MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the U.S.
House of Representatives voted to increase the U.S. debt once again.
Voting against the measure were 54 Republicans and 104 Democrats; 271
others voted to continue the status quo and impose billions of dollars
in additional debt on America’s taxpayers.
The alternative, according to the proponents who included the House Republican
leadership, would be a catastrophe — default on our debt! This was echoed by
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Franz Geithner, who said, “Congress has
to do it. There’s no alternative.”
Really? No alternative? Bogus! There is an alternative — immediately cease increasing
the debt. Apparently, those in a position to fix America’s fiscal nightmare
believe they can sleep through it.
When American taxpayers finally awake to the reality of what their
elected officials have done to our financial future, it will not be
zombies descending upon elected officials; it will be real live taxpayers.
Those in Hollywood should be ready to roll the cameras. What they record
may well make the French Revolution look tame.
There is never a “good time” to tighten one’s belt,
except the sooner the better. The current Administration has, in less
than three years, put Americans trillions of dollars in debt by giving
our future earnings away to the very people who brought about the demise
of our banking system. These people have been made whole as the rest
of the American people are left holding the bag. And one of the architects
of the fleecing of the American taxpayer — Geithner — is demanding
that billions, if not trillions, of additional debt be piled on American
In November 2010, voters overwhelmingly spoke, “Stop the insanity,
change directions, stop spending, and impose fiscal restraint.” They
replaced Democrats on a wholesale basis. The hope was to see the change
that every rational American knows is necessary. But the new leadership
in the House of Representatives, like its predecessors, has shown itself
to be deaf, dumb, and blind.
Democrats ignored America’s desire to have less government;
they prefer to vastly increase federal spending and massively expand
government programs. Republicans are ignoring America’s desire
to shrink government spending. It is clear that neither party has the
will to make needed changes.
Where will voters turn? Neither the Democratic nor the Republican
leadership is competent to lead. Both would rather continue to spend,
increase government control over our lives, and hope somehow no one
Rhetoric is no longer selling. Americans are experiencing the consequences
of the last 70 years of mindless political leadership. Food prices
and energy prices are skyrocketing. Crime is out of control. Confidence
in government has fallen to an all-time low. Our southern border is
letting in millions of illegals — along with tons of drugs — and
allowing truckloads of arms and money to flow south. States attempting
to fulfill federally mandated Constitutional responsibilities ignored
by the federal government are taken to court and forced to do nothing.
Our public education system, while spending unprecedented amounts per
student, is now the laughingstock of the world. Public-employee unions
are bankrupting every political subdivision in which they bargain.
The current Administration has proven itself unable to respond to virtually
any crisis at home or abroad. America is on the verge of imploding.
There is only one good time to correct a wrong — immediately. Anyone,
any party, any pundit preaching otherwise is nothing more than a charlatan.
America must extract itself from foreign entanglements — not next
decade, not next year, but now. Congress must cease all new federal
programs, eliminate all federal agencies, and end all spending not
clearly and specifically authorized by our Constitution. These agencies
and spending include education, energy, environment, and agriculture.
Congress must abolish all federal public-employee unions and lay off
all those who work in such programs.
Harsh? Yes. Impossible? No. Necessary? Absolutely. Congress must abolish
the IRS, institute a simple across-the-board (no exceptions), Constitutionally
limited, sales tax that funds only proper federal responsibilities
and puts us on a course to eliminate America’s debt over the
next 20 years. Can it be done? Yes. Will it be done? That is the question.
If we do not do this voluntarily, it will be done for us, or to put
it more bluntly — to us.
No one and no government is too big to fail. History has proven this
again and again. America is not and will not be an exception. Failure
to take dramatic steps to resolve our dramatic and real problems guarantees
America will end up in the ash heap of historical empires that have
The only way to escape history’s lesson is to reverse course.
Reversing course requires true leadership and hard choices — yet clear
and obvious choices. Reversing course will be painful; but doing so
will, with proper leadership, renew the spirit that made America great:
rugged individualism, self-reliance, self-confidence, and pride in
one’s self and those who exhibit these same traits.
Continuing to expand our welfare culture; continuing to confiscate
the fruits of the labor of others and give it away; continuing to savage
success and extol sloth, envy, and covetousness will give us more debt
and hasten the demise of a once great America. The choice is clear
— it will be Secretary Geithner’s path or a change in direction
— there are no other alternatives.
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2011
by Robert L. Hale and the Fitzgerald
All rights reserved.
Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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