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Lehigh Valley Tea Party Calls for Government Cuts

The Lehigh Valley has issued a statement on the so-called 'fiscal cliff' government crisis

In response to the current 2013 Government Spending Crisis (deceptively called the “fiscal cliff”), the Lehigh Valley Tea Party (LVTP) asks our Representatives and Senators, as a first step toward a solution to this crisis, to vote for legislation cutting the size and power of government.

The federal government cuts should start with eliminating the wasteful cost of departments performing improper functions of government at the federal level. The first federal departments to be abolished with the control of these functions picked up by the states are: Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  These department eliminations will help to eradicate costly waste in addition to the abuse of power by government operatives and regulators.

Further, the LVTP asks our Representatives and Senators to work on legislation dissolving the Federal Reserve System and returning the banking function to its rightful place in the private sector. The Federal Reserve has failed to maintain a sound currency which should have been its primary function.

The LVTP asks our Representatives and Senators to work on legislation that replaces “baseline budgeting” by the federal government with “zero-based budgeting” to terminate the perpetual and unjustified growth of Big Government.

The LVTP asks our Representatives and Senators to fight against and vote against any future attempt to raise the debt ceiling, and especially to fight against any unconstitutional attempt by President Obama to seize Congress’s rightful power to control the debt ceiling and, thus, government spending.

The LVTP judges that these dramatic cuts to government size and power and reductions in government interference in the economy are the only morally, politically, and economically justifiable method for delaying the effects coming from massive and unjustifiable government spending. We hope that these measures will delay the American people having to suffer the collapse of the dollar by inflation or the enslavement of future generations by massive government borrowing. The destructive inflation would be caused by the Federal Reserve System printing outrageous amounts of money (i.e., Quantitative Easing, QE1 & QE2) in order to support unjustifiable government spending. The destructive borrowing would be the result of incurring massive debt to foreign nations that are hostile to Individual Rights in order to support unjustifiable government spending.

-- Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party

Wayne Schissler December 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
John Reynard said, "...Social Security and Medicare which are fully funded government insurance programs paid for by FICA contributions (not part of the general budget and not drawing on it either)." You are mistaken. It has not been fully funded by the FICA contributions since 2010. Benefits out are exceeding revenue in. This has been the most predicable "fiscal crisis" ever since it is simply a factor of demographics, more and more retirees and less workers. The fictitious lock-box of a trust fund was spent and IOU's need to be paid back to send out the checks. Where does that money come from? There may be some magical accounting trick that tells you that the "trust fund" is supplying the check money (this is what the lying politicians are telling us) but where is the trust fund (IOUs) getting the cash? Borrowing and adding to the deficit. Now, if we want to continue sending the checks to grandma we better find someplace else to cut. We must stop buying the politician's smoke and mirrors accounting gimmicks and demand accountability.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
It appears that the extreme right wing members of the U.S. House of Representatives are punishing us for re-electing Obama.
Wayne Schissler January 01, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Not sure what you mean Wilfredo. This whole fiasco was properly legislated and passed by the congress & senate, and signed by the president back in 2011. Are you telling me that the fools (ALL of them) that passed it then are somehow off the hook if it actually comes to pass?
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 01, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Just a thought, Wayne...We have seen these guys turned their backs on their leader Speaker Boehner embarrassing him no end over his proposal for what reason (Grover Norquest's pledge signing?)...Make it difficult for all in 2012-2013.
Wayne Schissler January 01, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Well, the grand deal of the moment is basically kicking any talk about spending cuts to a March deadline, meanwhile taxes go up. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the sequestration (the so-called "fiscal cliff") stays in place, discretionary spending would grow from $1.047 to $1.147 trillion. That's right, a cut in growth, not a real cut. And federal workers and congress all get a raise. So the glassy green-eyed envy of the "soak the rich crowd" gets temporarily sated with a tax which barely scratches the total debt while favored businesses continue to pay nothing and federal departments that have demonstrated their inability to preform continue to grow. Welcome to the New Year, same as the old year...

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