On Saturday, Sept. 8, two men named Michael expressed interesting opposing views.
Michael R. observed: “Without the Constitution, we are lost. We have no rudder. We will float where the currents of power take us regardless of the outcome. If the ultimate law of the land is not relevant, what will be our compass? ...
“Will we have any rights? Our well conceived and thoughtfully constructed Constitution is what protects us from tyranny … and that document is constantly under attack by those who find it an obstacle to their goals.”
Michael S. commented: “While I think that the mainstream Democrat Party and liberals in general are still comfortable with the continuum of the political ideology and economic policies of FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, Ford, Carter, Bush Sr., Clinton, and Obama, today’s GOP has moved radically right since the Bush/Cheney era.”
He added that Bush’s “trickle down” unregulated economic policy almost destroyed our middle class economy in 2008.
Regarding “trickle down” economics. On Dec. 14, 1962, President Kennedy made a speech at the Economic Club of New York outlining his proposed massive tax plan designed to spur economic growth. It cuts taxes and discourages government spending. “Our tax system ... exerts too heavy a drag on growth in peace time. It siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power ...
“When consumers purchase more goods, plants use more of their capacity, men are hired instead of laid off, investment increases and profits are high ... margins will be improved and both the incentive to invest and the supply of internal funds for investment will be increased. There will be new interest in taking risks and increasing productivity and creating new jobs and new products for long-term economic growth ...”
This speech was predicate for the Kemp, Roth, Reagan (ERTA) tax-rate reductions President Ronald Reagan signed into law at his Rancho del Cielo in 1981.
Government’s financial problems. Why must government employees belong to labor unions? President Roosevelt wrote a letter (dated Aug. 16, 1937) opposing Public Employee Unions. “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.
“The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress.
“Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters ... It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that “under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States government.”
Yet, fed government employees went on strike during the Clinton administration budget process.
Michael S. feels that Obama is a centrist president, but the GOP/ Tea Party will push America very hard right. The Tea Party appears to protect America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights. In 2009, President Obama became the first American president to chair the United Nations Security Council along with being president of the United States.
Did you know that Section 9 of the Constitution states that “no person holding any office of profit or trust shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state?”
Congress sidestepped our laws (and oath of trust) to allow the president to represent a foreign state while being president of the United States. Section 10 of our Constitution prohibits most of what has led to our economic problems ... and sacrificing our soldiers all over the world.
President Bush Sr. informed us that we were entering into a new global government. Like President Obama’s “change,” neither president told us what the change entails. When human rights advocates wanted the United Nations to stop the atrocities in Africa the UN called it “ethnic cleansing.” Washington Post reporter (Keith Richburg — Out of America) went to Africa to write about Africa’s decade of democracy and discovered the horrific ethnic genocide going on in Rwanda, Somalia, and Liberia.
Thank you, two Michaels, for the comparison. Do we want to throw away our Constitution for an ambiguous change of government?
Bonnie McGuire lives in Nevada City.
Like President Obama’s “change,” neither president told us what the change entails.