Labor Day: Government Is The Problem, Not The Solution

September 5, 2010

     There is a growing awareness about the importance of small, independent business in America. It is being understood that 60-percent of new jobs are created by small business, and some economists estimate 75-percent of all innovation takes place in small enterprises that grow up. Ronald Reagan nailed it when he said: “If we lose economic freedom, we lose all freedom.” It bothers me to hear so many say … right here in Hall County … that government ought to do something about this recession. It bothers me that we look to Washington to create the jobs we desperately need. It bothers me that so-called Progressive Democrats who have never met a payroll have already taken over large chunks of our free-enterprise system, and are promising things will get better when government is in charge. It bothers me to see pure socialistic proposals surfacing in Congress and when Republicans oppose these government takeovers, the media echoes President Obama’s talking point that says “Republicans are the party of no.” If we conservatives are guilty of anything, it is that we failed to say “NO” early enough, and loudly enough, when liberal Democrats decided everybody should have their own home whether they could afford it or not, and created  a massive housing bubble through Fannie and Freddie. That one government action, piled on top of other deficit spending, is what got us in this hole. And several Trillion dollars later, the Obama administration has dug us in deeper and deeper. On this Labor Day, history tells us we will not even start climbing out of this mess until we say “NO” – loud and clear – to federal socialism, and return freedom to American free enterprise.

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Newt Knows Georgia. Palin Does Not.

August 8, 2010

      Our friend Sarah Palin is coming to Georgia to campaign for that nice young Atlanta area Republican lady who is running for governor. As much as I admire Palin, I think she failed to do her homework on this one. She should be reminded that Georgia’s 9th is the most conservative Congressional District in Georgia, and one of the most conservative in the nation … and that Nathan Deal has represented this district in Congress for 17 years. I will guarantee you if Congressman Deal had wavered even a smidgen toward any liberal issue in Washington, there would have been hell to pay here in the mountains. Prior to going to Congress, Nathan Deal served 10 years in the Georgia Senate. His record proves he is a conservatives conservative. In today’s race for governor, Newt Gingrich has endorsed Nathan Deal, and except for Ronald Reagan, Speaker Gingrich, of Georgia, did more to turn America back toward conservatism than any other conservative in history. And … he accomplished that with Slick Willie Clinton in the White House opposing him every step of the way. Newt Gingrich knows the 9th District of Georgia very well. His first experience as a campaign manager was here, while he was in college, and he and Nathan Deal have worked side-by-side on many issues. I am a Tea Party participant and supporter. Like Mrs. Palin, I am proud the power of the Tea Party movement comes from the grass roots up, and not from outsiders down. I think it fair to remind her that here in Georgia Nathan Deal has strong support from Tea Party participants as well as long-time Republicans. What can we do to counter this Sarah Palin mistake? Get out and vote for Nathan Del for governor. A good turnout in the 9th will easily offset any extra Palin votes in Atlanta. Go vote.

President Obama: AWOL on Memorial Day

June 3, 2010

     It is hard to describe the feeling I had when I learned President Obama did not lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. It was not anger. It was sort of a sick feeling deep down inside … the kind of feeling one might have if he had let his military comrades down under fire. The Constitution says the President is Commander-in-Chief of all the military, not some underling. At first I thought I would just let it go, lest those who do not understand would feel I was simply being petty toward this president. But I couldn’t let it go. Let’s see if I can explain how, and how badly, that hurt. As President, Barak Obama is our Commander-in-Chief. And just as every serviceman, as an individual, strives with all his or her might to do their duty, at the same time they are dedicated to care for the military comrade on their right, and on their left. We expect our leader to do the same. I try to debate the Obama administration only on issues, not on personalities. But this is personal, very personal. Whether he likes it or not, we ARE at war. He is sending individuals into battle. Memorial Day is the one day in the year that we honor our military comrades who gave their all, that we all, can live in freedom. I came through World War II without ever facing danger from an enemy, but four of my high school classmates died in combat. Memorial Day is about them. Memorial Day is not political; it is very personal. Doesn’t our President understand that? If he is to be our leader, and send our brightest and best into combat, the least he can do – in my judgment – is to stand side-by-side with them. In my book President Obama was AWOL on Memorial Day … and that hurts.

