MY RESPONSE TO AN OP-ED BY FRESHMAN SENATOR DAVID PERDUE (R-GA)
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Almost a year ago, I stood next to my wife Bonnie, put my hand on my Father’s Bible, and swore to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of Georgia in the United States Senate.
I came to the Senate with a sense of urgency to make a difference. In my first weeks, I sponsored three bills that would help put in place a system that is more representative of Georgia’s priorities, including a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, a Fair Tax system, and term limits legislation. But as a businessman with no political experience, it immediately became clear to me that Washington’s budget process is broken. It has worked only four times in the last forty years.
In the real world, this would have been fixed long ago.
* UNFORTUNATELY... WASHINGTON IS NOT THE REAL WORLD. MORE UNFORTUNATE STILL... THIS "UNREAL" WORLD BASICALLY RULES (MISRULES) THE REAL WORLD.
Our government today spends more than two-thirds of its annual budget on mandatory expenses. That is more than four times what we spend on defense.
* TWO POINTS: 1) THERE ARE NO TRUE "MANDATORY" EXPENSES OTHER THAN DEBT REPAYMENT; 2) WE SPEND FAR TOO MUCH ON "DEFENSE" RIGHT NOW - AND I'M GUESSING THIS REPUBLICAN SENATOR WHO (CORRECTLY) IDENTIFIES WASHINGTON AS IRRESPONSIBLE AND INCOMPETENT WANTS TO GIVE THE... IRRESPONSIBLE INCOMPETENTS... EVEN MORE MONEY TO SPEND ON "DEFENSE."
This explosion in spending has propelled our nation into a debt crisis that is already well past the tipping point. In fact, Washington has racked up so much debt that it amounts to nearly one million dollars for every American family. Equally as concerning, career politicians have no plan to solve this problem anytime soon.
* WHICH IS WHY... "WAR-GAMING" A FICTIONAL SCENARIO... I BELIEVE THE ONLY VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO ALLOWING THESE POLITICIANS TO DRIVE US OVER THE CLIFF IS TO KILL THEM. (LITERALLY.)
* AGAIN... THE ABOVE IS NOT A THREAT NOR A CALL FOR VIOLENCE; IT'S SIMPLY MY "THEORETICAL" ANALYSIS.
Clearly, we simply have to get our nation’s finances in order to ensure our economic security, but also to project American leadership and guarantee our country’s security. The United States must have the financial resources available to invest in a strong military, support our allies, and secure our nation from foreign threats.
* SHEER SLOGANEERING; BUMPER STICKER SENTIMENTS; RED MEAT FOR THE RUBES.
We can definitely solve this debt crisis and save Social Security and Medicare. We can also deal with this global security crisis, but we have to get started right now.
As a member of both the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, I am in a unique position to help change the direction of our country. My goal is to continue to work to focus Washington on solving these two deeply interconnected crises for our kids and grandkids.
Earlier this year, the Budget Committee produced a conservative budget that cut $7 trillion from the president’s ten-year budget...
* EACH CONGRESS HAS A TWO-YEAR WINDOW OF ACTION. PERIOD. ENOUGH WITH THIS "TEN-YEAR BUDGET" NONSENSE. THIS IS HOW THEY TRY TO DISTRACT AND ULTIMATELY FOOL YOU, FOLKS. (AND THIS COMING FROM... A REPUBLICAN!)
...and paved the way to repeal ObamaCare and send this repeal to the president’s desk.
Unfortunately, Washington ultimately fell into its old ways and abandoned this budget, just as it has done 36 times out of the last 40 years. Reforming this broken budget process is just one step we must take to get our country back on track.
* "WASHINGTON," HUH? BULL$HIT! IT WAS THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS! CONGRESS CONTROLS THE PURSE STRINGS! REPUBLICANS CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS! TELL THE TRUTH YOU LYING SACK OF $HIT!
* I SWEAR TO GOD... I HATE MOST REPUBLICANS! I HATE THEM MORE THAN DEMOCRATS! AT LEAST THE DEMOCRATS MAKE NO BONES ABOUT BEING LEFTISTS! THIS PERDUE GUY'S OP-ED IS LITERALLY MAKING ME SICK TO MY STOMACH.
Additionally, from my seat on the Foreign Relations Committee, we focused much of this year on stopping further nuclear proliferation and completing the first State Department authorization since 2002. The absence of global leadership from the United States has led many of our allies to question our financial and military commitments and invoked doubt in our ability to defeat terrorism once and for all.
Looking forward, my goal is to get Washington to adopt a more holistic approach to fixing the underlying drivers of our debt and addressing these global security challenges. Georgians and Americans cannot afford another 12 months of inaction on these issues in Washington, which has created a dangerous power vacuum at home and around the world.