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Phil Gramm is like Tom Smith. Though he does not have the years of business acumen gained from being on the front lines as Tom Smith. Gramm is a great man in his own right. He is an almost lifelong public servant with time spent as a Democratic Congressman and as a Republican Senator from Texas. There is something special about Texans. Like me, Gramm was once a Democrat, but felt his ideology was closer to the conservative side and so after serving in Congress as a Democrat, Gramm ran and won a seat as a Republican Senator.
Phil Gramm says a lot about big government. His perspective is as solid as the Founders and it can help all of us get a perspective on the evils of big government. Here are several Phil Gramm quotes:
- The larger the government, the more the middle class pays for said governance, while the smaller the government, the more the top percenters pay. He also detailed the natural flows of capital with regard to tax structures. Scientifically, this equates to Newton’s Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Tax one too much, and production will diminish.
- The more equal a government tries to make its citizenry, the lower the mean wealth of the citizenry.
- The more a government taxes to serve its own spending and growth, the more the lower-income folks will pay to sustain and feed such governmental growth, with the side effect of a poorer citizenry.
- The more a government attempts to institute equality via legislation and regulation, the more personal liberty is lost.
Throughout American History, great men and women have come forth as patriots to help keep us all understanding how great the “American Experiment” actually is. Many of them have been quoted for posterity to help us all understand our country even better:
“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” James Madison
“Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America’s problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.” Norman Vincent Peale
“You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” Ronald Wilson Reagan
“I had a copy of the Soviet Constitution and I read it with great interest. And I saw all kinds of terms in there that sound just exactly like our own: “freedom of assembly” and “freedom of speech” and so forth. Of course, they don’t allow them to have those things, but they’re in there in the constitution. But I began to wonder about the other constitutions – everyone has one – and our own, and why so much emphasis on ours. And then I found out, and the answer was very simple – that’s why you don’t notice it at first. But it is so great that it tells the entire difference. All those other constitutions are documents that say, “We, the government, allow the people the following rights,” and our Constitution says “We, the People, allow the government the following privileges and rights.” Ronald Wilson Reagan
“We give our permission to government to do the things that it does. And that’s the whole story of the difference – why we’re unique in the world and why no matter what our troubles may be, we’re going to overcome.” Ronald Wilson Reagan
Our government does perform some important functions, such as the courts system, national defense, and the maintenance of a transportation infrastructure. We even once had a space program and then along came Obama. As many of us know, he singlehandedly decimated NASA and nobody really understands why. He made it into a good will agency for outreach to the Muslim community. The head of NASA has said Barack Obama told him to make “reaching out to the Muslim world” one of the space agency’s top priorities. Meanwhile the Russians get a huge payoff each time the failed US space program is forced to fly. Perhaps they too must adhere to the Obama Muslim constraint, But, who is counting in America. The Russians are counting on lots of bucks from Obama’s new Russian oriented space program.
With the big government NASA experiment, we all learned that big government can give and it can take away just as easily if not more easily. Ask the jobless NASA engineers in Florida and Texas.
A big government has little ability to regulate virtually everything on a mass scale without itself being massive. Trying to tame big government is tougher than trying to tie a hair ribbon on a bolt of lightning (W.C. Fields). Government largesse breeds unavoidable corruption that can only be solved with a smaller footprint. So, if you like your freedom and you are Democrat or Republican, always vote for smaller government. Right now, that means do not vote for progressives, whether they are card carrying Democrats or they are hiding under the covers as RINOS or neocons.
The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party continues to be a revolt of the people who work or once worked very hard, against big government. The corrupt media in the US would like you to believe that your mom and dad, who sip the good TEA willingly, are simply out of touch. Not true! The big question is: “Can Obama and his progressive bootlickers outlast the TEA party?” He does have major sustaining and major recuperative powers, so please never count him out.
Obama’s continual standing as our President depends on him winning against everybody? He is especially good at winning by making people forget what game they are even playing. He never forgets. He is very good at everything except for his main job of leading a free country. He is the human incarnation of the Energizer Bunny, and he needs no national energy plan to be the Energizer Obama.
When Sarah Palin wasted him in 2008 at the Republican convention, within a week or two, she was toast. She and many of us thought her speech had surely killed Obama in his tracks. Energizer Obama however, got himself some new batteries and he came back to life, and he would not be beat. He could not be beat. Nobody before him has ever wanted the presidency so bad. We the knowing, must never forget his great sustaining and recuperative powers. He has been planning to be President since he was in diapers, and from what we have been getting from him, he saved a lot of those diapers for ammunition to use against We the People in whatever way he can.
Obama is relentless and he wears down good people and even better opponents. The TEA Party members of Congress were elected to stop big government, yet the G.O.P members that control the House have not had the guts to stop the big government funding. For my money, they can be a little (a lot) more active as Obama always has the PR edge. Ronald Reagan described his own purpose as President the best: “We were sent here to drain the swamp, not to get along with the alligators.” The swamp is loaded today for sure.
