By, Nancy Tengler
The U.S Treasury Department calculates the federal debt held by the public. The federal debt is the money government borrows from those willing to buy U.S. Treasury notes–investors, or as the liberals like to call them: the wealthy. Those funding the federal debt, the wealthy, are the enemy of every liberal. Liberals hate the wealthy though they have no problem spending their money. Just a problem with the people who provide it. But, I digress.
For the first 200 or so years of our country’s history, from the administration of President Washington to that of President Reagan, the federal debt grew to approximately $2.1 trillion. That’s a great deal of zeros to be sure. But, President Obama, proving that he is truly the first post-sound economic policy president, among other things post, generated $2.5 trillion in publicly held debt in just 19 months raising the total debt outstanding to $8.8 trillion. In one insatiable spending binge Obama beat all the records of the first 200 years of our history in just 19 months.
Yes he did.
And what did we get for all that spending? A chicken in every pot? A BMW in every garage? Not exactly. Despite record spending and promises from the president’s economic advisers that if we spent the money unemployment would not rise above 8%, 19 months later unemployment hovers at 9.6%. The economy is growing in single digits rather than the robust growth the very same economic advisers and the president and the vice president advertised in their Summer of Recovery.
And now our economic-savant president has proposed more spending to get our economy rolling again. If that almost $900 billion stimulus bill didn’t do the trick, how about $50 billion to rev things up? That’s his plan. Oh Yes It Is.
Will it work? Not on your life.
This economy needs jobs. Private sector jobs. And to get those jobs employers need some certainty that they will not be taxed into usurious oblivion by a hostile federal government. And to increase investment in the private sector the government needs to stop sucking every last available cent out of the markets to fund its profligate deficit spending.
In short, we need tax cuts and an iron clad spending freeze. Government needs to shrink, not grow bigger.
Oh Yes It Does.
By, Nancy Tengler
The Democrats and their profligate spending indicate clearly that they are motivated by the question: How much money can we spend?
Not how many jobs can we create.
And their spending, rather than slowing, is gaining momentum like a snowball rolling down a hill. Faster, more furious, unstoppable. Trillion after trillion after billions zoom by to the point of eyes glazing, minds numbing. A giant blur of dollar signs. Expansive, exploding, multiplying like a deadly virus, unreal in its magnitude and potential for calamity.
Yet despite the spending, the unemployed remain so, in fact their numbers have ballooned. The job creators are punished by irresponsible, class-warfare rhetoric of this Administration and the looming threat of higher taxes in 2011. Still, the worse things get, the more they spend. Despite the breathtaking ignorance of the current ruling class, they are unrepentant and unresponsive to the will of the people. Their Keynsian model only prolonged the suffering during the Great Depression but that doesn’t stop them, in fact, it seems to embolden them. Today’s spending, is a puffed up version of FDR’s, like a cream puff on steroids.
In today’s Wall Street Journal we read that for the 22nd straight month the government spent more than they took in. A deficit of $165 billion. The second highest monthly deficit since last July. Another historic achievement for President Obama–the two highest deficits in the history of our country. Impressively historic. Don’t you think?
The cumulative deficit is even grimmer. Again from the WSJ, “For all of fiscal 2009, the U.S. ran a record $1.42 trillion deficit. Fiscal 2010 might run a little higher—the Obama administration sees $1.47 trillion. ” And this is before health care is funded.
Yet they spend more. At almost breakneck speed. Nancy Pelosi hauled the House members back to DC to pass ever more spending this week; wearing her ignorance like a crown. Christina Romer, of the stimulus bill fame told us that by spending we would keep unemployment from rising above 8%. Bye bye Ms. Romer. Adios to $787 billion in “stimulus”spending. And hello to almost 10% unemployment and another 7% of out of work Americans who have simply given up looking.
The democrats think if the $787 billion didn’t do the trick it is because we didn’t spend enough. Follow their logic. If one or two Vicodin don’t halt the pain, three or four, five or six, seven even, just might.
Or they just might kill you.
The hope and change we were promised didn’t materialize. Instead we got more of the same. Much more and much worse. Unprecedented corruption has infected this White House and Congress. Leadership is no where to be found and the Constitution has been shredded in the interest of self-interest and brazen power grabs unlike any we have seen in our history. I still believe in the ingenuity and the determination of the American people to succeed “in spite of.” But we will be digging ourselves out from under this Everest of debt for generations.
Frankly, I won’t be happy until those who voted for these failed and damaging policies apologize to all of us. Publicly and sincerely.
But that’s just me.
By, Nancy Tengler
You’d have to be nuts to think that we, that is–us, that is–the United States of America, can continue along this path: public employee retirees that collect north of $100,000 per year in pension benefits. In perpetuity.
Indulge me for just a moment: In the small little county in which I live we have an exclusive club. It is a rather small club at the moment–535 members. Though it is growing rapidly, adding over 100 new members in the last year alone. That’s almost 25% growth. In a sluggish, no growth economy. This particular club doesn’t actually DO anything. Rather, it is a club where the members are rewarded just because.
Because they are part of the cabal that makes all the rules.
The club of which I speak is a subset of the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association (CCCERA) and includes those public employees who have retired with pension benefits in excess of $100,000.00 per year. $100K! Guaranteed. No matter what.
I don’t know a business that provides a defined benefit plan any longer. That is not to say they don’t exist. But, it is to say they are rare. Because defined benefit plans are expensive and businesses (you know, the entities that must match revenues with expenses, that can only spend what they take in, based on the value they provide to their clients rather than government which holds the arbitrary ability to increase revenues via tax increases totally disconnected from any value added and not in the least voluntarily paid by those who provide the revenue ) must manage their affairs responsibly. They will not be around for long if they continually spend more than they take in. That’s just the way it is.
So here are the ugly facts of the CCCERA Club from an article written by Bill Gram-Reefer on Halfway to Concord:
The club represents 7.3% of all county retirees but they receive 23.8% of the benefits.
The Club costs the public $5,766,927 each and every month. Guaranteed. No matter what.
The number one position in the club is held by a retiree who receives an annual retirement benefit of $291,000. And, it should be noted, despite the budget shortfalls in our county and our state and our country, his benefits rose last year.
It should not be lost on any of us that while the rest of the population suffers (i.e., the private sector) the public sector is thriving. Since the private sector funds the public sector through the production of goods and services–that people actually want–there is something terribly wrong with this equation. The public sector cannot continue to grow while the private sector shrinks.
And that’s the problem. In a nutshell.