“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned;

if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

Ezekiel 33:6

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."

Proverbs 25:26

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Unconstitutional Spending Increases Deficit

After releasing his $3.73 trillion budget on Monday, President Obama hastily called his first press conference of the year on Tuesday to address broadly based public criticism for ducking the deficit issue.  His proposal, which is the starting point for Congressional budget legislation, adds to the national debt AND raises taxes.  He appeals indifferent to warnings that the deficit is expected to climb to a record high of $1.65 trillion this year. The President’s Budget will amount to completely unrealistic amount of $46 trillion in spending over ten years.

The President’s damage control press conference came in the wake of stinging criticism form many, including his own debt commission co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, and the usually-friendly Washington Post,  San Francisco ChronicleNew York Times, and  Los Angeles Times.

What's in the Budget, and Is the Spending Constitutionally Authorized?
Much has been made of how President Obama's budget will raise taxes, add to the deficit, and expand government, but is it Constitutional? Here are the top categories, their percentage of the overall budget, and insights on their Constitutionality:
  • Health Care 22.62%- Health care is a “police power” that traditionally belonged to the states. Before Medicare and Medicaid were created by the Social Security Act of 1965, these functions were taken care of by the states, private individuals and non-profit organizations. The Constitution does not allow the federal government to spend any of this money.
  • Social Security 20.04%- Social Security began as part of FDR’s New Deal in 1935. There is no clause in the Constitution granting the federal government this power. IRAs and other private retirement investments provide much better return, allow for greater flexibility, and invest in the economy instead of fuelling politicians' spending sprees while leaving taxpayers holding worthless IOUs.
  • National Defense 19.27%- This is one area where the Constitution clearly gives the federal government primary responsibility. While there is doubtless plenty of waste that occurs within the Department of Defense, any cuts to this area should be carefully considered as China and others continue expanding and modernizing their military capabilities.
  • Income Security 14.48%- This includes the Earned Income Credit and Child Tax credits (1.87%) which are just the government “giving you back” your money. But even with these credits removed, it’s still a whopping 12.61% of the Obama budget. Unemployment insurance, housing, and food subsidies—just more vote-buying power the Constitution doesn’t grant to the federal government; these are violations of the “General welfare” clause of the COnstitution, as they are paid to individuals.
  • Net Interest 6.31%- Eliminating our national debt should be a continual focus, as it harms our economy and allows foreign nations like China, who hold our debt, to have influence over us.
  • Veteran’s Benefits 3.26%- The Constitution doesn’t specifically mention this area, but it could be considered under the federal powers granted regarding the military.
  • Education and Job Training 2.77%- Again, this is one of the “police powers” reserved to the states and the people, and federal involvement is unconstitutional.
  • Transportation 2.74%- The Constitution does provide for federal funding “To establish Post Offices and post Roads.” Obama’s budget includes much proposed spending outside of those parameters, including $53 billion for high-speed rail.
  • Immigration and Law Enforcement .81%- This an area where we should probably see an increase in funding to comply with the Constitution’s clear directive for the federal government to “provide for the common defense.” Our southern border needs to be secured as soon as possible, ending the current situation of drugs and dangerous individualscrossing daily 
The importance of acting now to address the deficit and restore our government can be difficult to comprehend and communicate concisely to others.  Here’s one brilliant approach that you may want to utilize: ABC News uses ordinary pennies to demonstrate the budget. Can you do better than ABC's demonstration? If you have a creative way of illustrating the monumental extent of the deficit and how the President’s budget cuts are barely a drop in the bucket, please email us your idea, or send us a link.

Budget Battle Ignites Interest in Constitutional Leadership
Ordinary citizens- who are confronted daily with living within their own means- are increasingly speaking out to engage in the public debate, which is no longer about what to spend, but rather, what to cut. As we at The 1789 Project observed this week’s public reaction to the President’s out-of-step budget, we are sensing a renewed expectation for Constitutional leadership; leadership that is committed to reigning in out-of-control government, and willing to confront ballooning entitlement programs before it is too late.

What would you cut to get our nation's deficit under control? Take our deficit-reduction survey to see if you can balance the budget.

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