“Top Democrats and Republicans in Congress prepared new proposals to avert a government debt default and a potential global financial crisis.”
That’s the lead paragraph from a story in today’s paper.Â What should scare you is when Democrats and Republicans agree on something the public generally gets screwed.Â I believe that both sides realized that they set up this “battle” and now that the public is watching they are not sure how to get out from all of the rhetoric that they have been spreading.Â What both sides agree on is that they both want desperately to get re-elected and regain power.Â Even a little power is better than none and they are more than willing to squander our money, our children’s money, and our grandchildrens’ money to maintain their power.Â Here are few facts as I see them:
You may be please to find out that with over 9 percent unemployment (and thatâ€™s a low accounting of the real unemployment numbers), a slowing economy, inflation soaring, and greater unrest about the Obama Administration they have decided to shift their focus to the private sector to create jobs after having added over 140,000 federal jobs. Obamaâ€™s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, appeared on CNN and made the announcement
â€œCorporations have become profitable again. What we need to do now is get the private sector stood up.”
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories and this volume is chock full of stories from an upside down political world…
Brief 1:Â The Keystone State (Pennsylvania) has recently announced that they are making changes to their appliance rebate program.Â Pennsylvania budget deficit projects are not good so you would expect that a rebate program might be on the chopping block.Â Not in Pennsylvania’s upside down world.Â It was announced that the rebates are actually INCREASING, some by more than 100%.Â In all fairness this is “stimulus” money (federal tax dollars versus state tax dollars).Â
Many years ago I was fortunate to be invited on a school trip to Gettysburg National Military Park.Â That trip sparked a love affair with the city and the Civil War.Â If you are from below the Mason-Dixon line you would call it the War Between the States.Â A favorite book about that era is The Killer Angels which was the basis of a favorite movie, Gettysburg.
One of ending scenes of the movie was an encounter between some captured Confederate soldiers and Union soldiers after the epic Picket/Pettigrew charge.Â The southerners were resting on some fencing when one of the Union officers asked the prisoners why they were fighting this war.Â One of the Confederates answered that they were fighting for “Stats Rhats.’Â
My first exposure to Governor Rick Perry of the Great State of Texas was listening to an interview when he was visiting the Left State of Pennsylvania a few years ago.Â Gov. Perry and the correspondent (sorry, but I can neither remember nor find references to this interview) were discussing the Texas Legislature and their activity.Â This is of great interest to Pennsylvanians as we have one of the largest (and costliest) legislatures in the country.
Update April 14, 2009 – Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he would back legislation proposed by fellow Republican state Representative Brandon Creighton in support of state’s rights as outlined in the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution.Â House Concurrent Resolution 50, stated that:
“Affirming that the State of Texas claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.”
Senator John Cornyn
National Republican Senatorial Committee
425 Second Street, NE
Washington, DCÂ 20002
April 9, 2009
Dear Senator Cornyn,
I received your letter yesterday that contained the Republican Strategy Survey.Â While I appreciate your request for my opinion, I fear that this was just a gimmick to get me to send a “generous contribution” to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.Â My suspicions were heightened because I also received a similar request from Michael Steele and another Republican organization that same day, though they were not interested in my opinion like you.
The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
These 28 words say so much, but are regarded so little these days.Â When you look back to what our fledgling country encountered as a colony of England you should be able to understand their trepidation towards the creation of a powerful United States (Federal) government.Â