Nov 23 2010
As I wrote before, there needs to be binding conditions attached to any bill raising the debt ceiling:
- Cancel all the unspent funds left in the Stimulus Bill
- Permanently extending all the current tax rates (no need to call them Bush’s tax cuts, they are OUR current tax rates).
- Freezing Obamacare for 4 years until we figure out what it really is doing to us – now that we can read the law the Dems passed.
- Put all discretionary funding back to 2006 levels.
- Establish a panel to go through each element of government and determine what we can live without, what can be privatized and what can be moved to the states.
The last item is the most important. We need to look at government as a pool of wasted resources that need to go back to the people and the states. We need to look at the federal bureaucracy and determine what we can live without. Just like all of us trying to get through these rough economic times individually, the ‘ruling class’ needs to be forced to cut back to the bare minimum – since they have no ability to control themselves on their own. We need less taxes and government process across the board to infuse money and reignite our nation’s inspiration and innovation. And to do that we need much less government.
For example, we don’t need the National Endowment for The Arts. We spend tens of billions on every school child throughout their public education experience exposing them to music, dance, theater, art, writing, photography, computer graphics, etc. Every child is given the opportunity to discover and nurture their inner muse. This investment establishes the basis for our national arts to grow and evolve. We don’t need to waste tax payer money on bottles of piss with crosses in them.
The states can definitely teach our children without the Department of Education – which has wasted untold billions since its inception in the 1970’s and has only falling test scores to show for their efforts.
Instead of raising taxes, we need to cut back. We need to combine efforts. In the science and technology front you have NASA, you have the Department of Energy Laboratories, you have the FFRDCs (Mitre, Aerospace, JPL, APL etc), you have NOAA (which I just learned is in the Department of Commerce of all places), you have USGS in the Department of Interior, there is DARPA and the DoD labs, and on and on and on ….
These resources are critical to America staying on the leading edge of science and technology, but they overlap and duplicate efforts and waste money. A common infrastructure for accounting, contracts, security, communications and vendor pools could streamline these organizations and bring innovation back into the moribund hallways.
We need the FAA to remain diligent on safety and energy efficiency, pulling the aviation industry together in common cause. We don’t need it promoting aviation – that is the job of private industry.
And we better not still have a national helium reserve left over from the war of the dirigibles (World War I).
This Congress needs to look at the Federal Government as a huge source of stimulus which needs to be removed from the backs of the people (e.g., taxes) and moved to the states and the private sector or the individual to deal with. Not until then will I feel the Political Industrial Complex ‘gets it’.