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  • Morning Bell: The Lee Plan Offers a Clear Choice for Americans

    Fellow Americans:

    It has been over three years (1,111 days to be precise) since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. The last time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) fulfilled his legal responsibility, Conan was still on NBC, Tea Parties hadn’t come together and the iPad hadn’t yet been introduced. This is one of the biggest abdications of power we have seen on the part of our government in modern time. And there is no excuse. The Senate needs only 51 votes to pass a budget. Democrats have had well over that for President Obama’s entire term, yet they refuse to even offer a plan.

    Let’s be clear. The Senate must pass a budget if we are going to halt Washington’s disastrous habit of overspending, overborrowing and overtaxing our fragile economy. While liberals sit on the sidelines saying ‘no,’ conservatives are offering solutions.

    Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and others have courageously put credible and thoughtful plans on the table. But today, I am happy to report that a member of the Senate has put forward an unprecedented new plan that directly confronts all of the major economic challenges our nation faces.

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced a budget resolution that mirrors the bold and thorough reforms The Heritage Foundation first proposed in our comprehensive program, “Saving the American Dream.”

    Recognizing that our nation has come to the point where we either change course or risk falling into permanent decline, Senator Lee’s “Saving the American Dream” budget resolution puts forth a framework for strengthening the core principles that make this country exceptional, namely:

    • Limiting the size and scope of the federal government
    • Reforming our entitlement programs so that they ensure real economic protection instead of unrealistic promises no government can sustain
    • Simplifying our complex federal tax code so Americans have greater opportunities to create lasting economic prosperity.

    Lee’s plan is a strong blueprint for restraining and ultimately reducing our nation’s massive debt, cutting Washington’s out-of-control spending and above all restoring our nation’s economic prosperity. This is the only way that we can make sure future generations are not saddled with debt that keeps them from having the same opportunity of achieving the American Dream.

    The reaction from those who want to continue the status quo against all evidence that we can’t is predictable. They will demagogue Senator Lee and other conservatives of wanting to throw grandma over the cliff. How blind, and how irresponsible. If we fail to act then spending under programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will balloon unchecked and eventually the nation will effectively go bankrupt. The truth is that the president’s health reform law magnified the financial problem while already ending Medicare as we know it.

    Instead of making promises Congress has no chance of keeping even with massive tax hikes, Social Security and Medicare should provide seniors with a reasonable, affordable and predicable benefit that protects seniors from the threat of living in poverty.

    Under the Lee budget, Social Security is converted into a true insurance that supplements income for retirees who need it. For the more affluent, benefits will be quickly restored in cases of sudden reversals.

    By completing the transition begun years ago to a premium-support program, Medicare would assist seniors in buying the affordable health coverage they want and need from a marketplace that would have been freed to be more competitive. Similar approaches in Medicare Part D and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (the plan Congress enjoys) have resulted in lower health care costs and higher value in the delivery of care.

    You may have heard the false allegation that conservatives don’t have a plan to solve our health care problems once Obamacare is ultimately repealed. This plan provides the answer.

    This budget finally addresses one of the biggest problems with the healthcare industry–ever rising costs. Senator Lee proposes changing the outdated tax treatment of health insurance so that every American receives a tax credit (equal to what they get today in the workplace) to buy and own health coverage that meets individual needs.

    This can be done without mandates from the federal government that intrude upon the moral, religious and philosophical sensibilities of the American public. At the same time, the Lee budget resolution redesigns the entire federal tax code into an expenditure tax that has a single flat rate. That’s right, a single, simple and fair tax system.

    The plan encourages more savings, benefiting every American who dreams of going to college, buying a house or starting a business. Greater savings and a less punitive business tax also means more resources to invest and more opportunities to invest in our economy, and that means more jobs for Americans who are out of work and better wages for those who have jobs.

    Finally, like Heritage’s fiscal plan, Lee’s budget reevaluates what the federal government can do with taxpayer money and time. By substantially reducing the size and scope of the federal government, Lee’s plan rightfully moves government towards its core responsibilities that fit within the Constitution and original intent of our Founding Fathers.

