After reading the comments here, at other blogs, news stories and op-ed’s it appears few people (if any) are impressed with the The Budget Control Act of 2011 that was recently signed into signed law. Fewer people are impressed with Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the United States credit rating.
I don?t know about you, but it makes me mad as hell and breaks my heart at the same time to see this great and wonderful blessing known as America humiliated and kneecapped by a bunch of self-serving socialists and milquetoast pantywaists?when it just doesn?t have to be this way!
It thought it odd that no one is looking at S&P, or their analysis.
Officials at the Treasury Department fought the downgrade until virtually the last minute. Administration sources familiar with discussions said the S&P analysis was fundamentally flawed.
Of course the blame game is in full swing.
Meanwhile, Washington dithers and finger pointing abounds. The President blames the Congress, the Democrats blame the Republicans, the Republicans blame the Democrats, and the media blames the Tea Party ? the audacity that these newbies would stand on principle and affirm their campaign promises to actually cut spending!
Heads should roll over this:
The bill has been passed, and signed into law, our credit rating is circling he drain; now what?
There have been calls to call congress back from the August recess. I have no idea what they will do, but okay. The 20 most powerful nations in the world held an emergency conference call because of the downgrade. I have no idea what they can do, most of those counties are broke too.
What do we do now?
We are at our best when our back is against the wall. Back in 1776, the British Empire should have crushed those 13 colonies, after all, how dare they defy the mighty King of England. In WWII, the German, Japanese armies were trying to make the world their own. We fired up the American war machine, and let them know under no uncertain terms, they were to play nice. During the cold war, we stood our ground. Now we face our greatest, most powerful, horrible enemy ever. They are in the mirror right now, Go have a look if you want, I’ll wait. Did you see them? They may have looked okay, however, he is very devious.
What do we do now?
The answer is fairly simple. Take some personal responsibility, for yourself, your family, your community and your state.
Get a job. It may not be what you are used to, or trained to do, but I guarantee what you do will be worth more than any paycheck. Don’t have a job, then make one. Joe Prostrollo did, at 33rd and Minnesota in Sioux Falls with his hotdog stand. If you know how to grow things, grow some vegetables at one the community gardens, then sell them at the farmer’s market. You get the idea.
Give back to your community. Help a neighbor replace his roof, or fix their computer, If they have fallen on hard times, maybe stop by with a bag of groceries, or fill their gas tank. Volunteer with local organizations, your church, the American Red Cross, local animal shelters, etc. Serve on local committees and boards. Donate to charitable organizations, don’t make a big deal about, just a quiet donation. Take part and community events.
Learn who your leaders are, all of them. Not just our Washington delegation, but state legislators, county commissioners, mayor, and city council members as well as your township boards. Learn the issues, and voice your opinion at public meetings. E-mail, or write your representatives. What I have been hearing from those that have been elected is they want to hear from you. The lobbyist may have all the money, but you the people have all the power. If there is a spot that is not be filled, don’t be afraid to step up and say ?I’ll do it.?
Do not accept government money without providing some kind of service or product. The problem with taking government money is it is taken from someone else.
Sounds good, right? It won’t work!
As long as it is someone’s job to hand out money, and they have money to hand out, there are going to be people lining up to take it, reguardless of the strings attached.
Something that people who routinely use government services have learned, that when one programs ends, the money doesn’t just go away. It gets put into another program. Here is another interesting tidbit, government program almost never have left over money. If someone in charge of that program sees that there might be some money left over, they will find something to spend it on. The idea is if there is money left over, they won’t get that amount the next budge cycle. They are trying to save their government job. The government will not do without, in fact, if they can they try to find more of need.
At least not until we elect people who don’t care about the next re-election and have the guts to stand up, and make cuts that need to be made. Not until our leaders demand full accountability.
When our backs against the wall, I mean really a corner, we will snap out of money coma and make things happen.
What are we to do now?