Look left - do you think we’ve spent enough already? Here are some simple lessons:
Excessive behavior requires remedial action. There is just no way to avoid it. If you eat too much, you feel crappy and you need to fast. If you eat too much for too long a period you gain weight and you run health risks – high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, cellulite in the butt (anyone come to mind?) and so on.
A little bit of exercise goes a long way. A little bit of discipline goes a long way. Just get out and walk a few miles four days a week. Use the stairs. Go outside and pick some weeds. Bike to McDonalds. Clean the House; help your Senator get a JOB (see links at left.)
If you go on a spending binge you will need to hunker down and pay the debt off. So, you do without. Keep the car an extra year or two. Postpone a vacation. Cut out eating out three times a week. Dilute your good booze when friends arrive.
Save some money. Set aside 5% of each paycheck and bank it.
Now that is really not that difficult is it?
So, here’s a suggestion. We just had an election and somehow the winners have interpreted their success as license to ignore the above lessons. One thing we know for sure is that they, like any other undisciplined human, only get away with what they are permitted to get away with. Call them on their foolishness; they too will change their ways.
So, write to them. Here’s how. Contact your two senators (http://www.senate.gov/) and representative (http://www.house.gov/) and insist that they follow these Rules (cut and paste them in your email) and insist they report back every 60 days on the action they have taken to follow these Rules. No exceptions or they get tossed in November 2010. Others will be glad to implement the Rules beginning January 2011.
Rule 1. No more deficit spending. Balance the budget and reduce the debt. Do it now or get tossed. How to do that you ask? See Rules 2 - 6 below.
Rule 2. Reduce all government spending by 10% immediately including entitlements. Do it now or get tossed.
Rule 3. Reduce all government employment by 5% per year for the next four years. Do it now or get tossed.
Rule 4. Pay down the national debt with a tax increase below. Do it now or get tossed.
Rule 5. Increase tax rates on top 10% earners by 33% and use part of proceeds to pay down debt and rest for a tax deduction for savings of 5% of income for all other taxpayers. Do it now or get tossed.
Rule 6. Pass term limits (6 years max; no pensions) immediately. Do it now or get tossed.
If we follow these simple Rules we will correct the mess we’re in by November 2012. Just in time to throw out the rest of the bastards we missed in November 2010!!!