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Dismantling Washington

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Washington, D.C. (which the DC part now stands for dirty cesspool) should become a thing of the past. Society has outgrown the need for a centralized government full of power hungry aristocrats, greedy lobbyists, and corrupt white collar criminals.

When I say criminals I am not just talking in the abstract; I am referring to real criminals.

According to a study from the online publication Capitol Hill Blue, the American people have elected a bunch of politicians that are better at breaking laws than making laws. America’s low information voters have chosen some real class acts to represent them.

Just how bad are some of our members of Congress?

29 members have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have bankrupted at least 2 businesses, 3 have been arrested for physical assault, 71 have such bad credit that they can’t even qualify for a credit card, (yet with their special clearance as a member of Congress they get an Amex card without having a credit check.) 14 have been arrested on drug related charges, 8 have been arresting for shoplifting, and at least 84 members of Congress have been stopped for drunk driving but subsequently let go once they showed they were members of Congress.

If all that hasn’t made you lose your lunch this sure will.

According to the 2013 Congressional schedule, Congress will take 239 days off! That means they will only “work” 126 days of the year. If that wasn’t bad enough these hardly working, drunk driving, womanizing, bad credit, criminals get paid a minimum of $175,000 a year. Not bad for 126 days of so called work. They have worked themselves so hard that they don’t even have the strength to create a budget. The last time our dedicated public servants passed a budget was April 29, 2009. That is an unbelievable mind boggling 1,415 days without a budget, and counting.

This article’s intent is not to highlight the ineptness and unprincipled actions of our corrupt Congress; instead its purpose is to illustrate just how incidental and unnecessary Washington, DC has become. Former Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry may not have been able to talk his way out of a paper bag; however he had the political will and courage to tell the American people that if he were to be elected President he would make Congress a part time job.

I couldn’t agree with him more. In fact, I’d like to take his suggestion a little further and dismantle Washington, DC altogether; and here is how we can do it.

We live in a virtual and digital society in which nothing seems impossible. The constant advancements in technology have created a very mobile society. We live in a world where you can start your car, turn the lights on and off in your house, and check your blood pressure, all by using your I-phone. There is no reason why Congress can’t conduct official government business from their respective state Capitols. Think about how much money they could save in travel expenses and housing alone?

With email, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, video conferencing, and websites such as gotomeeting.com; there is no shortage of technology that could be utilized to perform the everyday functions of Congress from outside of Washington, DC.

According to census.gov, 1 out of 10 workers over the age of 65 works from home. This is a growing trend that is only going to continue as more businesses look for ways to cut operating expenses and increase productivity. With so many older workers still in the workforce due to the Obama economy; many of these workers work from home.

Companies that employ workers who telecommute save on expenses such as office space, equipment, furniture, and supplies. Employees who work from home are able to save money on such expenditures as clothing, childcare, parking, and gasoline. Also, some studies have shown that workers who telecommute are more effective and efficient at their jobs than those who work in the office. Why not extend that same invitation to members of Congress?

According to statistics from the 112th Congress, the average age of a member of the House of Representatives is 57 years and the average age of a member of the Senate is 63 years. These folks should be required to work remotely from their respective states and only come into Washington a few times a month to cast votes.

Washington, DC is 68.3 square miles of influence, corruption, and centralized power. The only way to change Washington is to remove the influence, corruption, and power from it; and that starts with Congress. The only way to do this is by forcing members of Congress to not congregate permanently in Washington, DC.

A suggestion would be to pass a law in which no member of Congress is allowed to have permanent residence within 100 miles of Washington, DC. By doing this you automatically decentralize the influence and power, and make it harder for lobbyists and power brokers to influence fiscal policy. This is how you change Washington, DC.

To some who are reading this I understand it may sound a bit Orwellian. Telling free people where they can and cannot live may seem a little extreme. What is more extreme is having career politicians drunk with power spending future generation’s money on programs they can’t pay for. We are at a time in our nation’s history in which the only real solutions require real drastic measures.

The truth is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. If we take away Congress’s power we can return it to its rightful owners; we the people. Most Democrats who read this will think I’m crazy. Even some Republicans will think this is a bad idea; however most limited government Conservatives will love it. My only hope is that those members of Congress who believe in freedom, liberty, and limited government read my article and introduce legislation based on this idea. A good idea can only become a great idea when it is acted upon.

As a political strategist, commentator, and radio talk show host my job is to give solutions, not talking points. I may not always be right, but I am always thinking outside the box about different ways to make America a better, stronger, and freer country. If we are serious about saving this country and truly believe in a limited government it is time we put our money where our mouth is and dismantle Washington, once and for all.

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House Republicans cave on spending, embrace higher taxes

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is exactly what just happened once again in Washington. The people that created the country’s economic problems are somehow going to fix them with our tax dollars that we can’t account for and without cutting spending? Even the great Harry Houdini couldn’t make that one happen.

