Herman Cain's Commentary Archive 2009-2012

January 17, 2010

Let’s make a deal…with other people’s money

January 17, 2010
By Herman Cain

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are buying votes in Congress to pass a Health Care “Deform” bill that the majority of the American people do not want. It is a dishonest and abusive use of power and taxpayer dollars.

They have gone beyond the usual practice of “earmarks” in proposed legislation to reward legislators with special dollars to send home in exchange for their votes. And they have gone beyond the typical special favors hidden in the tax code, which historically were intended to help the disadvantaged and low income families, or severely distressed segments of our economy.

I agree with provisions in our current tax code to help the poor, but I do not agree with the practice of buying votes with earmarks regardless of which side of the congressional isle they go. They should be eliminated. And the only way to eliminate the insatiable appetite for special favors in the tax code and proposed legislation is to replace the tax code with a consumption tax, the Fair Tax. But that’s a different story for a different day.

When the president and the leaders of Congress start using our tax dollars to buy votes to pass legislation for the sole purpose of enhancing their political power and control over the people, they have crossed a dangerous threshold that our Founding Fathers never imagined.

Speaker Pelosi spent just enough of our money to get a two-vote majority in the House version of the Health Care Deform bill, while Majority Leader Reid bought the votes of several senators with special deals that infuriated the public and even their fellow senators. Sen. Reid calls that compromise. As stated previously, I call it corruption.

And now for the president to extend special favors to union workers of this country over the sweat equity of non-union workers is outrageous and blatantly wrong. Proposing a tax on successful financial institutions because he does not agree with the earned bonus payouts at these institutions, while not taxing the failing government-controlled institutions is excessive government intervention.

This irresponsible use of power and our money puts freedom, liberty and fairness up for auction to the highest bidder, and a government-controlled totalitarian state in our future if we let it happen.

Excessive government and discretionary observance of the Constitution has become standard operating procedure for this president, his administration and the current Democrat-controlled Congress. Sadly, they make these infractions on the people’s rights and do not expect to be challenged.

The people are challenging them with their voices, even though they are not listening. And people will challenge them with their votes in 2010, because this time enough of the people will remember in November.

And if the president and Congress succeed in shoving their unfair and ultra liberal agenda down our throats, they will most certainly be challenged in our court system.

If the Democrats in Congress continue to hear from millions of us even as they try to craft a final version of their health care bill, we can impact that narrow two-point margin they had in the House version, and possibly cause some of the pirates in the Senate to rethink selling their votes.

One caller to my radio show tried to defend these actions by the president, Harry and Nancy according to the old adage “He who has the gold makes the rules”.

The problem is that it is our gold. It does not belong to Obama, Harry or Nancy.