Apr 20 2010
Our government is out of control. It is sucking the life blood out of this nation and making a mess of things domestically (or admiration for the defenders of this nation is not in question, unless you are from the liberal left and afraid of the military). It has become nag-in-chief, poking its big ugly nose into every aspect of our lives. It tells us how to act, what to eat, what to say and how many gazillion ways we cannot afford to succeed personally. It even claims that the life giving gas CO2 is some kind of poison to the goddess of Earth, and therefore we must give up our cars and large screen TVs and freedoms to save the goddess. Government is insane and hurting every one of us.
If you want to distill down the Tea Party movement it is this – government has run amok and needs to be stopped. Moreover, this new ‘movement’ – which is actually more of an awakening – is growing out from and consuming that part of the American public which is center-left to conservative-moderate. They are the voters who decide which of the aging national party candidates will win any election. They have marginal allegiance to the national parties if any at all, they very independent of the left and right group-think.
Financially this group is also the most successful of the middle class. The Teat Party supporters (there is no political party) Â is not the uber-rich trying to rationalize their gross-consumption existence, nor the Hollywood crowd trying have an actual life of value verses being paid obscene amounts to pretend to have one on stage. The Tea Party is the vanguard of the reasonably well off and happy – which is the engine of this economy and the families from which the next generation of leaders will emerge.
And they don’t like who is running our government, or what it does. They want to kick the current rulers out of DC and start dismantling the federal bureaucracy beast, since it has clearly failed to spend our money wisely. This is clear in the polling of Americans and their view of government, such as this poll from Pew:
By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days. A new Pew Research Center survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government â€“ a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash, and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials.
Rather than an activist government to deal with the nationâ€™s top problems, the public now wants government reformed and growing numbers want its power curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of major financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nationâ€™s problems â€“ including more government control over the economy â€“ than there was when Barack Obama first took office.
People have lost faith and patience with the US Federal Government. And any party or candidate that promises to bring the government back under control of the people, to remove even partially questionable functions and activities, will win. Even a hint of government solution right now is going to see a backlash (reference: Crist in Florida).
I plan to highlight how to restructure the government in a series of posts in the coming months, but each agency and department can be massively trimmed and reworked. For example, the education department should have NO mandate over public education. Instead it should be holding some emergency funds pooled by the states to deal with areas needing infusions of money. The money would be directed by consensus of the states combined with the US representatives. Other than that the department would sponsor events to communicate which techniques succeed or fail, which lesson plans have the best results, etc. Beyond that it is useless.
The FAA could be shrunk massively. That piece that was created to promote air travel should be shuttered (air travel is here to stay). That piece which is regulatory and monitoring planes can be slimmed down by one simple approach – massively increase the fines for making mistakes. Make mistakes so painful no sane company would let one happen. If human life is involved in the mistake, multiply the penalty by 100 or 1000. We’ve been at this long enough to know what is required to fly safely. Multiply the fines by 10000 if the company is caught trying to cover up the incident instead of reporting it, and have the people go to jail for a very long time.
By applying the right incentive, there is less need for inspectors. In this case the paper work will grow, but safety requires and audit trail. But I digress.
This article highlights some key data from the poll:
Nearly one out of three Americans view the US government as a “major threat” to their freedoms, and four out of five say they don’t trust Washington to solve their problems, according to a new poll out Monday.
What else needs to be said? Its so bad democrat pollsters are ringing the alarm bells madly.
Democrats have over reached and the usually tolerant center of the nation has had enough. This is going to be worse for the party in power than the election years 2006, 2008 or 1994. It is going to be worse because the arrogance out of DC is worse this time around, the lack of respect for the peoples’ opinion is much worse this time, and the economy sucks like never before. This crop of Democrats will go down into history as the ones who screwed up so badly the people had no choice but to roll back government and make sure no more fools could do that kind of damage again.