Big government has so much money with which it wants to solve all problems, while maintaining its huge power base. The latter is far more important than the former. Obama has even figured out how to use the government to help his reelection. Yes, he campaigns on the taxpayer dime. Who pays for the fuel in AF1? Big Government enables socialism and redistribution schemes to keep its dependents pleased.
Despite all of the examples in history that show that socialism as a government philosophy has failed everywhere that it has ever been tried, for decades, even a bit before Wilson, it has been slowly and steadily creeping into American society. Obama is an advocate of socialism, which he likes to call redistribution. The Democrats today boldly call it progressivism since the people no longer remember the black eye the progressives received in the early 20th Century. Be wary!
We all need enough personal funds to get along and when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made fun of it, it struck a chord. Obama thinks he’s got us dancing to his number once and for all by patronizing our desire to have a little something in our wallets rather than nothing: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis sang this verse which captures more than a sentimental feeling about having a few bucks in your pocket:
“If you got it you don’t need it
If you need it you don’t got it
You don’t get it shame on you
Funny funny funny what money can do”
If you have a job, you make five to ten to twenty times what the person on the dole brings in. Those who bet on failure need a guy like Obama forever. Nobody has to worry about this Welfare President helping them get a job. He will never help you get a job, but he will be sure have the government feed you if it must. On the other hand, those who bet on success need a guy like Mitt Romney who knows where real jobs come from. Romney wants all Americans to have the kind of jobs that lead to the American dream. Roughnecks in the oil Industry in North Dakota are pulling in excess of $100,000 per year. Jobs do not come by taking every dime from the producers and giving those dimes to the consumers that choose not to produce. We know that lesson from elementary logic. Why take peanuts from the government when God gave you the ability to own a peanut farm?
Big government socialism reduces the role and value of individual citizens and the spiritual notion of charity. It creates a “false compassion” that espouses victimhood. Of course along with a big government, it can provide any solution simply by stealing resources from the people who choose to work and be productive.. There is always a false hope of a big brother that loves the helpless; and from a big government, operated now in an unconstitutional fashion by Obama, there is new encouragement to become helpless so you can get your share of the dimes.
The notion of equality also slips in and government chooses to make the productive unproductive, rather than helping the unproductive become productive by getting a job. All must be equal in pure socialism, and so those with resources must provide them to those with little. Eventually, in all such systems, the lack of rewards of any kind cause the productive to get sick of carrying the burden and eventually they too choose to be helpless. None of this is good and it is all big government’s fault. We all came to America by ourselves or through our parents or grandparents to enjoy freedom and liberty. Who was looking for a handout? Now our own government acts like as if our ancestors and “We the People” were not really serious about our reason for coming or for being here. Americans would like a government that does what the people want, not what the politicians want. Our government is wrong about way too much, and it deserves to be thrown out at the first opportunity.
All in all, there is a huge loss of freedom with big government and the rise of governmental tyranny. We are seeing it today in the streets. Try arguing with a government that you need for basic necessities. America was designed to have a government answerable to the people and not vice versa, but our big government progressives are willing to take that design, as written in the Constitution and trash it for the sake of their selfish ideological big government ideas.
In his blog, Pat Buchanan notes that “If government spending in America had just held pace with population growth and inflation since 1954, government spending today would total $1.3 trillion. Instead, spending this year will top $5.4 trillion.”
One of the best descriptions of the enduring problem of a huge government complex was given by Boston University professor and author Andrew Bacevich in his New York Times bestseller The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism:
“The chief attribute of the actually existing system—all of the institutions, structures, and arrangements implied by the word Washington—is dysfunction. As the federal city emerged as the center of American power, it was occupied by a gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Regardless of which party is in power, the people in charge don’t know what they’re doing….”
… “As a consequence, policies devised by Washington tend to be extravagant, wasteful, ill-conceived, misguided, unsuccessful, or simply beside the point… The problem is that what we have doesn’t work.”
Modern government doesn’t need reform as much as it needs drastic reduction. And anyone who suggests that throwing even more money into that black hole called Washington, DC as the solution to any of our problems simply isn’t paying attention.
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during his first term, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, son of Ron Paul had no problem taking on Washington’s prestigious regulators. So, on this particular day he took on Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at the Energy Department. He told her that her department’s “hypocrisy” and “busybody nature” has “restricted choices” for consumers rather than made life better for them.
Paul said: “You don’t care about the consumer really…” and he called her attention to 100 Watt Light Bulbs: “I’m not against conservation… But why not do it in a voluntary way.” Paul saw her big government way forcing him to adopt the new bulbs with “fines and threats of jail?”
Big government permits big politicians to believe they are bigger than the people who elected them. The people must be active in complaining and picketing their legislators. Yes, we all must get off the couch to help save America from the progressives. These days are like no other in your history or mine.
