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Are We, being Swindled?


Wait a doggone minute; hold the horses.  Looking at the comments on many blog posts, I get the feeling that many folks don't get the big picture about where our national debt is.  I have had some folks say I have been too tough on Boehner and other leaders; give them some time, but I have kept up the pressure for good reason.  Granted it was the Obama, Pelosi, Reid evil axis that pushed these huge spending levels through, we just don’t have time on our side, before we are hit with inflation and higher interest rates, that will crush any recovery.  It should be relatively easy to cut the spending, this year, let me explain.  We just need to make our case clear and ominous!


Let me remind you where we have come from, most recently.  In 2009 on top of bloated budgets we spent another $800 billion plus on the "Stimulus" package bringing the deficit spending that year to $1.85 trillion.  Without the stimulus we would have had about a  $1.05 trillion deficit.


We got more of the same spending in 2010 but without a huge stimulus package we spent $1.55 trillion in the deficit zone.  The problem with these politicians, is once they get a bump up in the money they can spend, for whatever the reason, they do not want to go back to lower levels.  It is that old use it or loose it mentality prevalent in the government trenches, so they buy like crazy at year end whether it is needed or not, just so their budget won't be cut, except the Congress is infected, too.


So here we are, it is 2011 and they are talking about excess spending that will put us in a $1.65 trillion deficit.  What if we were to back out that extraordinary "Stimulus" package level of spending (It was supposed to be a one time package, not the trigger for new overall spending levels) from the equation, and take a look at where we could reasonably expect to be.  Try $850 billion in deficit spending, still nearly double of Bush's 2008 deficit and that included his large stimulus that most of you received checks for….. Oh, we so soon forget!  Without the 2008 stimulus, the deficit was less than $250 billion and that was with two wars going on!


They bumped the spending up for supposedly short term stimulus to jump start the economy, promising to return to lower spending levels but, the addicts on Capitol Hill are having severe withdrawal pains.  So what is the current plan, there is none!  Borrowing more money to keep federal spending injected into the economy while kicking this ever growing debt can down the road is worse than poke and hope, because this equation is devoid of hope, they know there is none, but like an addict they will continue upping the dose until BOOM!!....it is all over!


As has been said before, we do not have the luxury of time on our side.  There are few opportunities that allow significant spending reductions to occur and one of them just passed by with a very feeble $61 billion effort.  The debate over raising the debt ceiling above the current $14.3 trillion limit; is our best hope for reducing spending this year.  The House must hold the Administration’s feet to the fire over reducing spending to more responsible levels.


We must return to pre stimulus spending levels before folks become dependent on these new entitlements and federal stimulus contracts, before we break the proverbial piggy bank!!  That means all departments and programs are fair game.  The current proposed budget with $1.65 trillion deficit and no big stimulus package increases the deficit by more than 6 times Bush’s “pre stimulus check” deficit!!  Are you starting to understand the enormity of this catastrophic problem?  Well good, I just used “Catastrophic”, does anyone have a word for the $112 trillion dollars of un-funded liabilities that start coming due in tsunami fashion as the “baby boomers” start collecting benefits over the next couple years?  By the way, that is in addition to the $14.1 trillion federal debt, which has a $46,000.00 per person tax bill attached to it.  You see they call those accrued debts for pensions and Medicare etc., “un-funded liabilities”!  They don’t count them as debt until the year they are coming due!


It is not theirs to spend, they swindled us over the bailouts and stimulus and now they want to pick our pockets endlessly to continue feeding their addiction.  The Debt Is Too Damn High!  Repeal The Pork Or Retire!!


Call your Representatives and let them know that you want to rein in spending, NOW, and to start with not raising the debt ceiling permanently, they must include spending cuts sufficient to return the limit to current levels or reduce it within several months!  Ever increasing debt is not a forgone conclusion.  It is the result of foregone irresponsibility.  Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121 or (202)-225-3121 also Toll Free at (877)-762-8762 ask for your Representative by name and also call the leadership (John Boehner and Eric Cantor) and tell them: “The debt is just too damn high”!!  Do Not Raise The Debt Ceiling Permanently!!  Stop Talking, and Stop The Spending Now!! 


Tom Whitmore


Copyright 2011, Thomas J. Whitmore

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Take The Town Halls To Washington

Nationwide Tea Party Coalition - "Take The Town Halls To Washington"
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (March 5, 2010) - The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is today announcing a new project, "Take The Town Halls To Washington", which is designed to bring tea party activists to Washington, DC during the month of March to meet, question and review the positions of approximately 60 Democrat members of the House of Representatives whose vote on the pending Health Care legislation has not yet been publicly announced. Tea Party Nation is a collaborating partner in the project.
Spokesman Mark A. Skoda, who is also Chairman of The Memphis TEA Party stated, "President Obama has indicated his willingness to ignore the people and force his bill through Congress using whatever means necessary. Our objective is to bring thousands of constituents to DC to meet with their representatives, capture their comments and produce a review of those positions on a daily basis. We believe that time is of the essence and the people need to understand where these representatives stand before any vote is taken."
Organizer, Michael Patrick Leahy further stated, "After more than a year of tea party resistance to the big government efforts of the Obama Administration, it all comes down to the next 3 weeks. The Administration has made it clear. They intend to ram down the Health Care takeover through a corrupt Congress by the end of this month, in direct defiance of the clearly expressed will of the American people.”
“It is time for every tea party activist across the country to consider dropping everything he or she is doing and join us in the most important battle of our life time. We need your energy, commitment, and efforts to make this succeed. We need you to consider coming to Washington during this 3 week period, and if you can’t come to Washington, be part of this project in your local area.”
A nationwide webcast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, 2010 with meetings in DC scheduled to begin the following day through March 31, 2010. Logistics are being coordinated for those coming to Washington and daily briefings and reviews are scheduled during the project. It is expected that visits will take place while Congress is in session from Monday through Friday.
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is an informal federation of thirty local tea parties from around the country who work collaboratively on important national projects. It was the group that organized the February 27, 2009 “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party” in 51 cities around the country that launched the Tea Party Movement, as well as the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party, where 1 million tea party activists attended events in over 900 cities.

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