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The Ticking Debt Ceiling Time Bomb

Posted by Billy On July - 26 - 2011

With only a week to go before the August 2nd debt ceiling deadline, nether the Democrats or the Republicans can come to some sort of an agreement as to what to do to save the country from defaulting on it’s debt. Both side are more concerned with next year’s election than actually doing what is necessary to cut the deficit.

There are billions of dollars being spent on programs that do nothing to increase jobs in America or to raise GDP. Instead of talking about those items, both parties are using scare tactics about Social Security and Medicare. Two things that will get the American voter engaged in doing something next year at the booth.

At the same time, the Democrats are feeling the pressure from the labor unions telling the Dems to stand firm on Social Security and Medicare. While I strongly believe in keeping the benefits of the two programs in place, there are other areas of the programs that can be cut. Such as administration costs of the program. We all know that government offices have to many employees in each of the different offices. They can not tell us that there is no way to cut at least 15-20% of staff within each of the programs. Most of the system is automated and to have so many employees in the system is taxing on the program itself.

The federal government has known about this issue for months now and have touched on the subject, but they wait until now to really get involved in it. Why is it that they wait until the last minute to do something? It’s because with the pressure of time, they can push the bill through quickly and claim later on that they didn’t realize what was in the bill since they didn’t get adequate amount of time to go through it. Of course the American people have short-term memory and forget that they waited and that’s what the politicians hope for, so they can do it again.

So as we see the politicians are trying to draft anything to get a majority of the politicians to vote yes on extending the debt. The Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled a two-tier plan that will cut $1.2 trillion over a ten year period and will only raise the debt ceiling for a few months. Obama has already expressed that he will not sign it because it’s a temporary fix.

Meanwhile the Democrats have presented their own plan to cut @2.7 trillion over the next ten years, but with a debt limit hike that will carry it through the 2012 elections. An election where Obama and many lawmakers will be up for re-election.

As we see over the last decade that the situation is getting worse as in the politicians doing what is necessary to get the fiscal condition of this country back in order. It’s always a temporary fix and not a permanent one. Each time the debt ceiling has come into play, politicians never cut the spending that is needed, instead they draft plans that cut spending in the future, not in the present. What happens is the cuts never come, but the spending and the raising of taxes always do.

We are coming to the end of the fuse and if we, the American people don’t do something to change the mindset of Washington, we will be finished sooner than later. This has gone on for way to long and it will come to an end one way or another.

Replying To Partisan Insults

Posted by Billy On July - 14 - 2011

Recently, I received a comment from one our many readers and wanted to address a few of this person’s points. The reader Eric, had some choice words after we posted a link to vote in a political poll. The poll was from 2009, but it seems it took Eric a little longer to find it. He commented on June 29, 2011.

Eric’s first sentence in the comment went like this,

All you people do is whine and throw around unguided, random superstitions and wrong information.

All you people??? Eric, we are all Americans and people who make comments like “all you people” want to keep everyone separated. That kind of thinking has been going on too long and it needs stop so we can move forward in this county. And if you really thought all we did was whine and give wrong information you wouldn’t feel so threatened by us. You would have just blown us off as just another misguided political site.

I’d like to hear you guys provide some ideas on the economy, or maybe the least you could is provide a legitimate point.

I’m not quite sure what Eric was talking about because he posted on a poll that is not even open anymore. If “you guys” was directed at Libertarians, then Ron Paul and Alexander Snitker, among other Libertarian minded candidates, had some great ideas, but it fell on deaf ears because these men (especially Mr. Snitker) weren’t taken seriously and given a fair shake in debates. If “you guys” was directed at this site, then your comment proved that you were only here to throw around a few insults because if you would have taken time to actually read some of the posts here, I have provided my ideas and very legitimate points.

You people are delusional. Maybe you’d be happier with Bush who started two wars (that still need to be paid for, under Obama) and turned a budget surplus into a 9 trillion dollar deficit and passed no considerable legislation that did anything besides allowing the Fed. to tap your phone line and check your emails ( oh yeah and he tortured a lot of people). Ya, he’s a good guy, let’s get someone like him.

Partisan and insulting in the same first sentence. I’m not sure if you took the time to notice Eric, but we’re Libertarians. That means we think the Democrats and the Republicans screwed us. Maybe if you read through the site before commenting, you wouldn’t have come across as so misinformed. Eric had a lot to say in these few sentences, so I will address each one separately.

As for being happier having Bush as president. What are my choices? If it’s a toss up between him and Obama, Yes I would want Bush as president. Let’s be for real though, Bush also didn’t do what he needed to when it came to war. Nearly ten years later and I’m still not sure if he had a right to be in Iraq. As for Afghanistan, we should have never been in there. While we’re on the subject, at least Bush did get Congressional approval before entering into these countries. We are now in Libya thanks to Obama decision after listening to the United Nation and NATO. It’s been over 90 days and there is still no justifiable reason from Obama to be there. How come you didn’t mention that Eric?
Lets talk about Eric’s comment about the $9 trillion surplus. There has not been a surplus in the federal government since at least 1969 when the federal government has spent more each year than it had collected in taxes. The so-called surplus was a numbers game for the Democrats. It was a “projected” surplus if Congress and the next President didn’t change a thing. And we all know the neither of them know how to do that.

As for the Patriot Act (if that’s what Eric was referring to since he didn’t mention it by name), The Patriot Act is totally against the Constitution that it should have never been enacted, never mind being renewed by President Obama in 2011(again Eric fail to mention).

