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After seeing the Tea Party caused government shutdown and the effects it has had on the American economy. With twenty-five billion dollars going out of the economy when we are just growing at one percent. And the effect the government shutdown had on our civil service workers who actually need those jobs. And their paychecks and aren’t wealthy members of Congress who can afford to go without them. It is clear we need to reform not only how we manage our debt and deficits by yes brining. Them down but how we reform how Congress passes budgets and means changing some House and Senate rules.
The House majority and minority party leaderships name their conferees. To the Congressional Budget Conference before the budget passes in the House. And they get automatically appointed to the Congressional Budget Conference to. Represent the House of Representatives in this budget negotiations and not. The House majority party leadership deciding after they pass their budget. That they aren’t going to bother to conference with the Senate. And the Senate should reform itself as part of the Congressional budget process by doing. The Same thing that the majority and minority party leaderships appoint their conferees. To the Congressional budget conference before the vote on final passage of their budget. Once the budget is passed the chair would automatically appoint its members to the. Congressional budget conference to represent the Senate in those negotiations. Rather than the Senate majority party leadership deciding it doesn’t want to conference with the House. Or the Senate minority party blocking conferees to the Congressional budget conference.
But going further than that I wouldn’t mind if we essentially repealed the debt ceiling under. Certain conditions that one the President of the United States can only raise the debt ceiling. The amount that the president and Congress have borrowed since the last debt ceiling increase. And that it is paid for and part of the budget process. The president and Congress have to raise the debt ceiling but they would work together. In paying for it through their budget negotiations and then after they agree on how it is paid for. The president could unilaterally raise the debt ceiling on his or her own. With Congress being able to repeal that on a simple-majority vote. So we could avoid these conflicts in the future by Congress getting together to pass one final budget. Between the House and Senate by working this out in a conference in the early summer or late spring. And get a final agreement with the president that also includes a debt ceiling increase. And how it is paid for.
To avoid government shutdowns in the future we also need to reform the. Congressional budget process in another way. Once the Federal Government runs out of appropriations the first time because Congress. Doesn’t have a final budget or the appropriations bills haven’t been completed. The Federal Government would automatically get a continuing resolution that would last for thirty days. Under last year’s budget numbers and if they fail to pass a budget or complete the appropriations. After thirty days the Federal Government would get another thirty-day extension. And would get another one if Congress fails again. And if Congress still hasn’t completed the budget or appropriations by January or reached. And agreement with the president, appropriations would run out and there would be a partial shutdown. But after the holiday season not right before it.
What we are doing now is nuts and stupid and innocent people pay too heavy of a price for it. Because a nutty minority faction that isn’t in government to govern decides to. Shutdown the government and risk a national default over one law. And we need to and can do better than that while still getting the national debt and deficit. Under control and not go through these crazy debt ceiling and budget debates every year.
Tea Party Republicans
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The death of Conservatism is too far because it is not true. There are plenty of real Conservatives in America in and outside of the Republican Party. Senators like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. Representatives like Justin Amash and Joe Barton, Governor Chris Christie I believe is a real Conservative. The problem with the Republican Party is not that they are too Conservative. But that they aren’t Conservative enough or have people in charge who say we are here to govern. And to lead even if that means we do not get everything that we want and if you are not here. To govern than you shouldn’t be here and go back to your world of political activism. Where you will make a lot more money, spend more time with your friends and families. And probably be a lot happier but government is for adults who know how to govern. Not for people who continue to fight the fight no matter what like that boxer. Who doesn’t know how to give up and continues to take unnecessary punishment. That to be a Conservative you have to responsible and realistic. Especially when you are working in divided government and know what you can get. And where you have to let ago and come back another day to try to finish the job.
