoyed immense political power. Tricky wording and emotional appeal could be employed to get enough visible public support to advance ill-advised policies and programs so they could be incrementally implemented with minimum resistance from the people, most of whom would never consider the long term implications. So they promised the American people the world, the stars and the moon! Unfortunately many believed that there was such a thing as a “free lunch!” The politicians then pocketed their political profits…at our expense.

So many wild promises have been made to Americans for decades now by these politicians in the name of solving one “problem” or another with vague assurances as to the benefits compared to the true costs.  This selling by incremental steps has a ratcheting factor too (rarely, if ever, reversed) that has allowed the politicians of the federal government to create incomprehensible, mammoth-sized money drains on America’s productive. A continuing series of power usurping moves by these so called representatives or by supposedly impartial judges with agendas (public servants entrusted with upholding the duties and responsibilities required by the US Constitution) has also successfully reversed the role of our federal government in relation to the people.

Increasingly the media safeguard for accountability has evaporated as they have ignored their watchdog role or actively participated in the political deceptions. Now the federal government has intruded into numerous areas of our lives by exercising power they were never granted by the people or by our founding documents. This usurpation of power has cost us big time… in both monetary terms, and in our liberty. The “piper” now holds a huge bill in our name (not the politicians who ran it up)… that threatens to exceed our ability to pay. The reckless spending for empty promises must stop now, and the bill we owe must be addressed … while we still can. The past promises that were made and are now depended on by so many must be brought into proper perspective through a prism based in reality and not automatically continued “as is” until they inevitably ruin us all financially.

What we are witnessing in the the “debt ceiling” debate is the unpleasant reality which eventually catches up with those who set up schemes to defraud others.  The unpleasant results of making wild promises, while using other peoples money to keep the scams going, has come to a head.  Those who are in on the Washington con or “game” simply wish to continue to play… by giving themselves permission to do so, even though it has become glaringly apparent that the longer this continues, the worse it will be for our young and future citizens.

The American people for the most part have made it clear that we expect and demand responsible, accountable, and honest solutions by our representation to get us back on the right track and provide our posterity with the same opportunities we have enjoyed. We repeatedly reject any more “smoke and mirrors”, or “kicking the can down the road” in order to avoid doing what must be done.

This is not just another high stakes contest in the game of “chicken” between political foes.  This battle has much more on the line than who wins politically. Ultimately the outcome will directly affect all the people, and determine the future or demise of this country.  There is very little to really compromise on, as the actual choice is stark… either the success or failure as a country.  It is time to stand up for doing what is right if we believe in America. It is long past due time to “pay the piper” and to get our house in order to ensure that from now on… we have and operate a government based in reality… and not false utopian dreams for equal outcomes, ideological fantasies, or other pretending.

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Paying For Free Lunch

Harry Reid thinks the taxpayers who have found a voice in the the form of the Tea Party movement have it all wrong…

What did Milton Friedman say about those that think like Harry Reid?

 

Let’s Be Clear…

Obama is fond of saying this.

If anything gets much clearer for America under Obama’s leadership, based on how the media will report it, then expect bats to start falling from the night’s sky as they suffer catastrophic mid air collisions in their sonar deprived blindness. We know the lapdogs are just doing what they are told to do as caucus team players, parrot the talking points, but the rest of us can see even they are beginning to squirm more now at the lies and audacity, and feel the need to shower more often.

No real explanation as to why Obama chose to start a new war without any real national interest, not even the ministers of propaganda are able to spin it well.

Maybe we can get a clear explanation on what social engineering did for our housing values? Or maybe, why people like Barney Franks or Chris Dodd are not in prison for their roles in the outright extortion and ponzi schemes they devised and supported resulting in the predictable and subsequent collapse of the mortgage financing sector?

This country has tremendous reserves of untapped energy resources and the technology know-how to safely extract them, and put them to productive use to aid our economic vitality, but what is very clear is that those invested in their own power will not permit this course for our future, not while they hold the reins.

Here is what is crystal clear to the average taxpayer, that there are way too many people playing games with the truth. A trip to the grocery store for life’s necessities is becoming a budget management exercise (that used to be reserved for planning summer vacation spending) as both food and gasoline prices are soaring.

The Democrats own the budget mess.  Any shutdown that is needed due to their reckless spending over the last four years is, and should be, pinned squarely where it belongs, on them! This country only reached a ten trillion dollar deficit in October of 2008 but now we are well past $14 trillion! Granting another raise of the debt ceiling would clearly be an outrage against the consent of the people, so our experience tells us watch out, they will find a deceitful or underhanded way of doing this and the GOP will cave in to it, despite our protests, or the damning long term affects to our posterity.

During campaigns we hear much about trimming wasteful and overlapping programs in our federal government. We know there are tons of them and the waste and fraud and abuse of taxpayers money is rampant.  Now is the time to get down to the work of paring off all this fat, as their carbon footprints on our pocketbooks is far too big.

