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A New Look At “Fixing” The 2012 Federal Budget

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Bob Pritts is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.

May 27, 2011 | 5,274 views | 2 comments

Amendment 10, the Constitution of the United States ... “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, or to the people”.

Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence ... “ ... that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is they duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”.

Those are the words of our founders in our two founding documents. Did they live by their own rules? You better believe it. George Washington set up the first federal government strictly adhering to the Constitution. His “advisers” consisted of a Vice President (John Adams), a Secretary of State (Thomas Jefferson), a Secretary of the Treasury (Alexander Hamilton), a Secretary of War (Henry Knox), and an Attorney General (Edmund Jennings Randolph). That’s it! These gentlemen were considered advisers since the Constitution did not provide for a “cabinet department”. By Abraham Lincoln’s time, 75 years later, three additional advisors had been added ... Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of the Navy, and a Post Master General. We now have 26 cabinet positions and tons of czars, many of which are not even mentioned in the Constitution!

The founders were brilliant. They fully realized that a “one size fits all” approach in governing could never work in the individual states. For example ... education. Each state was to be responsible for educating their youth in the things they needed to know to live and be successful in their circumstances. Each state would automatically educate children in the basics (English, math, history, science, etc.) but additionally educate them on things they needed to know to become productive citizens in other areas of this nation. For example, those kids growing up in an agrarian state did not need the same life skills as those growing up in an industrial state. A federal government could not provide this variance.

So, where am I going with this essay? Simply, it is far past time to take away federal departments that are unconstitutional in the first place. These departments have come into existence under various presidents regardless of whether they were democratic or republican by party affiliation. The created a bi-partisan mess out of our apathy toward protest.

We all know that we are now in a severe financial melt down. We scratch our heads on what we must cut from the federal budget in order to stay off a fast approaching financial collapse. Well, here’s my proposal.

We have a federal Department of Education that does not educate one child in the classroom. We have a Department of Energy that neither produces nor creates new energy. We have a Department of Agriculture that grows no crops. We have a Department of Health and Human Services that neither provides services nor heals any patients. We have a Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides no private development plans or builds any personal, private housing. We have a Department of Transportation that provides no transportation services. And we have federal employee pensions plans that were not approved by the people and are currently unfunded by over $800B!
Each state in our nation has either a department or agency specifically dedicated to all the federal departments mentioned above! The states are Constitutionally correct. Do the research. Find any of the department names recommended or mentioned by the founders in our Constitution. These items fall to the responsibility of the states in Amendment 10! If we demanded these departments be abolished as federal responsibility, what would we get? First thing we would get is that no one would even realize they went away. Secondly, our state departments would be freed to do the job they were set up to do without hindrance or outside mandates. Thirdly, the power of those in the federal government would shrink significantly and they could concentrate only on the duties assigned to them under the Constitution. The size of the federal employee base would be reduced dramatically, perhaps by as many as 500,000 federal workers. But, the cost of their temporary unemployment would be miniscule compared to their current cost to the taxpayers.

Taking all the current proposed budgets in the president’s 2012 budget, this would save “we the people” (the taxpayers) over $1.5T! (That’s trillion with a T) This in itself would reduce the federal budget for the next fiscal year by almost 40%! Even if we only reduced these departments by 75%, we would see taxpayer savings of almost $1.2T, or 30% of the $3.7T proposed budget. There would be no need to raise the national debt ceiling. Notice, I did not even mention Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security, and there are savings there that could be easily found as well.

Hopefully many of you can agree that the evils suffered have now become “no longer sufferable”. The abuses and usurpations have reached the highest point of any government in this nation’s history. If we don’t demand these steps now, we could very easily become the next Spain or Greece. If you don’t believe it’s that bad, I urge you to visit Spain and Greece and talk with the average person on the street. I just returned from Spain 2 months ago and I’m going to Greece in June.

Speaking of Spain, I spoke with an ordinary citizen in Toledo, Spain. His name is Carlos (last name withheld). He started out by telling me Spain, and other European countries, have always counted on the U.S. being stable and steadfast and coming out on top of all situations. He told me that Spain had an unemployment rate of 20+% and it was getting worse by the day. He then reprimanded me with a couple of questions he had. He then asked ... “What’s wrong you Americans? Why are you letting your government take you down the path we have already traveled and we’re proof that it doesn’t work? Look at Greece, France, and Ireland. We’re now at the point that we can no longer borrow any money and may go out of existence. What’s wrong with you!?” I didn’t have an answer. Do you? This was an absolutely true, unsolicited conversation. And, it’s only one of many I had with others in Torremolinos, Sevilla, Granada, and Madrid.

I’d be interested to hear any of your comments or suggestions as well. Even if you don’t agree.
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June 1, 2011 1:54pm
Interesting piece

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
May 27, 2011 3:52pm
New opinion blog posted.

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