    It is encouraging to see lawmakers taking a serious look at the crucial steps that are necessary to get our nation on a path of fiscal, political and constitutional responsibility. But there is more to do, and we hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make sure that “Saving the American Dream” becomes a reality.

    Share today’s Morning Bell on Facebook, Twitter or by email. Help us tell America about the #LeePlan.

    Sincerely,

    Ed Feulner
    President, The Heritage Foundation

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    67 Responses to Morning Bell: The Lee Plan Offers a Clear Choice for Americans

    1. michael says:

      All commendable and all doable except the senate will NOT PASS IT AS LONG AS THIS BUNCH IS IN OFFICE!! GET OUT AND VOTE AND GET THESE GUYS OUT!! SIMPLE HUH??

    2. Wildman says:

      If the Senate leader, Senator Harry Reid, is bound by law to evelope a budget, and hasn't for three years, why hasn't he been removed for breaking the law? When are we going to be rid of these people?

      he Republicans have tried and tried to get a reasonable budge passed, the house has even passed budget plans that Republicans and Democrats voted for , only to have them held up in committee in th Senate, and not even be voted on.

      Obama passes executive order after executive order, and Republicans may grumble, but do nothing. I thought he house coul review nd veto a executive order. Am I wrong?

      • JoeV says:

        The biggest block on going after Harry Reid and/or Obama is that the House Republicans don't have the backbone to do it. If A Republican did all this they would have been civilians or in jail by now. How many laws do they have to break to end their political careers? The number doesn't exist because we have a House and Senate that are still corrupt. They secretly passed the no 1st amendment free zone law. It give the Secret Service the authority to claim an area illegal to use our freedom of speech and Republicans and Democrats signed it. We need to get the names of those who signed it and vote them out of office. It is going to bog down the U.S.S. again with a law that can't be named Constitutional. I hope this budget gets the attention it needs but I can't see it happening when we have traitors in the Republican party.

    3. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      A clear choice would be for Heritage to review the Congressional roles and promote removing any politician who has been in office for 10+ years, starting with Boehner…Stop promoting lifers in Congress, especially your Republican buddies.

      It's a sin what they…life-long politicians have done to this country…and Heritage promotes and believes in it…for shame…

      (don't worry…I know this will never make the public comment section)

      • Joseph McKennan says:

        You never fail to blast the HF and always end with a note that your letter will not be published. I have read it over and over. I have one thing to say, I feel the same way you do but lifer politicians are not just republicans. I feel disgust so intensely for Boehner that I feel sick to hear his name but the same goes for Pelosi, Reid. Kerry, indeed most of congress.

        I hope the populace at large will use their brains and vote out everyone.

      • Jim Hulburt says:

        Could not agree more. While term limits were popular in the early 90s, the concept has fallen off the radar in recent years. I do not buy the argument that we need career politicians because it takes time for them to learn the system. That is exactly the problem, they learn the system and they learn to like the perks! I think 12 years is adequate for any Representative or Senator to serve. Do it in any combo you want but 12 total years and you are done!

        • Barbara says:

          California is a good example of poorly planned term limit laws. About the time our Assembly people become effective they are term limited out at 6 years. Of course, the best term limiter has always been the ballot box. Constituents MUST pay attention to what their leaders are doing, and vote accordingly. I do believe 20 – 30 years is sufficient, but 12 is not enough. We need people with institutional wisdom, i.e. they've "been there, done that", as well as general wisdom, which comes with age and experience, not necessarily to everyone with age and experience. We also need a mandatory retirement age in ALL government including the Supremes–maybe 75?

    4. Richard McMillan says:

      Only one way to "fix" social security and medicare. Stop giving money and benefits to people who did not pay into the programs. My social security income is based on the amount that was paid into the program. Get rid of the term "entitlement". Non of us are entitled to anything. We reap the benefit of our labor. Those that cannot work will be taken care of by charity!

      • Mary A says:

        "Stop giving money and benefits to people who did not pay into the programs."

