I apologize for being away for so long. I am working on a couple of projects that require my full attention AND that I take better care of myself. If I were to try to keep things lively by reviewing other people’s work and linking it here, I would almost certainly find something I would just have to write about well into the wee hours of the morning, which would make me too exhausted and foggy the next day to do my work.
Once I have accomplished what I need to do, I will be back to writing regularly. I am in this for the long haul.
However, I would love it if some of my gentle readers were to explain to me the economic theory of fiscal conservatism of cutting spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security INSTEAD of increasing prosperity by all the means fiscal conservatives favor, such as simplifying the tax code, reducing corporate income taxes, eliminating the estate tax, making America energy independent through nuclear energy and drilling our own oil reserves, making America a profitable place to manufacture goods, securing our borders, ending birthright citizenship, refusing all government services (except prison or deportation) to illegal aliens and confiscating all the property owned by any illegal alien (for the same reason bank robbers don’t get to keep the money just because they got out of the bank before they were caught). We have ALL the best ideas on how to increase prosperity. Why aren’t we doing that FIRST?
After all, one of the first things you learn in science and math is that you must set the problem up correctly in order to solve it. While it looks like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — the so-called “entitlement programs” — are where the big money is for cutting the size of government and the tax burden, it seems to me that we are walking right into a trap where we make the Left look like Santa Claus and Obama gets another term before we can explain how we’re not really the Grinch that stole Christmas. After all, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are programs to care for the disabled and elderly — people who either are past their working prime, or who are too disabled, sick or frail to work at all. They are not freeloading or shirking. It will be very reasonable for them to ask, “What will become of me if these cuts are passed?” and then to run right into the arms of the Left.
In my opinion, the correct way to set up the problem of our national debt and the deficit is to start by implementing everything we know will unleash prosperity. THAT’s how we expose the Left as the Grinch. (Note to liberals: the Progressive/socialistic planned economy that Obama and the Democrats have been establishing destroys liberty and prosperity.)
Here’s an example of how important it is to set a problem up correctly. Gas prices have shot up in the last few weeks and a commentator on CNN yesterday claimed the reason is global competition. This seems plausible, is guilt-inducing and appears to validate the green agenda. However, it is the green agenda that has ensured that we have not been tapping our own oil reserves or building nuclear reactors so that energy will be cheap and abundant. Our economy and lives would not be in the control of other nations to the degree that they are if it were not for the green agenda.
When a burden is too heavy, your options are to reduce the size of the burden to what you can carry, or to increase your ability to carry the burden. Just imagine how people would rally to fiscal conservative policies when they see their salvation in them! If only we were talking about all the ways to implement our policies that empower and prosper everyone! And yet, what are our newly elected fiscal conservative leaders doing? Talking non-stop about how best to shuck the burden of the elderly and disabled in order to demonstrate their financial prudence by their willingness to inflict pain and sacrifice … on other people.