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CAMPAIGN BLOG: The New Normal

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views.

Gasoline prices have been steadily rising over the past month. They now hover around $3.70 per gallon. The “official” unemployment rate has climbed to 8.3 percent (although the “real” unemployment rate is closer to 16 percent) and millions of Americans are “underwater,” owing more money on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

In all of these cases, we’re told by voices in our government and the op-ed pages of major newspapers that it is not that bad and that mediocrity is to be expected in our current economic climate. According to President Obama and his progressive friends, everything is “just fine”.

This, of course, is election-year nonsense.

Claiming that our current situation is the best we can possibly do is utterly defeatist and emblematic of failed “big government” assumptions and policies.

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views. Most Democrats falsely believe that the government creates economic growth and, therefore, must play an ever-growing role in our lives, (taking more money and freedom away from us in the process). Most Republicans accurately believe that we need to encourage economic growth via the private sector and that too much taxation, regulation and legislation is a major barrier to job growth.

The liberal/progressive/Democratic attitude is embodied by Rep. Ed Markey who thinks “regulations create more jobs.” This mindset is also shared by Elizabeth Warren, who doesn’t understand that it is the business owner that initiates commerce by hiring workers - who then pay taxes and use their remaining wages to purchase goods and services. Then, of course, there is President Obama’s now infamous comment denigrating all entrepreneurs by telling them “you didn’t build that.”

All of these individuals are either career politicians, academics, or both. They are beholden to a failed BIG government ideology. Republicans, on the other hand, have a decidedly different outlook and world view. We know that the free market creates economic growth. We know that necessary government spending is the result of economic activity, not the cause of it. We also know that the greatest anti-poverty program in the history of mankind is capitalism.

Where does that leave us? Where do we go from here? The answer is rather straightforward. Republicans know unemployment can be reduced dramatically, and significant economic growth can take place, if we cut government spending, reduce taxes and implement only sensible regulations. Democrats think we can grow our economy with more federal spending, higher taxes and increasingly burdensome regulations. Republicans are right, Democrats are wrong--and every American voter has the opportunity to voice his or her opinion about which vision will succeed this November.

In my view, (and this is shared by the voters I meet everyday in my district), we should not accept high unemployment as a fact of life. We should not accept higher taxes as a “fix” when we should really be holding our elected officials accountable for reining in spending and tackling tough issues. We should not mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren with deficits and debt that kill jobs for regular people while creating busy work for bureaucrats.

Here’s an example of what we should not do. We have an incredible abundance of domestic energy resources that can be safely and responsibly developed, decreasing the cost of living for all Americans. Yet, Rep. Ed Markey intentionally pushes legislation and policies that keep energy prices high. In so doing, he puts hard-working citizens in the position of having to choose between filling up their gas tanks or saving for their retirement, and in some cases, having to decide between heating their homes or putting food on their tables!

Decisions like these should not have to be made. Our government should empower citizens to be independent from government, not dependent on it. There is a bright future for America, but that future will continue to elude us if the government dictates how we live our lives. On the other hand, our success as a state and nation will be secured if, and only if, we embrace the brilliantly-crafted founding principles that place individual sovereignty above government intrusion.

This must be the “new normal”. Let’s make it happen in November.

For more information about Jeff Semon for U.S. Congress please visit www.jeffin2012.com

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Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
And a little known factoid about Reagan's 8 years in the Oval Office. He is the only GOP President to see a decrease in unemployment numbers by the time he left office. Oh, and he raise taxes 11 times. The Dems have a much better record of decreasing unemployment numbers overall during their terms in office, with the outlier being Jimmy Carter, whose numbers were flat. Raw data: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Please cite your sources for Frank and the Dems pressuring Wall St. to make risky loans. Further, and on a related note, if you are a homeowner, when do you refinance? I would guess when the cost of money is cheap, or in other words, when interest rates are low. In case you haven't noticed, the current interest rates are so low that investors in US Bonds actually lose money when you consider the cost of inflation over the life of the bond. So, wouldn't this be exactly the right time to invest in 'home improvement' at the government level by investing in infrastructure? You know, maybe improve those levies around Lake Pontchartrain, rebuild some of those decrepit bridges across the US? Maybe provide better flooding alternatives than what currently exist?
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with this. Term limits and a staunch reduction in monetary influence in politics.
Craig Foster August 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Here is what a noted economist and the treasury secretary under Clinton when we had strong growth says the plan put forth by you and the republicans would actually do to the economy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/romney-ryan-budget_b_1812560.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Tom M August 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
You're right. The politicians are politicking for a job. 99% could care less as long as they are working. I always wondered who they are really interested in serving. If they cared enough real change would take place, but it doesn't. Welfare in this State is rampid as the author say's The unemployment rate is 16% in reality. The rate is 16% cause why go to work for $10 per hr when you can get a free ride from the State. The EBT card system is a joke.

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