        No benefits are paid to anyone who has not paid in or contributed to SSA.
        SSI- Supplemental Security Insurance is not paid from SSA benefits, it is federal welfare that is administered by SSA.
        "Policy Basics: Top Ten Facts about Social Security on the Program's 75th Anniversary" http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=

        Agree that the term "entitlement" has become misleading and demeaning, however if you have paid premiums into any insurance program, you are "entitled" to the benefits.

        Undoubtedly without major reforms it will become insolvent.

        • Bobbie says:

          No benefits are paid to anyone who has not paid in or contributed to SSA?
          SSI- Supplemental Security Insurance is not paid from SSA benefits, it is federal welfare that is administered by SSA? Do you work for the government? if I had no ethics I can give names of people that get benefits without paying into them! Including ssa. Government control enables corruption. Today's government only runs corrupt going as far as using America's time and money, changing America's history? DEPLORABLE! The disrespect we get from this low life government who refuse the respects of men before them!!!! The only reason is jealousy! And America isn't stopping this childish destructive behavior?????

      • raise the cap why should the wealthiest stop paying in after 106 k?

      • Stuart says:

        SS disability is based on what you put into the system where as ssi is not. SS d is for people who paid in and ssi is not.

      • Bill Birtciel says:

        Absolutely…. And Social Security needs to be removed from the general fund and placed back into a private account that is only used for the Social Security beneficiaries.. The people that actually paid into it..

      • Mary A says:

        "Stop giving money and benefits to people who did not pay into the programs."
        No SS benefits are paid to anyone that has not "paid into" the programs.

    5. Patty Perdue says:

      A budget sets the confines for spending. It's obvious the Democrats will not confine themselves on spending, thus, no budget. Sounds like a losing battle to me. As long as Democrats control the two other
      legs of Government, there will be no changing of their internal rules. The Democrats have nearly run
      America to ruin but the day will come when they are subservient again to a party that wishes only to
      enhance American lives instead of bind them to abject slavery. America will not bow down to Communism.

    6. Jeremy says:

      Interesting, I'm going to do some research to see if the Lee Plan is legitimate.

      • muskegonlibertarian says:

        Easiest way to reduce health care costs is to repeal the monopoly that doctors currently enjoy over the supply of medicine. You can take care of your blood pressure and cholestrol for as little as $80 a year (using Walmart generics). Getting "permission" from a doctor (putting money into his pocket) will jump this up by about $300. Free market health care means exactly that: A completely free market. No one limits what you can buy at Walmart. Nor do you have to pay someone for "permission" to buy something. So why do we have to pay for "permission" to buy medicine? Why? Actually because prescription laws are one of the sources of income for physicians. Without prescription laws people wouldn't be paying physicians for "permission". We are getting rid of government restrictions on ownership of firearms. Its time we did the same thing with medicine!

    7. John folks says:

      A resolution is as meaningful as a promise from Obama. I wish the politicians in Washington would actually do something meaningful. I am tired of feel good actions, meaningless talk. If something isn't done now we shall follow Greece on the fall to the bottom of the hole we seem hell bent on digging deeper.

    8. JustDamnMad says:

      Are there repercussions to Senate Majority Leader Reid and others for not living up to their oath of office? Can they be prosecuted for not doing their job? They swore, with their hands raised before God, to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of this country. It appears to me they have defrauded the American people and just as egregious, they have taken a paycheck for all these months doing almost NOTHING to earn them. Perhaps we should treat them like kindergarteners and make them provide measures of accomplishment and being paid dependent upon how well they do their job! In fact, at this point I would like to make them BEG for their money!

      I cannot understand how anyone who is even remotely paying attention in America does not recognize that the path we are on leads only to one place . . . . bankruptcy. The Silent Majority better be ready to step up and do the right thing come November, or the progressives are going to be putting the final nails in the coffin of this country! Old and young alike, we have to be willing to WORK to change our course; that means financial support, volunteering for calling or door-to-door canvasing, offering rides to the polls, whatever is required to get this administration out of office! We cannot sit back and "wait" for someone else to do it . . . . that is EXACTLY how we got to this miserable place we are in!

