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12/13/2012 1:11:00 PM
Letter: It’s time for a revolutionary war against fiscal incompetence

Editor:

We are bombarded daily about the looming fiscal cliff (Jan. 1, 2013) and the effect it could or will have on businesses and other taxpayers. It appears to have come down to a blame-game showdown that is only in the best interest of their political party, or in a way that will not be in the best interest of anybody except themselves. If nothing is done, the foreordained and devastating increases in taxes and spending cuts will automatically kick in and all the political posturing appears to be focused on who can be blamed?

I have a suggestion. Instead of concerning ourselves with this façade of a fiscal cliff that the politicians are unwilling to do what is necessary to avoid, I propose a real fiscal cliff with real consequences for the politicians if they do not get off their collective lifeless posteriors.

So, instead of having detrimental consequences for the nation for their lack of knowledge or lack of willingness to address the problems of the nation or at least actually put the future of the nation above or ahead of their personal political career, (fat chance, huh) I believe we need to do something solid.

In the event that by midnight Dec. 31, there is no significant agreement that protects the national economy, all pay and allowances of the president, vice president, U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representatives members, will be reduced by at least 50 percent and the monies accumulated from the reduction be returned to the U.S. Treasury marked for national debt reduction not to be reimbursed.

That will be to get the attention of the wishy-washy wheeler-dealers that are only concerned with their ability to manipulate the vote and voting by trying to make their political image look good.

There is no sincere interest about the national economy among the elected officials, which is one, albeit a most significant one, of the points in the reasoning of those that believe we should eliminate the Federal Reserve.

The “Governing Body of the Nation” having direct oversight over the Nation’s Treasury is one of the original and most important responsibilities of the Congress, and the FED is not directly or even indirectly controlled, because it is a separate corporation that even our Secretary of the Treasury has no authority to direct, audit or anything more than minimally suggest about the Federal Reserve decisions, nor is he allowed to know the full list of members involved in that organization.

Oh, yes, the president appoints and the Congress approves whoever is appointed chairman of the FED.

However, the field of possible candidates comes from within the FED. Ron Paul and others have for many years advocated an audit of the Federal Reserve, but it never happens and I don’t think it ever will, that is, unless the lawmakers finally find the conviction and courage to nationalize the Federal Reserve so they can legally control it instead of the other way around.

In the unlikely event that the politicians should decide to get really and honestly interested in preserving or restoring the manifold genius that established this nation, they will at least consider totally abolishing the Federal Reserve and all of its corrupt ties to the European banking systems. A revolutionary war against fiscal incompetence may be necessary to save this great nation, but I much prefer fixing the sinking boat from the inside. In order to do that, we need informed voters instead of the lemming-like followers that we have produced, imported or been duped into over the past hundred years or more.

Today legal immigrants and their first generation offspring are much better informed than the public-education produced political sheep generated and misinformed by the leftist controlled academia and news media.

Dale Gohr

Clarkdale



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Predictable result

Is anyone really surprised at this gridlock? I would make the argument the system is working exactly as intended.

The Republican House is stopping the liberal overreach from the President and Senate. That's what we need them to do.

Obama has spent close to $6 trillion more than the federal government has taken in over the last 4 years. This is insane. Everyone knows it.

Unfortunately, the people voted to keep this guy in office for the next 4 years, so we are assured of the same kind of incompetent leadership we've had from the White House.

So we need the House to quit giving this guy blank checks that our children and grandchildren have to cover.

Enough's enough already. If it takes going over the fiscal cliff to stop the liberal spending blowout, then so be it.


Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: M J

If you want to help end gridlock in Washington and get our reps to vote for the country instead of for their re-election, then it is time to consider term limits for all elected officials.

Some of these bozos have been in congress 25 - 30 - even up to 50 years in office, and THIS is the best they can do.

Pathetic.

The local yokels in Bumsquat Maine might like the pork their Senator brings home, but it is killing the rest of the country.


Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

"Regarding cliffs and free-fall, he continues, "This suggests ... that if you've got a parachute, now might be a good time to strap it on."

The wealthy elite ALL have "golden" parachutes bought and paid for from the blood [of patriots], sweat [of exploited workers] and tears [of those victimized by GREED [Get Rich Eviscerating Everything Democratic].


Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: karen bowen

There is a petition you can sign online:
petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/cease-paychecks-and-health-benefits-all-members-congress-and-president-until-fiscal-cliff-avoided/s3djhn29


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Our Prospects for compromise are ...

about nil ... according to one Washington Post writer:

"Here is one observation about the fiscal cliff that is based not on guesswork but on empirical fact: The politicians who brought us to this precipice are the same politicians we’re counting on to keep us from tumbling into the void."

Regarding cliffs and free-fall, he continues, "This suggests ... that if you've got a parachute, now might be a good time to strap it on."

We, the people, are doing this to ourselves.

pf


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," billionaire, Warren Buffett told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.”


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Nux Man

When the treasury went off the gold standard is when fiscal incompetence became the plan. Simply print more cash as needed and problem solved, for a little while, then print more. Since the planet uses the dollar for trade it's assumed the value will remain. It's this "trust" in the dollar that makes it valuable, but as we see starting to happen that trust is fading.
The actual revolution will be when China, Russia, Germany, and the other big traders stop using the dollar. Over night we'll see a collapse beyond reason, and the enemies of the US are salivating over the thought.
The scary part is this could happen today, tomorrow, next year, or ten years from now. The only way the political elite can hold this off is to keep spending like there's no tomorrow. It's a death spiral by design and there's no way to stop it.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, which for me means having a marketable skill (mechanic) and never, ever, getting on any form of govt. assistance - depending on the idiots that created this mess is the definition of lunacy, in my opinion.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

The only way the GOP can save face with the tea-baggers and fascists controlling their party is to let the tax cuts expire and then to vote for tax cuts to the middle class (98%). This gives them plausible deniablility for placating their base, yet gives the country exactly what Obama promised. Pretty simple!

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Lynda Kuglitsch

My theory...a conspiracy between both parties to allow our great country to ride off that cliff. This, decided most likely some time ago.
Why? Think of yourself as a parent who enters a room where a broken lamp lays in smithereens on the floor. Each kid points a finger at the other. "He did it mommy!"...No, no, he did it!" Who to blame? As a parent, one would probably punish both kids. But how do we punish both political parties? It would have been nice if these jerks wrote a penalty in this legislation to punish themselves if no agreement was reached. Unfortunately the American people will again be the ones to suffer while the politicians dodge their political bullets, keeping their do-nothing jobs.




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