Bread and Circuses

This debt deal just delays the inevitable as it cuts the rate of increase in projected spending but does not actually reduce actual year over year spending.   And it does nothing about unfunded entitlements.   To quote the article below… “All these “cuts” are modest reductions in the growth of outlays envisioned in President Obama’s budget, which would boost annual spending by 57 percent over the next decade.  Everyone is talking about cutting the overall budget, without actually doing it.”    The only people deserving credit are Republicans who voted NO yesterday in the House and those whom will vote NO today in the Senate.

http://reason.com/archives/2011/08/01/washingtons-budget-theater

We have heard a lot lately about plans to slash spending by trillions of dollars. Though these sound like deep cuts, they are not even shallow cuts. Under the plans being discussed in Washington, federal spending would rise, and so would the federal debt—not by a little, but by a lot.

Consider Speaker John Boehner’s blueprint, which envisions savings of some $3 trillion over 10 years. The biggest chunk of savings comes from a cap on discretionary outlays, letting them grow as fast as inflation—meaning they would gobble up more dollars every year.

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Reaffirming the Declaration this July 4th

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and will mark the 235 year since Americans declared their Independence and set forth principles for governance under the American experiment.  For most, July 4th is a day spent with family and friends, a town parade, the barbeque fired up, and capped off by fireworks.  This July 4th may also be a good time to reconnect with the actual words and spirit in the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson.

The Declaration is a one page document of modest length that is easily read and understood.  The Declaration has five principle parts.  The first part discusses the intent of the People of the then 13 colonies to separate ties from Great Britain and in doing so they feel obligated to “declare the causes that impel them to separation”.  The second part discusses the philosophical underpinnings for our unique existence as Americans: unalienable rights, the basis for just government, and the right alter or abolish forms of government.  Who can forget these timeless words?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”

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State Sovereignty Resolution Introduced in PA Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate introduced a State Sovereignty Resolution (SR9) at the beginning of the 2011 Legislative Session.  This bill was introduced under the leadership of Senators Folmer, Robbins, M. White, Orie, Erickson, Alloway, Ward, Rafferty, Brubaker, Eichelberger, Waugh, Argall, and Earll.

The goal of the bill is to strongly re-assert State Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The resolution articulates solid constitutional language.  The introduction starts with a recitation of the 10th amendment and then goes on to detail current conditions and overreach by the Federal Government.   The resolution explicitly acknowledges the Compact Theory relationship between the States and the Federal government and sovereign State status.  The resolution then strongly ends with the following resolutions:

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