To Cut Government Spending, Cut Taxes

May 18, 2010

          If we are seriously looking for a way to balance government budgets, let me suggest we have seen the perfect solution in our city and state governing bodies … cut the amount of money we-the-taxpayers are giving them. That’s the way it happens in the real world. If you personally, or your business, sees its income go down, it cuts spending. It’s that simple. Private enterprise businesses are now beginning to come back … not because of government spending, but because they have made the very tough decisions and are now lean and mean and ready to go. They are promoting, and giving their customers better service and lower prices to improve their income … and do I dare use the word profit here?  From the very beginning of this democracy of ours it has been recognized that the way to cut government is to cut taxes. John Adams argued against having excess tax money in the treasury. Let me quote: “The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge more revenue.” And then he said: “…even in times of surplus the ‘folly and iniquity’ of politicians … will not let go of the peoples money once they have their hands on it.”  History is very clear, the only way government will cut spending is to have less money to work with … and that is what has happened to the Georgia Legislature, and that is what happened to the City Council. When they ran short of money, they found out they COULD cut spending. And the best way to cut spending, and cut the dominance of government, is to cut taxes first. And I say: let’s do it.

We Have a Republic, If We Can Keep It

April 16, 2010

     It was September, 1787, that the founding fathers completed the Constitutional Convention, and as Benjamin Franklin left the meeting he was asked what form of government had been crafted. Franklin responded with his famous, and often quoted, reply: a Republic … if you can keep it. Most historians agree Franklin had two things in mind with that famous answer. The first concern was whether or not these United States would stay united if their new nation was attacked by outside forces. This remained a concern until the War of 1812 when the coalition of states held together, and the United States did fight as one nation …and won.  The second concern was the fact that in this Republic of ours we-the-people could vote ourselves government largess at the expense of other citizens. The Constitution was founded on the will of the people. It embraced limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. And its success depended on Judeo-Christian moral standards. America would hold firm if these things held firm. It seems to me Franklin’s answer, “A Republic, if you can keep it”, speaks directly to you and me right now. Now is the time to be vigilant against the temptation to vote ourselves special benefits, so long as some other citizen has to pay for them. Here at the local level, you and I saw the boldness of a socialist takeover when we opened our census letter. It said, in no uncertain terms, fill out this form SO YOU CAN GET YOUR FAIR SHARE of the money coming out of Washington. Franklin’s challenge is clear: either we go to work to keep this Republic that has been handed us, or we become the generation that failed to keep it.

Like Throwing Ear Corn In A Pigpen

March 30, 2010

          This administration in Washington has to be the most frustrating bunch I have ever seen. They throw money around like they were tossing ear corn in a pigpen … borrowed money, no less … money we taxpayers (or our children and grandchildren) will have to pay back, plus interest. Yesterday, news reports revealed some of our local governments were receiving $1.4-million in federal stimulus money, and for what? Schools? No, not schools. Police? No. Gainesville is getting $300,000 to replace a gas-fired boiler at the Georgia Mountain Center; to replace two rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at the Community Service Center, and they will figure out how to spend any excess. Flowery Branch is getting $204,000 for retrofits at their wastewater treatment facility. But that is only the pocket change coming from the Obama stimulus fiasco. Helen, Clarkesville, Lumpkin County are all approved for money for these “environmental friendly” projects. Hall County got $762,000 of this so-called “free” money last fall. But that is just the chump change. All told, 64 small and medium sized cities and counties are getting $13.3-million … and that is just for Georgia. The other news out of Washington yesterday was that Georgia schools “missed out” on getting a part of the special $4.35-Billion federal grant for schools. The Democrats, and the liberal media, are demonizing we Tea Party people because they simply cannot understand why we want to toss tea in the Boston Harbor all over again. To which I say to our President: you may be tossing this money out, Mr. Obama, but it is we-the-taxpayers who will have to pay it back.

Local Government or Out-of-Touch Washington?

March 26, 2010

          When have we ever seen a situation in which actions in Washington have had such a devastating effect on we-the-people here in Northeast Georgia? For instance, the Georgia legislature recently voted to cut state spending $1.2-million, and that only covers now to July 1. The budget for next year is being worked on, and it will need to be cut even more. Tax income is down because our personal income is down, and our state cannot run in the red (and that is a good thing).  In Washington, Congress approved increasing U. S. debt by $1.9-Trillion (that is not million, or billion, but trillion with a T)  That will take the total U. S. debt to $14.3-Trillion. In Washington the Democrats are working on a way to increase jobs, and their proposal is a junior version of the $1-Trillion “stimulus” bill of a year ago that almost everybody agrees was a waste, and a bust. At the same time news comes out that government employees have now topped 2-million for the first time since a Republican Congress and President Clinton declared the era of big government is over. The so-called jobs bill extends unemployment and some other things that have nothing to do with creating jobs, and the Georgia DOT announces two new road paving projects paid for with federal stimulus money. The local paper carried an FDIC “Notice to creditors” of two Georgia banks, and the same paper carried 32 pages of home foreclosure ads. I look at all this and I get the feeling our state and local governments are making the tough decisions that need to be made, while the elite people in power in Washington are celebrating that power, and could care less about we Populists, way down here in Georgia.

