Here’s where I learned about conservative values

When I was growing up in Atlanta, my parents never gave me an allowance. On Saturday each week, I would either cut grass or wash cars for my neighbors. The few dollars a week I earned were my own “discretionary spending.” I was allowed to spend those dollars however I wished, but once the money was spent, I had to wait until the next Saturday to try to earn a little more cash. If I spent it all on Tuesday, it seemed like a very long week indeed.

Just as I am certain you are teaching your own children, I learned about fiscal responsibility and to live within my means. Let me ask you a question: if your children spend the money they earned or the allowance you provided all on the first day, and demonstrate they don’t yet know how to budget, would you reward them with more money the next day, or the next week? I would think not. If you continue to increase their allowance, do you think they would eventually reduce their spending? Not likely.

Rewarding bad behavior in children does not generate good behavior in the future. It is fundamental: trying to reduce spending while increasing the dollars available only results in more spending.

Which brings me to the situation our nation currently faces. Washington, D.C. has demonstrated over and over again it has no more fiscal restraint than that of many eight-year-olds. So why should we continue to trust the federal government with more and more money?

The economic policies of the last six years have clearly not worked. Our national debt now stands at an unfathomable EIGHTEEN TRILLION dollars. Millions of long term unemployed workers have simply given up looking. The workforce participation rate, at just under 63 percent has hovered near a 37-year-low for 11 months.

Federal tax receipts for 2014 hit an all-time high of more than $3 trillion dollars, yet the deficit was still $500 billion.

The sad reality, however, is those funds are not being used to create jobs, but to pay unemployment and other benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs and are suffering due to the disastrous economic policy.

Is the solution to reward our elected officials with our approval to do more of the same? If it is clear the federal government cannot make the economy better by growing larger and attempting an artificial “stimulus,” why on earth would we want it to continue on the same path? Do you foresee yourself better off in four years if the country’s economic policies stay on the same course?

As we are all aware, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. We cannot continue with these disastrous policies and expect things to magically improve.

If we are serious about fixing our economy, we must get back to basics. First, our tax code must be redefined and simplified. We must eliminate all loopholes and deductions and move to a Flat Tax, which will broaden our tax base.

Second, we must understand the true strength of our economy lies within small businesses, and reduce the regulatory and tax burden on these job creators in order to set the conditions for their success. We must lower corporate business tax rates to 20-22 percent to keep our rates competitive with those in other countries and stop driving our businesses overseas.

Third, we need to challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C. and stop the floodgates of the federal government spending. We should target spending cuts for every sector of the federal government, but prioritize outlays. Simply saying we will cut spending 10 or 20 percent across the board makes no sense when there are widespread duplicative programs – in those cases, spending could be cut 100 percent.

Finally, we must stop acting as though redistributing wealth will solve our economic problems. The top 1 percent of wage-earners currently generates 30 percent of all tax revenue. An astonishing 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax at all. The key is not to increase taxes, but increase taxpayers. If we continue to increase the tax burden on our top wage-earners, they will eventually either stop earning, or find ways to shelter their income overseas. We must stop punishing those who succeed, for it is their success that makes this nation great.

In 239 short years, the United States of America has become “the shining city that sits upon a hill” because our free market system rewards innovation, creativity, hard work and financial responsibility. Those are the values we must cherish, and pass on to our own children and grandchildren.

And those are the conservative values my parents instilled in me.

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MotherBatherick
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lol…we might as well have had the same parents…
Col West, thank you for never wavering and remaining consistent with your message. Tired of the insanity coming out of DC, ready for common sense to prevail.

Uncle Ruckus
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Thee insanity comes from Allen west

Grandma HeadInjury 2016
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Grandma HeadInjury 2016

Ah yes. “Uncle Ruckus.” Another white liberal bringing his leftist brand of racism to the blog of a conservative of color.

Love when you kids show your true “colors.”

