By Jack Tymann
America’s slide toward government dependency and unsustainable debt is escalating. On issues from taxes to illegal immigration, health care and gun rights, progressives command the national message — arguing they can solve everything by government intervention.
Meanwhile Republicans lose every public-relations battle with the same old uninspiring arguments and tired faces — appearing out-of-touch with “the 47 percent.”
Most 2012 Obama voters believe that sequestration (the president’s invention last year) is the Republicans’ approach to block money (which we don’t have) for free health care, free preschool, assistance on home and college loans and millions of new jobs magically created by centralized government planning, while creating “fairness” by redistributing wealth from the “greedy rich.”
Being blamed for everything wrong, possibly including a government shutdown over the next debt-ceiling “crisis,” the stumbling GOP could lose control of the House in 2014.
Sequestration means seizing valuable property to prevent disposition until proper ownership is resolved. Here the property is taxpayer dollars — plus another 40 percent to be printed or borrowed.
Administration officials and the president himself have insinuated that unless the GOP unleashes the money they’ve seized — and further taxes the “rich” — there will be catastrophic shortfalls in government programs, massive layoffs of FBI agents, teachers, federal prosecutors, janitors and TSA agents (meaning longer airport waits and possibly more terrorist attacks), fewer food inspections but higher food prices, children kicked out of Head Start, no funds for cancer research or government assistance in natural disasters, and no motor scooters for seniors.
Dirty air and dirty water will contaminate America as “green energy”
Shockingly, the Obama administration has already started mass releases of illegal immigrant detainees, blaming sequester long before any cuts materialize.
Some say we’re at the apocalypse — because heartless Republicans are cutting a paltry 2.3 percent (only 1.1 percent this fiscal year) or $1.2 trillion over 10 years from reckless spending that produced a $1.3 trillion deficit in 2012 alone.
We might even have to end free cellphones and free contraception. Just joking! “Obamaphones” and free condoms/pills would be the last “entitlements” eliminated.
We are also told GOP obstructionism will force increased prices for postage stamps and Amtrak tickets.
It’s surprising we haven’t heard that millions will starve to death — or that our homes will burn to the ground without firefighters to rescue us. But it has been suggested that disabled children, minorities, young unmarried pregnant women, janitors and studies of cow-gas emissions will be hit the hardest.
Blaming the GOP for any and all fabricated dire consequences means victory for the economically clueless progressives in Washington.
No need for further spending disciplines or entitlement reform.
That is a loss for fiscal conservatives and for future American generations.
The truth? Federal spending has exploded 75 percent from a $2 trillion 2002 budget to $3.5 trillion in 2012 (without any budget).
With sequestration cuts, federal spending will grow an additional 67 percent to almost $6 trillion per year by 2022.
Histrionics aside, our government is still open and taxing and spending recklessly — adding daily to unconscionable debt which threatens future generations.
Enough! It’s time to choose what’s best for America above gridlock and making Republicans look bad. It’s time to put America on the path toward a balanced budget — ASAP.
This will require national resolve and some difficult belt-tightening on entitlements. But how do Republicans connect with, inform and inspire millions being deceived by progressive nonsense?
Well, the faces of the messengers must change. House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John McCain must yield the national stage to Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Paul Ryan, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Gov. Rick Scott and other imperfect Republicans with far more potential of reaching those 2012 Obama voters.
Dr. Ben Carson and others like him must take the spotlight on TV shows, offering common-sense arguments without the stench of politics. Carson’s recent National Prayer Breakfast remarks went viral on the Internet. Why? Because millions are hungry for the inspirational message of hope he delivered.
We need to hear more from the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint and Hillsdale College’s Larry Arnn — with more civil, thoughtful, appealing discussions and a positive agenda reaching all Americans.
A new weekly Saturday morning Internet/TV/radio hour, if properly designed, would catch on like wildfire. Instead of demonizing political opponents, participants would focus optimistically on Ronald Reagan’s vision of a shining city on a hill — a special land inhabited by citizens aware of their God-given liberties and related responsibilities, a place where the opportunity to seek and achieve one’s dream is independent of race or creed or party affiliation or government largess, the America we’ve loved and can restore once we find the way to communicate.
As president of Westinghouse International, Tymann led business development in 75 nations. From 1992-2001 he co-chaired the Clinton-Mubarak Presidents’ Council for the Middle East. A Pelican Bay resident since 1994 and a community activist, Tymann is a regular contributor to the Daily News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.