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The environmentally unfriendly, dead wood POTUS media, once again, misleads American citizens to whom it purports to inform.
Some see our country as if on the Titanic and the fiscal iceberg ahead can be seen by those who want to see what can be seen. Many seem to be arguing who is to be at the helm when we strike disaster. Others are looking at what are we to do to avert disaster. The hard and unpleasant answer is to spend less and borrow less and to have more people working harder and more productively. Some of us think that mean radically less government intrusion into the free market.
Looking at the record, rather than the rhetoric, we see:
From 2001 to 2007, the McConnell Boehner Republicans had control of the US House, the US Senate and the Presidency. As of 30 September 2000, three months before President GW Bush was sworn into office, the national debt was $5,674,178,209,886.86 and as of 20 September 2008, three months before President GW Bush left office, the national debt was $10,024,724,896,912.49. National debt had increased by $4.4 billion.
As of 30 September 1983, three months before Sen. Mitch McConnell was sworn into office, the national debt was $1,377,210,000,000.00; as of 28 October 2013, the national debt is 17,081,509,219,288.50. [Source TreasuryDirect http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current]
The size, scope and cost of government, as measured by spending and debt, as well as growth of federal government regulations [growth in federal regulations 2013 will NOT be record year] in all facets of our lives, has expanded to an historical, and unprecedented level. [Source OpenMarket.Org, the blog of the Competitive Enterprise Institute Regulation.] http://www.openmarket.org/category/regulation/
Some think it would be beneficial to both peace and prosperity, and to building a community based on voluntary, rather than mandated, interactions to return to America’s Exceptional principles of Constitutional Limited Government of Enumerated Powers, the Separation and Balance of Powers including Federalism of the 10th Amendment, Rule of Law, Economic Freedom. “Free Markets for Free People” and radically reduced government intervention in the economy and an embrace of Judeo Christian principles because without self-restraint there cannot be self-governance.
Prime Minister Netanyahu had to make the tough decision and he did. We need to support him at the same time understandingly, clearly, that KM Bennett is right that releasing murderers is a humiliation and an outrage. There is such a thing as "the loyal opposition" and dissent is good because it avoids lockstep group think and continually questions alternatives. Naftali Bennett gives voice to those who are afraid of the consequences.
We remain vigilant.
And what am I to think of those who defend the McConnell- Boehner tactics 2001-2007?
Jonathan Tobin's winning tactic was to fund Obamacare and to raise the debt ceiling. I think that was the Obama Democrats' plan, too, was it not?