A Good New Years Resolution

January 2, 2014

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The end of one year and the dawn of the next is a time to inventory what we have accomplished and what remains to be done. It is a time of resolutions and a time for fresh new beginnings. It gives us a new slate and an opportunity for a fresh start.

 

Here in South Carolina we will be electing the entire General Assembly — all the Members of the House and Senate. For these reasons, among many others, the new year is a critical crossroads in our lives as Americans. Candidates are particularly sensitive to the will of the voters, and the year ahead offers “we the people” the opportunity to powerfully influence the direction of our state and nation and to shape the policies that will determine the kinds of lives our children and grandchildren will have.

 

As I think back on the great policy issues of 2013, one thing stands out. The issue of Obamacare became a national firestorm. Americans rose up as they have on very few issues to demand that our states’ rights be protected and our Constitution be enforced.

 

In the days before Christmas, as Congress was finalizing a massive spending bill to keep the federal government running, lawmakers passed a bill laden with thousands of pork barrel projects (they call them “earmarks”) topping the billions. These projects received almost no public scrutiny and debate despite Obama’s promise, “Both parties in Congress should know this, if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.”

 

Earlier this year Congress and the President had pledged to cut deficit spending, however, Obamacare will add $1.8 trillion to federal health care spending by 2023. And in only one year, health care spending will overtake Social Security as the largest budget item, including Obamacare’s coverage expansion provisions: a massive expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for the new health insurance exchanges. But old habits die hard. Obamacare and other unreasonable spending has careened us into a fiscal ditch. Our nation’s record $16.6 trillion national debt, which is a constant reminder of the profligate spending that has become rampant in Washington.

 

When one sees the U. S. Congress boldly defying the will of the American people, it strongly suggests that there is very strong counter-pressure from highly organized special interest groups. Legislators have determined that small, well-funded, special interests, perhaps with a financial interest in the pharmaceutical industry, can be of more help to them politically than can the vast, disorganized citizens they are supposed to represent.

 

There is a lesson here for us all. We need to take our responsibilities as citizens and voters very seriously. We need to challenge our representatives when they ask for our votes, and we need to hold them accountable if they betray us. A good New Years resolution would be to register on the website Citizens Against Government Waste and make sure your representatives truly do represent you, and not some special interest that wants to pick your pockets for spending you oppose.

 

The year ahead is an exciting opportunity for all of us, working together, to ensure that our state and nation have leadership worthy of our families, our history, and our ideals.

 

My family and I wish you a New Year full of joy, peace, and hope. May God richly bless you in 2014 and beyond.

Kelly Payne

 

By: Kelly Payne

 

Kelly Payne is a high school Social Studies teacher in Richland SC.  She has been heavily active in the tea party movement from the beginning.  She is very involved in the GOP and grass-roots political efforts. Kelly ran for State Superintendent of Education in 2010. She served as South Carolina Sate Co-Chair for the Michele Bachmann Tea Party Coalition. Kelly began writing for The South Carolina Conservative Dot Com in 2012.

 

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