Rena
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From my understanding.. Earl (aka Uncle Ruckus) isn’t white… did that change?

Grandma HeadInjury 2016
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Grandma HeadInjury 2016

Meh….don’t be taken in by his Boondocks avatar…

Uncle Ruckus
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I notice there there are a few people on this black mans site that use the words coon, nigger, ape but yet don’t see any comments from you regarding that… That would make you a hypocrite

Grandma HeadInjury 2016
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Grandma HeadInjury 2016

Hmmmmm….you are the only one that I see using such words. Thank you again for showing how white liberal commenters think, and for doing the usual “double down on stupid” that we’ve come to expect from your ilk.

Uncle Ruckus
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So you must not have been here long…..one was used yesterday

Uncle Ruckus
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Huh?

Russell Neefe
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Ruckus . . . How do you propose cutting the deficit spending by the US Government? ? ? ? Do you remember that “Bump in the Road” in 2008 & 9? That was caused by Bill Clinton expanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and requiring Lenders to make loans to people that did not qualify before his restructuring of loan requirements (i.e. Junk Bonds). It took 8 to 9 years for it to take full effect and when it did it was a disaster. Government can not cure financial problems, it is the problem.

Uncle Ruckus
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I support closing tax loopholes, I support closing tax havens, making corporations pay their fair share of taxes because some pay ZERO!

walterc
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Actually all of them pay zero. any tax liability is paid by their customers. Can you define “Fair Share?” I’ve never been able to get a liberal to define that term for me.

Uncle Ruckus
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Did I say fair share??

walterc
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Uncle Ruckus

Russell Neefe

14 hours ago

“I support closing tax loopholes, I support closing tax havens, making
corporations pay their fair share of taxes because some pay ZERO!” Uh, yes you did,

commie killer
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Why are you even here if you don’t agree with Allen you sad no life troll?

Uncle Ruckus
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I have a great life…thanks!!

abaton7
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Please do not feed the troll

Bob Oh
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I rather enjoy Uncle Ruckus. These are serious issues, and a little comic relief from a fool like him helps to clear my mind.

Uncle Ruckus
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These ARE serious issues that LOONS don’t take seriously! Listening to someone like ALLEN WEST like he is viable? 1 term congressman, relieved of command army vet. I think not!

Elleshu
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Yeah, I guess Barry’s experience as a community organizer for ACORN qualified him to be POTUS?

Uncle Ruckus
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State senator, us senator…you LOONS seem to forget that part

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MichaelJohnWilliams
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It is also important to understand where our national debt came from and to whom we owe how much. How does anyone loan $18T dollars to the uSA? Where did they get that money? (An audit is required.) Let us just say that the federal reserve has money printed up out of thin air that they loan to the uSA. First they did not have the money in the first place – it was created out of thin air. Second, not only is the principal required to be repaid (possible to return what is in circulation) but the fed wants… Read more »
jackpiner
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What Bank would lend money to a person until that person could not even afford to pay the interest on the debt?
What Bank would demand that the Children, Grand Children and Great Grand Children of that person be held responsible for a debt they held no part in?
At what point would a prudent Bank say “NO” to a Person who habitually asked for more Credit?
At what point would the Bank be held accountable for its negligent actions?

Jim Blackwell
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The way I see it is if 10 % is good enough for God it should be good enough for Government. The Church is a prime example the larger the group the more the revenue yet they are careful to not waste Gods Money and they do quite well. So why should the government be allowed to waste the Taxpayers money by being foolish.

Ray Hicks
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25 cents was all I got mow edge trim hedges n rake leaves push non gas mower and stick type edger also hand operated shears

El Gato
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My allowance was a dollar a week. But about 75 cents of that went to lane fees and shoe rental for the bowling league I was in. Then another 15 cents for a coke and some peanuts, which I sometimes put into the coke. That left me with a dime for the rest of the week. But Dad would often spring for more Cokes.