Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Tenth Amendment and The National Debt

I just read a February, 19, 2005 Associated Press article that says President Bush's 2006 budget does not include the cost of the war in Iraq, and his plan to privatize Social Security will put the United States deeper in debt. This comes from the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. In the Democrats' weekly radio address Representative John Spratt of South Carolina said, "Tax cuts, terrorism and recession have all taken their toll," and surpluses built during the Clinton administration "are now gone, vanished, replaced by deficits totaling almost $4 trillion." He says that the reversal was evident three years ago, and that Congress has raised the debt ceiling three times in four years by a total of $2.2 trillion to make room for Bush's budgets. He goes on to say that every 18 months the national debt goes up almost a trillion dollars.

Yes the national debt is climbing, you can watch it for yourself at, http://brillig.com/debt_clock/. This site tells you what the national debt is, and figures what each citizens share would be according to the population.

The AP article also says the Democrats are concerned about the Bush spending cuts. They feel they will underfund veterans health care, cut rural and urban development, lower environmental protection and law enforcement and slash Medicaid by $60 billion. The cuts would also wipe out 48 education programs. Now we're back to one of my old often ask questions, are any of these programs mentioned in the United States Constitution?( I can't find them there)The Constitution outlines the Republic left to us by our Founding Fathers. In it you will find the Tenth Amendment which says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." All the programs Bush wants to cut cost the tax payer money and increase the national debt. I wonder what that debt would be today if our elected officials would abide by the Constitution?

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