An Open Letter to Congress

20 11 2010

To the Senate and House of Representatives for the United States of America,

To those who managed to attain office, I congratulate you in one of the hardest endeavors this county has: having the privilege to serve the public and its needs as a member of the National Legislature.  To those who retained office, my congratulations to you are similar, even to the ten Democrat house members of my home state of Massachusetts; many of you needing to spend money, for the first time in ages to retain office.  In the case of a few of you (in particular, Rep. Barney Frank of the fourth district), a great deal of money.

Regardless of party affiliation, or lack thereof, I urge you all to consider what is best for the United States of America.  Many of you have differing opinions, and many of you may not agree with me.

My biggest urge to you all is the following, and considering these times, this may be a bitter pill for most.  That urge is this: please give back to us, the citizens of the United States,  The Freedom to Fail.

Why the freedom to fail?  This sounds like a strange request, and to some cases, not merely alien, but incomprehensible.  For many years, people have seen the government as a safety net in case things became too hard.   Especially with initiatives such as Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance and general Welfare.  These have been seen as staples of American Life for the latter part of a century.  Though not necessarily related, these have been supplemented by income tax, as opposed to merely FICA.  Continuing this side note for a brief moment, the highest taxation brackets have varied greatly over the years, incidentally reaching around 90% during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt presidency, as reported by the IRS by means of the graph found here.

Simply put, why the Freedom to Fail?  Why this harsh necessity?  Simply put, without the Freedom to Fail, the Path to Success is cut off for many.

Why do we get messages from our own government urging people to go for charity work instead of trying for success for themselves, and with such success be a great engine for charity than by merely working as a charity worker.  Charity work is noble, but why discourage success?  Why give the hint that success is limited to those tho have already attained it?

Without the freedom to fail: people have fewer incentives to find success.  If just enough is given to you, you are not as driven to find more on your own, at least not through ingenuity, hard work, and drive for excellence, the three fuels for American Success in the few centuries of our existence.  In fact, you may be driven to demand more for doing less, or doing nothing.  In fact, one of these practices, known as Entitlements now, formerly known as Welfare and at first known as Relief.  It was considered a social stigma to be on “relief”, and that stigma helped people look for work more fervently.  It sounds cruel, but the stigma was effective.  People need to be free to fail in order to find their own path to succeed.

Also without the freedom to fail: people have fewer paths to success.  Why is this?  Unlike those who feel that the President has a personal “stash” to make dreams come true for those who vote for him, taxes from the gainfully employed, citizen or green-card-bearer, pay for such social programs, as well as other national programs whether needed (Department of Defense), useful (NASA), and also, useless (Cash for Clunkers).  While some of these programs are great, others, such as Social Security, built very much like a Ponzi Scheme, where fewer workers are available now to support a single person on Social Security.  In 1940, according to the Social Security Website, 159.4 people were available to collect benefits from for each beneficiary of Social Security.  In 1950, this ratio was 41.9 to 1.  From 1975-2006 this number has ranged from 3.2 to 3.4 workers for each beneficiary.  Even according to their website, it is NOT sustainable.  The Ponzi Scheme is falling apart, and this needs to be fixed, or if it cannot succeed, it must be allowed to fail.

This is no longer the age of “Too Big to Fail”.

The Freedom to Fail also means that the Federal Government must either give greater scrutiny to federal money back to local projects, also called “Earmarks”, or for the next year or two, eliminate them, until the economy has a chance to rebound, not merely in dollars, but also in unemployment.  There are many of you who made pledges in this regard.  Many also say this is a “Phony Issue” and means nothing.  It does mean something.  If tax cuts are made, real tax cuts, not merely extending the current Bush Tax Cuts, a path to success can be made.  People have to find their own Path of Success, it cannot and must not be given to them.

If there are companies requiring federal dollars to succeed, and are not involved in defense, they are NOT too big to fail.  If you cut federal taxes, they will not NEED federal grants.

The biggest obstacle to the Freedom to Fail is the Health Care Omnibus in which portions start to take effect in 2011.  Do not force people to be on Health Insurance, private or otherwise.  This is not something that the federal government should EVER try to force.  Let each state make individual choices on Health Care.  Nationalizing Health Care cheapens it.  Please don’t be fooled with what happened in Massachusetts.  It’s not a success.  Insurance costs didn’t go down, but went up well beyond the rate of inflation.  The Earmarks within are obscene, and only promised to secure votes for a bill that never should have seen the light of day.  Why should there be ANY bill that is over 100 pages, much less over 2000?

People have to be free to fail, so they can find a path to succeed.  This is only a brief letter, but it’ll be the first of many.

Please be forewarned, more people than ever will be watching what you do, and will take account of what is done.

With Regards,

Andrew D. Watts




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