Archive for August, 2008
Liberal has become a negative slander. A pejorative to describe a weak person who wants everything handed to them by the Government. That is the opposite of what constitutes a liberal.
Liberal is the root word of liberty and liberate. It means freedom. The true definition of a liberal is a person who holds individual freedom to be the most important political issue. The limitation of government interference in business and individual lives is the real central theme of liberalism. It was the foundation upon which the United States of America was built.
Modern liberal political issues like welfare, universal healthcare, and progressive taxation, are not liberal at all. They are socialist issues. The limitation of government in individual lives along with the increase in government programs to aid people is a true contradiction. The modern political liberals want to have their cake and eat it too. If people want to protect individual liberties, they have to be willing to limit the size and power of the federal government. If they want social programs to provide equality and assistance to everyone, then they have to give up individual liberties. There is no way to have it both ways.
The founding fathers knew this, and they knew the nature of human ambition. If you give elected officials absolute power, they will take away liberties, and become corrupt. If you guarantee liberty, some people will try to take advantage of the free market system. If everyone is equal, we will all be poor. If economic incentives exist; the smart, diligent, industrious people will rise to economic power. If the government continues to eliminate economic incentives with high taxes, interest rates, no patent protection, etc, then the smart, diligent, industrious people of the world will invest their money and ideas somewhere else.
The true future of the nation has to be in economic conservatism and social liberalism. The Republicrats will eventually take over! Something has to give, and that is an economic survival of the fittest. People unable or unwilling to compete economically will be poor. It is that simple. If we can tolerate that, the nation will long endure.
Ever wonder where your tax dollars go. I find it strange that we spend more than twice as much money on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan than we do in th entire U.S. Department of Education. Our interest payments on debt is more than the budget for the departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Veterans Affairs, HUD, and Homeland Security combined.
- $644 billion – Social Security
- $408 billion – Medicare
- $224 billion – Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
- $360 billion – Unemployment/Welfare/Other mandatory spending
- $260 billion – Interest on National Debt
· Discretionary spending: $1.21 trillion (+4.9%)
- $515.4 billion – United States Department of Defense
- $145.2 billion(2008*) – Global War on Terror
- $70.4 billion – United States Department of Health and Human Services
- $59.2 billion – United States Department of Education
- $44.8 billion – United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- $38.5 billion – United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
- $38.3 billion – State and Other International Programs
- $37.6 billion – United States Department of Homeland Security
- $25.0 billion – United States Department of Energy
- $20.8 billion – United States Department of Agriculture
- $20.3 billion – United States Department of Justice
- $17.6 billion – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- $12.5 billion – United States Department of the Treasury
- $11.5 billion – United States Department of Transportation
- $10.6 billion – United States Department of the Interior
- $10.5 billion – United States Department of Labor
- $8.4 billion – Social Security Administration
- $7.1 billion – United States Environmental Protection Agency
- $6.9 billion – National Science Foundation
- $6.3 billion – Judicial branch (United States federal courts)
- $4.7 billion – Legislative branch (United States Congress)
- $4.7 billion – United States Army Corps of Engineers
- $0.4 billion – Executive Office of the President
- $0.7 billion – Small Business Administration
- $7.2 billion – Other agencies
- $39.0 billion(2008*) – Other Off-budget Discretionary Spending