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Squandering Our Future

Government spending is totally out of control and we can't rely on the two major political parties to do anything about it.

There have been many reasons given as to why the Roman Empire fell. One of the most compelling is that they basically squandered their resources and spent themselves into a hole from which they could never recover. When bad times came they did not have the reserves necessary to see them through. That made the bad times a lot worse and a lot longer than they would have been if they had been a little better at saving for the future.

I see a lot of parallels with the United States of today and I would like to provide one small, concrete example.

Last week I was driving through Marina Del Rey, California and as I passed by the Ritz Carlton I happened to notice a whole lot of Sheriff's officers standing around the entrance to the hotel. This struck me as strange and I wondered who was staying at the hotel to require all this extra security. Over the weekend I talked with one of my Sheriff friend's and found out that all the extra security was there because Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was staying at the hotel and that I probably only saw a small portion of the Sheriff's deputies that were actually helping to provide security.

The more I thought about this, the more upset I became. This is a really nice hotel on the water in a very expensive part of town. What was a government official doing staying at a hotel like this at our cost? Now, if it were just him staying at the hotel you could almost say, "Okay, he's the boss of a huge agency and deserves to stay somewhere nice on the road". However, I know that he doesn't travel alone and I hate to think what he and his entourage staying at this hotel cost us, the American people.

Let me put it in perspective. I just looked up what a room costs at the Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey and the cheapest room is $399 a night and they go up from there. Like I said before, it is a very nice hotel. I'm fairly certain that the Secretary did not stay in the cheapest room and even with discounts I'm sure his group was costing the American people thousands of dollars a night in room charges. Of course, if you stay in a hotel like this you are probably also eating in the hotel now and then and that is also very expensive. All in all, I bet this was a very expensive stay for the taxpayers of this country to be underwriting.

On it's own this may not be a big deal, but this is just one stay by one government bureaucrat. When you add up all the government employees running around the country at our cost it must add up to a huge amount of money. That cost could be trimmed by an fairly large amount if,starting at the top, the people working for our government started spending our money as if it were actually coming out of their pocket.

The problem these days with government officials is that they have no basis in reality when it comes to spending our money. Allocating money for bridges to nowhere, monuments to themselves, $400 haircuts (John Edwards), raising hundreds of millions of dollars for campaigns and spending it like drunken sailors to get reelected gives public officials a very bizarre sense of entitlement and privilege. It's not their money so how can they use it to get reelected seems to be their mantra. When they run out, they'll just raise taxes or issue more debt. What a great system it is for them. They are no longer public servants, but government Princes and Princesses overseeing their own fiefdoms.

Well the system needs to be changed and one of the main platforms in my campaign for President is fiscal responsibility. I grew up lower middle class and have had to work my whole life so I know the value of a dollar and appreciate the work that most Americans put out to earn those dollars.

The current crop of politicians running for President from the major parties have no concept of fiscal responsibility. Their fiscal policies are based on what they believe is best for the Party and best to get them reelected, not for what is best for the country as a whole, both now and in the future.

A leader looks to establish policies that are best for the country in the long-run and for all. I am running to be that leader. We need fiscal responsibility and we will not get it from either major party.
Frank McEnulty - Independent Candidate for President | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit the campaign website www.frankforpresident.org today.

Al Gore Running Third Despite Not Being Running

Al Gore continues to mystify the pundits by staying out of the 2008 presidential race. In a CNN poll on Tuesday after the YouTube debate for the Democratic candidates, Al Gore came in just behind Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama in a poll of preferred Democratic candidates for the presidency. At 16% he is ahead of major player John Edwards and nipping at the heels of Barak Obama without having spent a single day campaigning on his own behalf since the 2000 election.

Of course the "Will he or won't he?" choruses are sounding again across the country. His daughter said definitively that he would not be running but he has not said that publicly. He has been fairly non-committal and left the door open to running in many ways. With the popularity of his efforts to combat global warming he has the perfect opportunity to make a successful run for the White House. The people are ready to vote for him and after the Clinton and Obama campaigns get done fighting over whether diplomacy should be without strings or carefully orchestrated and who would be the better statesperson he will likely be even higher in the polls.

For many observers of politics, it seems akin to an old boxing strategy employed by Muhammed Ali against George Foreman to win a legendary fight in Africa. This could be the greatest political "Rope-A-Dope" in history. While his would-be opponents punch themselves out, he sits back above the fray, keeps quiet and lets them think he's not in the fight. Once they have beaten each other up to the point where the American people have seen the worst of their characters, Mr. Gore steps up and KO's both of them by simply announcing that he's running afterall. The American people get behind the man who lost the White House in 2000 despite winning the popular vote and he sweeps into the White House in 2008 to right the wrong of eight years before. You could not ask for a better script in Hollywood.

So will he run? Who knows? It would be hard to not vote for him if he did just because on some level you think the guy should get to finally sit in the office the majority of Americans wanted him to be in before the Supreme Court got involved and mucked up the process.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - | E-mail Comments on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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