Friday, August 12, 2011

Throw the bums out!

Here is Ryan Craig's column from this week's newspaper:


Let me be straight about this, I am so mad with the elected officials in Washington D.C. that I’m going to refrain from saying what I really want to say (mainly because this is a family newspaper) and I’m going to turn over my anger to a favorite 1930s saying by those who were hit by the both the economic tidal wave of fiscal mismanagement and politicians who couldn’t handle them:


Ray Stevens also has a really good song with the same title and as we all know Ray Stevens is rarely wrong.
Also let me be clear, I don’t care if you are a Democrat, a Democrat who votes like a Republican, a Republican who votes like a Tea Party member, a Tea Party member who votes like they have some sort of special way of reading the Constitution or one of the Independent so influential (in effect, they elected President Obama) in the previous two national elections; you all shoulder the blame.

All of us.

I sat and watched in horror of the brinkmanship, partisan rhetoric and murky dealings that really gave us nothing except a terrible set of options and a debt limit that was raised as part of the most pitiful amount of governing in several generations.

Then a few days later, Standard & Poor’s —- a credit agency —- said what we all were thinking: Let’s throw the bums out! Or at least, let’s make an effort to lower debt, raise revenue and give some stability to a world-wide market that is shakier than turtle trying to walk on a washing machine on spin cycle.

The agency took the United States’ credit rating from AAA (which is perfect) to AA+ (which is still super good, but just bad enough to make Wall Street and every other market in the world go absolutely nuts).

Sure, the same politicians who caused the problem because they think compromise is a akin to weakness despite 240 years of our history that contradicts otherwise, started finger pointing.

The Republicans called the credit lowering “Obama’s reduction;” the White House called the same thing “The Tea Party reduction.”

Basically, there is no way this isn’t the fault of everyone in Congress, the White House and those in the so-called “media” who make a living throwing what former GOP strongman Alan Simpson called “sharp elbows” — “instead of having a caucus where you sit down and say ‘What are you going to do for your county?’ you sit figuring out how to screw the other side.”
Simpson, who was about as fiscally responsible and conservative as it gets when he was in office, told Time magazine that America was “the healthiest horse in the glue factory” and needs to get serious about cutting our deficit.

“The absolute rigidity of the parties,” he said. “I’ve never seen that before. Somebody said they’re as rigid as a fireplace poker but without the occasional warmth.”

A couple facts: The U.S. deficit is $14 trillion. You could not count that high in your lifetime. The average share of that deficit is a little over $120,000 per household. For the first time since the Great Depression you have a generation that thinks their lives will not be as good as their parents’ or grandparents’.

Let’s throw the bums out!

Another problem for you and I —- you know, regular people who work for a living —- will be that the credit downgrade for the U.S. and places like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have a majority of the home loans in the nation, will make it much harder to go to a bank and get a loan.

Basically those who have money will gobble up cheap stocks and those who took a huge hit in 2008 will take another ding.

This year over 1,000 millionaires paid no taxes at all. The rich will remain so while all the rest of us become poorer.

While I’m not a fan of socialism, I’m also not a fan of Darwinian capitalism either. The system is rigged for the rich and your American Dream is vanishing by the day as the money is transferred slowly but surely.

Let’s throw the bums out!

There is no reason to think that the current group of jackals we have will change for the better.

So, I say let’s take responsibility for our own lives by not borrowing more than we can cover. Let’s take responsibility for those who make or have made our lives worse.

Let’s throw the bums out!

Let’s celebrate in five years when Rand Paul, and hopefully his ideas that could cripple the lives of our children and grandchildren, is defeated and the last of the bums in Washington D.C. are gone.

This column is not about politics, it is about life, and no one can convince me that a slow, thoughtful effort to rid ourselves of the cancer that has set in in Washington D.C. has to be about politics. They all deserve nothing less than to join the unemployment line.

It is time that we demand more than a bunch of sound bites from those who sign no tax pledges before going into office and then take an oath to serve the people. It is time to stop voting for people who won’t sit in a room with people who have differing opinions on things like abortion, tax codes or what is the best way to run a school.

They are all supposed to serve the people who put them in the office, but instead they seem to serve everyone else first. The biggest problem in D.C. is that everyone seems to serve two (or more) masters and we all learned in Sunday School that way of thinking only brings destruction and anarchy.

So, please, make every effort, send this column to everyone you know. Let’s start taking our task seriously.

Let’s throw the bums out!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

RON PAUL 2012!

2:43 PM, August 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im with you brother but dont think enough people r fed up yet because they r still voting partys instead of really digging deep to find out who they r voting for but it will most definatly get worse im afraid ,and voices will get louder then maybe just maybe we can find someone fit to run our country

4:05 PM, August 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the mess are usa president obama has to deal with today and probably for the next 10-years was all cause and started by are former president bush and vice-president cheney policies and the former republican control usa congress-house-senate of a government to help the rich and wealthy while forgetting about anyone that is poor/low income/less fortunate.It time for the taxes of the wealthy to return to the rates of the clinton presidency years.All tax breaks for all companies like big oil companies should be stopped and canceled and removed.Especially when these companies have been showing records profits for over 10-years.We need to vote out all members of the usa congress who have serve 08-years as a member of the usa congress-house-senate.It simple after 08-years of service in the usa congress-house-senate we vote them out of office , NO EXCEPTIONS AT ALL ! ! !

4:32 PM, August 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While most people assume that all of this so-called mess was the fault of the former president, we should ask one question of the American people. Who was truly responsible for the action during Mr. Bush's term. The U.S. Senate and Congress. Who was in charge of both the house and senate at that time. Oh, thats right, it was the Democrats. And I remember one of those was none other than Mr. Obama himself....Who should we really blame....No Exceptions At all!!??

3:24 PM, August 25, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People in kentucky and in todd county-kentucky like to complain about are usa congress but do not have the backbone to vote them out out of office , they keep voting in and re-electing the same ones over and over and over again that are causing the problems over and over again.We the people of kentucky and todd county-kentucky and all across the usa need to wake up and say enough is enough and vote them out of office in 2012.Any and all members of the usa congress-house-senate who have serve 08-years or over should be voted out of office , after 08-years of service we vote them out of office , does not matter what political party them are members of ( Democratic Party / Republican Party / Republican Tea Party ) after 08-years of service there needs to be a lifetime service ban against any member of the usa congress filing for re-election after they have serve 08-years in office. [ WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED IS FOR THERE TO BE A USA TERM LIMITS CONSTITUTIONAL ADMENDMENT THAT WILL ALLOWED AND PERMIT THE AMERICAN VOTERS TO VOTE YES OR NO OR FOR OR AGAINST TERM LIMITS FOR THE USA CONGRESS OF NO MORE THAN A LIFETIME SERVICE OF 08-YEARS.]

2:38 AM, January 15, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the person that has said it was the democratic party was in charge and control of the usa congress-house-senate during the Bush-Cheney Usa Presidency , he is completly and dead wrong , it was the republican party that was in control of the usa congress-house-senate.The republicans had control of the usa congress-house and senate for 06 of the 08 years in the usa congress during the 08-years of the Bush-Cheney Usa Presidency.

2:49 AM, January 15, 2012  

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