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Dear Chairman Ryan,
We, The People of the United States, and our representatives in the House of Representatives, have many critical issues coming directly at us in the next several months. Benghazi, our war against Islamic Jihadist and the president’s unconstitutional actions are just a few.
But, let’s talk about a major crisis that you folks in the House can directly and effectively take action to solve: Our country’s excessive spending and the unsustainable debt this spending has created. First of all, please recognize the leadership of the House has the authority to act regardless of what the Senate or the President does. Secondly, please remember that We, The People gave the Republican Party the leadership role with massive efforts and voter turnout in November 2010. Do not believe in any way the 2012 election diminished your authority or your need to act.
My suggestions are (this is not an exhaustive list):
• Do not authorize to raise the debt ceiling without obtaining major spending cuts or significant changes in entitlement programs to take place now — not some time in the distant future.
• Do not authorize a continuing resolution for all departments and agencies for the next fiscal year — Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014 or even for the first quarter of that FY. We, The People, do not understand what is happening and, I believe, most members of the House and Senate do not either.
• Instead, develop one-year budgets and funding authorizations for the operations of each department and agency. Most of your constituents understand one-year budgets with cash
flows, but find it impossible to understand 10-year projects with all sorts of assumptions, some not kicking in until years in the future.
• Do not include any changes to Social Security and Medicare; let these laws stand and deal with these in later actions.
• I urge that each of these budgets/funding authorizations be at least 5 percent less than the amounts authorized for FY ending Sept. 30, 2013. Let’s have actual cuts and not some pie-in-the-sky reductions in the rate of projected growth.
• Each budget/funding authorization should permit the department/agency head to make the operational decisions, unless the House includes specific cuts or increases.
• I strongly suggest the House cut all budgets/funding for Obamacare. This may impact several departments/agencies. Please avoid this train wreck. Other areas where the House should make specific cuts, probably well in excess of 5 percent, are Planned Parenthood, EPA, Homeland Security, Energy and Transportation Departments (to cut way back on green energy grants and loans), State Department (to cut way back on funds/equipment to foreign countries who hate America) and Department of Justice.
• All individual budgets/funding authorizations should be completed and sent to the Senate by Aug. 15, 2013.
You must be prepared to effectively communicate your reasons to We, The People as you know the administration and the mainstream media will viciously attack you. They will throw out accusations that will either be half-truths or totally false, such as: thousands of federal employees will be put on the street. My belief is that thousands of employees have been added to the federal payroll during the past four-plus years. Where were they working before, when unemployment was much smaller than it is now? You have many more equally substantive counter arguments. Continually emphasize — let’s build the pipeline, open up federal lands for oil and gas recovery and let the private economy “rock and roll” again.
Be prepared to dialogue with the Democrats, but do not give in. If they shut down the government, so be it. It is their action. As Tom Sowell has often said, the Republican Party needs a spokesman who can tell your plans and objectives and how they will benefit all people. Please find that person to tell your/our story. Hold firm on your (our) principles and you will win. The people will support you.
EDWARD T. BERNHOFT