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A Presidential Campaign Speech That We Would Like to Hear

December 22, 2009 1 comment

They Greyfalcon was not impressed with the Obama campaign.  Unlike, most pundits, including  many conservative commentators, we do not see this as the “greatest campaign ever”, only a very opportunistic one.   His “eat the rich” message was actually passe, and was only successful because he faced an already discreditted Republican Party and and shabby McCain campaing that actually worked against the best candidate in the field, Sarah Palin.

Here we have a version of a speech that would have launched a campaign that we would have been interested in, regardless of the party.

First and foremost, I want to begin by stating that America is the greatest nation on earth.   No other nation has done more to advance to cause of liberty, justice, and security than this one.  The president’s first responsibility is as  commander and chief.  This responsiblity means that my top priority is to protect the American people from any threat to this nation, to even one of its citizens, will be dealt with the utmost severity.   The United States will not tolerate threats against our allies,  and we proudly accept the fact that we do have a responsibility to stop evil around the world.  That is why I will strengthen our military’s combat capacities by 10% in the first year.  The most important part of our military ’s combat capacity is our fighting men and women, and they will be rewarded for their unprecedented valor. 

 I will not sign a budget that does not include a 19%  increase in pay for enlisted   personnel and a 25% increase in pay for combat service.  Also, every member of our combat force will be given every vehicle, every vest, and bit of medical support before a single dollar will be allocated for anything else.  And any combat team in the field will be protected with the highest level of air support and tactical discretion.    And our intelligence services will be given every resource to provide us with the vital information we need to employ effective responses to threats.  There will be no prosecutions of  anyone who acting under the instructions  of this nation’s directives.  Our people are not the enemy. 

As president, my role is not to save the economy.  That is your job.  I believe that you are still the most innovative people in this world, and I believe in your ability to bring us to even greater heights than we have seen before.   I will not sign a revenue act that does not limit the maximum individual amount of total federal, state, and city liability to 32.99%. No person should ever have to pay more than a third of their income, no matter how much they make.  The time for punishing success is over.  Those who have seen the fruits of their labor and talent flourish are not a problem, they are good, descent people who should not be taken advantage of.  My goal is to have the top marginal rate down to under 25% in five years.  I will insist on a reduction for every income level, because I think that you are better at creating wealth than the government is.   I will veto any tax act that does not include a capital gains tax of  reduction to less than 15%, with the goal of eliminating the tax all together. 

 The revenues generated from the increase in investment will actually increase income tax revenues, even at the reduced rates.  Cooperate taxes will not rise above 25%, with a simplified code that only allows for viable deductions such as capital depreciation.

Regulation is not achieved by having more laws and more rules, it is achieved by having better performance on the part of the regulators.   I reject the notion that our financial predicament is the result of insufficient regulation.  The housing collapse that precipitated the crisis was created more by the government’s artificial propping up housing prices and by distorting Fannie and Freddie’s position with a guarantee to protect it from bad  investments.   I will veto any attempts to use your money to bail out financial institutions that did not establish sound risk management practices. 

JP Morgan Chase did not need bail out money, they were coerced into participation.  I will initiate an executive order releasing any institution from obligations that were imposed by Tarp and the Recovery Act.  Giving failing companies money for their poor performance then dictating terms to them is dealing in bad faith.  It is immoral.  Instead, we will provide reasonable market structural insurance for private and small business acquisitions and purchases of companies that are no longer competitive.  This will simply give you, the hard-working American people a chance to create consortiums to replace these firms.  It’s your turn.

I will appoint justices that base their law on the Constitution.  Yes we must adjudicate from the eyes of a modern world, but without the constitutional foundation then we have no means of  providing equal legal justice.   I will back our nation’s law enforcement, the best and most credible law force in the world.  I call for a 6-9% increase in pay for law enforcement officers.  It is my job to enforce the law, and I will initiate a program to stop violent crime at the source.  The FBI will be given every resource to infiltrate, apprehend, and neutralize violent offenders. 

The nation’s notorious hate groups and militias were brought down by relentless pressure and our ability to make them wonder if they had been compromised.  Violent criminals will be likewise pursues.  All crime is hate crime, I will veto any legislation that creates differential penalties for hurting a member of one group over another.  Instead the Attorney General will be advised to seek that punishments for violent crime be severe, and that the time be severed as it is sentenced.

And if elected, my presidency will not be about me or my popularity, it will be about you.

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THE ANSWER TO SAVING THE NATION FROM THIS DEBT AND BAD GOVERNMENT

December 21, 2009 1 comment

As we approach $14 trillion dollars in national debt, the question looms “How do we ever get out of this?”  We always hear, let’s cut spending, but what exactly do we cut?  Do determine this we must first establish what the true function of government is.

Ronald Reagan said “Government is there to protect us from each other, the problem begins when government tries to protect us from ourself.”  The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution as the basis for a government for the people by the people.  The transition from the federalist papers to the Constitution was based on addressing the problems of providing for a common defense, effective foreign policy, coordinated interstate commerce, a common currency, and a judiciary that would provide citizens with a fair and just legal system.

 And they gave the Congress the power to tax for the purpose of fulfilling these tasks.  We must return government to this foundation.

So first, we decide what is the government here for.  The presidents must important and clearly defined role is a Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces.  So whatever is needed for this task, for ensuring that the USA is the most powerful military in the world, as we are charged with defending history’s most virtuous cause; freedom.   Before any other aspect of the budget is dealt with we must fortify our military to its highest level necessary.

