Anger in America

by Richard H. Frank

Everywhere we look today there is an intensifying anger among the People that is taking different forms of expression across this nation and around the world.  Whether it is the Tea Party or similar Patriots movements, or the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, the signs of unrest with our capitalistic and government institutions which today are intricately connected, dissatisfaction abounds.

The anger being expressed crosses all social, economic and racial demographics of American society. Our senior citizens are angry having witnessed their life savings literally wiped out as a result of the collapse of the financial system and the real estate markets in 2008.  They foresee no chance of recovery for their hard-earned investments and savings in their remaining lifetime.  The Government takeover of General Motors and Chrysler and the forced bankruptcy by the Government left thousands of retirees holding worthless shares of stock in companies they spent decades working for and making profitable. These same seniors who paid their fair share into Social Security and Medicare now see the reality that Government has spent $2.5 trillion from the fabled “Trust Fund Lock Box” leaving a stack of IOUs as the promise to pay retiree benefits.  Likewise, Medicare as the safety net for seniors is hurtling into the abyss and insolvency.  The result being seen by seniors is increased premiums that must come from their already stretched fixed incomes coupled with rationing of services provided.  Without a doubt, should Obamacare be found Constitutional, seniors will bear the lion’s share of cost and service reductions.  It is not difficult to understand the anger boiling up within the community of senior citizens in America.

The second group of angry Americans is composed of the working middle-class that is charged now and in the future to pay for the misguided and often corrupt decisions of our Federal Government.  This group sees the future as being hopeless.  They know that they must bear the burden of paying through taxes for all of the unsustainable promises made by politicians over the past Century.  They look at the $14 trillion National Debt and are aware that there is no chance to pay that burden under the best economic conditions they can imagine within their lifetime.  Moreover, with unemployment in this nation standing at 9-10% and under-employment approaching 20% these Americans see their task as hopeless.  Thus, anger abounds within the ranks of those Americans that are producers in the Nation.

Then there is the most insidious group of Americans.  These are the takers addicted to the entitlement mentality promoted by every Liberal Progressive politician in America.  They see the capitalistic system as unfair, fraught with fraud and greed and taking from the masses in favor of the richest 1% in America.  This group poses the greatest threat to the Representative Republic than does any threat from an outside nation or political movement.  They would punish success demanding redistribution of the national wealth without regard to the unintended consequences such an action would generate.

Their tactics are those of mob rule that our Forefathers warned against when creating our Constitution. Their message is divisive and preaches class warfare and tyranny as an end result.  They are angry but direct their anger against the wrong institutions in our capitalistic society.

The 21st Century is not the first time in the history of America that we as a People have faced such a growing anger.  It is, however, the first time that I can remember that our President and Congress have been so bitterly divided in finding solutions to fix the ills of our nation.

Barack Obama and the Democrats in the Senate have formed an unwritten alliance to stop any legislative action proposed to return to the limits on Government enumerated in our  Constitution and are using parliamentary procedures and Executive Orders as tools to promote their socialist Agenda.

I recommend that every reader of this blog view a short nine minute video of a cartoon message from 1948 entitled “Make Mine Freedom.”  The link on another blog that features this video is  http://nationaljuggernaut.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-cartoon-seemed-far-fetched-in-1948.html. After viewing this sort video I think you will see the connection to our situation today and the peril we face as a nation from the policies and ideologies put forward by Barack Obama  and his administration.

The only hope for America is to make our voices heard in the 2012 General Election and replace Barack Obama, and every Congressman or Senator that ascribes to principles contrary to those contained in our Constitution.

Finding the Truth Obscured by all the Political Rhetoric

by Richard H. Frank

The political silly season is in high gear as we approach the 2012 general elections.  The attempt to affix blame for our current economic woes upon the opposing political party takes precedent over finding clear solutions to problems (legislated policies) that have accumulated for more than 70 years.  To make matters worse, we have an inexperienced President, Barack Obama, who has not the slightest clue as to how to solve the problems that have resulted in our nation accumulating over $14 trillion in debt, let alone some $60 trillion in unfunded entitlements.  Thus, he has returned to demonizing Wall Street, banks and the rich among us.

His latest stimulus “The American Jobs Act,” has failed due to non-support from Democrats within his own political party.  These defections from the flock of Obama followers recognize that more of the wrong medicine will not cure what ails this nation.  Yet our President has taken once again to the route of castigating Congress, specifically Republicans, for failing to understand  his proposed legislation and therefore will break the bill into smaller pieces in order to get it passed.

Unfortunately, the Republican candidates seem to lack a clear vision for solving our current situation.  They realize that jobs must be created in order to increase the flow of revenue to the Federal Treasury.  They acknowledge that only the private sector can create jobs that do not take from the Treasury as does those associated with more Government and regulation.  They also attest to the fact that Government must get out of the way of free market forces if we are to return to economic growth.  Additionally, they all agree that spending must be cut if we are to achieve fiscal stability and retire our national debt.  What to do is not the question, but how to do it is. Detailed plans from specific candidates are forthcoming and must address the 3 elements outlined below.

The current demonstrations against Wall Street and the rich are a reflection of the frustrations being felt across the nation.  However, these frustrations are misdirected and the demonstrations should be directed against Washington, D.C. legislators.  Left to their own devices the demonstrators have opened themselves to infiltration by Marxist, Communist influences that run contrary to the very founding principles of this nation.

The real solution to our economic problems touch every segment of American society and will be painful and must encompass each of the following elements.

  1. Reduce Government interference with the free market enterprise system.
  2. Stop deficit spending by our Federal Government through a balanced budget amendment.
  3. Abolish the existing tax code and replace it with a simple broad-based fair system unable to be manipulated by politicians in response to pressure from special interest groups.

Unfortunately, the current Administration believes that only Government can control and regulate the national economy and welfare.  The three solutions described above run contrary to their very belief and ideology and thus will never see the light of day under an Obama Presidency.  Additionally, with the current entitlement mentality persistent with approximately 50% of Americans, it is uncertain that they will be willing to give up anything to participate in salvaging this nation from financial ruin.

Left to the current  Administration, the burden will fall upon the middle class and elderly to sacrifice our standard of living to slow the steady march to the demise of the greatest Republic in the history of the World.