SPENDING AND SAVING

Three hundred million dollars. That’s the amount Mary Landrieu got for her vote on the health scare bill.  $300,000,000!  Chris Dodd gets over $100,000,000 for Connecticut.  Ben Nelson gets extended Medicaid assistance (in perpetuity) for Nebraska at your expense.  Just as a kicker, one of the states with the lowest unemployment is Nebraska.  Now why can’t the residents of that state afford to pay for their own health insurance?  They’re working!  They certainly could if they each had a million dollars.

The current U.S. population is just over 308 million people, give or take ten to thirty million people who are here illegally.   So for the following calculations, let’s round that number to 300 million citizens.

A couple of hundred million dollars here and a couple of hundred million dollars there happen daily in Washington D.C.  It really doesn’t sound like much until you look at the total give-away collectively.  Once again, I ask every one reading this to look just a bit further.  Be aware of everything that is happening, not just what is loudly presented to you by the nightly liars.  Look at the $787,000,000,000 Pork Barrel Spending Bill that was passed earlier this year.  That bill was to stimulate the economy.  It was supposed to stabilize industry and create jobs.  Since its passage, over 3.5 million jobs have been lost and the only jobs “created or saved” have (virtually) all been public sector jobs; government expansion.

Using less than 40% of that same $787 billion, and using it slightly differently, could have well taken this country back to the days of aggressive growth and prosperity.  For instance:  If each citizen of this great country had received $1 million dollars that would use up only +/- $300 billion.

There are tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in this country with tremendous ideas, skills and abilities whose hopes of ever starting a profitable business are rapidly fading.  Those people alone, given the opportunity, could employ hundreds of thousands of now unemployed or under employed workers.  They might even take on some of the current public funds sucking masses. Beyond that, there are the small and medium size businesses of yesterday that have been shuttered due to recent events that could once again re-employ hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of productive people.

Even those people who for years have been suckling on the government teat would, by default, become a positive factor in the restoration of the economy.  They might not head out for the workplace, but they would avail themselves of luxuries that were once only dreams.  They would contribute to the circulation of currency.  The economic assist from this population segment would undoubtedly be short-lived, and when the money ran out they would again sit back awaiting another government handout.  But it would help the jump-start.  Once a solid base could be reestablished, others could build on that platform.

Three hundred million dollars that once belonged to the people across this nation have gone to one state.  We have again subsidized a state (and I’m sure the personal pocketbook of the Senator) that has already received over $200 BILLION in aid since 2005.  While $300 million might seem like pocket change to her fellow Senators, it certainly could have gone to better use in my view.  An average of only $1 million for each citizen would do wonders for the nation in whole and for Louisiana as well.

For those who wish to counter with an argument of inflation let me say that it will be upon us so fast that there is little reason for concern about that mere $300 billion at this point, no matter who the recipients were.  Remember, we are using less than half of the money that Congress and this administration has already obligated.  There would be no reason to raise the debt ceiling because the annual spending deficit would be reduced.

My suggestion simply re-allocates a portion of the money Congress has already authorized and the rest could be cancelled.  It conforms to Obama’s leveling of the playing field.  It will have the same effect of taking from the ‘haves’ and giving to the ‘have-nots’.  It would actually take less and give more.

This Congress has now obligated over three-quarters of a trillion dollars of borrowed money and the net loss of jobs in the country continues to be in the hundreds of thousands monthly.  As of the latest available report, dated Dec. 4, 2009, the only geographic region of the country where job gains exceed the losses is (you guessed it) the District of Columbia.  Personally, I think we should reverse that trend!

Saving over half of the $787 billion would make each citizen a contributing member of the economy.  It would eliminate the need for a Comprehensive Health Reform Bill entirely and save the American taxpayers of today and future generations tens of trillions of dollars.  We could each select the doctors and quality of health we need without fear of payment (within reason).  We would have a rich economy and productive society once again.

Perhaps people would even feel good enough about themselves that we would vote for the most qualified representatives instead of the most electable ones.  We might also feel empowered enough to choose which ones stay and which are thrown out of office when they are blatantly involved in accepting bribes, skimming, influence peddling or other diverse criminal activities.

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