Lets call it like it is.
The federal government has gotten too big. Its involved in things where it has no business.
Remember who is to be blamed. The House and the Senate. They make the laws. They write the bills and the amendments - and everyone has to live with them.
They pass the budgets - they appropriate and spend the money. Our money.
Rich elected officials. The Millionaires.
Here is an interesting fact from Political Hotsheet.
"While the base pay for members of Congress is $174,000, nearly half -- 261, to be exact -- are millionaires, according to an analysis
of 2009 data from the Center for Responsive Politics (there are 535
total members of the House and Senate). Just 1 percent of Americans
overall can say the same."
There are about 1.8 million federal employees. Average salary; $74,000. The private sector earn an average of about $41,000.
The bigger government gets, the more it spends, the harder it is to control.
The bigger government gets, the more it becomes corrupt.
Government has become a business. They are in the business of printing and spending money. They are in the business of giving into lobbyists. They are in the business of giving into unions. They are the business of returning favors. Most are lawyers, or have JD degrees, and should know better.
We have a $14 trillion deficit. An example of one trillion dollars - is spending a million dollars everyday for 2009 years. Think of that. How pathetic. That our elected officials could let things get so far out of control.
Now teachers and government workers think they are getting screwed. Pensions are in trouble - because they were under funded. Who is at fault here? The people who allowed the pensions, kept paying for them, never appropriate the necessary money to fund these pensions.
Unions think they have made sacrifices. Right. Here is an example of how unions have sacrificed.
If a union thinks they need a $2 hour raise, they ask for $4. Then they negotiate, cry and twist - and settle for $3 - and they think this was a sacrifice?
Things to do
We need a balanced budget. Every year.
Shut down Government operations that are duplicate in services and wasteful.
We really only need the department of the Defense, Justice, the Fed, State and VA.
The Department of the Interior, Commerce, Housing, Agriculture, Education, Labor, Energy, and Transportation, all should go. They have nothing to do with government.
If we do not have the money - then you cannot spend the money.
Any bill written cannot be over 200 pages. If a bill needs to be say 400 pages, 200 pages can be voted on, Then the second 200 pages can be voted on.
No one in Congress can vote on a bill unless they have read the bill, and sign a document that they have read the bill.
Revise term limits for members of the House and Senate.
Lay off 5 percent of government workers every year for at least 5 years.