Yesterday I tore apart the State of the Union, and because there are no sacred cows, I turn my attention to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican response, that you can read here. As you will see I have no love for the actions of either party.
He began by talking about Rep. Giffords who is thankfully making a good recovery, then rolled into a bland overview of the debt, until this line.
Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.
There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.
This is most definitely true, whenever the majority party controls all or two of three branches of government, its usually a rubber stamp for a President’s spending, instead of checking and balancing it. And even adding some money for their special projects back home. Did Obama just open a door to be surprised by a mess? No. He contributed to a mess that was already there when he was a Senator, and if he’s half as smart as people think, then he knew it was there. And I think he’s smart enough to know it. Are the Republican’s pure and innocent? About as innocent as the other side of the political coin, the Democrats.
The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25 percent for domestic government agencies — an 84 percent increase when you include the failed stimulus.
All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.” Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.
You can say that all this spending stopped a crash, but unless you have a crystal ball, you can’t be certain. Unemployment still sucks, the rate of 9+% is a lie the politicians tell to make you feel better since when your off the rolls, your not counted anymore, and they don’t tell us about the underemployed. Though they do count them and its around 16%.
Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree — and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.
While this is true, and the Obama Administration is more brazen about it, ever politician that passes a earmark or regulation that helps one group and hurts the other, has picked the winners and losers. And only a very few are innocent of the earmarks. That’s not a Democrat or Republican issue only, its a Politician issue.
Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.
We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.
And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.
Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified — especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable.
The first way to address a problem is to admit you have one, now let’s see you back it up. Will it hurt? Yes it will. Compare it to cancer, you can die, or go through painful treatments that increase your chances of living. Do I think their should be fallout and those responsible for sinking us into debt be held accountable? Damn right, not just being kicked out of office but some time in Leavenworth’s general population.
So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.
They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.
That’s a first. Let’s examine these principles.
We believe government’s role is both vital and limited — to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders … to protect innocent life … to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.
We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.
We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.
Defense? How does police actions overseas defend us? Don’t isolate the country, but don’t interfere with others unless YOU plan to pick up a gun and fight alongside those you send into battle. If we’re attacked, go kill the ones who did it and leave, don’t rebuild. Let it stand as their gravestone. Ex. Find Osama, kill or capture, kill subordinates, leave. Secure our borders? FAIL. The front door is so hard to get through, its easier to sneak into the back. Solution. Lock the back door and open up the front. To uphold Constitutional Rights? I present the Patriot Act, TSA, and FISA.
The pursuit of happiness does depend on individual liberty. Liberty which is DENIED to the gay and lesbian community who thinks happiness would be getting married to their partner. Only the Log Cabin Republicans seem to vocally support this. If their happiness doesn’t physically harm you, and only your delicate sensibilities, then get over it. I’m sure your close-minded self-righteousness offends them.
When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well.
Agreed. Let’s begin with the liquidation of most of the government’s agencies like the NSA, BATFE, F.B.I, I.R.S(Fair tax anyone) and just have the C.I.A and the U.S Marshals.
This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.
Too late, we’re already there. People rely on Social Security for their retirement instead of saving for themselves, WIC is given to new mothers, and taxpayer subsidized healthcare. Where is the personal responsibility? Though to Ryan’s credit, his plans have tackled all the entitlement programs, but I’m addressing this on a general basis as coming from the Republican Party.
And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.
And its up to us to be involved and hold both parties accountable, using logical reasoning, skepticism and to admit when you’re wrong. These principles spoke of above that the Republican’s say are theirs, I have only seen put in practice by the Libertarian Party. Talk is cheap, shut your mouth about what you’re going to do, and get at it.
- Review: Republican Rebuttal to the State of the Union, Paul Ryan (daveloveless.wordpress.com)
- Rep Paul Ryan Fear Mongers, Points To Obama As The Nation’s Only Problem (pinkbananaworld.com)
- The landmark, image-making SOTU response of Paul Ryan (pinkbananaworld.com)
- GOP rebuttal by Paul Ryan (politico.com)