Sunday, August 21, 2011

US Infrastructure Crumbling - Wonder Why

Socialist President Obama continues to push for more deficit spending SwindleUS money to pay for infrastructure development and maintenance, presumably to create jobs.  It is true that infrastructure within the United States is crumbling because of government failure to properly maintain public schools, sewer and water systems, bridges, highways, airports and other government facilities.  But have you ever wondered why the US has fallen so far behind in infrastructure development and maintenance.   The answer is simple.  Infrastructure does not vote.  Bridges don't say repair me, or I won't vote for you.  But the fact is that monies that should have been spent on infrastructure development and maintenance in the last 50 years have gone to pay public employee union members, people on the dole, support for illegal aliens and to support foreign wars.   It really is that simple and it is still happening. 

Local, state and federal governments currently absorb 40% of GDP.   There are 2.65 million civilian federal employees and more than 15 million local and state employees.  These public employees receive compensation and benefits that are 20 - 40% more than is typical in the private sector.   Public employees and more importantly their unions are bankrupting our country.  

Ever since Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the United States has spent several trillion dollars, included in our soon to be $16.7 trillion National Debt, attempting to raise the poor out of poverty to no avail.  This has been money down the drain.  This  includes billions of dollars spent each year to support our public schools, and though we spend more on education than any other industrialized nation, we achieve among the poorest educational results.  The drop out rate in our inner cities is a very high percentage.   More important, of those that do graduate from high school, many leave lacking reading and writing skills and with no vocation.   It is no coincidence that most of those unemployed today, either did not graduate from high school, or only have a high school education, which is pretty much worthless.   The demise of our public schools directly correlates to the rise of teacher unions - go figure. 

What is sad about all of this is that federal intervention has destroyed the African American family, which was pretty much in tact before World War II, though poor.   Today, 7 out of 10 Black Children are born out of wedlock.   So today most black families are both poor and not in tact.  4 out of 10 White babies are born out of wedlock, as well, which isn't great either.   Many families are dysfunctional as a result of financial issues, drug or alcohol abuse, divorce, or other family issues and though trillions have been spent to support families, if the statistics are any indication, government intervention has only made matters worse.

And, then there is the illegal alien issue.   The United States has for years been Mexico's welfare system and safety valve preventing revolution.  Today, there are estimated to be 12 million illegal aliens in the United States, primarily working minimum wage jobs.  These illegal aliens pay no income taxes; yet consume billions in government services in our public schools, hospitals and by involvement with the criminal justice system.   This just can't continue. 

Finally, since the end of World War II, the United States has been involved in numerous undeclared foreign wars and other military interventions, costing trillions of dollars and then asking nothing in return.   We have committed blood and treasure to fight for freedom some times with success and some times not.  For the most part,  the United States has been the world's guarantor of freedom and security, while other nations have gotten rich as a result of our military umbrella.  One could argue that this is the price of empire; but this Blogger would argue that we have been an incredible patsy.   

All of these things have to stop.   We don't need to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure development and maintenance.   We just need to deal with all of these issues once and for all.  First, we need to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government.   Over the next 5 years, we must eliminate 500,000 federal civilian employees through normal attrition.   Local and state government should do the same to eliminate several million local and state government employees in the next five years.  

We also have to bring public employee compensation and benefits in line with what is typical in the private sector.   There is no reason that government employees should earn more than the taxpayers paying their salaries.  We have to get people off the dole by demanding that they go to school to get vocational educations.  Fathers must be responsible for their children, or they should be sent to jail.  We have to secure our border to stop the drugs, Terrorists and illegal aliens from entering our country.   We cannot continue to be Mexico's welfare system. 

Finally, if and when it is necessary for the United States to be involved in a foreign war, first there should be an official declaration of war as required by our Constitution and second, we must ask other countries that benefit from our efforts, to pay their "fair share".   We can no longer be the policeman of the world for free.   

Of course, none of these things will happen as long as President Obama and his Socialist pals in Congress remain in power.   Common sense will only prevail if we elect rock solid Conservatives that support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits, real education, energy, health care and entitlement reform, a strong national defense, including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values that are the foundation of our nation.  

The money is already there to provide for infrastructure development and maintenance; but only if these other expenses are brought under control.   We have to take back our country in 2012 and 2014.   We can do it.   We must do it to preserve our freedom, our nation and way of life.   We can rebuild America with common sense ideas, not more deficit spending; but we must make Obama a one term President to get the job done.   So when you hear Obama call for more deficit spending to pay for infrastructure, write your Congressman, or Senator with the real way to pay for infrastructure development and maintenance.   Be assured, what has been suggested by this Blogger is the farthest thing from all their minds because common sense is rare in Washington DC. 

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