Only if politicians think that the American people are upset about wasteful spending and that we are paying close attention to their actions will they be less likely to upset voters by funneling money to special interests. We must assume our politicians are corrupt and then we would be safer, and government will stop growing. By believing that these rogues are honest, the US has gotten nowhere. Politicians, pre-election and post-election cheat and lie at every opportunity. Then to make it worse, we too often choose to act more like buffoons than our wanton legislators. We should know what to do with thieves and scoundrels. Yet, despite their egregious behavior, we often invite them back; we vote them in; and then sometimes we actually choose to attend whatever inauguration parties we can for these scoundrels if we are by chance invited. We do this as if it is OK. It is not OK! It is why America suffers today and all of us are to blame for our small part in this big problem.
As bad as it is today, government growth will become even larger in the future, making government even more oppressive in the coming decade.
Back in the Primary season, as a Democrat looking at all of the Republican candidates for President, I saw an opportunity to reduce the size of government regardless of which Republican might be elected president. There is no opportunity for the country with Barack H. Obama. We are on an Obama-led path of destruction. Mitt Romney of course won the primary and he will do well for America if we choose to elect him. He is our only hope for sure but he will not make the empty promises that a desperate Obama will make. Romney knows that the government has grown too large and it must be tamed. So do you and so do I!
You and I and Mitt Romney agree and the future of America is in the balance. Barack Obama, the perpetrator and biggest advocate of large government and waste, has no desire to reduce the size of his big government. The larger government gets, the more pleased this President becomes. His American government charge card has no limit! He spends more time on Air Force One than in the White House. There is a bright side to this, however. By the president being on the campaign trail, rather than in the big office, less tyranny gets to the streets of America in the form of Obama regulations. Despite his time on the plane, we have seen more unconstitutional Obama tweaks on our laws than ever before in history. We are actually being tweaked to death as a country. Regardless, we are all better off when he is on Air Force One or a campaign destination. .
Of all the Republicans in the primary, there was nobody that preached with the mantra of limited government more than Ron Paul. All other conservative leaders, and all people should listen to Ron Paul as he espouses policies to right this big ship called America. Obama has taken it far off course. It would have been nice if Mitt Romney made Ron Paul his VP, but he can still bring him in as a very close and trusted advisor. Dr. Paul speaks the will of the people. He wants to limit the size of government to what we can afford, and then give a few dimes back to the taxpayers. . What a novel idea! If you paid no tax, in the Romney Administration, you should expect no tax return.
Ron Paul’s mantra still is to reduce the national debt and restore the powers of the Constitution. As a Romney advisor, he can help all Americans. Dr. Paul stood out among all candidates and though all of the original Republican candidates, all eight of them, were poised to reduce the debt and provide a limited government, only Paul would actually reduce the debt by a substantial amount by design as our president. Even if he is not our conservative presidential nominee, he speaks the best for the conservative cause. Our liberties and freedoms must be protected. Mitt Romney is a very good man and ten thousand times better than BHO and if we can have Governor Romney as our President, we would be pretty lucky at that. We would not be doing too badly at all. For me, I would love Ron Paul to have gotten the nod as the VEEP for he is right with the people. Since Governor Romney wants to be a great president, Ron Paul in a Cabinet position or as a Senior Advisor can help achieve that for sure.
In October 2011, Ron Paul released his bold Plan to Restore America. This plan offers real cuts to a burgeoning, out-of-control government. It does not call for the trickle of a few trillion dollars in ten years, and it is not a cut from the projected increase using the trick called baseline budgeting. It is real.
It starts with a whopping $1 trillion a year cut from last year’s budget. This is a real plan from a real candidate who would have made a really good President. On the way to delivering unprecedented budget cuts, the Paul plan would eliminate five federal departments. I am on record as calling for the elimination of the EPA so that would be six if I can convince our guy Mitt Romney that axing the EPA is also a good idea.
Ron Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” would deliver a real and true balanced budget in year three of Mitt Romney’s presidency, without raising taxes on anybody. He merely needs to adopt it along with the RRR plan for strengthening America. No other candidate has yet to offer US this opportunity. Unlike President Obama’s so-called spending cuts, which are really bold faced lies, a Mitt Romney / Ron Paul plan would cut real dollar spending. Cutting real dollar spending is the way to reduce the size of government. Big government is strangling us all.
There is no other solution if we are serious in making it happen. Mitt Romney is a problem solver and so, I suspect and I hope that a good part of the Ron Paul recommendation along with RRR will find its way into the platform. Ron Paul as the VEEP would have been wonderful, But Ron Paul, anywhere on the team will be a blessing for America. Together, Romney and Paul will smash big government apart and give our country back to the people. Who can argue with that?
Brian Kelly is a business owner and former assistant professor at Marywood University; he and his wife live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Kelly is running for Senate in his state and believes limited government brings liberty and freedom.
About Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly is a business owner and former assistant professor at Marywood University; he and his wife, Pat live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Kelly ran for COngress and for the US Senate in his state and he believes limited government brings liberty and freedom. Brian's 48th book is titled, Saving America, The How-To Book. It is available at www.checkoutking.com and www.itjungle.com.