Perlcat rants: I don’t want a balanced budget amendment

by editor on July 25, 2011

We occasionally give Frequent IHateTheMedia.com commenter Perlcat a soapbox. He climbs aboard and issues one of his epic rants:

I don’t want a balanced budget amendment.

Let me explain.

Government is very good at screwing stuff up, and then selling us on a solution that screws things up still more, and then selling us yet another screwup. It’s like an out-of-control episode of the Three Stooges, but with tequila and lots of Other People’s Money.

national-debt

How high can it go?

Why is a BBA on the table in the first place? Because our politicians lack the political will to keep government at the proper size, doing the proper things. A lot of the things they have going on now are well outside of the constitution. Yes, I know, they got rulings favorable to them in a lot of cases — but in many more situations, they simply ignore the Constitution. You can’t tell me that, for example, raising the national drinking age by tying it to highway funds is within the spirit of the Constitution. If it was, they’d simply vote directly upon it. They have no mandate, so they use excess tax money that they confiscated beyond their needs to violate the Constitution in spirit.

If you think that the BBA will keep government in check from doing the things that they aren’t supposed to do, what makes you think that they will pay attention to this one, too? Examples from human nature:

There are speed limits on our highways, and they get ignored all the time. Other traffic laws are also ignored, usually by the same people. A person willing to disobey one law has no new compunction against disobeying another, totally unrelated law coming from the same authority. There’s no magic here — if they don’t give a damn, they just don’t give a damn. In addition, when we have a speed limit of, say, 55 MPH, do people normally drive at a range of speeds of 0 to 55, or do the vast majority of people drive as close to 55 as possible? Pushing the limits is human nature, and more so amongst politicians that already lack the will to do what’s right. A BBA is a guarantee that government will *NEVER* size itself within its mandate, although it WILL size itself to fit what we let them get away with.

 

There will always be an amazing coincidence that government just happens to need to be that size. If you believe the BBA will work, try this experiment. Have a friend go to one of those used car lots that does not have prices marked on cars, pick a car, and get the price for you. Let’s say that it was $500. You withdraw $2,000 from your bank account in nice, clean Benjamins. Come onto the lot the next day, find a salesman, tell him you want that particular car, and tell him that you only have $2,000 in your pocket. Amazing coincidence! The car increased in value 4 times overnight! Glory be! Feel free to write another chapter in “Negotiating For Dumbasses”.

In other words, there are two outcomes that I see to a BBA. Either Congress ignores this one, too, or they size government at exactly the limit, and there is still no urgency to either eliminate waste, or keep the government within its duly described boundaries. As an example, a BBA would not stop the government from having secret police, as long as they kept the cost under a certain amount. Oppression on the cheap! As another example, if a government sized at 20% of GNP were to decide that it could grow the GNP through some cheesy-assed government program that did more harm than good and would ultimately pass cash directly to some scumbag, where would John Kerry berth his new yacht? If they thought they could grow government by changing the way that GNP was figured, don’t you think it would take them under ten minutes to do so? They pull that kind of crap with unemployment figures all the time.

Here’s what I want.

1) an HONEST assessment of the various government programs what we are blowing our money on — every dime.

a) are they constitutional?

b) do they serve a public good?

c) can they be given to the states to handle, or is the only place to impement them at the federal level?

d) if they are

i)   needed,

ii)  currently unconstitutional, and

iii) ONLY implementable at the federal level,

write the constitutional amendments needed to implement them, vote on them, and hand them to the states to vote on in turn.

e) if they are constitutional, is there waste? Can it be eliminated?

2) constitutional amendments to bar politicians, their families, and associates from seeing any profits derived from any of their legislation or actions while in office. (While a schmuck like AlGore makes money after being out of office, there is no law against him taking advantage of dummies.)

If the “needed” programs are not accepted as constitutional amendments, they MUST be shut down. Every SINGLE ONE. It doesn’t matter how “wonderful” they are — they failed to pass the most basic test. The feds are welcome to vote on guidelines and recommendations to pass to the states, but after that, their involvement is OVER. If you can’t get the People to want it, the People. Don’t. Want. It.

If we held our government to doing what is constitutional, we’d have no more fiscal issues. If we held our government to doing what is constitutional, their opportunity for fraud, abuse and welfare in all its forms is SHARPLY reduced. It would be possible to arrange for the amount of oversight needed to watch this properly sized government. If the federal government was held within its Constitutional mandate, maybe they could find the time to do what they are supposed to do — protect our borders — deal with other nations — keep us safe.

There is one problem with this, though.

You need to find honest politicians to do this. You might find a few amongst the GOP and the Libertarians — good luck finding an honest politician amongst the donks. It has to be more rare than Lawyers in Heaven.

Perlcat

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Babydoll102187
Member

Once again a marvelous rant, Perlcat! We will be a great nation again if we could get back to our bases of what made us great in the first place. I am sick of this policical class that has made it impossible for anyone else to join them. They continue their abuses and over reach because we have not been able to keep them in check effectively. Hopefully that will all change soon.
I look forward to reading your next rant!

perlcat
Member

Thanks. I will try to come up with another.

