The real no spin definition of most earmarks is a Member of Congress targeting a group with your money taken right from the ever flowing government monetary fountain to either get votes or campaign funds for reelection. This keeps the “select” few in Congress. Search high and low and you will not find much integrity in Congress or with those who use the system to keep getting reelected.
Who runs our government? At any given time, the decision makers in Congress represent the 15% of the population who place party above country. Most people who are registered Democrats or Republicans follow their party and generally agree with their party, but do not place party above country. Most elected representatives are of the 15% of the population who are Democrats or the 15% who are Republicans – these are the folks who place party above country. Under the Bush administration there was a push to expand the Republican Party by expanding government and spending more – sounds like the Democrats doesn’t it? The theory was, if we give the people “stuff” they will vote for us, since this has worked for the Democrats for some time.
The problem was that the Democrats had elevated giving stuff to those who don’t have stuff to an art form and thus the Republican plan badly backfired. In the case of the Republican representatives, they placed party above country. The problem with the Democratic Party, now that the backlash against the Republicans has given the Democrats essentially a majority in both Houses of Congress and possession of the Whitehouse, is that they are seizing the opportunity to take their art form of expanding government and giving stuff to those who don’t have stuff to a new level. They are using this opportunity to forever move this country, in a series of well planned steps, to the far left progressive governance of socialism and control by their party. Again this is party over country.
In a previous posting “Fix Congress, But How?” I suggested changes to our Constitution as a means of regaining control of the country from the parties. It should always be what is best for the country, not what is best for the party. That posting did not cover one other method of regaining control of our country and the re-establishment of bi-partisan governing or more importantly multi-partisan governing. This type of governing is brings back checks and balances.
By allowing a third or even more parties to grow and prosper to major status, we will force compromise, build in check and balances, and blunt extremism from the two major parties of today. This means changing state laws that have been put in place to make it very hard for other than a Republican or Democrat to run for federal office. Today’s Democratic Party is not the party to which my father, a union bricklayer, belonged. The Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy was more like the Republican Party today. Both Parties have moved very left. Within each party are those who represent the centrist, left and right camps of party members. The Blue Dog Democrats are fiscally conservative members of the Democratic Party, and are mostly from the south. They may be Democrats, but they do not control the party – the Far left does. This group would bolt to a viable third party if it could achieve major status. Do you think they were comfortable recently when Speaker Pelosi demanded a yes vote for the 1,000+ page American Recovery Act (stimulus bill of $787 Billion) with no time to read or digest it? This was a case for these people to place party over country, because if they did not comply, the party would not support them going forward during the reelection primary campaign.
You can initiate change yourself. Find a party of your liking and change or simply go independent. However in most states independents lose out during the primary season by being shut out of the vote. The two major parties are simply too powerful, with the Democrats being in an über power position. This situation is incredibly dangerous for this nation. The far left 15% of the population are now in control of our country. Is this how you want this country managed? Spinning off those other major parties is change you can trust. Change you need to push for by contacting your state representatives to insure that getting on the ballot is equally easy for all parties.