Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Letter to Majority Leadership of House

EDITOR:

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
Cameron Park

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Discussion | 14 comments

  • James E.June 17, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    Letter from the fantasy world of the radicals. Plus, it appears the author in on medicare and social security.

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  • James E.June 17, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    ***strike in, add is

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 30, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    • Freeze wages and benefits for all federal workers.

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  • Mr. KimJuly 01, 2013 - 12:10 am

    I'm eager to see a response from Mr. Ryan, who I'm sure reads the MD.

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  • cookie65July 01, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Anything short of eliminating entire government agencies is unacceptable. Instead we get people who suggest cutting the rate of growth. Cutting the rate of growth has gotten us a government that spend over a $trillion more than it confiscates from the taxpayers every year.

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  • cookie65July 01, 2013 - 5:18 am

    Some of my favorite quotes come from Thomas Sowell. --“Liberals seem to assume that, if you don’t agree with their particular political solutions, then you don’t really care about the people they claim to want to help.” --"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." --"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

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  • PvillejackJuly 01, 2013 - 7:50 am

    Too bad Mr. Bernhoft sat on his hands and did nothing while President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress ran up the debt to astronomical levels. I happy our current president is actually decreasing the deficit and our debt is increasing at a slower rate than under the borrow and spend Bush years. Soory, but your elephant tears over excessive spending don't really carry much weight.

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  • cookie65July 01, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Pvillejack, thanks for explaining the new math. Adding $6,000,000,000,000 in 4 1/2 years is a decrease. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????

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  • PvillejackJuly 01, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    Cookie, you need to figure out the difference between a deficit and a debt. The deficit is down since G W Bush was in and the debt is increasing at a slower pace than when G W and his GOP buddies were running it up when they were in power.

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  • cookie65July 01, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Pvillejack, who has held at least 2/3's of the power in DC since 2006? obama has increased the debt by over $6trillion in just over four years. He has had over $1trillion in deficit spending each of his four years. No other president in American history has even come close to obama's reckless spending, not to mention the fact that we have nothing to show for it. Shovel ready? Summer of recovery? If we pass this stimulus unemployment won't go over 6%? If you like your health plan you can keep it? if you like your doctor you can keep them? obamacare won't ad one dime to the debt?

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  • cookie65July 02, 2013 - 6:28 am

    Pvillejack, this is from the Washingtonpost. The Washingtonpost is not exactly an obama detractor. In fact they are among the lapdog, kneepad media who promoted and indorsed socialized healthcare. You are running out of things to blame Bush for. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/07/01/the-insiders-democrats-are-trying-to-suppress-the-confusion-and-hide-the-cost-of-obamacare/?hpid=z2

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 02, 2013 - 7:00 am

    From Cookie's washingtonpost link - " Some of the Democrats’ reactions will be predictable, i.e. blaming Bush and blaming Republicans, or for a while, denying the obvious. But that won’t work forever. One of the worst sins you can commit in politics is to say something that’s different from what people can see for themselves. There is no chance that Obamacare will perform as promised and when it doesn’t, voters will be looking for relief."

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  • cookie65July 02, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Phil, not only is the disgusting, depraved, disease of leftism behind the attempted lynching of George Zimmerman, but the putrid raw sewage known as progressivism may be a contributing factor in obama's look alike son becoming an aggressive, confrontational, lawless thug. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/06/30/absolute-power-insufferable-corruption-and-threats-to-stop-sunlight/

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  • cookie65July 02, 2013 - 8:42 am

    Another major insurer is leaving the individual insurance market in California thanks to the Affordable (LMAO) Care Act, known as obamacare until recently when the truth of just how devastating it is becomes more difficult for the leftists media to keep from the lofo obama voters. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-unitedhealth-insure-calif-20130702,0,4370321.story

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