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Debt Ceiling Debate Rages

On Capital Hill the debt debate rages on. President Obama and the liberal left want to raise the debt ceiling without any real cuts in spending. The cuts he proposed have to be decided by committees and voted AFTER the ceiling is raised. In other words, raise the ceiling and then we’ll tell why we can’t cut anything. Sorry, no dice.

Moderates like Bill O’Reilly contend that the Tea Party and conservative republicans are right in principle BUT the American don’t get it soooo work out a compromise and raise the debt ceiling and some taxes otherwise there will be a backlash. What’s the matter Mr No Spin … no real guts to do the right thing which also happens to be the hard thing? Yes, our society has growing addiction to socialism when it comes to themselves. There are many American’s who don’t want THEIR federally funded special interest cut or touched. Mr. O’Reilly if not now then when? The longer we let it go … the more the addiction will grow. Nip it now … let ’em scream and break free from socialism.

Where does the Constitution guarantee its citizen’s free health care, free college, and free education?  It doesn’t. Let the Constitution do what it guarantees. One of those is defense of the nation yet our President has no problem cutting that. He had no problem letting NASA go. Democrat’s talk about privatizing it. Really? It’s part of our national defense? Do we want corporate run armies and military?No. That’s the government’s responsibility.  Let corporations take over education. They will fix it and produce thinking students.

Here’s some reality checks:

1. THE TEA PARTY DID NOT CREATE THIS MESS SO GET OFF THEIR BACKS!

2. RAISING TAXES TODAY WOULD NOT ADD ONE CENT TO THE CHAUFFERS TOMORROW!

3. CUTTING SPENDING WOULD PRODUCE IMMEDIATE RESULTS.

4. CUTTING DEPENDENCY PROGRAMS NOW WOULD ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO TURN AWAY FROM SOCIALISM.

5. CUTS NOW PRODUCE SAVINGS NOW.

It’s pretty simple but it’s hard. When I became the administrator of a Christian school in crisis, the previous administration recommended closing it down. Nearly $500,000.00 a year was pouring into the school plus bail outs from the church. I looked it and said, “Let’s live on just what we take in, stop taking money from the church, and make the cuts to make that happen.” It wasn’t easy. We downsized staff and programs. But at the end of my first year we paid off all our debts, came in under budget, and made a $7,000.00 profit. It was the first time in the history of the school it did not take one cent from the church, operated within its means, and made a profit.  No one here liked losing their pet project or area of responsibility but after paying off debts and never missing a payroll everyone is on board now and excited about our future. I am now getting calls from other administrators wanting to know how we did it!

We didn’t blame past administrations. We rolled our sleeves up and got to work. Our commitment was to Christian education not to a particular style or method of Christian education which required more money, more resources, and more people.

If we cut social programs and pet projects will people scream? Yes. Will polls show it? Yes. BUT over the long term as taxes go down and the burden is lifted and the economy gets rolling … they will get on board with enthusiasm.

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