War and Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter and Obama

March 13, 2010

     President Obama agonized 11 months about what to do in Afghanistan. During the campaign he insisted he would negotiate our way out of that problem. He would talk with anybody, and end all this senseless fighting. That’s what he said. From way down here where we-the-people  live, I look at history and listen to today’s news, and it seems to me this is Act 4of failed liberal attempts to gain peace by appeasement and jawboning. Act 1 opened when Woodrow Wilson won re-election as President saying he would keep America out of World War I. He was very outspoken against entering that war, and convinced the voters he could bring peace through negotiation. The Germans not only did not agree to any of his approaches, their submarines began to attack American ships. Five months after the election, on April 2, 1917, came the event called “the great reversal”. President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, and 2-million American “boys” were on their way to fight in Europe.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, still struggling with the great depression, won a  third term campaigning that he “kept us out of war.” The Japanese were convinced we would not fight, and on December 7, 1941, we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and thrust explosively into World War II. Act 3 — Jimmy Carter insisted we could bring peace to the Middle East by bringing those leaders together to talk. Iran took everybody in our Iranian embassy hostage. Carter kept talking, and the Iranians held our people until Reagan became President. Now comes Act 4. Barak Obama, like President Wilson, has had a “great reversal”, following the Bush policy and sending a “surge” of troops to Afghanistan. We Populists who have fought in other wars, and whose grandchildren have already fought in this one, can only hope history does not repeat itself.

So The Populists Ask: Where Are The Jobs?

March 9, 2010

     Last fall President Obama promised to make jobs the new NUMBER ONE PRIORITY for his administration. He had another one of his summits with community bankers. He sent Joe Biden out to give some money away for roads, internet access and some so-called “green” jobs like planting trees. Congress approved a new stimulus package they called a “jobs bill” that was (thank goodness) much smaller than a year ago. And then, guess what? The Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate refocused the entire federal government on the President’s unpopular healthcare bill. So what is happening to jobs? What is happening in the economy? Many respected economists are concerned we may be heading for a double-dip recession. The federal government has created a bunch of jobs. It now has more employees than ever before, but government does not generate wealth to pay these people; that comes from the pockets of we-the-taxpayers. And how does he expect to create new jobs in the private sector when every action he takes stifles small business. The Small Business Administration says there are 29.6-miullion small businesses in America …more than 99% of all firms, and they employ more than 50% of all employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says small businesses accounted for 64% of net new jobs between 1993 and 2008. They produce 13-times more patents per employee than large firms. They are the innovators, the risk takers. Common sense says we won’t start regenerating jobs until Washington gets off the backs of small business, but common sense is a commodity in short supply in Washington nowadays.

War And Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter and Obama

March 8, 2010

      President Obama agonized 11 months about what to do in Afghanistan. During the campaign he insisted he would negotiate our way out of that problem. He would talk with anybody, and end all this senseless fighting. That’s what he said. From way down here where we-the-people  live, I look at history and listen to today’s news, and it seems to me this is Act 4of failed liberal attempts to gain peace by appeasement and jawboning. Act 1 opened when Woodrow Wilson won re-election as President saying he would keep America out of World War I. He was very outspoken against entering that war, and convinced the voters he could bring peace through negotiation. The Germans not only did not agree to any of his approaches, their submarines began to attack American ships. Five months after the election, on April 2, 1917, came the event called “the great reversal”. President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, and 2-million American “boys” were on their way to fight in Europe.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, still struggling with the great depression, won a  third term campaigning that he “kept us out of war.” The Japanese were convinced we would not fight, and on December 7, 1941, we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and thrust explosively into World War II. Act 3 — Jimmy Carter insisted we could bring peace to the Middle East by bringing those leaders together to talk. Iran took everybody in our Iranian embassy hostage. Carter kept talking, and the Iranians held our people until Reagan became President. Now comes Act 4. Barak Obama, like President Wilson, has had a “great reversal”, following the Bush policy and sending a “surge” of troops to Afghanistan. We commoners who have fought in other wars, and whose grandchildren have already fought in this one, can only hope history does not repeat itself.