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This is a column by Len Calderone and appeared in the print edition of the Coastal Courier yesterday.
The federal government is not only broke it is broken. Our founding fathers established three branches of government as a means to keep each one in check. These branches are the executive, the legislative and the Judicial.
The judicial branch, which includes the Supreme Court, is tasked with making sure that the other two branches do not overreach the boundaries established by the Constitution. In theory the Supreme Court should be nonpartisan, but in reality the justices vote along party lines. The justices are selected by the president and confirmed by Congress. A liberal president will select a liberal justice, while a conservative president will choose a conservative justice. Historically, we have seen that the Supremes split the vote according to their ideologies rather than address an issue strictly by the Constitution.
We have seen this with the fourth and fifth amendments, as the courts have allowed the government to take away more of our freedoms. The ninth and tenth amendments spell out the limits of government, yet the judicial branch has allowed the other branches to take from the people powers that are not granted to the government.
The legislative branch is a total failure and operates mainly on a partisan basis. The Senate hasn't presented a budget for the country in three years and the House of Representatives is spending us into oblivion. Both parties are so self absorbed in their own ideologies that they are ignoring the will of the people who elected them. Each elected official has his or her own agenda and will not move from that position no matter how much it hurts the country.
Congress keeps raising the debt limit instead of cutting spending. Approximately 24 percent of our economy is federal spending. Much of the increase in federal spending originated in laws passed by Congress.
Congress also has failed to oversee governmental agencies and perpetuated this fiasco by not forcefully investigating agency breakdowns, such as "Fast and Furious" and the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. We are no closer to answers than we were when Congress first started their investigations. The administrative branch has hindered these investigations, thereby throwing the balance of government power toward the office of the president.
The president is the chief executive officer of the country. His job is to oversee the different elements of the government and make sure that they are doing what they were established to do. The problem with the presidency is that over the years,the president has taken too much control of the government. He has even by-passed Congress, making that branch ineffective.
Since the founding of the country, the president's power has grown substantially to the point that he is the most powerful person in the world. I believe that this is too much power for any one person. The president's power is going unchecked and unbalanced. Using executive orders, decrees, memorandums and national security directives, the president has full control over foreign and domestic policy without any controls from Congress or the Supreme Court.
The federal government is the largest government in the world. What happened to the Constitution's limit of federal power?


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timeontarget commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM

I thought that those of you who visit this site but perhaps don't get the Courier in hard copy would benefit from reading Mr. Calderone's column.

Len Calderone is a guest columnist from time to time in The Coastal Courier

"Calderone is a conservative who lives in Midway and has written for trade publications in various fields."

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 08:57 AM

Yes TOT."Mr. Calderone is a conservative who lives in Midway and has written for trade publications in various fields." I read his columns from time to time for entertainment. He seems obsessed with inflicting his conservative mantra about big guv-mint demons about to devour us on a fairly regualar basis. It's not surprising that you find enjoyment in his conservative blather.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 09:03 AM

FYI: Lenny once used the word GOVERNMENT thirteen (13) times in one short 'column' that ran in the Courier.

It may be OCD. I'm not really sure.

sebekm commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Despite his politics, Calderone has stated several "truisms" about our guvamint that few can deny:

* The guvamint is broken.
* There are three branches.
* The description of what happens in the Judical Branch is - IMHO - accurate.
*The description of what happens in the Legislative Branch is - IMHO - accurate.
*The comments on the debt ceiling are - IMHO - accurate.
*The last paragraph which outlines Congress' failures and the president's (GOP and Dem) usurpation of power and authority over the years is well-documented.

We may not like the messenger, but a close examination of the message - again IMHO - leaves little to criticize. However, Calderone's arguments are a bit stale - as we've seen and been hearing about these issues for at least 50 years but nobody seems to want to do anything about them. Each party in power just wants to add to their power/authority. You've seen it recently in the U.S. Senate. Now Reid wants to kill the filibuster, but when the Republicans were in control and the Dems were the "obstructionists" he hollered to high heaven when they wanted to do it, citing the "unconsitutionality" and lack of "fair play" if it happened.

In related political matters: Aside from its projected effects on the economy, the "fiscal cliff" is looking better and better to me as I explore the consequences:

*Taxes WILL go up.
*Entitlements WILL go down.
*Defense WILL be cut and our international military footprint WILL have to shrink as a result.
*The guvamint WILL have to closely examine all expenditures and tough choices WILL have to be made.
*The growth of guvamint WILL be slowed, as will the increase in the federal debt.

I've argued for these happenings on this here blog site since I first started posting. So it looks to me like - if our guvamint can't make these things happen through legislative compromise, where they can all take the credit - then maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if they happened by operation of "fiscal cliff" - where they can all take the blame.