Because it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on wind turbines if you have been invaded by people who want to kill you.  And yes, there are people who would attack us and kill us if we did have the military that we have today.

Next, an apparatus must be established to protect the citizens internally.  We don’t like to say from each other, as most upstanding citizens do not want to hurt each other seriously enough to warrant state prevention.  But there are those who renounce their membership in the Civil Society, and someone has to stop them.

Some want a “live free” situation where there is no government at all.  Problem is we already tried this. In Europe, during  the dark ages, the so-called Romantic knights and swashbuckler were really gang members and thugs, who called the shots locally.  The monarchy’s control was limited, as it relied on the nobility to contribute its fighting force to fight wars. 

This meant that the knights were able to set up protection rackets on their land, taking payments from the farmers in exchange for protection from other knights. However, instead of protecting them, they usually used the just robbed the lands of the knight who robbed the peasants who were under him.  The people really never got much real protection, unless they became thugs themselves.

Eventually, the peasants decided that they preferred the authoritarian rule of a strong king over the chaos of local nobility competition.

We don’t want this, so we will not do this.  SORRY FELLAS, IT JUST  DOESN”T WORK.

So law enforcement has to be paid for.  Though the local municipalities have a responsibility, we do need a justice department to unify practices and standards throughout the nation.  And they must be compatible with our overall security apparatus.

The government is given the power to create currency, and to regulate interstate commerce.  The Department of Commerce has a role, but it should be an extension of the Treasury, not a separate Department.  Currently, the states handle most of the work in attracting foreign business to American.

We also need to make sure that there is a currency that works for everyone.  There are some, including economists who we greatly admire, who advocate allowing the people to determine what currency they want to use. But history has shown that if the people are not protected, the government can be used to allow large cooperation to manipulate this choice against the citizens. 

Also we have not been provided with a proven working model for this, so until then the best option is to stick with the Constitution’s enumerated power of coinage.

Finally, the judiciary’s purpose is to protect the people’s Constitutional rights, not to make them up as we go along.  The courts have the power to protect free speech and the right to bear arms.  But suing a dry cleaner for $15 million for losing or ruining a suit because of the potential impact on a future career, well that is not what the judiciary should be doing.  

George bush gave a compelling dissertation on this matter, and if we had implemented his Constitution inspired reforms it probably would have saved or helped to create trillions in lost nation revenue due to superfluous law suits and legal obfuscation. 

But the Bar Association and the phony civil rights crusaders like Jackson, Sharpton, and Ballentine would have to find something productive to do with their time.  Maybe they could anchor MSNBC programs.

These functions defense, law enforcement, currency, and the facilitation of profitable interstate commerce should be the exclusive basis for taxation.  Other ancillary processes involved in these primary roles, such as highway infrastructure and special technical military relevant training, should be developed as extensions these budget requirements. 

So the Department of Transportation may be somewhat useful, if funded where private enterprize cannot adequately conduce the urgent needs of these four vital pillars.  But general infrastructure spending just to get people working is out of the question.

Once you determine the financial requirements of these functions, you can then decide how  much you need to tax the citizens.

NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!  DO YOU HERE US,  BOONDOGGLE BARRACK!

The Greyfalcon calls for the complete  elimination of the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Labor.   Combined with the Economic Recovery Act, the Department of Education has a 2010 budget of $129 billion dollars.  Every dime of that money should go into paying off the debt, as well as the rest of the $300 billion going to these unproductive agencies.

When the private sector business performs as poorly as they do, it usually goes under.  It’s time for these disgraceful aberrations to do the same.

The Department of Health and Human Services  should be limited to handling REAL emergencies, and facilitating  matters involving our national security. Creating an H1M1 panic, then demonstrating that you would be inept in handling it, is not an appropriate role of government.

Hey Kathleen, we don’t need you to tell us how to sneeze! 

The Agriculture, and EPA Department actions should be handled by the Justice and Commerce division of the Treasury.  Currently the Agriculture Department is going back over 14,ooo claims of discrimination that were “not pursued” by the Bush Administration.  Obama has spent nearly 10 million dollars on experts to examine these cases, and the director of this project said that “we found that at least 20 to 30% of these cases were valid.”  Not only did his people admit that up to 80% of the claims were bogus, but that almost on all of those cases, the statute of limitations has run out.

And of course, the EPA is being used to attempt and illegal and unconstitutional circumvention of the Congress to impose Cap-and-Tax like burdens on american business, in light of the Copenhagen scandal.

The Greyfalcon has determined that we could easily save $500 billion dollars on  this year’s budget if we eliminated government service that was not defined by the Constitution.  And that’s just for starters. 

We could also reduce what we tax our citizens.  We would purpose that no person have to pay more than 32.99% of their income after all city , state, and federal income taxes are paid, no matter how much they make.  The ultimate goal would be the end to the progressive income tax, which was first proposed by Karl Marx. 

Contrary to this anti-growth administration’s position on “the rich”, when someone in America makes money it doesn’t hurt people who have less than them.  It goes to stocks, bonds, bank accounts, inventory replacement, capital investment, and public bond purchases that help the people of this nation at every income level.

UNLESS YOU HAVE THESE CLOWNS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS, THEN IT GOES OUT OF THE COUNTRY!

Lee Presser, the creator of “Conversations with Lee Presser”, sees the overall issue at hand as a simple issue. Lee says “We need to get back to what we were best at for the last century, Wealth creation.”

In order to do that, the American Awakening must stop the progressive authoritarians campaign against that very goal.