Four Problems in Need of Solution   Leave a comment

There are four major federal abuses that are driving us toward an age of tyranny such as Alexis de Toqueville described in Democracy in American (1840). These abuses are not just bad policy, but they create a government that does not shatter men’s wills so much as it “softens, bends, and guides” them until we run the risk of becoming nothing more than “a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Spending and Debt Crisis

$17 trillion in national debt ought to leave us dumfounded, but it’s only part of the story. If we apply the normal rules of accounting, the federal government owes trillions more in vested (contractually obligated) Social Security benefits and other entitlement programs. We the people are on the hook for about $2 million a piece in long-term obligations, according to the normal rules of accounting. I’m middle aged. Unless I write a best-seller and become the next flavor of the decade author with multiple movie deals, I’m not generating $2 million in taxes during my remaining lifetime. In fact, the average wage-earner only earns about $2 million over the course of a 40-year career. The government cannot tax its way out of debt. They could confiscate every bit of wage and earnings in the nation and it would not cover the true debt.

The Regulatory Crisis

The federal bureaucracy has placed a complex, conflicting, and crushing regulatory burden upon businesses. Congress has ceded its authority to agencies who, upon enacting the real substance of various laws, then moves forward with little accountability to the American people or even the Congress. Research from the American Enterprise Institute shows that since 1949 federal regulations have made America 72% poorer through a reduction of economic activity of just 2% annually. Welcome to the world of compound interest and unintended consequences. If you make $50,000 in annual income, you really ought to be making $86,000. Does that hit you where you live?

Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty

For years, Congress has used federal grants to keep the states under its control. These grants accompanied by mandates which are rarely fully funded have turned state legislatures into Congress’s regional agencies rather than truly independent republican governments as they were meant to be. Accompanying this is an erosion of the rights of the people to direct their own lives. We are missing one of the most important principles of the American founding – that legitimate government only exists with the consent of the governed. Did you consent? I don’t recall consenting.

Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process

The Founders believed that the structures of a limited government would provide the greatest protection of liberty. They structured the Constitution to provide checks and balances at the federal level. Everything not specifically granted to Congress for legislative control was to be left to the states, which were seen as contraints on federal power. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution was meant to allow the federal government to protect individual rights when states became abusive of their citizens. So how did we get here, where the states bow and scrape to the federal government instead of controlling it as they were meant to do? Collusion among decision-makers in Washington, D.C. has replaced these essential checks and balances. The federal judiciary supports Congress and the White House in its ever-escalating attack upon the jurisdiction of the 50 states.

For example, bureaucrats in Washington DC look at Fairbanksans who are paying $3.70 a gallon for home heating fuel (a 2000-square foot house requires 2-5 gallons a day, depending on heating system and insulation) and says we can’t burn wood because of health concerns, apparently not caring that freezing to death is a health concern. The State of Alaska, having accepted revenue sharing, writes regulations that will restrict wood stove use to only times when we don’t need to heat our homes because to do fight the EPA on this issue might cost federal highway funds. In the meantime, the local refinery (the second-newest refinery in America, by the way) shuts down due to regulatory burdens, meaning Fairbanksans will be paying $6 a gallon for home heating fuel next winter, just about the time the wood stove ban (they’re calling it a restriction) kicks in.

And this happens all over the country. Post your example if you like.

The only solution (not involving blood-shed) to the situation is to put big government back into the constitutionally created box it was never supposed to stray from.

Article V is a bloodless way to do that!

If we will make use of it.

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