Letters of Liberty
                                                Solutions to Our Current Problems  

                Our nation’s debt is one of the most serious problems we face today; it has the potential to affect every individual directly or indirectly.  The solution to this problem will need cooperation from all parties because it will affect every citizen regardless of their party affiliation.  Tough decisions will have to be made on what programs to reduce or cut and programs will have to be prioritized to reach the most effective resolutions.  The legislative branch needs to look at the congressional budget office’s revenue reports over the last 20 years. Once they determine the lowest annual revenue that the federal government receives, they need to decide on a percentage of that figure and apply that formula going forward.  If our federal government spends less than it takes in annually, we will be reducing our debt.  But how can the legislative branch reduce spending in other areas of government?  First the Senate must set an example of repealing the 27th amendment.  Then the Senate must cut their own salaries by 50% along with their defined benefit program (pensions) for past, current, and future Senators.  By leading by example they can begin reducing the size of our federal government.

                Our next obstacle is our involvement in foreign country’s affairs.  We have grown from advice to our allies and other regions to the world’s police agency.  There is a significant cost to helping other countries and the more countries and regions we help. This was never the intent of our federal government.  Has our objective shifted from protecting our borders to a global defense machine?  We are not the only country on this planet who can resolve problems in other countries and we should discontinue this obsession of helping others in their countries to build government systems that we believe is best for them.  Let the citizens of each country decide what type of government system suits the needs.

                There has been a lot of talk about “global governance” being the answer to all our problems ranging from energy to solving poverty to helping other countries financially.  There are some fundamental problems with this concept.  Somehow we need to all be governed by the same system and to do this, everyone from each country would need to agree on the same government ideals.  We cannot get 100 Senators to agree on anything let alone billions of people.  Also, we would have to surrender our liberties which we fought for just a few hundred years ago and is bred in most citizens of this union.  We have drifted from the original intent of your Constitution which has left the door open for others to envision a “new and improved government system”.  I suggest we press our elected officials to adhere to your Constitution.

                Although wehave become dependent on foreign oil over time, unlike other countries, we have abundant sources of energy within our borders.  Our capitalist system has always adjusted with the demands of the people.  If we are going to change to alternative energy in some parts of our country and we continually improve the technology to drive down prices, the consumer and companies will work together or some companies will fail if they do not keep up.  However, there are those who want to “build” a new source that it cleaner and more environmentally friendly.  Who has the authority to build this new system?  Does the federal government have the power under the commerce clause and general welfare?  The answer is no they do not. The individual states posses that authority.  Some areas are more suitable for solar energy than others; the same can be said for wind power.  Depending on what state you reside in may dictate in the future what type on energy source will produce electricity.

                Now we shall look at the possible solutions to return our federal government to one that adheres to the original intent of the Constitution.  We have demonstrated how it has been reinterpreted over time to become nothing that vaguely resembles what the delegate intended.