Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The GOP Should Ask The Question Reagan Asked!

  The GOP should take a tip from the Gipper for a strategy for the midterm elections with just a couple tweaks. Remember Reagan during the 1980 presidential campaign asked if you were better off today than you were four years ago. The answer to that question was an easy "no," with inflation at double digits and interest rates at historic highs. There was an oil embargo and gas shortages that Carter made worse with price controls, and the economy was as irritable as a spastic colon. The GOP should ask the question, is the country better off today then it was in January 2007 when the democrats took over congress and the public purse strings. A quick look as the national debt would clearly make that answer another resounding "no." January 3rd 2007 the complete national debt was exactly $8.67 trillion.  That debt was accumulated in 231 years of our nation. Today as of the 14th of September, 2010, that debt is now $13.44 trillion. If my math is correct that is an increase of $4.77 trillion. That increase was accumulated in a little over 3 years and 8 months.Let's think about that. It took 231 years to accumulate a debt of $8.67 trillion, and in less than four years that debt has increased by $4.77 trillion. That's an increase of 55%.

These figures are incredible and frightening, and during the last nineteen months since Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th president, 2.8 trillion of that 4.7 trillion has been charged to our kids' credit cards.You'd think with that amount of spending every American would be living on easy street, but that is not the case. Government has grown into an insatiable devouring monstrosity, pigging out on our childrens' future and standard of living, while the private sector has been forced into frugality and belt tightening, with the prospect of huge tax increases. Millions of Americans are out of work or underemployed while government hiring and wages continue their upward ascent. A recent USA Today article shows that federal compensation is now more than double their private sector counterparts. Federal workers have been awarded bigger wages and benefit increases than private sector workers for nine years in a row. What is wrong with this picture?

It appears that the ruling elites have decided that they're the rightful owners of American wealth even though they've done nothing to accumulate it. They reward their allies and bureaucrats while the private sector pays the piper. They use class warfare and divisive rhetoric pitting Americans against each other, while promising entitlements that they assume will attract enough hangers on to insure their continued power. They lecture the private sector about avarice and excesses while they sip Vodka Martini's and snack on $100 a lb Japanese imported steak as appetizers at White House parties while they're serenaded by the likes of Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkston, and Stevie Wonder. All the while patting themselves on the back for redistributing the nations wealth from the producers to the unproductive after they've skimmed excessively off the top.

Once again the question needs to be asked are you better off today then you were four years ago when the democrats regained the power of the purse strings? If you're part of the political class, the ruling elite, or a government bureaucrat the answer is an easy yes. If you're a hard working patriot, or small business owner, your answer is a resounding no. If the GOP were smart they'd win this one for the Gipper, or at least ask the same questions the Gipper did. It seems the GOP has an even greater problem than what questions to ask, now that true conservatives are once again gaining ascendancy in the party. Christine O'Donnell's primary victory over Mike Castle in the Delaware primary Tuesday shows that the conservative movement won't settle for a compromising, go along to get along, republican party any longer. Now it appears the republican senatorial committee has announced it won't get behind O'Donnell in the general election. It may take several election cycles to purge even the republican party of their ruling elites that see their rapidly eroding power slipping through their fingers.
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