YEAH!! Senate kills Tea Party debt plan

July 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

It’s a dangerous period with time winding down quickly – and the entire economy hanging by a thread… now is NOT the time for amending the Constitution.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/22/senate-kills-tea-party-debt-bill_n_906724.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl4|sec3_lnk1|80303

Everyone who is (A) planning to live past 67 and (B) Has less than $4 million, should be against cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

But the point is that a Constitutional Amendment is not something you rush through at the last hour. I’m not saying that we should not consider a balanced budget law (though I’m not sure a Constitutional amendment isn’t a bit extreme). I’m saying that it is a significant proposal that needs to be thoroughly examined and studied before it’s implemented so that it doesn’t blow up in our faces in 10 years.

When you have a gun to your head, you don’t start examining how to build bullet-proof headgear. Tea Partiers need to quit playing around and get a deal done, instead of trying to get their name in a history book.

How scary is the debt-ceiling debate? The consequences of a default are pretty scary. Predictions are difficult to agree on, but none of them are good. It’s well explained here:
U.S. Default Would Likely Cause Stocks, Bonds, Dollar To Collapse
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/17/us-default-markets-consequences_n_901070.html

So cut whatever – anything but Social Security and Medicare.
– Legalize it. “Legalize what”, you say? Whatever. Legalize marijuana. Legalize prostitution. Whatever. Only legalize it for 1 year. I bet we can cut the deficit in half in 12 months! Kidding? More or less. Some say marijuana is less dangerous than booze. We forego tons of tax revenue and instead spend tons of tax dollars hunting and prosecuting the traffic.
– Raise the taxes on smokes and booze.
– Increase fines and decrease jail time. Decreases costs while increases revenue.
– Increase penalties for companies hiring illegal aliens.
– Declare a date and give illegals who have proof of being here by July 22nd a subset of Social Security numbers that allows them to work and pay into Social Security, but not withdraw benefits.
– Stop fighting on foreign soil for a few years. The cost of buying and transporting gas to power generators that provide AC in battle areas is larger than NASA’s budget. Blackhawks, tanks, and armored transports get less than 1 mile per gallon. I’m thrilled we got Bin Laden – and my hat is off to Obama for getting it done after 1 1/2 years in office. Now, pack everything up and head home. We can’t police every country forever.

I’d rather see a Constitutional Amendment on term limitations for Congress. I don’t think we need to rotate everyone every few years – but I don’t think we need to have the same lawmakers for 40 years, either.

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