The Answer is NO

“Yes, We Can” mentality must give way to a renewed era of fiscal responsibility

Yesterday, Barack Obama said that the $787 billion so-called “stimulus” package he signed into law would be only the first of many such steps taken by our federal government to revitalize the American economy. Also, General Motors asked American taxpayers for another $30 billion–on top of the $13.4 billion previously given–as a matter of life-or-death survival for the automaker. And, more states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia are forcing workers to take a number of unpaid vacation days in an attempt to save a few million dollars, while California, facing out-and-out bankruptcy, has already suspended income tax refunds, is now preparing to lay off tens of thousands of workers, and has asked the federal government for assistance.

The answer is NO. Enough is enough.

Start looking after your own balance sheets, people. Don’t have the money for the newest social program, the next endowment, the cushy perk? Don’t spend it. Not generating enough income to cover the social programs, endowments and perks you already have? Cut ‘em back, cut ‘em out, and begin looking at long-term economic growth. Let’s start practicing the same sort of fiscal responsibility being practiced by families from coast to coast, families struggling to make ends meet, families wondering where the next dollar is coming from.

As was reported nearly ten days ago here at America’s Right, General Motors just recently sent $1 billion of the $13.4 billion provided by American taxpayers to Brazil in an attempt to bankroll operations in that country, citing the rising costs of doing business as an American automaker in America. Honestly, as much as I don’t like it, I don’t blame GM one bit. After all, the $13.4 billion previously provided by American taxpayers was earmarked for that company’s very survival and, by shipping some of that money overseas, GM essentially admitted that an American automaker in its current form cannot sustain itself by doing business in America as such business is currently done.

General Motors, rather than once again coming to the trough for more of our hard-earned money like some pimple-faced shopaholic teenager with daddy’s American [Taxpayer] Express card, needs to have a “Come to Jesus” moment and decide, right now, whether or not it wants to succeed or fail, whether it wants to live or die. Choosing the latter, the consequences are self explanatory. Choosing the former will require serious decision-making, including the necessary paring of redundancy in product lines and business models alike, and including what will be an undoubtedly bloody confrontation with the United Auto Workers union.

Either way, General Motors must realize that it simply cannot continue on this path. In the meantime, the American public must also understand what is currently transpiring and insist that, when it comes time for our lawmakers to decide whether to turn over more taxpayer funds to failing, floundering and stubborn American automakers, the answer is NO.

The rules apply to government as well. Cities like Philadelphia and states like New Jersey and California must realize that, while they may be microcosms of the federal government, the same basic rule which applies to American families from coast to coast applies to themselves — live within your means.

That means that governments of all sizes must comb, line by line, through every aspect of their budget and cut unessential expenses and services at every point possible. Philadelphia may no longer be able to spend the same amount on art projects and murals and event sponsorships and union-driven bridges to nowhere. Perhaps those city-paid vehicles provided to city council members already making $112,000 per year should go.

Priorities must be set. California, for example, is far too bloated–pumped up, you might say–and, before plans to furlough employees or withhold tax refunds or raise taxes across the board come to fruition, should probably think twice about spending more than $12 billion each year to clothe, feed, educate, incarcerate and provide healthcare to illegal immigrants, people breaking the law simply by being here in the first place.

Living within your means also requires that shortfalls in revenue be confronted not only by spending cuts, but by solutions with the capacity to provide for long-term growth rather than short-term tourniquets which will inevitably stifle growth and cause lasting harm in the long run. Philadelphia, for example, could not only drastically cut back on spending but could draw business and industry into the city once again by eliminating the growth-stifling four percent wage tax. New Jersey, too, could draw more in terms of tourism and new residents alike by reducing taxes and fees across the board. Likewise, California could listen to the courageous Republican leadership in that state and not only refuse to increase taxes, but actually reduce them in order to woo commerce long ago chased out by the smothering actions of those in Sacramento.