Vic
Member

Did you see where the Jerk-off-in-chief says “We can’t just close our deficits by cutting spending” EXCUSE ME ASSWIPE, HOW THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE (The American People) CUT OUR DEFICITS? (“Oh,well, you just go down to your employer and tell him you need more money.”) Maybe I give him too much credit for being mean. Maybe he is just plain stupid.

KimmyQueen
Guest

OBAMA’S SPEECH = FAIL

Blame Bush, bore me to death, re-election speech, more yawning. OMG when will this nightmare end?

Vic
Member

Kimmy, with a little luck, he will let us go into default, and then will get his ass impeached. We can only hope.

jwilson07
Member

I like the BBA because weak politicians can cut the budget and blame the Amendment, and not lose their precious jobs in the process. If you think they will cut it on their own, well, good luck on that. Will Rogers said,” Alexander Hamilton began the treasury department with no money, and the closest we even came to breaking even with our government”.

perlcat
Member

I know where you’re coming from — after all, half of something is better than all of nothing.

However, once your opponents get wise to you, they just take that into account, and all of a sudden we’re having a budget ‘crisis’ that should never have been.

What we have here is 90+ years of people going for the half of something. I am just plain sick and tired of it, and want to keep changing politicians until we get the government decent, hardworking people need, not the government a nation of welfare cheats, criminals and scumbags deserves.

bobbydjr
Member

Howdy Yall !!!
Bobby from Atlanta here and I’m new to this and a bit nervous so please excuse any typos and spelling errors, but I think it was Benjamin Franklin that said ” only a moral people are capable of living in a free society, as people become more viscous and corrupt they have more need of masters”. So yes Tommy you are correct. We can cry and complain all we want (and believe me I will), but until the culture changes we will continue to see a more socialistic or even dictatorial government emerge.

perlcat
Member

So, let’s get started changing the culture!

sifi
Member

It will take Revival. America hasn’t had a good one in over a 100 years. It has to start with His people.

2 Chronicles 7:14 American King James Version
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Babydoll102187
Member

It has to start somewhere. What I find disheartening is the amount of conflict in our churches today over simple matters of faith. Unfortunatley our churches are declining, the youth are leaving. The most upsetting part for me is to see people like the so called “reverend” wright and his HUGE “church” knowing every single one of those parishioners is lost. Or like Westboro, they dont stand for the doctrines my own Baptist church stands for, they are NOT a church after a perfect love. But there they are, ranting and raving nontheless, lost as ever. Or the terrible conflict in our churches over evolution. Our children are loosing their faith in droves because if they begin to believe that evolution is how God acomplished the begins of this world, rather than believing in what God said about creating Heaven and Earth, animals and people in 6 days and resting on he 7th. How are they suppossed to approach the gospel then, the miracles, the resurrection, if God didnt mean exactly what he told us he did in the begining? How then are they supposed to take the rest of the Word of God literal, if they believe both evolution and the Resurrection?
Anyway, I didnt mean to rant myself, I just find it so sad to see whats happening. Like I said it has to start somehwere, and all believers need to re-examine their faith in the truth presented in God’s Word before a revival to save our country.

perlcat
Member

Two things killed churches in the US.

Johnson’s “Great Society” electioneering scheme basically eliminated the feedback people got for their charity money. Used to be, your money went to people that actually needed help, and are now served by welfare, but not to the welfare cheats, because again, there was immediate feedback. Now, you send your money off to a foreign nation where the money goes to buy kleptocrats solid gold toilets. Hard to get behind that.

The second is a debasement of our culture as aided and abetted by that real-time freak show we call ‘Hollywood’.

Churches need a mission to survive. They need to serve their community in a visible way. When they do not, then there is no desire on non-members to join, and the members also lose any incentive to continue.

Churches are not the only charity to suffer. Many mutual aid societies have disappeared since that time.

All of this government interference has caused great harm to our society — now we warehouse our old people instead of keep them with family. We spend an atrocious amount of money in order to neglect our own flesh and blood. Government as a deliverer of charity is like having Dracula running the blood bank.

To get churches back to being relevant, they need to find a mission. That can be community, or that can be finding ways to mitigate the destructive influence of government on society through education. There are missions we can all get behind — financial and social education are very good places to start.

I see a lot of churches embracing leftist ideology because they are searching for a mission acceptable to the political powers that be. That is very dangerous — in one church I went to, they had posted a glowing article about Peter Singer — writings that look more like they came straight from the mouth of the Antichrist. Never went back.

