We Need To GO BIG On The National Debt. Now.

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This is an important challenge that all independent voters can get behind. We need to get behind this. The national debt isn’t just a potential issue, it’s a real crisis threatening the future of our nation. All social issues aside, and those are increasingly distracting from the real challenges facing our nation, addressing the exponential risks presented by the unchecked debt our nation is building should make all of us shudder. The very sad reality is that this will hit our children, and their children, very hard. We posted earlier today about this with a video from The Common Sense Coalition. Watch that video, too. Is there a single independent voter out there that thinks that’s in any way appropriate? Watch the video above and hit Debate The Debt. Arm yourself with the facts and let’s be the catalyst to making sure our government is accountable to dealing with this mess.

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  1. Jack Golding May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Let the Bush Tax Cuts expire by having Congress do nothing. This will save $3.7 Trillion over the long run. As far as cutting taxes reform the tax code as to eliminate All deductions, credits and exemptions save an exemption onmthe first $10,000 of income. with four brackets ranging from 5% from $50,000 to $99,999 to 25% for income over $200,000. Eliminate all subsidies and filing status. This should wipe out the debtn a hurry. You shouldn’t have to touch medicare or social msecurity at all, or do minor mchanges, like eliminating the $106.000 cap for social msecurity and eliminate the need for retestingn the case of medicare.

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  2. Robert B. Winn May 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    The problem with trying to reduce the debt through political parties is that it is not going to happen. That is like stimulating the economy by giving bailout money to big banks. You do not cure addictions by indulging them.
    There is one segment of the American population that benefits in no way from an increased national debt. Republican and Democratic politicians probably get more from raising the debt ceiling than any other Americans other than the wealthy backers of those party politicians. When Republicans and Democrats meet in Congress to divide the spoils of borrowed money, independent voters get less of the monetary proceeds than any other group of voters. Only two members of Congress were elected as independent candidates, and both of those are really party members. As the Democratic and Republican Parties say, they are private clubs, and control of public revenues is what those private clubs are all about. You don’t want to be a private club member, too bad, you do not get to share in the party benefits.
    But, in fact, if you ask most independent voters, one reason why they registered as independent voters in the first place is because they did not want to be involved in the dishonesty of political parties. So the inducement of political financial corruption is not likely to lure many independent voters back into party ranks.
    But having registered independent, they are faced with a quandary. Federal courts and the United States Supreme Court have ruled that the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 do not apply to independent voters. They cannot vote in party primaries in many states even though they pay for those elections with their tax dollars. But even more repressive are state election laws designed to keep independent voters from becoming candidates for office. These are the laws that are habitually upheld by party appointed federal judges that are most effective at keeping independent voters from participating in the government. Independent voters find that they cannot be candidates and cannot vote for other independents because none are running for office.
    Where the two major parties have been less successful is in their attempts stop independent voter registration. All of their efforts in that regard have only served to increase the number of independent voters, who now comprise 43% of all voters in the United States. When independent voters have gained seven more percentage points, they will outnumber political party members in the United States.
    Independent voters, regardless of whatever other differences they may have, are all in favor of free and open elections. They will eventually gain ballot access and re-establish free and open elections right here in the United States to replace these party controlled scenarios we now have. The second factor that will unite independent voters is the national debt, which benefits independent voters not at all.
    Even though independent voters at the present time are effectively blocked from direct participation in the government, there is a means of being heard in government that political parties cannot touch. Pay the debt. Each year individual Americans contribute small amounts of money to the Bureau of the Public Debt. Last year more than three million dollars were contributed to this worthy cause, also known as the United States of America. We should not be discouraged by the fact that political parties increased the debt by more than it was decreased. Look at it as an opportunity. With only around three million dollars per year being contributed for the last twenty or so years, what would happen if a large number of independent voters all contributed a few dollars each toward paying the national debt?
    Something like that out of control would throw a panic into the two major parties. Independent voters should show no mercy. They should increase the amount contributed to four million dollars and beyond and keep doing it until the two major parties beg for mercy. Then they should show no mercy, but go right on paying the debt. This would put a difference between party members and independent voters that would work to the advantage of independent voters. As one Democrat told me, You are a fool to send money to the Bureau of the Public Debt when you could donate it to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. As one Republican told me, You are a fool to send money to the Bureau of the Public Debt when you could donate it to Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Presidency.
    Well, that made up my mind. I put a check for a few dollars into an envelope along with a note asking that the money be applied toward payment of the debt and sent it to

    Bureau of the Public Debt
    P.O. Box 2188
    Parkersburg, West Virginia
    26106-2188

    So if anyone asks you what the difference between party members and independent voters is, just tell them that independent voters are trying to pay the debt, and party members are trying to increase it.

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    • Mike May 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I’m going to donate a couple dollars to the Bureau of Public Debt. Thanks for the Inspiration Robert Winn.

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