There’s a story about two politicians in Washington. They are having a heated argument. One says, “you are lying”. The other replies, “I know, but hear me out.”
Jokes aside, there is a serious trust problem in American public life today. The latest Gallup poll shows that public trust in the three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) of the federal government has dropped to an all time low. In fact, none of the three branches is trusted by a majority of Americans. Furthermore, when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing America today, the most frequent answer is “the federal government”. This is unprecedented in Gallup polling.
How did this happen? Let’s start with the lies and deceptions from current political leaders.
Lies, lies, lies. Where can I start?
The “border is secure”. These words are frequently repeated by the Homeland Security Department and various other administration officials. Texans know better; we know all about the human trafficking, drug smuggling, and organized crime crossing our borders. Yet the federal government persists in their mantra that the border is secure. A blatant lie.
The “Affordable Care Act”. Actually, it was called “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, which is an even worse deception. It was passed 13 years ago, and most Americans know that medical care has become far more expensive since then. One of the whoppers that was told to the American public: that the legislation would lower costs! Another lie.
The ”Inflation Reduction Act”. Only in Washington would anyone believe that borrowing an extra half trillion dollars for various industry and consumer giveaways would reduce inflation. This year, the federal deficit will hit an all time record high. But they told us it would reduce inflation! Another lie.
“Electric vehicles will change the climate”. The feds are backing this lie with trillions of taxpayer dollars, to persuade Americans to buy electric cars. It’s not working; less than 10% of all new cars are electric, despite the bribes. When the automobile industry developed, the government did not have to subsidize or loan money to Ford and others. Neither did the government have to build 40,000 gas stations across the country. Cars and gas stations evolved from the private sector because customers wanted a popular product. Yet, now the feds think they know best, and the electric cars will save the planet. Another lie.
“The Farm Bill is about agriculture”. Every five years, the Congress passes the “farm bill”. But the truth is, 84% of the bill’s cost is food stamps. And food stamp costs have exploded in the last two years. In 2021 alone, they grew 21%. By changing eligibility criteria and extending “emergency” spending, the administration expanded the program without any action by Congress. The Foundation for Government Accountability estimates that increased food stamp benefits have caused 2.4 million Americans to leave work. They also found that higher food stamp spending has increased the price of groceries by 15%, for all of us. A Farm Bill about agriculture? Another lie.
“Equal Opportunity (EO) is equal”. This charade went on for about a half century, until recently when the Supreme Court ruled that racial discrimination of any type, against any race, is unconstitutional. Employers and colleges are now scrambling to bring their EO programs into compliance with the US Constitution, to protect all Americans from racial discrimination. Too many times in the past, EO programs provided for a tilted playing field, setasides, quotas, and preferential treatment. And don’t get me started on the so-called “Affirmative Action” program. EO that was equal for all? Another lie.
It's discouraging to think about how the feds, a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” propogates these lies.
But we have faith that better times are ahead. At various times in American history, our great nation has produced the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan. Visionary Republican leaders who understood the greatness of America and unified the people. Future leaders of that caliber are in America today. Some are in Texas, actually. And Americans are thirsting for those leaders to emerge.
The most powerful political force in the world is the American voter. We are yearning for straight-talking leaders who share our values, those values which made America great. In upcoming elections, we will choose those leaders. And when we do, Americans will once again take back control of the federal government. America will be great again.
Scott S. Kramer is a Kendall County Republican.