Recently Congressman Kevin Yoder sent a newsletter stating that he was making "tough decisions" about the economy, and although I appreciate the good bills and proposals Kevin has supported and voted for, he has not really addressed the truly "tough" areas yet. Here are some of the major items:
1. We are defrauding young people by making them pay FICA taxes when we know that there will be no Social Security money available to them when they reach retirement age. To be fair with them, we must allow them to keep the money they are forced to pay to FICA, and instead invest it in directions that will benefit them in retirement. This action would also reduce the number of people making demands on Social Security in future years, thereby reducing related expenses to the government.
2. Under the Department of Education our children's education is much worse than when the Department was formed. This failure on the part of the Department, and its increasing budget every year in spite of its failures, demand that it be disbanded and abolished. This would save the government hundreds of billions of dollars each year, and education would be improved by returning all decisions regarding education to the local school districts, two very favorable outcomes.
3. Are gas and oil more plentiful or less expensive now than they were 5 or 10 years ago? No, they're not! So we must abolish the Departments of Energy and Interior and thus save additional hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Any department that is failing the nation must be gotten rid of so we can move on.
4. Is the EPA being true to its enabling legislation and protecting the environment as congress ordered them to do upon its formation? No! The agency is writing its own rules and is going rogue with new regulations that will strangle business and the economy. This entire agency must be abolished if we are to save our prosperity and liberty, and we could save additional tens of billions of dollars each year with it gone.
The above list is a series of "tough decisions" that will really save significant money each and every year, and each would make the nation better and freer, but I've heard no one propose them yet.
So, Kevin I appeal to you, keep up the good work so far, but get busy immediately on the really "tough decisions" that will make a meaningful difference to our nation. This would truly make you a leader, not a career politician, and would prevent your becoming a professional follower.