The Most Feared Words in America

by Richard H. Frank

Each time our President or member of Congress addresses the nation with a proposed solution to some social issue, we should immediately place a firm grip on our wallet.  The dreaded phrase to look out for is “I’m from the Federal Government and I am here to help.”  I thought “We the People” elected our Government officials to represent  the values and principles enumerated in our Constitution.  It now appears as though the Constitution is dead and political ideology has taken its place.

When Government usurps the free market in seeking solutions to social economic programs, those solutions ultimately come at a cost for bureaucratic administration far less efficient than within the private sector.

The classic example of Government’s destruction of a system and creation of a crisis is the Social Security system.  The facts speak for themselves and demonstrate how political ideology has destroyed a system and imposed escalating costs upon Americans far beyond the original intent of legislation.  This is a prime example of “the Federal Government is here to help!”

  • March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945 Social Security Program introduced by FDR – a Democrat, as a completely voluntary program with contributions limited to 1% of the first $1400 of annual income. The money would be placed into a “Trust Fund,” not the General fund, and only would be used to fund the Social Security retirement program and the annuity payments to recipients would never be taxed as income.
  • In 1958 the Democratically controlled Congress voted to deposit funds collected for Society Security and put it into the General Fund for Congress to spend.  The logic was that the “Trust Fund” was so large that it could never run out.  So much for their promise to “We the People.”
  • November 22, 1963 to January 20, 1969, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Democratic Party first raided the “Trust Fund” and put it into the General Fund which was the beginning of $2.4 trillion of Congress’s theft from our senior citizens.  Additionally, the Democratic party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding.
  • January 10, 1993 to January 20, 2001 under the Clinton Democratic Administration.  Albert A. Gore cast the tie-breaking vote to begin taxing distributions from the Social Security annuities.
  • January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981 under the term of Democrat Jimmy Carter, Congress voted to begin payments from the Social Security annuity to immigrants, moved to the U.S., at age 65, regardless of any participation within the Program.

In the interim, Government has created crises in Medicare, Medicaid and the Prescription Drug Program in their never-ending quest for coming to the aid of Americans by “being  here to help.”

Now the 112th Congress is faced with the enormous task to restore fiscal responsibility to the out-of-control Government spending, while attempting to retain the safety net for seniors envisioned under the original promises of Social Security.  Barack Obama and the Democrats, after repeatedly violating the original contract with “We the People,” turn around using fear tactics and tell you that the Republicans want to take Social Security away and eliminate Medicare as we know it.  The worst part about this claim is that many uninformed citizens believe this propaganda.

The 2012 Budget Proposal by Paul Ryan is the only plan of substance and detail that lays out a path to returning our nation to fiscal responsibility and prosperity.  Yet, Barack Obama and members of the Democratic Party will demonize him and his Plan as destroying the entitlements for seniors when in fact just the opposite is documented to show that they are responsible for creating the current crisis.

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President and Author of the Declaration of Independence had it exactly right when he said “A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

We should keep these words in mind when politicians state “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

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