Babydoll102187
Member

Its good you never went back. Those poor people staying there, listening and believing it tho, is so sad. I didnt know about LBJ programs and in the scheme of things it makes sense that we are now seeing a dwindling church compared to that of 40 yrs ago.
Church’s now embracing the leftist propaganda lookin for a mission, in my opinion, have forgotten The Great Commission. And need to return to it.
The article the other day from Forbes, about the Democrats loosing all of its support over the next few years I found to be encouraging, I would love to see all those left ideas begin to sink themselves 🙂

sifi
Member

I pray for Gods people, for all Christians, to love God and desire Gods will in their lives. That our eyes be opened and our hearts softened to the needs of those around us, spiritually and physically.

At the link below are some quotes from our founding Fathers that convince me that we had better get back to God and be quick about it.
The one by Benjamin Rush describes our liberal colleges.

Quotes of the Founding Fathers
The Importance of a Moral Society

http://www.free2pray.info/5founderquotes.html

Here are some quotes from the Bible with commentary that sum up what is needed to get on the right path.

Mark 12:28–34
34When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35One of them, an expert in Moses’ Teachings, tested Jesus by asking, 36“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in Moses’ Teachings?”
37Jesus answered him, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and most important commandment. 39The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40All of Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Matthew 7:12
Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible:
“All things whatsoever … – This command has been usually called the “Saviour’s golden rule,” a name given to it on account of its great value. All that you “expect” or “desire” of others in similar circumstances, do to them. Act not from selfishness or injustice, but put yourself in the place of the other, and ask what you would expect of him. This would make you impartial, candid, and just. It would destroy avarice, envy, treachery, unkindness, slander, theft, adultery, and murder. It has been well said that this law is what the balance-wheel is to machinery. It would prevent all irregularity of movement in the moral world, as that does in a steam-engine. It is easily applied, its justice is seen by all people, and all must acknowledge its force and value.”
“This is the law and the prophets – That is, this is the sum or substance of the Old Testament. It is nowhere found in so many words, but it is a summary expression of all that the law required. The sentiment was in use among the Jews. Hillel, an ancient Rabbi, said to a man who wished to become a proselyte, and who asked him to teach him the whole law, “Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to another.” Something of the same sentiment was found among the ancient Greeks and Romans, and is found in the writings of Confucius.”

YT
Member

tl;dr

hisham
Guest

Perlcat, we need way more constitutional conservatives in both houses of Congress, what say we scrounge them up and vote ’em into office for 2012?

perlcat
Member

Amen to that. We need more representatives, and less politicians.

YT
Member

Good luck with that. My mamma always says that if they can’t be bought they’ll be shot. The power to create “reserves” in a debt based system is a one way valve. It can’t close. Whole thing’s gotta burn.

hisham
Guest

We haven’t always been a debt economic system YT, that’s kind of a new thing, and something that can be readily reversed if you have the will and the balls!

Sailingbum
Member

Although I think a BBA could be written that could limit many of the problems;
I like this and would endorse such scrutiny with or without a BBA!!

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Yes, a BBA COULD be written in a way to avoid abuses. But what do you think are the chances of that happening?

CO2Insanity
Admin

If it were to happen the current resident of the White House would never sign it.

hisham
Guest

I liken him to Oblovia, eff her and eff him!

hisham
Guest

Get rid of the Dumbocrats (commies) and the RINO’s (socialists) and find out!

rs
Member

Currently we have a “trickle-down” tax system. What would happen if it were switched to “trickle-up”? All taxes would be collected at the community level. Local services are provided for, then a percentage trickles up to the county, then state, then federal to provide those services.

perlcat
Member

I’m thinking more of a “trickle-on” system, where the taxpayers void their bladders on Congress & the WH.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

Navyvet
Member

Why figuratively?? Actually seems like a real good idea to me. When you need me, let me know, I’ll have 12 beers without breaking the seal and then trickle on.

perlcat
Member

Yeah, but there’s ladies reading this, and as an equal opportunity guy, I need to find them a way to contribute.

MGAP
Member

We’ll turn our backs when they trickle…..

tommy
Guest

We will not get this untill all submit to Jesus, so long as corrupt humans rule over sorta corrupt humans we get the CORRUPT government we deserve.

sifi
Member

Are we seeing the consequences of straying from the foundation laid by America’s Founding Fathers?

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. -John Adams

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration…they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct. -John Quincy Adams, July 4th, 1821

AZ Dude
Member

I like your style, sifi. Keep posting!

perlcat
Member

Yes, that’s it exactly. Remember the story of the lost battalion? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287535/) Stuck behind the enemy lines, the Germans destroyed themselves trying to destroy it.

The Social Security Act is the same thing. I don’t have a problem with the SSA if we can get it in the Constitution, and get politician’s fingers out of the pot. Even though the return on investment sucks, if we as a nation are OK with the “benefits” it provides, then fine. But it has to be legal. To me, it’s like a couple that has lived together so long they’ve become common-law man and wife. Why not get the piece of paper?

The problem is, they will never do this — because the pols like the salient. They can always point to this violation on the “pile of sh*t in the living room” principle — if you are OK with one pile there, why wouldn’t you be just fine with two?

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