President Ronald Reagan had a great line where he said something to the effect. In any negotiation I’m involved in with Democrats and I can get eighty percent of what I want. Even if that means giving some things that I do not want. I’ll take that deal all that time and come back and get the remaining twenty percent. That is what is missing in the Republican Party especially in the House of Representatives. And the establishment Republicans in the House Republican Conference could save the GOP. And return it back to its Conservatives days and values and tell Speaker John Boehner. Look you go work with President Obama and Leader Reid over in the Senate and get. The best deal that you can because we’ll have your back and even if that deal doesn’t pass. In the House we’ll have your back and prevent a Tea Party revolt against you that would cost. You your speakership in this Congress and then divided government would actually work. In Washington and we can avoid these crisis’ in the future.
You are not a Conservative if you do not believe in conserving things. Like gee I don’t know the American economy and preventing the country from defaulting. And you are not a Conservative-Republican if you do not believe in conserving. The Republican Party and not doing things that could risk not only hurting the party. But devastating the party like in the midterm elections next year. So the real Conservative-Republicans are yes the people who believe in limited government. Both as it relates to our economic as well as personal issues but someone who knows how to govern. And who’s a realist and won’t do things that will hurt the Republican Party.
David Howden: Robert Shiller’s Egalitarian, Regulated, and Subsidized
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Great topic to be writing about because everyone from the Far-Left to the Far-Right has their idea. Of a great society and what that means from Social-Democrats who believe that a lot of services. That people should get should be entitlements and rights that are provided for free by government. But for anyone who knows better government services are certainly not free. That of course we pay for them with our tax dollars. As well as in this Socialist-Utopia people would be free not to be hated and disrespected. Then move Center-Left where I am and you have Liberals who want a society where we all have the. Access that we need to live in freedom not that everything is equal. But we all have the ability regardless of the income level of our parents to live in freedom. Built around education and opportunity not government simply giving is things. I sorta gave away what I’ll be talking about later but this is important. And you move to the right with Conservatives who say people need opportunity but the. Private sector and private market not free as some of them like to say need to play a big role in that. To Libertarians also on the right who want government to do practically nothing to see. What people can do for themselves.
I could talk about what the Far-Right’s idea of a great society is but it quite frankly sounds pretty boring. Besides what part of the Far-Right would I be talking about because they are diverse. But it is basically based on what they see as traditional American values mostly based. On their fundamentalist religious beliefs that America has been going downhill culturally for fifty years. And we need to return to the way we used to do things for the good of the country. Where people would only be free to live their lives the way Christian-Conservatives believe they should live them. That is not a free society and I do not believe even a good one but more of what is common in the. Middle East and not in a Liberal-Democracy like America. The idea of a free society is not where everything is free meaning all services. But where everyone is free or at least has a good opportunity to live in freedom. Where nothing is guaranteed where individual responsibility is also part of this. But where we all have good opportunities to live in freedom in life and what we make. Of these opportunities is up to us.
As a Liberal I believe in property rights down to my core as an individual. That people not only own their property as far as where they live and drive and everything else. But they own themselves as well and that their property rights can never be legally taken. Away as long as we aren’t hurting the property of innocent people who of course we have the right to self-defense. But not the right to be aggressors whether we are physically attacking people or hurting them economically. That is what a Liberal-Utopia is property rights that extend to ourselves as long as we aren’t infringing on the freedom. Of others to live their own lives.
Liberal Democracy vs Theocracy
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When you think of the United States of America think of a government. That has a separation of powers and checks and balances. And why is that because the United States was founded on the notions that absolute power. Corrupts absolutely because America broke away from the United Kingdom of Britain. That had a king who was essentially a dictator and Americans for the most part. Are suspicious of centralized power and having so much power in the hands of one government. One branch of government and most importantly one person like a dictator. Whatever the title of the dictator is. We are a constitutional federal republic in the form of a Liberal-Democracy. We are governed by our constitution not by a Bible or any other religious book. Which are some of the differences between a Liberal Democracy like America. And a Theocracy like the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Because we are a Liberal-Democracy Americans have a lot of freedom and responsibility. Including a constitutional right to practice religion any religion we want to practice. We also have the freedom not to practice religion if we choose to. But because we are a Liberal-Democracy we are not governed by religion. But our constitution which is one thing that makes us different from Iran.
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