Disappointed in Representative Hern's vote today. He has been very communicative and great in other respects. Here's why.
Over a decade ago, I pooped in buckets inside my gutted house, and ran down to the gas station every morning and went without electricity and water for months until I got a gutted house plumbed, then lived in it gutted until it is the quaint home it is today. Parent's home was always open, but i had to FIGURE IT OUT. I know most of you are mostly all in favor of SITTING in the proverbial parent's house when you lose a paycheck for a week or two and want to be coddled with socialist bailouts. Welcome to my life for YEARS after being lied to by society that a college degree had starting pay of certain amounts, that it was worth going. It was not for me.
(Which is another area the government needs to get out of--student loans, let the market set the price of education and employers take the risk/make the investment. Not the government.) I digress.
Think this thing through, past your pain. What happens when there is another "emergency?" More debt? This crisis is our opportunity to adapt. You do realize the Iranian leaders have thanked us for our sanctions because it has taught them how to be self-sufficient. This was the American people's opportunity to experience a touch of hardship and ADAPT. Instead, we will be quicker to surrender precious freedom with the next crisis and increase the national debt that has a yearly service amount approaching the same exorbitant, inefficiently used amount we are also overspending on national defense. The toilet paper run had nothing to do with necessity and everything to do with comfort. Our economy and people are too soft for the hour we live in. There are thousands of jobs right now because of the crisis, and people are waiting for a check instead of working the internet, applying for a temp job that came open.
We need to realize we as a nation and society are over-leveraged. Life has taught me ANY leverage is over-leverage. Maybe not for you. But if you take that check, and if you can't make it a week or 2 without working, here might be your problem-- Too expensive of a car, too many cars, way too big of a house--too nice of a house, not telling yourself or your kids NO every now and then--your business being too big because of greed perhaps, or improperly structured. We would have prepared for the next emergency which inevitably will come. Now we will not change, but the Socialism frog pan will be another degree hotter, and the corrosion of our freedoms will continue. Wake up people. Never did I believe I would see the day when Republicans would clamor for a 2 Trillion dollar stimulus with checks from the government. Are you kidding me?
If the stimulus was so important, why didn't they just immediately take it from other federal funds instead approving new expenditures? Why not offset the amount by reducing other federal spending? Representative Kevin Hern has to OWN absolutely everything in that bill that he says out one side of his mouth he does not support, but out the other side he votes for. I submit the real crisis is the national debt, a government out of control. This is why Representatives are recalled every 2 years. The job is very tough, the kool-aid is real. He is sipping it.
Pray for me. I am now contemplating running for the seat--a race I probably embarassingly won't reach 8% in a primary, develop the humiliating reputation of the guy who runs for everything and loses every time, but will put my money and time and pride and peak season earnings which keep me going all year on the line to emphasize my point, that I believe it. This has to stop. Balance the Budget NOW. If anyone read this far, and supports the stimulus, please explain why. Convince me otherwise. If anyone else has the courage to primary Kevin Hern, let me know and I would like to discuss it with you.