Jimmy - you predicted this months ago, just as you correctly predicted the results of the presidential election. What sayest thou?

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 13:41 PM

Hi Sebe. I sayest thou art right.

sebekm commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 17:54 PM

...is that as opposed to left?

sebekm commented on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 17:58 PM

Hey - check this out:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/7...

76% favor cutting spending? That sounds like a "mandate" to me. They ought to get on with it.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Hi Sebe. Naw...it just means that I agree with you and the points you made. I believe the Prez will use his bully pulpit to force the hand and we will miss going over the cliff.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I knew. Just trying to make a funny. It does seem that they now want to make a deal. It will be interesting to see how the debt limit "negotiations" play out. Everybody is talking "leverage," but the GOP is executing a strategic withdrawal. Reminds me of "Peace With Honor."

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 14:41 PM

It might just be that the Republicans are going to just allow Obama to drive the train over the cliff.

I don't think the econimic engine which supports this nation can sustain much more abuse of taxing authority at any and all levels of government.

There is simply too much Government in all of our lives.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 18:20 PM

Historically, government grows until it collapses of its own excesses, or until the people get fed up and get rid of it (or them). Hopefully, our elected officials will see the light and cause some self-correction before either occurs.

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 20:51 PM

This is not a good year for "Military cuts"...

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/...

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 06:00 AM

"Historically, government grows until it collapses of its own excesses,"

We are approaching that now.

Half of our citizens (or perhaps I should say residents) pay no taxes and receive their sustainment from those who do pay taxes.

The majority of consumer goods are produced in foreign economies and purchased here by consumers which live off of paychecks from some element of government.

Most everything in Walmart is made in China.

China along with nearly the entire world gets foreign aid I believe. If I am wrong please correct me.

Our private sector continues to shrink and the government continues to hamper it at each and ever opportunity.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 06:30 AM

each and every

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

The argument for smaller government diminishes in the court of public opinion (and in the legislatures) as the number of recipients of benefits from bigger government grows. Before long, a vote for small government will mean a vote to cut off almost everyone's "benefits," which people won't want to do. Bigger government only increases dependency and creates an environment for even bigger government. Somehow, the cycle must be broken. If it isn't, we will continue to be our brother's keeper until there are only "brothers" and no "keepers."

Then what will we do?

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I am reminded of the comment by one of our forefathers..."surely we will all hang separately if not altogether."

Not many of us will be left safe and solvent if the bus goes over the cliff.

I'm hopin' it don't happen...

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 05:47 AM

"Not many of us will be left safe and solvent if the bus goes over the cliff."

Probably true but this continuing upward spiral of mounting debt sustained by the borrowing of funds from the likes of China and Russia will ultimately cause the crash.

Most Americans who grew up in the sixties have grown accustomed to living beyond their means.

When did the U.S. Senate last pass a budget?

Our Congress has become a failure.

That I think was the point that Mr Calderon was attempting to make when he wrote the column referred to in this blog.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM

Those who have lived within their means will survive.

Those who are self reliant will survive.

Those who are dependent on the government for sustainment will be the first to suffer.

That is a cold hard fact but nevertheless that's how it is.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

"When did the U.S. Senate last pass a budget?"

I wouldn't be surprised if a budget isn't passed until the Republicans take over both houses of Congress. It's a sad state of affairs when a President submits a budget, and the Senate majority leader OF HIS OWN PARTY refuses to bring it to the floor for a vote, stating that to vote on it would subject his party to ridicule.

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 at 05:47 AM

If our broadcast media was honest and honorable like it once was they would have been harping on the lack of a budget ever since Obama got to Pennsylvania avenue.

I think their intent is to make him look good no matter how miserable the performance.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 08:41 AM

Mr Calderone covered the present condition of our country in his column which I copied and posted on this blog site.

The three branches of our government were identified and their purpose was explained.

Traditionally it has been understood that the press is the fourth estate of a democracy.

In addition to our three branches of government being broken I must add that the fourth estate also is broken.

Our newspapers are not functioning as they once did.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 15:12 PM

Please God have mercy on my soul.

TOT: Does them broken reporters include members of Fox News in your condemnation?

Are Jews next on your list? Anxious people of color, I am sure, would like to know. As noted by Chris Rock, a black comedian, "that train is never late." I say this because you have already run down liberals, the President, the Supreme Court and both legislative houses, so why not just provide us all here with your list of Evil doers?

timeontarget commented on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 07:09 AM

I don't know because I don't watch Fox News.

Traditionally the Press (Newspapers) was always considered to be the fourth estate of a Democracy.

I posted a blog on that very subject a year or so ago.

I have some liberal leanings regarding some issues.

However for the most part I think I prefer the more conservative slant on things.

Please God have mercy on all of our souls.


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