Enough is enough with regard to this bailout mentality. Eventually, the trough will dry up, and daddy will no longer be willing to pay off that exponentially growing credit card balance. We must quit raising our hands for a handout and, instead, roll up our sleeves and prepare to do the difficult thing in the name of long-term American prosperity.

The difficult thing means no more taxpayer money for failing companies which refuse to truly make the necessary changes to ensure survival. Providing the funds with only the most superficial facade of oversight and accountability serves no purpose when it comes to motivation to do the right thing, and only stands to increase the burden on our children and children’s children.

The difficult thing means that governments of all sizes should stop with the increased taxes, already. Strangling the public and the private sector with an increased tax burden will only hinder growth, not enable it. In Oregon and Massachusetts, for example, lawmakers are considering a mileage tax in lieu of a gasoline tax, a proposition which will hit nearly every family and business hard in the wallet and petty cash drawer. In New York, Gov. Patterson is taxing everything from soda to pornography downloads and everything else in between, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has even considered taxing plastic shopping bags. Similar “sin” taxes are also being seen in Oregon too, as the debate over a 1,900 percent increase in taxes on beer is currently raging. The mentality isn’t just limited to liberals in the United States, either — in Australia, officials there are considering the implementation of a tax based upon each flush of the toilet. That just stinks.

Just as is necessary in homes and in families across America, this is a time for the government to practice fiscal responsibility. It is a time to say “no, we cannot” rather than provide a blanket, all-encompassing “yes, we can.” America as we know Her hangs in the balance, and the welfare, prosperity and freedom of future generations of Americans depend on decisions we make today.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Very well-written article. Now, if only we could get Obummer to realize now is not the time to fly across country for a school meeting, and that he’s gotta “live simpler/cheaper” as well as the rest of us.

    Unbelievable that he is still campaigning — on our dime.
    .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Jeff:

    This country’s money matters are nothing compared to what this guy is doing to our constitution and national security.

    Did you know that our president signed an order
    on January 27th to allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to come to america?

    17-Feb-09 11:43 pm New Breed of Suicide Bombers Coming to America Posted on 17 February 2009President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States. Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombings live here and at the American taxpayers’ expense:By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza. The “presidential determination” which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4. Anyone remember those illegal campaign contributions Obama was hiding from GAZA and in fact was labeling as having come from GA (for Georgia.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Everyone needs to be aware of the language attached to the Health Records / electronic filings of personal information by the hospitals /Gov – in the stimulus robin hood bill – ripe for abuse to the individual
    you do not have to comply – and its use is very vague – open ended for abuse – ! The dr’s receive encouragement to file high numbers – they shall receive a big piece of the medcare pie – hospitals with low rates – you guessed it receive no more than usual / even less – can you spell extortion – UNCONSTITUTIONAL !!!!!!!! Its time people – use your constitutional rights against government overstepping its boundaries – they have no right – you must say NO – Stop – when they are violating the law! WE are the fourth arm of the government – the checks and balances when the other three are falling off the cliff and dragging us with them !

  4. Gail B says:

    AMEN! You tell 'em, Jeff!

    GA's Senators (Isakson & Chambliss) both voted against the C.R.A.P., as did House Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. I simply ask them to vote NO and thank them for their conservatism. Surely makes letter writing easy!

    We might write to the Dems in other states to explain what their votes are — and are not — doing for their constituents and for America. If letters come from all over, they just might get the message.

  5. Let us move forward says:

    Priorities. That is what it is all about. Start with basic needs. Use common sense.

    Congress and the Prez need to set national priorities and stick with them.

    States Counties and Cities need to do the same for their own expenditures.

    Somehow we need to get the Senate to say NO to the next request for money.

    There was a rumor that the Obamas ran up their credit cards and didn’t stop spending until the credit cards refused to pay. Now he has access to the biggest credit card in the world!

