Cautionary tales for the GOP
One phrase that is just as important now than ever: “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” - George Santayana. With the mid term election for the most part under wraps, it is easy to get cozy knowing that the Republican Majority in the House and a much better balance of the parties in the Senate will hold Obama accountable for his dangerous and obvious change, but for the worse.
The problem we are running into now has been seen before, and it really should stick out in our minds: the mid term election of 1946 where the 80th Congress was elected. The problem is that then, just like now, there is and was a very liberal Democrat president. At the time Truman’s Fair Deal bills were the talk of the government and people, which was essentially more and bigger government stepping up for more social welfare programs. Many news or historical sources credit Truman with the benefits, rather than the Republican Congress, with the progress made over the next few years. This Fair Deal was actually just an expansion of the New Deal from the early 30s, where the earlier parts that were passed in the late 20s actually caused the Great Depression, although many sources choose to claim the New Deal was a result of the Great Depression, not one of the causes.
When Truman ran for re-election in 1948, he coined the 80th Congress as a “Do Nothing Congress”, not because they did not get anything done, but because Truman refused to sign any of the conservative bills sent up for his signature. This got him re-elected and able to continue the partisan politics. A few of the New Deal reforms that did manage to pass either in the 79th Congress or massively modified by the Republican Congress included some civil rights, housing, expanded Social Security, health care, and a massively bloated welfare system. The same political lies also got people to vote back the Democrat majority for the 81st Congress in both houses. Through 1947 and 1948, almost none of the New Deal components were able to be passed by the Republican majority, so most of them had either already passed in 1945-46, or were brought back up and passed in 1949-50 under the Democrat led Congress.
[Truman] successfully integrated the armed forces, denied government contracts to firms with racially discriminatory practices and named African Americans to federal posts.
This is one common line that many sources share, yet they fail to mention that Truman was racist, as a Senator he stuck with the southern Democrats and fought every civil rights bill that would have given minorities the same rights as whites. It was the 80th Congress under Republican majority that was able to pass these civil rights bills.
The Housing Act of 1949 is a perfect example of Democrats messing with people and really showing their true colors. This led to the allocation of federal funds to go towards new housing projects, urban renewal, and more public housing. This spawned the growth of urban and suburban regions in the post-war United States. Much of the mass urban development that took place during this time can still be seen today. This act also contributed to what is known as “white flight” while simultaneously contributing to the racial wealth gap. As federal funds went into rebuilding and expanding inner cities, essentially creating massive low income areas that the poor (mostly black) flocked to, this pushed the middle and mid-upper classes out into the suburbs. This helped to further segregate cities that had massive ramifications that are even felt today. Expanded Social Security and Welfare allowed the poor inner cities to live off the system and as a long term effect also increased crime. Those who work for a living and moved away from the problems saw more and more of their money going to benefit these inner cities.
As this all pertains to today, we see much of the same from the current administration. Expanded government programs, massively expanded and socialized healthcare requirements, increased social security and welfare benefits, and new Labor laws covering a massive scope of the population. Yet just like every double talking Democrat, the guise of healthcare for all, expanded government benefits only helps to widen the gap between the lazy and the hard working. The Democrat “Robin Hood complex” only helps to expand and and root in the socialist and even some communist policies. This leaves us with one of 2 choices: either leave the system as is now as an Oligarchy with the few in power but we have to ensure there is a balance of power in all branches of the government, no one party can have a full and total power over all branches like we saw from 2007-2010; or we step up with a mass civil war to oust the entire government and revert back to the original Constitution and a Republic of the people, implementing wide sweeping changes that force and require a strong limit of the power of the government.
This is generally the natural progress of governments, start small, they get greedy and expand their own powers over the course of 100-200 years, part way in it stops being a Republic and becomes an Oligarchy which we have been in for the past 100 years. We are following in Romes footsteps: the founding fathers creating a Republic, and in effect built a republic that limited government power, and left the people alone. Since government was limited, the people were free to produce with the understanding that they could keep the fruits of their labor. In time, Rome became wealthy and the envy of the world. Over time the Roman people forgot what freedom entailed. They forgot that the essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government. When government power grows, people’s freedom recedes. Once the Romans dropped their guard power seeking politicians began to exceed the powers granted them in the Romans Constitution. Some learned that they could elect politicians who would use government power to take property from some and give it to others. Agriculture subsidies were introduced, followed by housing and welfare programs. Inevitably taxes rose and controls over the private sector were imposed. Soon a number of Rome’s producers could no longer make ends meet, and they went on the dole. Productivity declined, shortages developed and mobs began rooming the streets demanding bred and services from the government. Many were induced to trade freedom for security. Eventually the whole system came crashing down. They went from a Republic, to a Democracy, and ended up with an Oligarchy under the progression of the seizers.
