Another inconsistency among those on our side is the constant demand for states’ rights and the removal of federal oversight. Presently, few states, even many run by conservative Governors, are willing to refuse federal help on education, transportation, and other subsidies. Rather, those Governors and State Legislators, pick and choose which dollars they want to accept and pray they don’t end up with dollars that will become a target of conservative watchdog groups.
For instance, many states have declined to set up the healthcare exchanges required under Obamacare because they know they cannot afford the associated Medicaid cost; however those same States are not willing to turn down other subsidies like agriculture, energy and education.
Governor Chris Christie is Exhibit A. Just two weeks prior to Hurricane Sandy, he refused to set up the healthcare exchange in New Jersey because the cost would be too much of a burden for his state. However, in the aftermath of the Hurricane, Governor Christie was furious at Congress for not appropriating more then $60 billion in aid.
Did Governor Christie forget that our Nation is burdened by a debt of more than 16 trillion dollars and does not have the means to pay for this high bill?
Much of the Hurricane Sandy relief bill contained pork that had nothing to do with actual relief. Outside of a few dedicated news and blog outlets, there was no national outcry. Rather, we let the Democrats continue their tradition of showcasing victims in order to gain approval from the masses. Emotion is one of the most powerful tools in politics and rarely do you see conservatives using it effectively.
If you say you believe in state’s rights, then Governor Christie should have absorbed the cost for the damage of Hurricane Sandy. The bureaucracy we have created today, might not give a State the option of handling such tremendous cost however if we encourage a system of responsible assessment and directly link it to our States general fund, then a State might be better prepared to fiscally handle the financial burden. This new system would guarantee accuracy and honesty and the elimination of pork projects like FBI salaries, fish farm subsidies and repairs to the roof of the Smithsonian within a bill.
Conservatives need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves, are we willing to tighten our own belts and go with less benefits, work a year or two longer in order to restore our country?
I know it’s difficult to say yes to this, knowing the amount of waste occurring at all levels of government and abetted by our elected officials – and all too often, ourselves. If we remove ourselves from the equation and set the example of taking responsibility in our own lives, then we are more likely to encourage a public policy reflective of the thrift and self-reliance that built this nation.