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Viguerie: Tea Party Can End Corruption of Political Class

Over at the Washington Examiner, ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard A. Viguerie has an editorial on how the Tea Party can end corruption of the political class.

Viguerie writes:

Fortunately, the rot of Washington's political class and culture has not infected all Americans outside the Beltway. In 2009, a great middle-class rebellion against the rot of Washington's corrupt political class began - it is called the Tea Party.

Every time the corruption of establishment politicians is exposed, every time an establishment politician tries to buy votes with an earmark or pulls-up in a taxpayer-funded limo, another American citizen says "enough is enough" and joins the Tea Party movement and with that we are one vote closer to sweeping away today's corrupt Washington establishment.

Go here to read the full article at the Washington Examiner, and come back to ConservativeHQ.com to leave your comments. 

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CP-USA Could Have Helped Tea Party and “Super Committee”

 

Although the Conservative Party (CP-USA) congratulated the GOP and the Tea Party for giving Obama and the Democrats a shellacking last November, we’re finding little to cheer about this November.  The Debt Ceiling fiasco was..well..a fiasco and Congress still has not enacted a budget in nearly 1,000 days.

Besides raising the debt ceiling for the 28th time since 1980, the only notable thing Congress created was that ill-advised “Super Committee”.  This new Committee is but the latest in a long string of panels, committees, study groups and fiscal conventions that Congress will ignore just like it ignored all the others.  Just ask Obama and Congress what happened to the recommendations submitted by the Simpson-Bowels Committee.   

The Super Committee is proof positive of only one thing: It proves the Republi-Dem Congress and the Administration have failed to govern – again.  They shifted the burden and responsibility of making the needed tough fiscal decisions to this Committee.  The President has failed to lead and the Republi-Dem congress is as inept, hamstrung and wracked with fear as ever. The consequences of this Committee’s failure to reach an agreement will be dire, especially on our Defense readiness.  And trying to insert a surreptitious farm subsidy bill into this new arrangement exemplifies “business as usual” rather than true fiscal reform.

Since Congress failed - again, CP-USA offers a Cost-Cutting Road Map. While adopting these solutions will not cure all our fiscal problems immediately, they will staunch the bleeding, slow the mounting debt and get Congress moving in the right direction.  The GOP has no choice but to finally do what it has promised Americans for the past 25 years.  They have this one, last and final chance.  If they fail – again – the GOP will confirm that it’s finished as a viable party.

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STOP BASE LINE BUDGETING: This pernicious accounting gimmick requires budgets to automatically increase by 10% every year. The net effect is that even if Congress “cuts” a program by 4%, for example, actual spending still increases by 6%. The “cut” is an illusion while the increase is real. It will be impossible to make meaningful budget reforms until this institutional deception is expunged. 

STOP EARMARKING: Stop Congressional Earmarks immediately. While small in comparison to the general budget, this “legal” form of back-room corruption and pork is symptomatic of the culture of entitlement at the heart our fiscal problems. Congress should not bribe their constituents with tax payer money to get re-elected.

CUT CONRESSIONAL PAY: Reduce congressional salaries, expense accounts and operating budgets by 10%. Freeze salaries and operations budgets at that reduced level for five years.  Average Americans have endured a long list of hardships due to Congressional incompetence and corruption. Now it’s time for Congress to tighten its belt.

CUT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY: Except for uniformed armed forces personnel, reduce salaries for ALL federal employees and contractors by 5% in 2012 and cut them an additional 5% in 2013.  Freeze all salaries at 2013 levels until 2016. 

FREEZE FEDERAL HIRING: Freeze civilian staffing levels for all federal agencies. Reduce staffing (including contractors) for all departments & agencies to December 2009 levels; retain those cuts for five years. Federal Government hiring has increased 35% in the past three years.

CUT OPERATING BUDGETS: Except for DOD, CIA and DHLS, reduce the operating budget for all federal departments & agencies by 10%; retain that cut for five years.  Freeze DOD, CIA and DHLS budgets at 2010 levels for the next five years.

CUT DEPT OF EDUCATION: Reduce DOE’s budget and staff by 15% every year for the next five years. This highly inefficient and bloated bureaucracy has a staff exceeding 4,200 and a $137B annual budget. It has contributed little to educating America’s children as evidenced by declining test scores and high drop-out rates.  Let the states manage education.

CUT FOREIGN AID - NOW: Reduce Foreign Aid by 20% in 2012 and by 10% in each of the next four years. Cut our U.N. annual contributions by 20%. The President and the State Department can decide which countries get reduced aid. America can’t afford to support all these third-world countries, many of whom actually hate us.

DEFUND AND REPEAL OBAMACARE: Defund key enforcement provisions of “ObamaCare”. This includes withholding funds for the 120 new Departments required by this Bill and the hiring of thousands of IRS agents needed to enforce its Mandate. Withhold those funds until there are enough votes in Congress to enact a full repeal and to override a Presidential veto.  Start fresh with a new Bill.

MODIFY SOCIAL SECURITY: Impose means testing for people with net worth exceeding $5M or annual disposable income of $500K; increase the eligibility age from 65 to 67. 

FIX MEDICARE AND MEDICADE:  While very popular, these programs are bankrupting America in their current configuration.  Their top-line spending must be cut across the board by 2% every year for the next 10 years (with NO adjustment for inflation) to ensure they’ll be available for our children.

STOP BAILOUTS: Bailing out failing companies makes no more sense today than it would have made in 1900 to bail out buggy manufacturers. Such bailouts have slowed the evolution of entirely new technologies, industries, retarded economic recovery and slowed job growth.  Solyndra and other failed “green” companies are examples of crony capitalism at taxpayer expense, not sound fiscal policy.

ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR ARTS: In these dire times, America can ill afford to spend money on the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR). These programs cost more than $200M annually and must be phased out completely within five years.

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Good cuts, but not enough!

We need to completely get the UN out of the USA! No more money and even get rid of their headquarters! They have been proven to be corrupt and we don't need to help the corruption. Get rid of the Department of Education and let the states take care of it, get rid of the NEA, NPR and PBS completely! Get rid of Homeland Security, let the FBI and CIA do their job, since they are not doing it! Get rid of all Obama's Czars and their departments, they are all either Communist sympathizers or so Socialist that they are useless expenditures!The other cuts are good, but need to go deeper, get rid of all duplications within the Departments! God Bless You for doing this!

Amazing platform...

The above just happens to correspond almost exactly with Ron Paul's platform, except he would cut more aggressively and would save even more money by closing foreign bases and bringing troops home from any conflict not expressly authorized by Congress, as authorized by the Constitution.