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Monday, August 9, 2010

Why we need to change now

All the perplexities, confusions and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of the coin, credit and circulation." (John Adams)It is astounding how we have just given out the "Obama money" as it has become to be known, like found money, for projects that were considered not needed until it wasn't our money. Case in point though it is our money and at the rate we are spending it it will be our grand children's and great-grand children's debt. If figures are correct we have 306,108,000 people in the United States with a debt of $13,253,691,861,900.44 which means that each man woman and child owes $43,297.44. So that single mother with two toddler children owes $129,892.31 plus interest. This does not included social security and medicare which is another $14 trillion plus or an additional $44,000 each we will owe in taxes.
Now knowing this when you pick up the Indianapolis Star and read in the June 27 2010 issue "Results don't matter for energy program" how 22 million more is given to a company that did not live up to expectations last time around. As a matter of fact they were below 50% and were given more responsibility. We are continuing with road projects that were rejected the first time around because of impact and cost. However they now are being brought onto the table with this stimulus money, yet we are closing schools and libraries due to lack of funds. It would seem the priority has been given to short term solutions to a long term problem which is how we got into the situation we are in right now. We as both a nation and a state have used money earmarked for other projects to pay down the debt before to give the illusion of a balanced budget when in fact it is another debt that will come due long term. Two examples would be the retirement funds here in Indiana and Social Security at the federal level. It is this narrow vision that keeps our policy makers from making the long term decisions and keeps us on the short sighted path. The greatest issue we face is not the debts themselves but the arrogance of both parities involved. They play with the numbers create their own experts who spin fairytale worlds where only the other party is to blame for all the evils of the world. This allows events to unfold to the point of critical mass, where there becomes a point of no return and everything melts down around us. A good comparison would be if a building was burning and the members of both parties stood around in the doorway preventing anyone else from escaping the flames while they argue over whose fault the fire was, and how to put it out.
To end this state of constant conflict a simple solution is required to promote the growth and individuality of a third party. The third party can prevent the total control of government by one party and lead to the need to look at each bill on its own merit and not by the desires of the party. No longer could there be the us against them that has led to the adolesent control of this nation by those who often seem stuck in the playground rules mentailty of king of the hill. We can no longer afford to be stuck in the mire of politics there must be a demand to take back what is ours and put into place a goverment which embodies "For the people, of the people"

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