  6. Anonymous says:

    What would happen if every person who has any money in the bank took it all out and kept it at home for 6 months. What would the government do then. Taxes we pay would not be enough to help out all the problems. If we have to live within our means why not cities, state and companies. The government should put limits on running for congress so some of those lifers would have to get the hell out. They are a big part of the problem. They feel that they own this country and can do whatever they want to include drowning this country in debt. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MESS!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Washington’s “visions”:

    ‘Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted. Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful for her is the third. But the whole world united shall not prevail against her. let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and Union.’

    3. FRIGHTFUL–INCREDIBLE–WORLD WAR III

    “Again, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia, and Africa.” “Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene. From each of these continents arose thick black clouds that were soon joined into one. And through this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men. These men, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities which I had seen springing up.”

    It would appear that the “one” is opening the floodgates for the invasions, winking at all of the known brutal enemies who wish to cut our throats … and also working to NOT protect our monetary interests in order to weaken the country to be easy prey for that invasion.

    In the end though, after the carnage, the blessed country is heaven helped and the union continues. But oh, what will happen up until then. (I’m beginning to sound like Glenn Beck!)

  8. La Muse Poetique says:

    I have a question, and before anyone jumps on me I would just like to say I hate this bill as much as anyone, but I haven’t seen a solid proposal of an alternative.

    Of course that could just be me being ignorant of one.

    Does anyone have a solidly outlined alternative to the bill?

  9. tinkerthinker says:

    Humm, I was listening to a radio program last night, they said the calls in to congress over the original bailout was 1000-1 against it. They also said the memebers were threatened with martial law if they didn’t pass it. What good are our voices if our leaders do as they please whether we like it or not. This is not America any more.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jeff;

    The article below has little to do with your piece on fiscal responsibility but can you run an article on this topic. I am certain few americans know that Obama signed this order in the cloak of secrecy early this month. Including Democrats. This is appalling!!!! Please make note of it. Thank you. P.S.

    Obama Signs Presidential Determination Allowing Palestinians Loyal to Hamas to Resettle In US
    ww.wizbangblog.com ^ | Feb 7,2009 | Kim Priestap
    Posted on February 8, 2009 5:18:31 PM EST by NoLibZone

    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States. Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombings live here and at the American taxpayers’ expense:

    By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.

    The “presidential determination” which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.

    President Obama’s decision, according to the Register, was necessitated by “the urgent refugee and migration needs” of the “victims.”

    Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    Let’s review some of Barack Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two weeks ago:

    * His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

    * His first one on one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

    * He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

    * He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

    * He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11.

    * Today we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.

    Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

  11. Anonymous says:

    coup de’tat

  12. Laurie says:

    And now he signs yet another bill spending yet another $75 billion to save the people that lived beyond their means!! Unreal!! More that our kids and their kids will have to pay back!!

  13. suek says:

    >>Does anyone have a solidly outlined alternative to the bill?>>

    Yes. Do nothing. Let the economy take care of itself. There are those who will fail…let them fail. Others will succeed…they will take over where others have failed.

    The government produces _nothing_. It sucks money out of the economy to feed its already bloated self and produces nothing but a rude burp. The job of the federal government is to protect the nation. Let it restrict itself to that job.

  14. Lisa says:

    To LaMuse Poetique:

    I agree with suek for the most part. Nothing is a much better alternative than what was done.

    But even better would be to pass a law that every member of Congress and the administration be forced to read “Meltdown” by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. and learn why this crisis happened and how a REAL free market economy works. (That is assuming that they acted on ignorance and not socialistic motives…the latter is most likely true.)

    Then, they would understand that the best thing to do is let businesses fail, and let former homeowners RENT for awhile! Then they should drastically cut corporate, capital-gains, and marginal interest rates to help small and big businesses alike. Of course this means that people would suffer, but the recovery would be much faster and we would still be a free country. Now, we are just a socialist country….

    Look at what’s happening in California and you will see what is soon to become of America.

    READ MELTDOWN!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Screw this government.

  16. Cyborg II says:

    Obama is still in campaign mode as being president is above his pay grade.
    He is letting Nancy run the country as he can’t. No experience makes for a follower. Too bad he is following his mentors who were all communists.
    He was brought up as a muslim and will never change.

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