Former Libertarian Party 2012 presidential nominee and chairman of the Our America Initiative, Gary Johnson is out with scathing comments (see below) for Washington over the potential government shutdown. Today, Congress meets at noon to discuss how to avoid a federal government shutdown scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday. All non-essential federal offices and workers would close down over time as the government technically runs out of money to pay its bills.
Democrats and Republicans have been using classic fear techniques on Americans - many of which are baseless or wildly exaggerated. The fact is that the mail will continue to be delivered, Social Security recipients will continue to get money deposited in their accounts, Medicare treatment will not be put to a halt, planes will not fall out of the sky as air traffic controllers will still be in their towers and we will continue to defend our country.
It may be true the spigot will eventually dry up on other non-essential programs if an agreement to raise the national 'credit card' up another trillion dollars or more. Americans will travel to other destinations than the national parks (a boon to the travel industry), some may need to wait to get a new passport approved and you won't be able to buy a firearm at a federally licensed gun shop (a boon to private firearms transactions).
The world did not end in the mid-1990s when the federal government shutdown for 21 days when then President Clinton sparred with Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The most liberal of Democrats and the most conservative of Republican legislators have called for more responsible spending and getting the federal government's financial house in order. But while they have done nothing over the last decade to do as they have publicly stated, some say a financial armaggedon is in our wake of uncontrolled spending and printing of the United States' fiat currency. More Americans are fleeing their native country for better opportunities abroad to escape America's high taxation, draconian regulation and the red tape involved in running a business.
Here is a recent statement from Gary Johnson concerning America's debt:
I often speak about the nation’s “unsustainable debt”. That isn’t just a phrase; it’s a reality that the politicians in Washington simply refuse to face.
If we needed proof, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week released a report that described the growing national debt in precisely those terms. CBO said, “President Obama and lawmakers have been cutting the wrong kind of federal spending as they try to avoid the unsustainable buildup of debt that is projected in the coming decades.”
While CBO puts it a bit more politely, what they really said is that Obama and Congress are nibbling around the edges with temporary sequestrations and “cuts” in programs while refusing to do anything about the real causes of a debt that is on the verge of hitting $17 Trillion. Those real causes, of course, are Medicare and other “nondiscretionary” expenditures that are literally consuming the private economy.
So what are the President and Congress doing? They are taking to the airwaves for “made for TV” political posturing about raising the debt ceiling and playing chicken with threats to shut the government down at the end of the month. Nowhere in all this drama are any real efforts to reduce the size of the government -- and therefore its cost...or any mention of the entitlements that are the true drivers of that “unsustainable” debt.
Instead, we are getting the same old song: We aren’t going to touch Medicare or Social Security, and we aren’t really going to cut defense spending, but we HAVE to get the budget and deficits under control. Friends, it can’t be done! You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.
We have to call them out. Republicans and Democrats alike. We have to say, “Quit playing games with our financial future. Quit pretending you are doing something when you aren’t. And take a break from the Fox News and MSNBC appearances and get to work.
Calling the politicians out is up to us. It is up to the Our America Initiative to be a powerful voice -- and it is up to liberty-minded supporters such as you to make that voice heard. Your contribution at OurAmericaInitiative.com today makes it possible to reach more and more people via the Internet and the media, and mobilize those Americans to put the heat on Washington, DC.
In less than two weeks, Congress and the President will make some kind of deal to avoid another budget “crisis”. Of course, that deal -- whatever it is -- will actually do nothing about the real crisis. It will just put the hard work off to another day, and our financial security will just keep disappearing.