So for Eric’s comment of “Ya, he’s a good guy, let’s get someone like him.” NO, let’s not. This country has been taken so far of course from it’s original intent of being a republic, governed by a set of laws, it’s not funny. We need someone who isn’t entrenched in Washington and the good ‘ol boy way of doing business in the Beltway.

One thing we don’t allow here on LeftAndRightPolitics is insults and attacks towards other readers. We want to promote open conversation and dialogue between readers and our authors, but it must be done with respect and not insulting. If you read the comments in the original post, you will notice another reader mentioned using name calling. The comment with the name calling was removed and I apologize for it getting through in the first place.

In response to one of our readers –

You seriously need to CHECK YOUR FACTS. Im pretty sure it was the democrats who passed the CRA. And the Republican Party of Lincoln is not the same Republican party of today. The South was primarily democratic until Civil Rights. You guys sound poor and uneducated, maybe you should consider supporting democrats who are for making progress and taking care of people who aren’t the top 5%, as opposed to the republicans (apart from Ron Paul) who are for “less-government” (who have not allowed Obama a political inch with anything unless it’s banning abortion) and taking care of their rich friends. The president can’t just wave a wand and make all of your lives perfect. This you’d know if you actually used your brain.

Anyone who says “CHECK YOUR FACTS”, without backing up their own just wants to throw out catch phrases. Here is where I laugh at the two major political parties. Neither one of them are for the American people. The Republicans and the Democrats are in it for themselves and their contributors. That is why we need term limits for all political position. If not this will never change.

Lose Custody Of Your Obese Child?

Posted by Billy On July - 14 - 2011

This week the Journal of the American Medical Association released an opinion piece in regards to the issue of obese children. Their stance was that putting these children in foster care would be more ethical than obesity surgery. The author of this piece is joining forces with advocates who claim that the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases. So, should parents lose custody of the extremely obese child?

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, feels it isn’t the point to blame the parents, but to act in the child’s best interest to get them the help they need for whatever reason the parent can’t provided. I don’t know about many parents feel about this but in my opinion, this would be a clear case of government overreaching their authority.

Ludwig is quoted, “State intervention ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible. That may require instruction on parenting,” Ludwig, along with Lindsey Murtugh who is a lawyer at Harvard’s School of Public Health, wrote this article. “Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child,” Murtagh said.

While I feel that this is a problem in the United States and is the responsibility of the parents to provide healthy choices for their children, others like bioethicist Art Caplin feel it can be blame on other factors as well. He states, “obese children are victims of advertising, marketing, peer pressure and bullying _ things a parent can’t control.” Caplin continues “If you’re going to change a child’s weight, you’re going to have to change all of them,” Caplan said.
I can see his statement in regards to advertising and marketing, but peer pressure and bullying?

This has gotten out of hand with people who feel that the government needs to be involved in issues that they have no authority to be in. Where does it end? By what “standard” are they going to gauge a child being obese?
What has happened to this country where we remove ourselves from responsibility? Over the last few years, the federal government has been expanding their authority and if this is the next thing where they (government) are to get involved in, where does it stop?

Yes, these days families either have both parents working or consist of a single parent. Being with our children have become less and less as parents struggle to keep their financial lives in order. There are those though that just don’t care what their kids eat, but does that now make it the responsibility of the state? As it is, the government can’t even take care of the issues they are required to handle and now let’s throw in raising obese children. Ultimately this is a personal issue and that’s it. If it falls into child endangerment, child abuse or neglect, that one thing, but this crossing the line.

There are currently nearly two million children in the United States who considered extremely obese. As it is, the foster care system has trouble finding foster homes for the kids that need it. How would the system improve with adding obese children into the mix?

Credentials For Being President

Posted by Billy On July - 4 - 2011

As we can see the Republican primary is starting to heat up. The candidates that are planning to run for the nomination are already in the race. There were a few that were expected to be in, but have either dropped out (Donald Trump) or others that have decided not to enter after all (Sarah Palin). So what does it take to have the credentials to run for the office of the president of the United States?

From what I can tell…nothing but money. President Obama when he ran for office, he had no experience as an executive or even as a legislator. Yes he was a Senator, but when he was a Senator on the state level, he spent most of that time running to be a U.S. Senator. Shortly after becoming the U.S. Senator, he was running to be president. So where did he get his experience? During the 2008 election, many people were saying that Sarah Palin didn’t have experience to be president, but in my opinion, she had more experience than Obama since she was a Mayor and the Governor of Alaska.

We are now hearing stories of how Michele Bachmann is not experienced enough to be president of the United States. How is that possible since she has been a Congresswoman for the state of Minnesota since 2007 and that is after six years as a state Senator.

What it all comes down to when having the qualification to be president, of course the statutes written out in the Constitution must be met, but it has to do with money. We have politicians putting up their own money to the tune of million of dollars for a position that will pay $175,000 per year plus benefits. The old saying of, “money makes the world go round”, doesn’t just apply to business. If your think about it, politics is big business. it’s expected this election cycle will have the candidates putting in a combine total of over one billion dollars. I’m amazed how much money is spent to just run for one political position. So it’s definitely big business.

So when you sit back to think about who you’re going to vote for, remember don’t vote for the person who’s had his or her face plastered all over the TV. Don’t listen to the opponent’s smear campaigns. Instead do your own homework and watch the debates each and every time. The debates are the best way to weed through the crap the candidates are saying. I’m not fond of any of the Republican candidates really, but I will be voting for whoever wins the nomination since Obama has done enough of nothing for this economy. What republican voters need to do is to find the best candidate to put on the ticket.