We found this recent email message from the Atlas PAC to be well-written and on point:
The Fiscal Cliff: Adults in the Room, But Children Rule
|As the New Year begins, the majority of our elected “officials” in Washington D.C. began 2013 as a complete embarrassment to the nation and the world. Both parties have betrayed the citizenry with fiscal malpractice upon our nation’s treasury and saddled every one of us with additional taxes to pay for the leviathan government they are all responsible for.Our global adversaries and competitors look at the U.S. government and see our waning credibility in fiscal and economic leadership. Now, they want us to pay for their incompetence by handing over more of our money to pay for their inexhaustible government machine.|
Earlier this week, Congress voted for a bill that raises Social Security taxes and income taxes on everyone. You will see at least 2% less in take home pay starting with your first paycheck in 2013. These additional taxes do not even make a dent into the nation’s annual deficit. Now even more gut wrenching: there were zero significant cuts in spending. That’s right: ZERO. So, the majority of the members of the Senate and House voted to raise your taxes, but not cut government spending in any meaningful way. In fact, there is $41 of new taxes for every $1 in spending cuts. Don’t worry though, we got another 52 weeks of unemployment insurance! Yep, we are increasing benefits to the unproductive, while increasing taxes on the productive. Great move D.C.!
The Adults in the Room
We want to thank our California Congressman who voted against the bill:
Congressman Tom McClintock (CD-4)
Congressman Devin Nunes (CD-21)
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CD-22)
Congressman John Campbell (CD-45)
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CD-48)
Congressman Darrell Issa (CD-49)
Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. (CD-50)
Your courage to vote no on this bill and stand up to the House “GOP Leadership” is true leadership. It is with extreme disappointment to see that our own Congressman Ed Royce voted for the bill.
On the Senate side, we would also like to send our thanks to our good friends Senator Marco Rubio (FL), Senator Rand Paul (KY) and Senator Mike Lee (UT) who had the courage to also vote no.
Children Ruling Washington D.C.
It is unfortunate to say, but the U.S. is governed by children. A country that has become the most powerful nation in the world in the least amount of time can’t even put a budget together with the current leadership in place. The productive private sector that laid the golden egg is held hostage to a federal government that extorts more and more of the citizen’s pay. With federal tax policies “up in the air” for months and years, how can private businesses plan effectively to expand, hire employees, buy equipment, etc.? The answer is, they can’t. This affects all of us in slowing down our economy and limiting all of our opportunity because of elected representatives who can’t meet the basics of their job requirements. Hence, we are country in which leadership is so sorely lacking it is run by children.
One side of the blame lies with the Republican leadership in the U.S. House led by Speaker John Boehner. One could describe the GOP leadership as star characters on AMC’s “The Living Dead.” They just move listlessly from one issue to another. The leadership seems incapable of putting together a well thought out agenda to advocate for the successes of a low tax, small government, a successful and prosperous nation with limited and effective regulations. There is no passionate debate of ideas, no energy and no game plan laid out by the House GOP leadership.
The other side of the blame belongs to President Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill. One thing to say about the President is that he is no child when it comes to campaigning. He does it very well and is a pro. The GOP consultants got schooled in every way, to say the least. But when it comes to governing, the President will get his way at all costs, even when it will bankrupt the nation and completely debase the currency. He is like a child who will cry and scream until he gets what he wants, thinking of no one else except himself. Think about it, if you confiscate all the wealth of all the people who make $250,000 and above, it will only run the country for a few months. It is obvious that spending and entitlement cuts are the only way for the U.S. to tame the debt monster. But instead of taming the monster, the President and the Democrats in Congress feed it more and more of your tax dollars and future generations’ prosperity as it becomes more and more powerful.
Some of you might say, “It is easy for you to criticize, but what would you do in a situation like this?” My simple answer: go back to the way budgets were passed under the presidents before Obama. There has not been one traditional budget that has been signed into law by this President, only Continuing Resolutions. The Congress needs to actually put together a budget as the U.S. Constitution outlines.
Start with a draft, have hearings, debate, lead and pass a budget to send to the President. If he vetoes the bill, then it is on him. Then resend him a new budget with or without changes. Let the responsibility be on him. The GOP Leadership may have forgotten, but they can lead on ideas through the budget process and legislation. They must actually play to win, instead of rolling over to a President who is economically incompetent.
What is Atlas PAC Going to Do?
As we enter the New Year and a new paradigm in politics, Atlas PAC has some large upcoming changes. We will continue to fund candidates and grow our base of supporters, but there will be a major focus on exporting our values to the media and popular culture as a whole. We will also groom candidates on all levels from school board to U.S. Congress to challenge and beat fiscally irresponsible Democrats and Republicans. There will be much more about these changes in the coming weeks so stay tuned and don’t lose heart. Even in today’s challenging political environment, these are exciting times!