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Penalizing Responsibility

Posted Monday, August 1, 2011, at 7:30 PM

How do you react when our disfunctional Congress talks about cutting entitlements?

Whose entitlements? Everyone who has ever worked for a living, lived a responsible life and forked over their fair share of tax dollars.

Have you heard them mention cutting the size of their retirement benefits, slicing the size of their respective staffs or hefty expense accounts?

Do you think they are more concerned about the debt crisis or 2012 being an election year and looking out for themselves?

They are talking of cutting our hard-earned Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits.

In other words, Congress is, as usual, bent on penalizing responsbility.

Have you heard any mention of chopping off the cost of doing everything but breathing for the shiftless and lazy who have never worked and have no intention of working because they can come out better by being totally irresponsible.

One of the biggest disappointmetns of my life came several years ago when a girl who was a senior in high school and working 20 hours a week at a local supermarket responded as I was telling her how proud I was of her with "As soon as I graduate I'm going to have me a baby so I can get all that money."

Or the older woman in Wal-Mart who advised me as I was purchasing a cheap cell phone for my own use by commenting, "Why don't you get one like I have and let the government pay for it?" I should have told her because I had to help pay for her phone but I just bit my lip and walked away.

Are these major dents in America treated more fairly than those who have lost their jobs and are desperately seeking jobs to take of themselves and their families?

Does President Obama ever think of cutting his extensive travel...even when big problems are taking place right here at home? Was his well-publicized trip to Puerto Rico necessary or an ill-disguised venture to garner more Hispanic votes in 2012?

Personally I'm tired of the Boehners, Pelosis, Reids and such spouting off. I'd like to see 25 Jim Coopers in congress.

Would our nation be better off if all members of Congress were limited to two consecutive terms and no more than four terms in their lifetime?

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If people were responsible they could save for retirement without a government program.

We need to cut every program not expressly authorized by the constitution.

Term limits would be great but must be done by individual states(funny the SCOTUS recognizes states rights here but rarely elsewhere).

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Aug 1, 2011, at 7:52 PM

The issue of responsibility can be summed up with one word "accountability". That is what is missing from our government and our society.

There is no responsibility, and/or penalized responsibility, because no one is being held accountable for their actions, or inactions.

If they were, we wouldn't be the largest debtor nation in the world.

Those who live responsibly end up shouldering the burden for those who are not due to the lack of accountability.

The government has been behaving irresponsibly for decades with no one to hold them accountable. Their primary goal seems to be to hold on to their office by buying the votes of the electorate with subsidies and entitlements. This process is called "plundering". I doubt that term limits will solve this problem. Without accountability, it would only accelerate the "plundering" process due to the time constraints placed on those with their hands in the cookie jar.

Read Frederic Bastiats' "The Law" (download it from this link http://www.fee.org/pdf/books/The_Law.pdf )he explains it all very well.

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Mon, Aug 1, 2011, at 10:14 PM

I think that it's time to "clean house". Congress, Senate, and the House are all in for themselves. This was proved during the vote for "Obamacare". We need some common sense people who knows how to work a checkbook. Raising the ceiling is not going to solve the problem. It's like going on a vacation even though you know you have lots of bills to pay. Once you get back, the bills are waiting there for you.

If Obama would have let the US bottom out when we were heading down, then we would probably be in a better place right now. But instead, he created a false hope or false start.

This government needs to take responsibly and start cutting people off of Medicaid/Medicare and SSI who do not belong there! That would cut the spending dramatically! What about the politicians taking a pay cut? It may not add up to much, but something is better than nothing. Why not fork over their private planes, vacation houses, etc. All of the unnecessary items that they have to help pay the debt? It will never happen because unfortunately we live in the country of greed and hand-outs. Not everyone, but there are people who come here and live here, that have no idea what a honest day's pay means. All they know is that they get a free check every month and a free ride on the American tax payer's train.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Aug 2, 2011, at 10:06 AM

I have watched Mexicans come into our country and take jobs away from the American people (with the help of the American Employers, businesses and lawmakers) and seen them go to Kroger and send hundreds of American Dollars home to Mexico where it would buy more for their families in Mexico.

How does that help the economy in America?

Today there are more jobs available in Mexico than in America.

The Mexicans, from what I heard lately, is that they are all trying to sneak across the border (BACK INTO) Mexico, because they can't find work in America.

Just an example of how you can give the Mexicans amnesty to stay in our country to pay taxes and they would rather go back home.

Apparently even the Mexicans don't like what OB and his 535 disciples have done to our country.

Yet OB is still talking about building those Roads and Bridges. He just got his $2.4 Trillion increase and now he has already asked for an Infrastructure Bank to build these Roads and Bridges. These Roads and Bridged seem to be very important to OB. Just what is he talking

It has to be the NAFTA Super Highway. - A huge NAFTA 10 lane super highway, four (4) football fields wide through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth. Minn.

Included in this NAFTA Super Highway is Roadway for Trucks and passenger vehicles, Bridge Structures, Interchanges, Commuter and Freight rail, High speed Passenger Rail ans Utilities.

For Photos and more Info:


Will his disciples give OB an Infrastructure Bank with an account and everything? Probably. The NAFTA Super Highway has already been started so he must continue building it.

But then again, OB hasn't been able to do anything he has promised he would do.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Aug 3, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Capitalism is being set up to fail so that socialism can take over.

-- Posted by style on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 10:48 PM

I think it is more Muslimism than anything!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:35 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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