Posted by: Debby Durkee | May 10, 2010

Trust gap will haunt Dems.

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Trust gap will haunt Dems.

Come November Americans will remember and will see the correlation between Greece and the coming debt bomb explosion here in the United States, and the Democrats will pay for it at the ballot box says Chris Stirewalt, political editor of the Washington Examiner. All of the massive debt will ultimately land on the shoulders of productive citizens, and no one will be happy about that. Let’s hope he’s right and that Americans toss these spendthrifts out on their ears. That would be a very small first step for us responsible citizens in taking back our government from irresponsible politicians and their bureaucrats.

Greece, of course, is not the problem. Its economy hasn’t mattered much since international trade was measured in amphorae of olive oil.

The problem is the massive debt grinding on the governments of the Western world.

Goldman Sachs and the Bank of China will get theirs, and it’s us — from the truck driver in Thessaloniki to the software engineer in San Jose — whom they’ll be getting it from.

All this debt means that it doesn’t take much to set things tumbling. A dip in U.S. home prices or the dishonest bookkeeping of the Hellenic government is enough to cause panic.  Snip –

The Washington Post asked Ted Weisberg, a 40-year veteran of the trading pits, what caused the 1,000-point earthquake on the Dow. His answer was that Congress had enacted so many new trading regulations in recent years that when an actual trading crisis arose, there was no way to hit the brakes.

“I don’t know what their rules are. The public doesn’t understand. This is another perfect example of the government changing the ground rules, and we end up with unintended consequences,” Weisberg said.

Rather than a plan to simplify financial regulations or even strengthen them, President Obama and Congress have settled on the more common political practice of the shakedown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talked tough until the big financial houses started to come across with donations to prop up his failing re-election campaign. Reid was then happy to let the industry’s best friend in Congress, Sen. Chris Dodd, push through another layer of regulations that will produce another round of unintended consequences.

Sorry, Mr. Weisberg.

No wonder that confidence in government has plummeted to an all-time low.

The reaction from our president and others in the governing class to this trust deficit has generally been to prescribe more government.   Snip –

The RAND Corp. told us that rather than holding off premium increases, the president’s health program will drive them up 17 percent. The Congressional Budget Office projected that 10 million people will be booted from their employer-based policies. Medicare’s chief actuary predicted a $311 billion health spending increase and dramatic cuts to services over the next decade.  Snip –

…as we’ve seen from our panicky financial markets and from the oil sliming the shoals of the Gulf Coast, the federal government generally does a poor job of regulating markets and the environmental practices of corporations.  Snip –

Whether it’s finance, health care, the environment, immigration or even the war in Afghanistan, the answer remains the same from Washington — new layers of bureaucracy and big, complicated solutions.  Snip –

…Obama and his party will be held liable for expanding the power of Washington at a time when the government is having so much trouble executing its existing responsibilities.

Reform is hard and often unglamorous work. That’s why politicians do so little of it.

“The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money,” said Margaret Thatcher. We are seeing Thatcher’s observation in full bloom today, not just in Greece and other European countries like Spain, the UK and Italy, but right here in the United States. Where will California go to get out of their debt problems? Where are state governments cutting their spending? Are they cutting? New Jersey is doing its level best, but other out of control state legislatures will not go against their government employee unions, very much like Greece. So, where will the states go? To the federal government. Who pays the federal government’s bills? Oh yeah, those productive citizens, that’s who. Read it all here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Trust-gap-will-haunt-Democrats-in-November-93238804.html

Return to the Constitution.

Why are we in the mess that we’re in in the United States? Yes, of course, it’s government induced. We know that the combination of government regulation and the companies they regulate actually caused the bulk of the problems we’re experiencing. So, Joseph Postell of the Heritage Foundation says a return to the functioning Constitution instead of Congress pushing its responsibilities off on unelected bureaucrats would stop a lot of what ails the country. This is in the Washington Times.

the health care bill, like most major laws passed by Congress over the past hundred years, isn’t really a law. Rather, Obamacare is a series of assignments to bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services. It is emblematic of what scholars call the administrative state, where legislative, executive and judicial powers are delegated to unaccountable experts sequestered in a fourth branch of government.

