The Tea Parties did not come about because people are upset about their taxes being to high as some might suggest. What the Tea Parties are all about
is we want people to simply start telling the truth. We believe that when it comes to our elected officials that character matters. What has caused every
problem we have today is a lack of character and the inability to tell the truth.
This is not just a government problem. It starts with you, in your daily business dealings, in how you deal with your family and friends. We
are the system and our lack of honesty and integrity is the root of our problems.
Take a look at the last two economic bubbles that have punished us in the last decade. The DOT com bubble of the late 1990s came about due to
companies using despicable accounting tricks to show tremendous profits and growth were none existed. They lied to the government and to their
investors until they could no longer hide the truth. We allowed this to happen because we were making ridiculous profits off of sky rocketing
stock values and the government turned a blind eye due to the tremendous tax revenue they were collecting.
Ordinary people succomed to greed in mass numbers fueling this bubble to its eventually bursting. Many people lost their entire life's savings,
thousands of companies and jobs disappeared and have not returned. Sadly we did not learn.
The housing and financial bubble hit almost a decade later for the exact same reasons. The people we trust to look out for us were lying
once again. We were told we could have a house we know we could not afford. We were told to spend money and enjoy ourselves even as our income
dropped and our debt climbed.
Had men of character been running our financial institutions and government this crisis would never have occurred. If our media had been
searching for and demanding the truth we might have know what was coming.
What matters now is that you need to know what you believe and be willing to be truthful about your beliefs. Let me pose a simple question,
a yes or no is all that is required.
Do you believe that Socialism is the solution to our problems, that capitalism has failed and needs to be replaced?
You need to know what you believe because right now we are arguing "is he or isn't he a Socialist" about President Obama. I'll
make the case that this argument doesn't matter, what matters is your answer to the question about Socialism.
Let's start with President Nixon. He denied, then he lied, lied, lied and then suddenly it didn't matter because he resigned.
Next came Bill Clinton who did not have sex with that woman, did not, did not, did not and the okay I did but it doesn't matter.
Next Bush told us they have WMDs, they have WMDs, they have WMDS, they have WMDS, okay they don't have WMDs but it doesn't matter.
Now we are being told, I'm not a Socialist, I'm not a Socialist, I'm not a Socialist and soon we shall here of course I'm a Socialist
but it doesn't matter.
There can only be hope when there is truth. I believe this is why the campaign slogan of Hope has failed for Obama. Without truth there is
only false hope. If your doctor tells you everything will be fine when in fact you have cancer then what you have is false hope. If he tells
you the truth and lays out a plan to fight the cancer involving painful treatments and temporary suffering you may not be happy but
you will have hope.
We are being told that the worst of our problems are behind us but like a person with cancer who has been given morphine we have only
masked our symptoms and delayed dealing with the real problem. The pain-killer can only work for so long, eventually what is killing us
will have to be dealt with or the final result will be certain. In our case the pain-killer is government spending and bail outs and the
patient is quickly becoming addicted.
In order for America to truly begin to recover we must commit ourselves to being truthful and to demand the same of those who represent us. If you
believe socialism and increased taxation are the solution say so honestly and openly so we can have the debate and let the people decide. We
need to stop accepting lies and half truths as normal behavior.
I believe Socialism is not the answer. Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried and in all cases the end is never pretty. You don't
have to look very far back in history to see the great failures of socialism. The Nazis were right wing National Socialists, the USSR were left wing
Communist socialists. One ended in world war and genocide, the other in financial ruin. We have Cuba with people floating in rafts through shark
infested waters to escape their communist socialism. We have Venezuela who despite an educated people and great natural resources has seen their
national wealth shrink rapidly as more and more of their economy is socialized. We have Greece drowning under massive debt as no amount of taxes
can pay for the social benefits their socialist democracy demands.
Socialism attempts to eliminate failure by spreading it around. In the process all that ends up being eliminated is the desire to succeed.
We see this in Europe as most nations have become social democracies and the growth prospects of Europe trail all other parts of the world.
Safety nets change people's behavior. The financial institutions were only willing to take extraordinary risk because they had a safety net.
We rescued them when the otherwise would have failed. Had the safety net not existed it is fairly safe to assume their behavior would have been
different. The same is true of us. It is no coincidence that people have stopped saving for retirement or worrying about their health since
the creation of Social Security and Medicare. We don't have to save, we'll have Social Security. We don't have to eat right or exercise, we only pay
a small co pay for a triple bypass surgery.
Update: I have to add this bit of info to highlight the importance of the need for honesty. Over the last few days President Obama has been asked
repeatedly if their is any connection between the timing of the new Wall Street financial overhaul bill and the SEC fraud charges being brought
against Goldman Sachs.
In no uncertain terms he claims that he had no knowledge of the SEC charges until he heard about them on CNBC(at least he's watching them).
Within the last few hours this story is posted: Goldman's White House connections raise eyebrows
"While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times.
White House logs show that Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein traveled to Washington for at least two events with President Barack Obama, whose 2008 presidential campaign received $994,795 in donations from Goldman's political action committee, its employees and their relatives. He also met twice with Obama's top economic adviser, Larry Summers."
Then we have the fact that if you had done a google search on the term Goldman Sachs SEC on the day the news story on the fraud charges broke the first
result of that search would be a link the the information page about the White House's financial reform legislation. Are we supposed to believe that is just
a coincidence? They just happened to pay google to push that search term to the top of their search results for the most obvious search phrase
regarding that story.
Would it be so hard to just tell the truth. Why do we have to piece together bits of information, ask the same questions over and over, be lied to
over and over and then finally they will admit to what really happened and tell us it doesn't matter. If the White House and the SEC communicated
and felt the timing was mutually beneficial then so be it. That's not illegal. It might make people a bit more curious about exactly what is in
the financial overhaul bill but that should be a good thing, right?
April 22 - The Truth, Does it matter?
April 21 - Name that Mob?
April 20 - Why So Quiet?.
April 19 - The Deadbeat Bubble.
April 16 - Oh no you didn't.
April 15 - The Party of Silence.
April 14 - You've got to be kidding me.
April 13 - Where do we go from here
April 12 - Youth of the Nation
April 9 - Turning the Tables
April 8 - New Age of Discrimination
April 7 - Thank You Kind Stranger
April 6 - The Cost of Compassion
April 5 - Happy Days are Here Again
April 2 - Of Course We Can Do a Better Job
April 1 - The New Normal
March 31 - Take a Deep Breath
March 30 - Metaphors and Blinking Lights