“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they envisioned a governing body comprised of citizen legislators who served at the consent of the public. Today, too many of our elected officials have become independent kings concerned more with power, party and their political careers. The people who elect them and common sense policy solutions are no longer priorities. The inability of the men and women who represent us to secure our nation’s economic infrastructure and our borders has produced a governing body no less tyrannical than King George himself. We need a new independence from these kings in Washington, D.C.
Every year Congress takes a growing share of the nation’s wealth to pay for entitlement programs and discretionary projects far beyond the role of government our founders envisioned. The congressional watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste found that Congress spent a record $29 billion on nearly 10,000 discretionary or pork projects in the fiscal year 2006 appropriations. Despite the best efforts of a few members of Congress to shine the light on this fiscal insanity, too many members view their job as spend, run for re-election, repeat.
The eagerness to give away billions in taxpayer dollars is surpassed only by an eagerness to duck responsibility on our fiscal crises. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered an amendment this year that would have required all Social Security payroll taxes to remain in the Social Security system to pay benefits. Just forty-six senators supported the DeMint amendment. Last year, President Bush and a few Republicans tried to fix the Social Security funding crisis but were denied the opportunity by a bipartisan front of members too afraid to admit a crisis exists.
Our nation’s southern border is a sieve, threatening our sovereignty and the rule of law that supports our unique system of government. A May 19 FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that eighty-six percent of Americans think illegal immigration is a serious problem. Congress had an opportunity to secure the border by voting to build a physical barrier on our southern border, but they failed the public once again.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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