      Ask yourself ONE question: Do you know ANYTHING about President Obama that doesn't appear to have been "adjusted" to make him more appealing to the American people? If you are honest, you will have to say, "Very little" and then ask yourself if you are going to bet the future of your children and grandchildren on someone you know basically NOTHING about!

    9. Mel Nelson says:

      1) Why isn't Harry Reid in jail, impeached, or before a judge if he is breaking the law?
      2) How is the Government still working if the Senate Budget is so important?

    10. Larry White says:

      Again this morning, I heard the Media blame "The Do Nothing Congress"…THE CONSERVATIVE MEDIA, Fox News. My 6th grade teacher would have given me an F for that ERROR!

      It is not a Do Nothing Congress; it is a DO NOTHING SENATE!

      1,111 days of Senatorial Abuse by Senator Reid. Are there not laws?

      One forgets; President Barack Hussein Obama II is in power.

      God Bless America

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    12. E. King says:

      Dear Morning bell;
      Surely you are aware that the Dems are winning by not having a budget. The admin can keep spending
      at present rates as long as the repubs will pass continueing resolutions. The mob/Chicago machine don’t
      give a darn about “duty”. Spending, by any means, is their plan.

    13. Ken D says:

      After saving and working toward my retirement, I played by the rules following the idea that my financial planning would include my wife's and my social security benefit. The principle is, I paid the tax as required as a wag earner. As the "means-testing" develops, I would have been better off having managed that money myself. Instead the plan would completely destroy that aspect of my income. Where – in the economy we face for many years – would my wife & I make up the difference? We have managed our money and now as truly middle-class conservatives will be called upon to adjust at the age of 62. Of course, politics are local. This approach to Social Security would cause me to become a Democrat.

    14. Ken Marx says:

      Great plan, with no hope of passage during 2012! First, we need to elect a Republican majority in both houses and a Republican President. Then we will see such a plan come to fruition. God willing, the American people will be wise enough to set the proper stage in November.

    15. Keith White says:

      Our Government needs about 400 more men and women that work for the betterment of our country and the people. Mike Lee is one of the best hopes we have to right the wrong track our government is on.

    16. Casey Carlton says:

      Hooray!

    17. Joseph McKennan says:

      I agree that social security is not an entitlement. It has been taken out of every paycheck I earned since I was 16. The same with medicare …. I have been on unemployment for 3 months in my entire life out of 43 years in the workforce. I am not expecting anything from social security except more withdrawals from my wages.

      In my mind entitlements are the wages a !@#*& politician receives for his/her wages and extensive retirement benefits—- for doing what?

    18. ED PANTALONI says:

      THE US BISHOPS ARE AGAINST THE RYAN PLAN.
      ANY COMMENTS?

      ED

    19. alcon says:

      Your plan appears to be finding a solution by stealing from the people who worked, saved, and fully complied with the Social Security program while politicians raided the account and continually added burdens that were never intended. How are we to trust any politician? I would work overtime to prevent Obama from being re-elected but will not take actions that will cause my retirement funds to be diminished.

    20. DMJ says:

      My husband and I won't get anything from all the money we have put into the Social Security system. We are 15 years to the current retirement age and we know the system will be bankrupt by that time. All that money lost because FDR decided to start a Ponzi scheme to make his dismal unemployment numbers look better.

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        Blaming the wrong one, It was LBJ who aw this nice bundle sinng around gathering "dust" and decided it should be usd as free capital If everyone who paid into Soc. Sec. had put this money in a savings acct. they most likely could draw off it, payments equa to what Retirees get ad nevr touch the principle. GThis was showed t me in 1977 by an Insurance Man. In other words we have been robbed by our own Goverment and now we have a POTUS who wants more of what we make.

      • Pat Nelson says:

        Actually, FDR did try to do something great (I can't believe I am saying this, I'm a Republican), but it was Kennedy and LBJ and their Senate who removed SS from a Trust and put it into the general fund after they "borrowed" from it for foreign aid and couldn't repay it. By moving it to the general fund there was no way of telling how it was spent or by whom and so it has been continually raided for every special project and additional foreign aid. Now it is "broke" but not one politician on either side has admitted this, nor cut grants and silly expenditures to restore the robbed funds. Restoring the funds should be their priority!