Both parties could also look at the barriers to their power imposed by the US Constitution that they have so willfully destroyed through overreach, or just ignored for decades, and see that maybe that wasn’t such a hot idea. So many burdensome rules and regulations have been created nobody can know or comply with them all, and the free enterprise racehorse of the past is burdened with an estimate 20% of its own weight by all these, while still being expected to compete globally. While the real issues of our country like national security, energy independence, effective education, crime, moral decline, poverty etc. have not improved, and in fact worsened under central planning, our government takes an ever larger share of the cargo area in our 747 jumbo jet economy while telling us all to shut up, and sit down, and do as we are told.

Failure and incompetence without accountability is business as usual for these people, and they want to tell us how we should live? No way! We can clearly see that their interference is what is clouding our future!

Let us be clear! Let us set the conversation! Those in Washington need the message recited over again and again, they may call us any name they wish, they can blame us for their dead bats too, but we have had it, we are watching them closely in greater numbers than they think, we expect the truth, responsible and accountable government, and clearly we need to continue to let them know it!

Teachers Giving America a Lesson on Entitlement Mentality

Who knew responsibly tightening ones financial belt would cause such massive wide spread agony among the parasitic?

Staving Off the Entitlement Flu

Woe be it to the poor governor of any state that tries the new elixir being called “Fiscal Responsibility to the Taxpayers” without preparing for the ensuing pathogenic consequences!
Just when we thought that flu season was about to end for the year, an outbreak of Wi-Madison flu has struck with a wholly illogical vengeance!

Though the evidence is not official, it seems that the influenza strain is a direct result of having to swallow a bitter pill of reality. This medicine causes all sorts of side effects previously undiscovered in recent years… due to the unavailability of this prescription!

Here is just a partial list of severe symptoms and immediate reactions:

  • Widespread sickness sets in on certain select overcompensated professions
  • Shuts down all public schools, leaving the children unfed
  • The infected will mass together at non infected homes and state capitols
  • Causes aggravated, heated, angry, and uncivil rhetoric, complete with cross-hair signs and Nazi symbols
  • Causes the president to comment, and subliminally empathize with the stricken
  • Causes hostage negotiators to fly in and offer to broker a cure
  • Causes certain legislators to flee their jobs for “undisclosed” locations
  • Causes the media to use the words “undisclosed” and “unfair” repeatedly

Fiscal healers are cautioned to take the following precautions if planning to dispense this same treatment option:

  • Call out the National Guard and have them move all state owned buses to flooded areas where they cannot be used
  • Tow any new high end Mercedes or Corvettes parked about town, as they belong to the union leaders spreading the flu
  • Call the undisclosed location, and offer money to owners to house legislative refugees there until new special elections are held to replace them
  • Tell the media that someone coordinated the whole thing from Wasilla,Alaska and give them plane tickets
  • Pass out free Obama T-shirts to crowds so they know protests are over
  • Schedule and announce Lady Gaga will appear immediately in a neighboring town and there will be more T-shirts
  • Set up a training day for teachers so they will understand their pink slips
  • Tell students that they will need to make up two days for every day their teachers are out… and provide them picket signs that say “Get back to work!”

This advice meets the new Obama guidelines for preventative care, and if the kids aren’t in school how the heck is Michelle going to be able to direct what they eat?

See more of AF Branco’s great toons at www.comicallyincorrect.com

Tea Party Crowds Right-Stimulus Plan Kills More Jobs

People wonder why the Tea Party movement is still here, and still growing.

Votes for bills with place holders.

Votes for bills unread.

Rhetoric to rush it all through by a ideologue president talking as if he wasn’t one, but acting much differently!

The media and Obama would like everyone to believe that the “stimulus plan”, sold as necessary to keep unemployment down below 8 % is working,  just slower than expected.

With 8% unemployment well in the rear-view mirror and rapidly zooming toward the 10% rate despite wasting a trillion or so dollars, the only thing left to wonder about now is why the tea party crowds are not much bigger.

The people said no to the stimulus, no to the bail outs, and no to cap and trade, yet what has the all knowing Obama administration and Congress brought us instead? Debt and numbers like this…

Stimulus Plan Kills More Jobs

According to the new labor report, 467,000 jobs were lost in June, bringing the number of unemployed persons to 14.7 million and driving up the unemployment rate to 9.5%. Yet the President continues to tell Americans that the stimulus plan has been successful. Here are the facts:

  • Non-farm payroll dropped in June by 467,000 jobs, which is more than last month and much higher than expected.
  • The number of unemployed persons is now 14.7 million — the highest level in American history.
  • The unemployment rate is now 9.5% — the highest level since August 1983.
  • This year, we’ve lost 2.6 million jobs and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.3 percentage points.
  • Since President Obama was elected in November 2008, we’ve lost 4.9 million jobs and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.9 percentage points.

Source Senate Conservative Fund _ Senator Jim DeMint

Good thing this stimulus is “working”, I would hate to see the numbers if it were not!