An Open Letter to the Next Speaker of the House

Dear Speaker Boehner/Cantor/Bachmann/Whomever,

Speaking as a citizen, a conservative, and a Tea Partier, I’d like to give you some advice as you prepare to take up the reins for the 112th Congressional session. These suggestions come from my desire to get our country back on track, to mitigate the disasters wrought by the 111th Congress, and to start Congress delving into the bigger picture about what will happen to America if we allow ourselves to continue on our current path.

They are very simple suggestions, and I hope you will take them in the spirit in which they are offered.

  1. Get a normal-sized gavel. Hubris the size of Queen Nancy’s gavel is unbecoming in the People’s House.
  2. Fly commercial. We’ll spring for business class. I know you’re third in line for the presidency, but given our fabulously successful national security policy of depending on good luck to protect us from attacks on airplanes, you should be fine.
  3. Begin discussions of the  800pound gorillas in the room: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and state and federal pensions. Until those are addressed, all other fiscal discussions – including the current demand for a stand-alone vote on hiking the U.S. debt limit – are akin to re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. On April 14, 1912. At 10:30 or so in the evening. All Americans must understand that the U.S. government keeps three sets of books: immediate debt, emergency funds, and financial obligations for the future. It’s that last set of books which is already sinking us and which must be addressed immediately.

I sincerely hope you will take these suggestions to heart. Otherwise, you might not like what happens in 2012.


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  2. the Other Ken says:

    All fine suggestions. I’ve noticed that the democrat smear machine is already ramping up for Mr. Boehner’s ascendency to the speakership. The names may change over time but the tactics always remain the same.

  3. OneMoreCarol says:

    I live on my Social Security Retirement and use my Medicare. Without it, I would be living on the streets. [ObamaCare will put me in a coffin sooner than later.]

    All Federal Employees should be transferred to the Social Security Program. THEN they’d care that millions of us didn’t receive a COLA, while they got pay raises, for the past two years.

    I agree that Medicaid needs an overhaul. The USofA unintelligently and unconstitutionally pays Medicaid to “anchor babies” [they’re not guaranteed anything in the 14th Amendment] and to the hospitals who deliver them. The USofA can remedy much of this with a few words and can remedy the rest with a BORDER FENCE. [We should take a clue from Mexico’s Immigration laws.]

    Congress should take a pay cut. In the beginning, serving in Congress was an honor and Congressmen paid their own way. Serving the People is SERVING. No one is supposed to get rich serving the people. Not even some poor lawyer like Harry Reid. And Congress member SHOULD fly ‘business class’ unless they own their own airplane.

    There are too many Federal Government Employees and they earn too much. Reduce the size by removing 2.5% of upper level management, 0.5% middle management and 2% lower level employees a year for the next ten years. Just as much work will get done and the savings will be phenomenal.

    STATES should be responsible for their own WELFARE payments AND Unemployment payments. Why do Donor States have to be taxed for Taker States? Is it Constitutional? I think not.

    There are several Cabinet positions which are nothing but Federal Government intrusion into State Government affairs. They should be abolished and their employees NOT found other Federal jobs. [They don’t pay Unemployment, do they? SOL]

    The 17th Amendment needs to be repealed. The Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing and Woodrow Wilson’s Congress did not. Senators should be accountable to their State Legislatures and not to their big-money donors.

    The 16th Amendment needs to be repealed and a smaller government budget implemented with an across the board Fair-Tax of 10% on EVERYONE. Corporations, Unions, CEOs and Presidents . . . no deductions . . . not even for charity. And “Tax Free” organizations should be reviewed and limited to Churches/Synagogues/Temples and Charity organizations which spend at least 90% of their donations on charity and take 10% or less for Administrative costs. Working for a Charity should be an honor.

    EARMARKING should be made UNLAWFUL. STATES are responsible for their own projects. Repealing the 17th Amendment would solve some of this problem. Repealing the 16th Amendment and collecting less taxes for a smaller Federal Government so that States would be able to collect money for their own projects would solve most of the EarMarking problem.

    The Practices of Shari’a Law and Islam are already Unlawful based on the Internal Security Act of 1950 Section 4 [a]. Islamists can believe what they will, but like a believer in cannibalism, they cannot practice what they believe when it is unlawful. And “performing any act which would substantially contribute to the establishment within the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship” is unlawful. So is beheading, kidnap & rape, stoning, pedophilia, and so-called “honor” killing. Round up the perps and put them in jail if they practice any of these unlawful acts ‘just because it’s a part of their culture.’ If they want to practice that, they can return to their ‘country of culture.’

    • Stoutcat says:

      Carol, those are all good ideas to think about.

      I hear you about living off Social Security! My husband and I are of an age (over 50) where neither one of us expects to see even a penny of what we have put into SS our entire working lives. The money simply won’t be there. Fair or unfair, that’s the way it will be, and we’re not bitching about it (not too much, anyway…) We may, in fact be living on the streets if we are forced to retire… But at this point, it’s anybody’s guess. And something has to be done.

      Bottom line is, however, that our elected officials think that talking about tiny cuts to discretionary spending is going to save us from this looming tidal wave of debt. It’s not. It is, as I said in my post, simply re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, about half an hour before she hits the iceberg.

      The subject of the $50 trillion or so in the UNFUNDED liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have simply got to become part of the discussion, and some hard, hard decisions are going to have to be made.

      Bundle up, kids, winter is coming.

      • OneMoreCarol says:

        If the Federal Employees had to put all their Federal Retirement Income into the Social Security System, they’d find ways to make it solvent.

        Raise the Retirement Age to 72/75 for people born after 1960 [or if that’s too soon, 1965 or 1970]. Social Security was supposed to be like ‘fire insurance.’ You hope you never need it, but you pay it regularly, just in case. And then we started living long past 65.

        SSA-Retirement could be grandfathered out if employers were expected to routinely place 5% of an employee’s gross income into a RETIREMENT 401-K that she takes with her from job to job.

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