    21. Bobbie says:

      pressures from the FRAIL MEMBERS of the many in opposition is understandable but can't continue! Whatever is accused of those doing the job (republicans,) are going to come true from the conduct of the accusers. For modern times the government should barely be visible. All Americans need to come to an understanding of common law that doesn't discriminate, holds no bias nor racism. Any law outside of common written by government is dangerous, threatening and unprecedented. Those laws outside of common doesn't need government that isn't your own! Those LAWS ARE YOUR OWN and what and how YOU LIVE FREE!! Peoples lives shouldn't pose burden on anyone else! It's a take over when government authority makes rules that favor some over others holding some men accountable while enabling others not to be men at all BUT to pamper, accommodate and appease with money that isn't their own. LIVE FREE OR LEAVE. stop making your livelihoods federal cases for pathetic attention! America was not built for your kind. Pummel by the weak "change"s American's reflection of American (people not government) strength!
      Totally trust republicans over the pity partiers!

    22. Martin E. Weinstein says:

      The Morning Bell refers to the Democrat controlled Senate's failure to pass a budget for the last three years as an "abdication of power". That is far too kind. The failure of the Senate to pass a budget is a dereliction of duty.

    23. Joe says:

      One thing that may force the issue with the Senate is for the House to refuse to pass further continuing resolutions until the Senate takes up a budget. Pressure creates a sense of urgency and as long as there is no pressure on Senator Reid and his allies, there will be no movement on a budget.
      As for Social Security, I have been in the work force for since age 15, paying SS taxes. Since I graduated from college in 1979, I have never counted on Social Security (as it currently exists) being a part of my retirement. At best, there will be means testing. At worst, the money I have paid in SS taxes has been squandered and I will never see a penny of it. I have lived my life to handle my retirement and if Social Security was there, great. That would be the money I spend to spoil my grandchildren.

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    25. ThomNJ says:

      "By completing the transition begun years ago to a premium-support program, Medicare would assist seniors in buying the affordable health coverage they want and need from a marketplace that would have been freed to be more competitive. Similar approaches in Medicare Part D and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (the plan Congress enjoys) have resulted in lower health care costs and higher value in the delivery of care."

      Pushing a bill that provides a medical plan mirroring that of the Congress would be very smart – if the Republicans would do it – because how could the Dems fight that? Even if the plan fell a bit short of what the Congress has – what would the Dems do then – argue that it isn't good enough and further expose their lies? It would be a win-win for the Repubs and Seniors.

      • muskegonlibertarian says:

        Only trouble is that the private health insurance industry can't match on a dollar/benefit ratio what Medicare can. One reason is that Medicare has more "bargaining" power with providers than any private insurance company has. Since the providers enjoy monopoly control over access to medicine, their incomes are well above what they'd be in an actual true free market as Libertarians as myself advocate. There are no "established prices" in health care. What you pay is not the same as someone else pays. Quite a lot different from buying any other consumer good where you can actually "price shop". However, take away the monopoly that the providers have over the supply of medicine and the picture changes… Suddenly "you" are in charge of your health. You make the "decisions". For freedom loving people, this makes a lot more sense than the way we're doing it now. People can control their costs, make decisions regarding their health. Learn how to take care of your health. It can be done if you are willing to study.

    26. W. ALEXANDER says:

      CERTAINLY A GOOD EFFORT FROM SENATOR LEE————BUT, HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE OLD "BASH THE WEALTHY" ROUTINE !
      WHY SHOULD ANYONE HAVE TO PAY $2 FOR THE SAME LOAF OF BEAD THAT THE OTHER PERSON HAS TO PAY ONLY $ 1 ??
      WE DID NOT STEAL OUR WEALTH !
      WE WORKED HARD FOR IT
      AND WHEN YOU CUT OUT ALL THE RHETORIC–IT IS STILL A "WELFARE" SO;UTION.

