Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Morning QB

Now that the mid-term elections are over and the people have spoken that they are tired of our government spending our children’s money and its intrusion into our lives, will things change with the newly elected? I want to say yes; a resounding YES in fact! But, I do not believe it will. Why? Because nothing has really changed – except for a new nameplate outside of the door of the offices of the newly elected. Let’s not kid ourselves that things are going to be different this time around. Not as long as special interest money still exists; not as long as the politicians start thinking about the next election; and not as long as they are preoccupied with the talking points of the establishment on both sides of the aisle. No one is really interested in making the necessary and difficult decisions to right the ship. Sure, some will say cut spending and cut taxes; others will say that we need to increase government spending and tax and regulate, and tax some more just to be safe. The truth is that both are correct to some extent, although I am much more inclined to go the route of the former. Why does it have to be an all or nothing solution for every problem? Life isn’t black or white. You may be able to get away with “because I said so” with your children, but that is not going to cut it in the real world.

We need people that are going to roll up their sleeves, work together to come up with solution(s) and make the difficult decisions – the right decisions. I hope Marco Rubio is someone like that. He appears to be. We need them to do the job they were hired for and we need to hold every single one of them accountable. How about just a modicum of common sense? Is that really too much to ask? I suspect that if Term Limits existed they would all act in a different manner. No more career politicians is a good start IMO!

So, let’s identify the problems we face:

  1. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
  2. The economy.
  3. National Debt.
  4. Entitlements (Medicare and Social Security)
For those that are unemployed, jobs are the number one issue they face and rightfully so. For those that are employed, you still may be feeling some anxiety because the economy is not exactly robust because there are so many still unemployed which has a trickle down effect due to little to no demand for products or services. So it comes back to jobs. I believe that the government is not responsible for creating jobs – it is up to small businesses and corporations. The Progressives (Liberals) however, believe the opposite ---- they believe the government should be responsible for creating jobs. We have bloated governments already at all levels – local, state and federal. We need less government workers not more. So, how do you create jobs if not for the government you ask? I have some thoughts and will share those on my next post and will address each in subsequent posts. But I will leave you with this to ponder until the next post…the best thing for government to do is get the F out of the way!!