In the 1930s Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal Democrats created Social Security as “insurance.” But of course, it wasn’t insurance. Anyone in the insurance industry who ran their company into the ground by creating unfunded liabilities would quickly find themselves behind bars. It was a con job to make people more dependent upon government. Subsequent Democrats used this dependency as a political tool to beat down any sensible alternatives or modifications to Social Security. In fact, Social Security quickly became the “third rail” of politics. Anyone who mentioned it at all was demagogued as wanting to destroy Social Security. They were labeled as uncaring, dangerous, etc. It was the worst form of political dishonesty, but it worked. As the years went along the politicians kept adding more and more people to the Social Security rolls, people who had contributed little or nothing into it, but received benefits from contributions by others. The social security tax continued to increase by raising the minimum amount that had to be contributed each year. And while those who contribute into Social Security think of themselves as contributing just 6.2% into the program, the truth is that they are contributing 12.4% into the program because their 6.2% is matched by their employer (note the amount contributed in 2011 is reduced as a so-called “stimulus”). In other words, the program was dishonest from the very beginning. But it got worse. As the years rolled by and the unfunded liabilities grew, the politicians became even more greedy and cynical as they eventually spent all the money in the Social Security fund and left it empty with only an IOU note. Today the program is completely unfunded and worse yet, the point has come where the amount of contributions going into the fund each year is less than the withdrawals that year. By accepted accounting standards, the kind that you and I live by, Social Security is insolvent. It was a dishonest scheme to begin with and now the day of reckoning has come.
Of course, the politicians weren’t satisfied with creating a political dependency through Social Security. The next step was to add Medicare, another phony “insurance” program that was just another step on the road to socialized medicine. Socialized medicine was first proposed under Truman and, as we now know, is reality under an abomination called Obamacare. And what’s the purpose of all these programs? Is it compassion? If it’s compassion, it’s a distorted form of compassion. It’s more likely that the driving force is political avarice. The idea of a compassionate liberal is, to put it charitably, a myth. Studies now confirm that liberals are among the stingiest of Americans when it comes to giving their own dollars. Who gives to charity? About 65% of all personal giving originates with conservatives and Christians. What the liberals do contribute to is generally non-charitable in nature. They give to politicians and to liberal advocacy groups, but their personal giving to true charities is miserly, at best.
But I’ve gotten a bit off track. President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have put our nation in a desperate financial situation by spending money we don’t have on wasteful projects that have made the recession worse. Their belief that the government can spend its way into national prosperity has taken our nation to the brink of economic collapse.
They have created a national debt that threatens to doom our children to permanent economic malaise. They have done everything possible to steal the American dream from minorities and all Americans. And now, when the bills for their reckless spending come due, they punt.
They created unsustainable economic models in Social Security and Medicare and Obamacare by telling lies, things that simply were not true. FDR took the reins of government from another progressive, Herbert Hoover. It looked like a short depression until the wild and uncontrolled spending of the New Deal Democrats drove the nation into the worst and longest depression in the history of the United States.
Did President Obama and the Democrats hear the outrage of the American people and cut back spending? Absolutely not! The new Obama budget, if you can call it that, calls for spending over a trillion dollars more than what the government brings in. If passed it will drive us even closer to the brink of insolvency. But even more cynically, the President refuses to deal with the real problems of Social Security and Medicare insolvency. His budget ignores these very real issues completely.
His totally political approach is to ignore the situation and make the Republicans deal with these issues. And then when they do so, fry them on the third rail of politics—Social Security and Medicare.
Apparently his attitude is “to hell with the United States” as long as we can remain in power. Today is the day of decision for America. Will we succumb to further government welfare programs and degenerate into a weak European socialist state, or will we have sufficient character to return to the principles of those who founded this nation? The left is counting on there being a majority of Americans who will rebel at any attempt to stop the spending and balance the budget by dealing with Social Security and Medicare. They believe they have found a way to crush the Tea Party Revolt.
Are they right, or are there still a majority of clear thinking, honest, hard working Americans who will make sacrifices so that their children can enjoy the blessings of the greatest, most free, most moral nation in the history of the world? Are there enough Americans of character and understanding who will ignore the screams and lies of the left and deal like adults with this problem that has been created solely by ideologues on the left?
Those of us who are committed to freedom and traditional moral values are engaged in the greatest battle for the soul of America since the founding of our Republic. Whether good intentioned or ill, those aligned against us seek a powerful, centralized government that will use its power to run our lives. They see individual freedom as an obstacle to their plan to create a better world. It will be a world in which those who see themselves as smarter, wiser, and more moral will decide how we live, the limits of free speech and religion, what freedoms we are allowed, and the limit of our personal aspirations.
Theirs is not the America our Founders dreamed of, nor is it the one you and I grew up in. But do not doubt that they are powerful and will do anything to achieve their goal. They still control the national new media that marches lockstep with them in their drive toward a European socialist state.
The election of 2012 will determine the fate of our nation. We made a great comeback in 2010, but let there be no doubt that the 2012 election will be a hard fought contest whose outcome will affect how our children and grandchildren live. Will they inherit the America of our Founding Fathers, or will they be reduced to wards of the state?
Right now, today, we must all re-dedicate ourselves to working, donating and praying for a great victory in 2012 that will put the United States of America back on the course of fiscal sanity and personal responsibility. We must work hard for a return to limited, Constitutional government. With God’s blessing we will triumph!