DownsizeDC.org
March 31, 2009
Day of Ruin
By Jim Babka

Quote of the Day: "The only things that are immortal in this world are government programs and cancer cells in petri dishes." -- Jim Babka, President, DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Subject: Day of Ruin

Future historians may someday come to identify one day this week as a day of ruin. Here's why . . .

Congress will pass a budget this week. We believe this budget will create a condition of permanent annual TRILLION dollar deficits. Please follow our logic . . .

* Government programs never die. They live forever, growing constantly larger.
* The Obama-Democrat budget contains a host of new programs covering all aspects of YOUR life -- health care, energy, education, housing, charity, EVERYTHING.
* These programs won't die, instead they'll just grow larger.
* We think the same thing will hold true even for many of the bailout programs that are supposedly temporary, because very few government programs are ever really temporary.
* Therefore, the trillion dollar deficits these new initiatives are causing today will also live and grow forever.

In the short-term this will cost your family a minimum of $27,800 per year, or $9,200 per person.

In the not-so-short term these trillion dollar annual deficits will crash head-on into the un-funded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare which have risen to $56.4 trillion dollars, your share of which is a whopping $184,000!

And none of these statistics include the associated increases in top-down, one-size-fits-all government regulation. For instance, plans are already well advanced to turn the American health care system into a giant HMO, with federal bureaucrats deciding what medical treatments you can and cannot receive.

We must repeat, once these new programs are launched they're unlikely to ever shrink again, let alone die. Government programs really are like cancer cells in a petri dish, which live unless the scientist in charge of them forgets to feed them. Something similar may happen in the case of our cancerous government . . .

The people who fund the federal government's debt, including governments like China, may decide to stop. This might kill the cancerous government programs, but at a crushing cost.  

Do these numbers and their consequences shock you? They should, but the number we really need to start focusing on is the Misery Index for Politicians, which is the total number of Internet messages and phone calls the politicians receive protesting their actions. We need to make the Misery Index for Politicians soar.

Please use our quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to tell your elected representatives to vote NO on the Obama-Democratic leadership budget. You can use our "cut spending" campaign for this purpose.

Or, if you sent a message yesterday using the "cut spending" campaign, then please send another one today using our "unfunded liabilities" campaign.

Then, when you see the phone numbers for your elected representatives on your computer screen, call each one of them and deliver the same message by phone. Make the politicians feel miserable about what they doing to our country.

And after you've made your calls . . .

* Go here (better yet, click on the Digg link above)
* And after you're logged in at Digg and you've "dugg" the message, click "thumbs up" in response to the first appropriate comments on this Digg post

We'll report back tomorrow on the number of Internet messages sent and phone calls made. And we'll know how many calls were made based on how many "thumbs up" we see!

Now, if we haven't said enough to make you take action, please consider the reckless pace at which Congress is moving. They're not only rushing to pass a dangerous budget before the two-week Easter recess, they're also going to vote on a huge number of bills this week, without READING A SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Here's the list . . .

H.R. 1388 - Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act
H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
H.R. 1377 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility
H.R. 1513 - Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009
H.Res. 152 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States remains committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
H.R. 1246 - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2009
H.R. 756 - National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009
H.R. 20 - Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act
H.R. 479 - Wakefield Act
H.R. 1253 - Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009
H.R. 1259 - Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2009
H.R. 577 - Vision Care for Kids Act of 2009
H.R. 985 - Free Flow of Information Act of 2009
H.R. 1029 – Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2009
H.R. 838 - Miami Dade College Land Conveyance Act
H.R. 151 - Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2009
H.R. 1299 - Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009
H.R. 1664 – To amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards

If you have any energy left, consider sending a message telling them to slow down and READ THE BILLS.

Please fight this madness. Protest. Take action now. And thanks for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army.

Perry Willis
Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

P.S. We're currently working to fix some technical problems on our website. In the meantime, if you have trouble, try this . . .
 * Log-in using the log-in button near the upper right hand corner of our home page
 * Then go to our cut spending campaign to send your message to Congress

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