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This is a NEW (old) PARADIGM. It gets us away from our over-reliance on futile elections (see above). It takes us AWAY from arguing about single issues (I'm pro-life to my bone marrow, folks... but we gotta set this on the back burner for a while...) It transcends the labels we put on each other. Amending the Constitution as suggested by Levin does not mean we can't still fight the battles at the ballot box. We can do both!
Here's the thing people... it's urgent. The "Blue Model" (endless spending, endless taxing, endless regulation that favors the cronies and connected) is about to collapse. We're going to start to see the Detroit disease spread like a cancer across the country. Young people are in a terrible squeeze and they are going to be turning to us looking for answers. We are approaching a slo-mo train wreck. Washington is utterly corrupt. They can't do anything but make it worse.
We MUST be looking elsewhere for answers.
"On January 21st, 1981, President Reagan started with 2,875,000 nonmilitary federal employees.
By the end of Reagan’s terms the total number of nonmilitary federal employees was 3,113,000. That is an INCREASE of 238,000
Let’s move on to President George H.W. Bush.
On January 20th, 1989, total federal nonmilitary employment was 3,113,000
by the end of his only term, President George H.W. Bush had 3,083,000 federal nonmilitary employees on the books. That is a REDUCTION of 30,000 employees.
President Bill Clinton came into office with 3,083,000 and by the END of his TWO TERMS he reduced the number of Federal employees to 2,703,000. That is a reduction of 380,000 federal employees.
Now finally, President George W. Bush came into office with 2,703,000 nonmilitary employees and by the time his terms were through, the total nonmilitary federal employees on the books were 2,756,000, which is an INCREASE of 53,000 employees.
The small government, lean and mean political party, seems to be the Democratic Party. President Clinton reduced the size of the federal government’s nonmilitary employees by OVER 10%.
The “so called” small government President Reagan INCREASED the nonmilitary size of government by almost 10%.
The Reagan conservatives, in fact the entire GOP TODAY are trying to frame President Obama as a big government liberal but again, the numbers don’t lie.
By the end of 2010, the United States STILL has less employees on the books than we did back in 1980 even though the population has grown from 226,545,805 to approximately 330,000,000 in 2010.
TOTAL NONMILITARY EMPLOYEES IN 1980 — 2,875,000
TOTAL NONMILITARY EMPLOYEES IN 2010 — 2,840,000
Today's so-called Conservatives are not only trying to hold onto an image that never exsisted, they clearly don't know history!
Te ONLY thing Reagan was Conservative about was social issues!
What was Reagan's responce after the Marine barracks bombing in 1983? 250 USA Service personel lost their lives in the Beruit bombing along with 50 French paratroopers. The French had identified Iran's Revolutionary Guard and the Hellbollah training center as the murderers. The French wanted to attack it but Reagan and Casper Weinberger talked them out of it!!!
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So we have our work cut out for us here. In some ways, we're like New York State where an immense urban tumor sucks the political life from the rest of the state.
But this is no time for excuses. It's urgent.
Wow....how messed up is that, but it sounds like you guys have some good organizations to build on. Maybe your state constitution has a way for the "people" to call for a special session of your Legislature.....Good Luck!