Thus democracy itself is not a stable form of government, instead it is the gradual transition from limited government to the unlimited rule of an Oligarchy.
This welfare system, each time it is expanded, it punishes the hard working people by taking more money from them, it also puts expansive requirements on all businesses, large and small, to pay into an ever expanding system that has little to no benefit to the general public or the businesses themselves, and causes the lazy and corrupt that take advantage of the system to get more and more benefits. As this continues, it will continue to widen the gap between the races, and give the Democrats more reason to blame others as they always have, and expand the socialist welfare state even more. This is why we need to step up and get these socialized programs removed from our system, most notably the current Obamacare scam. Other points I have come up with over the past few years, and it may be added, changed or altered at any given time, but I believe this is the best way for this system to actually work well for everyone, and get the government out of our pockets.
1) REQUIRED drug testing to ALL applicants over the age of 16 (unless the parent is under this age) for all state/federal benefits of any kind. First test failure requires a retest within 14 business days. Second failure exempts that person from receiving any benefits for minimum 6 months, any hard drugs like Cocaine, crack, meth, etc exempts them for minimum 1 year.
a) All people living in the house is required to test (exemption being unrelated short term *less than 6 months* roommates), this ensures that drugs and bad influences are not being brought into the house or others in the house are negatively impacted by drugs that have children or beneficiaries present.
b) If father/ex-spouse is required to pay child support and/or has any sort of contact with the child, they are required to test even if they do not live in the same residence. This ensures the other parents that may have only visitation rights or partial custody are not under the influence of drugs.
2) REQUIRED minimum hours working, at least 25 hours per week, for minimum 40 weeks per year for ANY benefits. For the single parents, plenty of child care centers can be opened which can help employ many of these same single parents in exchange for their child to attend for free or greatly reduced costs. The only exception would be parent or child that is deemed more than 40% disabled, verified by minimum 2 certified specialists in the field of the disability. The disability has to be a real disability, not these fake illnesses like ADD, ADHD, obesity, etc…
3) Social Security must be restructured so it is like a private bank, the money you pay goes into a secured bank account that only you can touch in the events of disability or retirement. Otherwise NO ONE but you can touch that money and it is removed from being used for the governments general fund and wasted by the government. After 10 years, you can borrow against it up to 5%, but with interest that is all paid back to the bank itself: they need to pay the administrative fees and reduce the taxes we pay, so those that borrow essentially pay for the service in short term, although everyone pays in the long term. So if you borrow, you actually benefit yourself by reducing the taxes paid. This helps reduce the number of social security scam artists that get a corrupt doctor to help them claim disability; this gets the government away from our money and bankrupting the system; everyone only receives the money that they have paid into the system.
4) unrelated to the above but ANY and ALL programs, benefits, scholarships, or financial related benefits that are designed to benefit any one specific group based on RACE, SEX or any other personal feature must be stopped and made illegal. This is the 21st century, we are Americans. If there is a low income benefit, fine. If there is a scholarship to benefit people in low income areas, that is fine.
It is when you segregate and benefit specific races that helps ensure that one group has a better chance at succeeding over another. Equality means race is not an issue and race related benefits must be made illegal. Some low income areas that receive benefits may be mostly black, but targeting them and only giving those benefits to the poor black, cause the poor white to suffer is more dangerous then the very atrocities that all the races have had to deal with in the past.
5) Clear and specific language stating that states rights supersede Federal rights, with no chance of Judges or the courts to force Federal law to overtake state laws. This allows states to pass laws specific to their region. Arizona can pass whatever immigration laws they want without having the federal government stepping in and telling them what they can and cannot do. California can pass (by majority vote I might add) laws stating that legal marriage is between one man and one women, without having some special interest federal judge illegally legislating from the bench, essentially one man overturning the votes of millions of people.
I am sure there will be more as time comes along but these are the main points that the current Republican majority house and almost equally balanced Senate must pass now before Obama and the socialist liberals try to take over again in 2012, just like they did in 1950 and cause a stagnant economy that lasted over a decade and did not recover until the 60s when the Republicans took the majority once again. Of course the Democrats reversed that in the late 60s and early 70s causing another recessionary period including their influence and participation in the oil crisis.