The Lifecycle of Mistakes
The American government, like other governments, operates in cycles of planning, budgeting, and funding. Legislation that is enacted to support government service programs and defense initiatives have lifecycles that may extend for years that span or overlap administrations and Congressional terms.
The President as Chief Executive makes decisions to determine what new legislation and programs are needed and what should be extended or retired. Congress responds by either supporting the President’s decisions or modifying or rejecting them. Both executives and Congress are intended to be responsive to voters and sometimes we voters send mixed signals and provide conflicting direction.
It is up to the executive to make a call and to lead on behalf of the people and to encourage and organize legislative support.
The nation has a baseline of obligations guided by the Constitution. Providing for the common defense is one clear responsibility. Ensuring the right of people to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness may require more definition but the intent is clear.
Over the years, we have provided more clarity: Social security should be ensured for all citizens as well as affordable healthcare.
The nation has a finite capacity to attend to the nation’s needs whereby the revenue pie is determined by gross domestic product. The cost of government is reflected as a percentage of GDP. Today, the cost of government has exceeded the nation’s means and some believe that the percentage of GDP for government is at its arbitrary limit.
In part, the limit of the cost of government is a function of the nation’s credit and ability to pay its obligations to creditors while delivering services to citizens in need.
I have defined the ultimate responsibility of the President to be to optimize return on national resources. That means, given capital, materials, natural resources, and infrastructure, the President and American Government will provide laws and regulations, policies and programs that encourage the private sector to invest in American industry to produce world-class products for global consumption. Only through production of consumer products is GDP maximized.
Today, America is 1) not getting an acceptable return on government cost and 2) not optimizing return on national resources.
Accomplishing this requires an effective government that is dependent upon the executive and legislative branches of government collaborating on behalf of citizens to 1) ensure a high return on cost from government, 2) ensuring that the cost of government is kept within the nation’s capacity to afford it, 3) aligning priorities such that needy people are served by government, and 4) economic producers, businesses and industry are provided with sufficient incentive to invest in America and to produce world-class products that are Made in America.
The business of the American System is not a hands-off affair as some conservatives might argue. It has always been hands-on and works best when the private sector and industry are in synchronization.
By industry, I want to make a very significant distinction. Business and industry that produce products for global consumers are different from industries only doing business for government. Today, there are too many big businesses doing business only for government and this is a part of the problem.
While they may argue that weapons systems sales add to the GDP and they are correct, America should not be a nation that is only producing weapons. In fact, America has lost its ability to produce weapons because it has allowed the private sector manufacturing industry to erode and diminish. That is a fundamental part of the problem behind US unemployment. The engine for creating upward mobile jobs is broken.
It must become a national imperative to renew manufacturing America.
“Progressives and tea party lawmakers pressure leaders on debt deal
Lawmakers increased the pressure on their party leaders Friday, fearful that they were driving toward a landmark debt deal that could not pass a bitterly divided Congress.
As a heightened sense of anxiety spread across Capitol Hill, rank-and-file legislators broke off into partisan factions. They lashed out at their leaders in private and public, signed pledges and delivered ultimatums — for Republicans, no fresh tax revenue; for Democrats, no changes to Medicare and Social Security benefits.
“They’re making a grievous mistake if they think they can just present anything to us and assume that because we’re Democrats, we’ll go along with what the president has capitulated to,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told reporters.
With the high-stakes debt talks nearing the endgame, Washington’s leaders are caught in a struggle to pry lawmakers from their polarized power centers and toward the political middle.
A potentially historic accord is in the offing, but it would inflict pain across the ideological spectrum. Even if President Obama and the eight congressional negotiators agree to a grand bargain, it is increasingly apparent that Congress could fail to pass it.”
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