This week’s revised Collegian column…

Same party legislature a huge mistake

By Seth Stern

I had a revelation this weekend while reading columns and articles from publications around the nation. It occurred to me that the population of the U.S. overall, is almost indescribably dumb.

Of course I don’t mean this about the individual people of the U.S.; most of the people I know are thoughtful, intelligent and somewhat-well-spoken. I mean this as a generalized observation of the group.

You may be asking yourself, “Where does he get off?” The voters of the U.S. spent six of the last eight years witnessing the utter destruction wrought by a president with a compliant legislature of the same party.

I certainly don’t blame the population of the U.S. for demonstrating their distaste for George W. Bush last November. To vote in a rubber stamp legislature along with President Barack Obama is further proof that the U.S. voters, as a whole, are a few IQ points short of Forrest Gump-like intellect. Further proof exists in the 14 percent Congressional approval rating prior to the election, invalidated a month later when 95 percent of incumbent Representatives returned.

Take a look back through time, Democrats passed the assault weapons ban and rightfully paid the price the next election.

Ronald Reagan said in his inauguration address, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” He then proceeded to ask the legislature to pass a law to increase the statutory limit of the federal deficit to over $1 trillion for the first time.

Republicans and Democrats combined for the single best example of legislative stupidity, the USA PATRIOT Act.

Today we have a rubber stamp legislature, a Republican minority with zero credibility and a nation of people who think the government will solve their problems. Evidence of this lies in a 70 percent approval rating for a man who pushed through a bill to borrow more money –– with a deficit –– to spark an economy suffering because of government interference, while cutting taxes, discounting the entire Republican party as also-ran whiners while lavishing in the glory of being more than a mere mortal.

Last Thursday, Jon Stewart grilled former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu regarding the Republicans newfound “religion” of fiscal responsibility.

This is the type of idiocy perpetuating the nation. I love Stewart’s humor, and in fact defended him to family members who thought he was a left-wing hack. I said at the time he picks on the idiocy of politics; the right wing makes it easy for him.

Now it’s obvious to me that, like most of his fellow New Yorkers, Stewart thinks government will solve any problem. Everyone knew after the election that the GOP would have to return to their roots, or reinvent their image altogether. They finally start saying no to the executive branch, but it’s too late and their motives are suspect.

We even had local evidence of the phenomena of “government will save us,” last week.

Two freshmen in last Friday’s Collegian news story, “Wary of Weapons,” said they didn’t see any need for someone to legally carry a firearm in school. They apparently believe that if someone decides to go on a rampage i.e. Virginia Tech, Columbine, etc., the CSU Police Department will magically appear on their uber-Segways within seconds to stop the threat.

Next time you’re sitting in a classroom, think how many people may be hurt or killed in the next three or four minutes if someone walks in with one or several firearms and opens fire. A legally armed student is likely your only hope.

The philosophy of expecting government to protect you from either physical attack or economic recession requires a positive outcome.

Remember, government brought us Vietnam, USA PATRIOT Act, income taxes, the assault weapons ban (extremely expensive legislation that accomplished nothing), Operation Iraqi Freedom (nearing $2T), national speed limits (didn’t work), Hurricane Katrina’s non-response, Social Security (bankrupt), Medicare/Medicaid (hope it’s not serious), and recently the Generational Theft Acts one and two.

Social Security is a problem, not in 34 years, as the politicians would love to claim, but in 9 years. This week I had a poli sci professor say in class that we obviously needed a short term fix to get us through the recession. Bullshit. It’s that kind of short-sighted glad handing of the voters that’s gotten us into this mess. If one generation of politicians had stood up and said, we have to take measures for the long term, for our grand-children sake, we may have gotten through this already.

But that’s not going to happen. Politicians will continue to shift blame, say it wasn’t their fault, will continue to expand government further and further. What politician can you think of willing to say “Social Security is an albatross around our neck. We have to get rid of it, or overhaul it.”?

None.

My suggestion, were it requested, would insist upon the immediate death of the Social Security Trust. Which allows the government to place IOUs in place of the actual SS revenues, into holding for a later time. It’s how Clinton had his mythical “surplus” when he left office. He didn’t, he was using SS monies to pay for other programs.

How is this idiocy allowed to stand? Why are we not marching in the plaza? Why is this not the ONLY thing that matters to our generations? The Baby Boomers have served to destroy the federal government, the economy, and baseball. When are we going to put a stop to it?

When is today’s generation going to stand up, and shout at the top of their lungs, “WE’RE TIRED OF THIS LUNACY!!”?

We have no one to blame but ourselves. Call or write your congressperson and senator, tell them to address the problem immediately, tell them to stop taking out loans in our names, because dammit, we don’t deserve to pay for this mess!!

“The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” – Winston Churchill. I hope we are running out of alternatives.

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