America’s solution to fixing the economy rests in cutting spending not raising taxes. The fiscal cliff bill not only fails to cut spending it actually increases it. According to the Congressional Budget Office this new bill will increase our ever growing deficit by another 4 trillion dollars. But what’s another 4 trillion more when you already owe 16 trillion that you can’t pay for.

The new fiscal bill is a fiscal failure. It fails to cut spending instead it increases it. It fails to lower taxes for middle income Americans instead it raises them by $1,000 a year for incomes $50,000 and up and $2,000 a year for incomes of $100,000 and up. Based on this income bracket the middle class will be the group most affected by this legislation. The ironic element to this bill is it will hit the group the hardest it was designed to help the most. Not only are middle class Americans going to have their taxes increase but also their health insurance premiums due to the Affordable Care Act. Like the old game show Press Your Luck that is like getting hit with a double whammy.

Here’s how tax and spend Liberals and country club Republicans plan on fixing the economy:

First off they will raise taxes on higher income earners. You know the people that already pay the most in taxes. This means that a large percentage of small business owners will be affected by this bill. The fact is a lot of higher income earners are also small business owners. These are the people that hire the majority of workers in this country. And who are these people they mostly employ? Yup, you guessed it, middle and lower income Americans.

Business owners faced with shrinking profit margins, more intrusive government regulations, and higher operating costs will be forced to lay off more workers and close down their shops. Couple that with new taxes and health insurance mandates and small businesses will find it much harder to stay in business in the coming years. For more on this see this article:http://www.examiner.com/article/obamacare-is-bad-for-business-and-bad-for-your-health

Contrary to what Barack Obama may think he can not tax his way out of this mess that he created. The problem is not that our taxes are too low. The problem is that our spending is too high. By not holding firm to major spending cuts the Republicans allowed Congress and Barack Obama to kick the can down the road once again. The truth is the Democratic Party has never had any intention of stopping the out of control spending. That would be like trying to get a leopard to change its spots.

The Democratic Party is either morally insolvent or completely ignorant, or both. They would rather spend the next few generations of our children’s future earnings now in order to consolidate their power in Washington and protect their own self interests.

If both parties were serious about fixing the economy they would have cut all non military discretionary spending programs immediately. If they were serious about energizing the markets they would have set the capitol gains tax at zero for at least the next 90 days in order to spur more investment. If they were serious about allowing more Americans and their families to keep more of their money they would have abolished the inheritance tax completely and forever. If they were serious about avoiding future fiscal cliffs they would have adopted a balanced budget amendment as a requirement of these negotiations.

Instead they raised taxes on capitol gains and increased the inheritance tax from 35% to 40% without addressing the number one problem; reducing spending. If that wasn’t bad enough they actually had the audacity to sneak into this bill some outrageous earmarks too.

Here are your hard earned tax dollars at work:

Included in the final version of the bill was $222 million for rum producers, $59 million for algae growers, $248 million for Hollywood, $78 million for NASCAR and $7 million for electric motorcycles. The last one is particularly interesting as we already have wasted tax payer money on electric cars so we might as well waste it on electric motorcycles too. Maybe the next bill we can fund electric scooters for everyone over 75.

Talking about the fiscal cliff deal Barack Obama said this, “Last year we started reducing the deficit by cutting spending a trillion dollars. In the agreement we reached this week we’ve reduced the deficit even more by asking the wealthiest to pay two percent more.”

Let’s stop right there. None of what Barack Obama said is true. In fact it is the exact opposite. According to the Congressional Budget Office spending last year actually increased by $147 billion dollars. Furthermore, the CBO has stated this new legislation will add an additional 4 trillion more to the deficit.

“We’ve reduced the deficit even more by asking the wealthiest to pay two percent more.”

It is a fact that the wealthiest Americans pay the largest share of the taxes. So if that’s the case then when in a liberal’s mind is enough? How much more should the government take? Is it 50% of your income? Is it 75% of your income like in France? Why not a 100% of your income? Mr. President, when will you learn that confiscating wealth does not create more of it?

The Republican Party is just as guilty. They folded up like a cheap suit and went along just to get along instead of standing by their principles. If they rolled over and played dead on the fiscal cliff how on earth are they going to stand firm against Amnesty and Gun Control?

The answer is they won’t.

The sad part is I predicted this very scenario would unfold the way it did. I knew the Republicans didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the Democratic Party and their leaders. http://www.examiner.com/article/amnesty-and-the-employees-free-choice-act-on-obama-s-wishlist-second-term

So if the Republicans in Congress will not stop the Democratic Party and Barack Obama then who will?

I’m afraid that task will fall on the shoulders of the 60,932,152 freedom loving Americans that voted to save the republic and the country from the 65,899,660 that are trying to destroy it.

In the end there is a powerful lesson all Americans must learn. If you take from the rich you give the rich less incentive. If you give what you have taken from the rich to the poor you make the poor more dependent. Nobody wins.

Republicans and the entire country would have been better off not doing anything rather than signing this bill. This bill does nothing except increase spending and the deficit. It does not solve the nation’s fiscal issues. The only thing this bill is guaranteed to do is lead to the next fiscal cliff.
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