    27. allen says:

      It is Congress who has to write a Budget., For every month that a budget is not passed Dock every Member of Congress a months PAY. Case closed. Do your JOB CONGRESS or get out now.

    28. Hear we go again! Asking government officials to come up with plans to solve our problems. Even though I believe that Senator Paul Ryan, Senator Pat Toomey and now Senator Mike Lee all are very conscientious about solving the major problems that face us today, their solutions will always be formed from their perch in Washington. That is not being critical but simply truthful. We elected them to provide services to the people of this country and they are trying to provide those services the best way they can. They are elected officials and the only way they can provide services is to do it through the government structure that has developed in Washington. The only way we will ever get our economy, our health care, our social security, our welfare, our government pension plans and unions, our postal service and all other entitlement programs is to take those things out of government hands and control. Leave those things in government hands that our Constitution calls for the government to handle. Until we do this we will never get out of this mess.

    29. Clyde Williford says:

      What can be done to force Harry Reid to bring this up for a vote? Do we have any laws that can be enforced to force him to do his job? Why don't the Rep's try to impeach him?

    30. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Harry Reid doesn't want a budget. He doesn't even want to comply with either the letter, or spirit, of the law. We
      have a do-nothing President and a do-nothing Senate. That's their goal. Do nothing.

    31. Ron W. Smith says:

      Once again,let me point out the biggest current drain on the federal budget: more than $1,000,000,000,000 annually spent on the combination of National Defense, Homeland Security, Nation Building, Foreign Aid Designed to Gain the Cooperation of Other Countries, and Veterans Affairs. Our power forward policies are expensive. Born in flush times, they are clearly an extravagance in the lean times we find ourselves in right now. Maintaining more than 700 military installations large and small, on land and at sea, maintaining the status of SuperPower on call around the world, and maintaining the apparently hard- to-suppress impulse to engage in intervention after intervention, war after war cost taxpayers in the U.S. way too much year after year. We spend more than the rest of the world COMBINED on National-Security-related federal programs and hidden corollary expenses, and we do so without national discussion or debate of the foreign policy decisions behind that astonishing fact.
      While it certainly is true that "entitlements" should be candidates for the cutting table along with other federal expenditures on domestic programs, clear and honest discussion of our foreign-policy caused expenditures should first be held for all in this country to see, hear, and judge. Let the people have a say in whether or not we should continue underwriting, at huge expense to taxpayers, so much spent on the combination of National Defense, Homeland Security, Nation Building, Foreign Aid Designed to Gain the Cooperation of Other Countries, and Veteran Affairs.
      Why does Senator Lee's resolution do nothing at all to suggest that the unquestionably high price of hegemony, as practiced by the U.S., should be included and, in these lean times, face the budget-cutter's knife?

    32. dodger says:

      The problem with laws like the one requiring Congress to pass a budget each year is that there are no personal penalties for the members who have broken that law. If every member of Congress automatically lost their seat, or had to go to jail for a year, there would most certainly be a budget each and every year. But we know that won't happen because it's the Congress that passed the law in the first place.

    33. Andrew says:

      The president of The Heritage Foundation watches Conan?

    34. Mare Stevens says:

      I this this is a very good law that needs to be passed!!!! If they bring it up now, it won't get to 1st base. Let's keep this in mind, so that after November 2012, we can let our senators/congressmen know that we want this!!

    35. Ron W. Smith says:

      Once again,let me point out the biggest current drain on the federal budget: more than $1,000,000,000,000 annually spent on the combination of National Defense, Homeland Security, Nation Building, Foreign Aid Designed to Gain the Cooperation of Other Countries, and Veterans Affairs. Our power forward policies are expensive. Born in flush times, they are clearly an extravagance in the lean times we find ourselves in right now. Maintaining more than 700 military installations large and small, on land and at sea, maintaining the status of SuperPower on call around the world, and maintaining the apparently hard- to-suppress impulse to engage in intervention after intervention, war after war cost taxpayers in the U.S. way too much year after year. We spend more than the rest of the world COMBINED on National-Security-related federal programs and hidden corollary expenses, and we do so without national discussion or debate of the foreign policy decisions behind that astonishing fact.

