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December 1, 2011

Kicking ’em to the curb…

Blaine R. Young

We all know about superheroes. In modern mythology they possess great powers, and generally assert their powers for the public good. And, of course, in my mind, the greatest of all superheroes was Superman.

 

There are other things that we admire so much that we call them “super.” The brightest light in the sky is caused by a supernova. Really fast planes are called supersonic. The largest ships on the sea are known as supertankers. And one of my favorite toys as a kid, which I could bounce clear over my house, was a superball.

 

All of this has made me think that those 12 incompetent and irresponsible members of Congress should be ashamed of themselves for calling themselves the “Super Committee.” There is nothing super about them, and I can think of some adjectives that I can’t be printed here that would be much more appropriately used to describe this band of idiots.

 

As we recall, last summer, as the supposed genius solution to our debt problems, this committee was formed and charged with the task of agreeing on cutting the debt well into the future. This was no small charge.  We, as a country, are borrowing money so fast there is no way our children and grandchildren will ever be able to pay it back, and the future viability of our free enterprise economy is hanging in the balance.

 

This group was touted as being able to transcend party lines and rigid ideologies, and for once would be a Washington group that would do what’s best for the country, not for their parties.

 

All that could not have been further from the truth.

 

Not only did they finish four months of work with actually no work product whatsoever, they came out of it bickering on TV talk shows and doing nothing more than blaming everyone else for their failure to accomplish anything. Their conduct since the end of their meetings would not even be worthy of discussion in a political debate, much less by elected representatives who were given the solemn task of providing a future blueprint for our nation’s fiscal health.

 

As a result, we are no better off than we were before they started. I could argue that we are worse off in that almost six months have gone by and all we have done is borrow and spend more money. Where is the solution to all of this?

 

There will be no solution until we start electing people to national office who have the courage to make tough decisions based solely on what is best for the United States of America. As such I am going to steer clear of people who clearly are running for an office because they need the job.

 

Our national government was formulated by our Founding Fathers as a representative government, with public offices held by people who are representative of the people who vote them in. In my mind that means people who have made contributions to the private sector economy of the United States and know what it means to sign the front of a paycheck, not just the back of one.

 

We have developed a culture in this country of full-time public servants, who know no life other than a government check every two weeks, and lecturing those of us who actually do provide jobs on how we can do it better, and how we need to change our business practices to meet their utopian views of the ideal economic structure.

 

In other words, if you have no private sector experience, I will not vote for you. And, if you’ve been in the same office for an extended period of time, I will not vote for you. This country needs new ideas and new blood in public office.

 

I was never a fan of term limits, but now I will support them. The long-term ruling class of the United States needs to be sent packing. We need to put some new people in with some new ideas who have experience in the real world, and understand the problems of employers and employees in a free market economy.

 

I don’t know that I have ever been as down on our representative government as I am right now, as I reflect on the doings of the last six months and the concept of this so-called Super Committee. These are the first 12 people who should be sent packing, and many of us right here in Frederick County will have the opportunity to contribute to sending one of them back to where he came from.

 

That would be Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who will be running for re-election in the newly drawn 8th Congressional District, which now encompasses a large section of Frederick County. I don’t know who I am going to vote for in the 8th District, but I can promise you one thing: it will not be Chris Van Hollen.

 

We all have the absolute right in this country to vote for whomever we like when we go to the ballot box. First and foremost, I urge you all to vote. And I would also ask you to consider, when you get in the voting booth, what the respective candidates have contributed to this economy and to think long and hard before you cast your vote for anyone whose primary role in the United States has been to cash a government paycheck.

 

It’s time to show those people the other side of the street.

 

blaine@blaineyoung.com

 



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