If we are seeking the most effective means of defending – and restoring – the Constitution, we must pay attention to the rise of the administrative state and the decline of constitutional government in the United States. Snip –

To assure that government operated by consent, (the Founders) provided that those responsible for making laws would be held accountable through elections. Moreover, legislative, executive and judicial power would be separated so those who made the laws were not in charge of executing and applying them.

Our modern administrative state violates these principles. That also is by design, courtesy of the progressives – the original architects of the administrative state. Progressives such as Woodrow Wilson disdained the idea of government “by the people” and sought to replace it with government by the experts…

The progressives sought to circumvent representative government by transferring power from Congress to a newly created fourth branch of government, our modern bureaucracy. Congress would no longer make laws but merely pass bills that consist of assignments to agencies. The actual laws then would be passed by agencies in the form of “rules” carrying the full force of law.

Article I of the Constitution requires that “all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress.” This is not optional. The people, through the Constitution, delegate legislative powers to the Congress. Only the people can delegate legislative power, because they are sovereign according to our founding principles. Legislative power cannot be further delegated. Snip –

The progressives also had contempt for the Constitution’s separation of powers. James Landis, an influential adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, explained that administrative agencies arose in response to “the inadequacy of a simple tripartite form of government to deal with modern problems.” Circumventing the separation of powers, these agencies would not only have the power to make laws – they also would be authorized to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate and enforce violations of those laws.  Snip –

The overwhelming majority of laws in this country are made not by Congress, but by administrative agencies. They execute their laws and adjudicate alleged violations of their laws through agency-employed hearing officers or administrative law judges. In this fourth branch of government, filled with unelected and unaccountable experts, all three powers of government are consolidated. Snip —

He goes on to say that with the surge of interest in the Constitution, an education program is needed to explain what’s happening to change our country from a Constitutional Republic into an administrative state, and a roadmap is needed for restoring separation of powers and the “representative” part of our Republic.

The question is not necessarily how to make government smaller, but how to get it back under popular control and accountability.

We must devise a strategy to: bar Congress from delegating legislative power to agencies, eliminate the consolidation of all three powers in these agencies and make these agencies accountable to the people.

Such reforms would ensure that the only burdens we suffer are those we impose upon ourselves, with a government over which we, the people, finally have regained control.

As we have watched this Congress ignore the people in the recent health care debacle, it’s obvious that We the People have a lot of work to do to bring this government back to where it is supposed to be – responsive and accountable to the American voter and the American people. Read all of Postell here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/06/constitution-in-decline/

Related: The Case for Federalism.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R, Utah) has an article at National Review Online as he launches his 10Th Amendment Task Force. He wants power decentralized, eliminating the increasing power of the federal government and moving the power closer to the people at the state and local levels. The 10th Amendment reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. 

Washington will not give up power voluntarily. Citizens will have to take this power. They will need to elect leaders who are willing to leave Washington less powerful than it was when they arrived.

Americans today are fed up with Congress, and rightfully so. They want real change, not similar policies under different leadership. But the latter is largely what they’ve gotten. If we Republicans are going to make a serious play at governing this country again, let’s go big. Let’s offer the American people real choice and a real vision for a better government. Let’s advance the argument that dispersing government functions is the best way that Americans, both conservatives and liberals, can achieve their policy goals.

The coming fight over federalism won’t be easy. The transition I envision will take careful planning and many years to implement. But its success is vital to the survival of the United States as a free and strong nation.

It’s good to see all of these ideas stirring in the media, even though they haven’t hit the “mainstream.” Pass the info along. Let’s build a momentum. You can read the entire article here: http://article.nationalreview.com/433539/the-case-for-federalism/rep-rob-bishop?page=1

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