Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 4) (Johnny Cash, Famous Arkansan pt B)

 

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 3:28 pm CST on April 8, 2011.  

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

I’m also reminded in the New Testament when Jesus is talking to political and religious leadership of his day.  He says “Are you so blind?”  

Are we so blind that we can’t see the forest for the trees here, that we can’t understand how important it is for this country to get our debt and deficit where it needs to be?

Sometimes I wonder if some politicians are blind. They realize they are elected by the voters back home, but then they go out and try ignore these same voters when they vote. For instance, clearly the voters rejected the big government type of Democrat in Jan of 2010 when Scott Brown was elected to take Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, but what does President Obama do? He rams through healthcare anyway.

Will the Democrats in Arkansas learn from their mistakes? The liberal John Brummett wrote yesterday in his column for Arkansas News Bureau:

What bugs me most about this congressional redistricting nonsense in Little Rock is that Democrats have been trying to save themselves artificially through imaginative gerrymandering rather than by ideas, issues and honest policy debate.

Sustaining success can never be achieved in politics by running from the people. It can only come from persuading the people

I think that the liberals in Congress can not see what is happening to European countries like Greece? Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute wrote a fine article called “The Greek Tragedy…America’s future?” He states:

In my darker moments, I have sometimes warned audiences of what will happen when a majority of voters in a country or a state become dependent on government. In such an environment, it obviously becomes much more difficult to put together an electoral coalition that will lead to fiscal changes that shrink the burden of government and curtail the predatory state. This is what has happened to Greece, and what is soon going to happen in other European nations (and, barring reform, what will eventually happen in the United States).

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Health and Human Services, the home of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, is a spending behemoth. Yet if this bureaucracy has any legitimate role, it is a small one. The principal social services safety net should be private. If government steps in, it should primarily be at the state and local level. If there’s any cause for federal intervention, it should be very limited.

For instance, Social Security and Medicare are middle class welfare. Politicians have lied about the programs being social insurance in order to win political support: there are no real trust funds, individual accounts, or legal obligations to pay. Yet the programs are fiscal time bombs, with trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities. Individuals should save their own money for retirement; retirees should buy their own health insurance. People who are poor should be helped because they are poor.

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Johnny Cash is too big a figure to just have one post about.

Live @ San Quentin Prison

This film footage was shot at a high school prom in Texas 1955 with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Buddy Holly.

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