Push them all over the cliff
The President and Congress are deadlocked over the “Fiscal Cliff’ looming on the horizon. Obama in his class warfare mode wants a clean 2% increase on the wealthy making over $250,000 per year. The Republicans do not want the increase on the well-to-do and want massive cuts in spending, including a reduction in entitlements.
The national debt, meanwhile, climbs at an astounding rate that will have our grandchildren wondering why we just didn’t sterilize all politicians of our generation.
Look, there is no doubt spending is way out of control and that we are in debt way over our heads. I have a simple solution.
1. Cut ALL department spending by a minimum of 8%. That will mean some government layoffs, but let’s admit it, the Federal government is way too big and getting bigger by the day.
2. Raise taxes on everybody by 1%. This will include the rich, the middle class, and put an end to the class wars President Obama loves to use to stoke the political fervor of stupid Democrats.
3. Begin taxing the almost 51% of Americans who currently do not pay taxes. No, it does not have to be at the same rate as the true financial wheel driving this country, but something, even 2-5% of income is something.
4. Get rid of all the tax loopholes that allow some individuals and corporations to get way with little or no tax bills.
5. Enforce high tariffs on products and goods subsidized by foreign governments, either directly, or through the country’s monetary manipulations.
6. Let whomever/whatever have Afghanistan! Bring our troops home, thus saving billions and precious lives!
7. Balance medicaid payments. Make them the same from state to state. (New York is one of the highest)
8. Raise the age for Social Security and retirement.
9. Allow states to bar anyone from receiving benefits if the receiver is a consistent law breaker. (Makes too much sense)
10. Perhaps, do away with all federal income taxes in favor of a federal sales tax. This would tie the government spending to how well the economy is really doing.
11. Yeah, I know, term limits. We only allow a President to serve two terms, but some senators and congressmen/women hold on for way too long and become entrenched in their own gobbledegook.
12. Limit the amount of unemployment a person can receive before accepting the fact that perhaps it was a bad idea to get a degree in political science or basket weaving.
13. Quit subsidizing new, sometimes radical energy firms for millions and millions of dollars with the hope the perpetual motion machine can really be built. Let private business and demand be the realistic lead in searching for energy sources.
14. In education, tie funding to results. Do away with tenure on all levels.
15. Do away with special interest money that seems to slip in to campaigns and corrupt the system.