Dear Lord: We Thank Thee for the Blessing of the Super Committee; The Best Way to Get Rid of a Bad Law is to Enforce It

by johndavis, November 22, 2011

Post: November 22, 2011       Vol. IV, No. 32 “The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it.” Sam Johnson, Chairman NC House Appropriations Committee 1969; Johnson, Hearn, Vinegar, Gee & Glass, Raleigh, NC Dear Lord: We Thank Thee for the Blessing of the Super Committee; The Best Way to Get
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Post: November 22, 2011       Vol. IV, No. 32

"The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it."

Sam Johnson, Chairman NC House Appropriations Committee 1969; Johnson, Hearn, Vinegar, Gee & Glass, Raleigh, NC

Dear Lord: We Thank Thee for the Blessing of the Super Committee; The Best Way to Get Rid of a Bad Law is to Enforce It

Post: November 22, 2011       Vol. IV, No. 32

As We the People Prepare for Thanksgiving, May We Also Prepare our Ballots

As we the people prepare for Thanksgiving, may we give thanks for the U.S. Congressional Super Committee for confirming what we already knew: our nation’s greatest problem is a gridlocked Congress and the only solution is to throw them out … especially the Republicans and the Democrats.

Sam Johnson, a distinguished Raleigh attorney who chaired the North Carolina House Appropriations Committee in 1969, instructed me many years ago, “The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it.”  Johnson’s Law applies to everything in life.  If you want to get rid of a bad preacher, put them on TV!  If you want to get rid of a bad governor, let them govern.

If you want to get rid of fiscally irresponsible Members of Congress, let them manage the budget.

But what about the president, isn’t he equally responsible for the inability of our national leaders to come up with a plan to deal with our debt/deficit/jobs crisis?  The voters say it’s the Congress.

Today’s Real Clear Politics average “Job Approval” for Congress is 12.3%, with 81.7% disapproving of the job Congress is doing.

Today’s Real Clear Politics average “Job Approval” for President Obama is 44.1%, with 49.1% disapproving of the job the president is doing.

No matter what we think the truth is about who is to blame for the failure of the debt/deficit/jobs crisis negotiations, the fact is that nearly four times as many Americans blame Congress for the failure than the president.   Who is more likely to be punished politically, the guy with the 44.1% job approval or the guys with the 12.3% job approval?

This Congress has proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that they are incapable of leading this country out of our economic crisis and into a future of global competitiveness with the emerging economic superpowers.

A Bankrupt Country is Defenseless, Illiterate, Unhealthy and Uncompetitive

The U.S. Congress has given the American public no other choice than to replace them.  Why?  Because they have proven time and again that their party or their ideology is more important than the greater good of the United States.

A bankrupt country is a defenseless country.  We are rendering our country bankrupt, and therefore defenseless, with sacred cow defense spending.  This Congress has sold us out to the Pentagon and the military industrial complex.

A bankrupt country cannot educate its children.  We are rendering our country bankrupt and threatening our overall literacy with sacred cow education spending.  This Congress has sold us out to the education bureaucracy and teachers unions.

A bankrupt country cannot promote the general welfare of its citizens.  We are rendering our country bankrupt and our most needy vulnerable with cradle to the grave sacred cow social programs, retirement packages and health care entitlements.  This Congress has sold us out to greedy public employee unions and greedy special interest groups … like SEIU and AARP.

A bankrupt country cannot create an entrepreneurial environment for global private sector free market competitiveness.  We are rendering our country bankrupt and our businesses uncompetitive with bailouts of our banks, automobile manufacturers, housing lenders and insurance companies.  This Congress has sold us out to Bank of America, GM, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

A bankrupt country cannot create an entrepreneurial infrastructure of great universities and public/private partnerships for innovative thinking and long-range problem solving for a new generation of young adults by bankrupting our country with tax loopholes and low marginal rates for those who have benefited the most from the freedom to compete for profit in America.  This Congress has sold us out to those who can afford to game the system … and those who turn statesmen into cowed wimps with ploys like the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

It’s Time for a New Generation of Radical Moderates, Reformers and Innovators

Throughout the three past election cycles of shifting partisan fortunes, voters were trying to say to would-be leaders that our country is in serious trouble and that we must put partisanship, ideology and sacred cow budgeting second to the greater need for economic stability and global competitiveness.

In 2006 and 2008, Republicans lost the trust of the American people.  Democrats took over the U.S. Congress and the Oval Office.

Big Mistake #1: The Democrats thought …

Big Mistake #1:  Democrats thought they were being elected because of their party and their ideology.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Voters were concerned about deficit spending, the national debt, and wars being waged because of weapons of mass destruction … that didn’t exist.  They wanted competent leaders to solve those problems … not Democrats or liberals.

In 2008, voters were concerned about the housing crisis and the Wall Street meltdown, bank bailouts and huge job losses. They had lost faith in the ability of Republicans and conservatives to solve those problems and wanted competent leaders to solve those problems.

My Democrat friends, they elected you to solve the problems of the day … not because you are a Democrat or a liberal.

Since taking their oath of office in January of 2009, President Obama and the Democrats have governed as if the voters chose them because of their party and ideology.  That is precisely why Democrats summarily lost the Governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey in 2009, Teddy Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts in 2010, along with the U.S. House of Representatives, Governors and state legislators all over America in the fall of 2010.

On March 23, 2010, in an Indonesian TV interview, President Obama referred to his healthcare reform bill as, “The most important domestic priority.”  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!

My Democrat friends, they elected you to solve the problems of the day … not because you are a Democrat or a liberal.

Big Mistake #2: The Republicans thought …

Big Mistake #2:  Republicans thought they were being elected in 2010 because of their party and their ideology.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Voters were concerned about a $1 trillion budget deficit, a $13 trillion national debt, and wars being waged because of weapons of mass destruction … that didn’t exist.  They wanted competent leaders to solve those problems … not Republicans or conservatives.

In 2010, voters were concerned about the housing crisis and the Wall Street bonuses and $787 billion stimulus spending and ever-increasing unemployment and foreclosures.  They had lost faith in the ability of Democrats and liberals to solve those problems and wanted competent leaders to solve those problems.

My Republican friends, they elected you to solve the problems of the day … not because you are a Republican or a conservative.

Since taking their oath of office in January of 2011, Congressional Republicans have governed as if the voters chose them because of their party and ideology.  That is precisely why all of the polls show the job approval of Congress in general and Republicans in particular at historic lows.

You had a chance to earn the faith of the American people during the debt ceiling debate in the summer and the debt/deficit management debate this fall and you blew it.

My Republican friends, they elected you to solve the problems of the day … not because you are a Republican or a conservative.

It’s Time to Throw Them Out … Especially the Democrats and the Republicans

Sam Johnson instructed me wisely when he said, “The best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it.”  We can certainly see the value of Johnson’s Law when applied to this Congress.

If you want to get rid of fiscally irresponsible members of Congress, let them manage the budget.

As we the people prepare for Thanksgiving, may we give thanks for the U.S. Congressional Super Committee for confirming what we already knew: our nation’s greatest problem is a gridlocked Congress and the only solution is to throw them out … especially the Republicans and the Democrats.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

John N. Davis, Editor

 

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