    36. Guest says:

      RE: OPINIONS ON BUDGET A BORE – unless specific provision numbers are identified

      The trouble with think tanks these days and some candidates for office is that they speak in generalities and do not reference facts. What specific provision numbers do they approve of, where is the text available, what are specific quotes, reservations, commendations etc.

    37. D Johnson says:

      . . . It is too early for politicians to presume on our forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people, is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object.

      James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 45, paragraph two

    38. Andy Wilcox says:

      As I perused the comments, several things jump out at me. 1st, the only reason the government runs without a senate passed budget is continuing resolutions. it is the goal of the Senate majority to be able to point their fingers at the Republicans for allowing the government to shut down. Once it shuts down There will be screaming from the Democrat Party claiming that the Irresponsibility of the Republican Party caused the shut down. It will work. Look at the Democrat generated "war on women". then they will ride over the hill on their white steed with a pork filled budget claiming they have arrived to save the day for Social Security, Medicare, Paying the armed forces and so on and so on. With out the budget though, the golden rule applies,Ye that has their fingers on the gold… Rules

    39. AD-RtR/OS! says:

      "…Lee’s budget reevaluates what the federal government can do with taxpayer money and time. By substantially reducing the size and scope of the federal government, Lee’s plan rightfully moves government towards its core responsibilities that fit within the Constitution and original intent of our Founding Fathers…"

      All very reasonable. Which is why it is D.O.A.!

    40. RonB says:

      'Under the Lee budget, Social Security is converted into a true insurance that supplements income for retirees who need it.'

      So, let me get this straight. I pay in for 50 yrs, then a politician decides if I should get anything back? I lose yrs of savings, tens of thousands of dollars in home value, my children are struggling to find jobs, and my government decides if I am eligible for their 'insurance'?

      Meanwhile, this same government is giving financial aid to our enemies?

      And they wonder why we are going to throw them out?

    41. Pat Nelson says:

      Lee's plan is good and well intended but like Coburn and others' plans it approaches the deficit with US as the cure. It does nothing to end the massive grants, research and otherwise, nor does it approach eliminating government land purchases or incorporate selling of government land and buildings to private entities to restore lost monies in Social Security or Medicare. The insane projects funded by the government aren't even mentioned. Instead it is all about cutting benefits promised to us, and of which we involuntarily contributed our earnings to for years. It does not address eliminating foreign aid, for which the original Soc. Sec. trust was broken and raided to provide to foreign countries. We have no culpability in the massive debt, our elected officials carry that. It is up to them to solve the problem without looking to bleed us again and again. Until a reasonable and truthful solution is offered, it is just a pretense to bleed us dry.

    42. Bwax says:

      We need a flat tax with no deductions for any person, family or entitiy. This move would eliminate the lobbyist and tax lawyer and IRS problems and probably kill the leftist environmental organizations.

      We need workfare not welfare, that way everyone pays their share. Of course there would still need to be a safety net for the truly needy, but they too would have to requalify every 6 months.

      We need tort reform, you sue and lose and you pay all legal fees and court costs like they do in England.

      We need term limits for every federal elected office, and eliminate their golden parachute entitlements.

      Government unions should be outlawed unless the electorate gets to vote on their benefits and salaries.

    43. Jim Smith says:

      To say that the Democrats have the votes necessary to pass a budget is disingenuous at best.
      It takes 60 votes to do ANYTHING in the Senate. So a simple majority vote can only pass a bill
      that the minority party will agree to. That means that what you are complaining about here is the
      fact that the Democratic majority won't vote to pass a Republican budget. Keep those crocodile
      tears flowing!

    44. denialator says:

      No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain

    45. Jack says:

      The very nature of an income tax invites abuse from above by a thuggish and unaccountable IRS, tinkering for "fairness", exceptions. Making it "flat" still leaves the camel's nose under the tent. The Fair Tax is a much cleaner system, lower compliance cost, effect on export, etc.

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