I watched Fox News for about ten minutes the other day because my friend was. I know my friend is politically liberal, so I asked him why he was watching that. He said he was trying to become more tolerant. I found that admirable, so I sat down with him. He gave me some pizza, which was a nice bonus.
I quickly realized the story Fox News told was far different from what I would hear on a liberal news outlet. I also realized that if I were only getting news from one side or the other, my perspective would be greatly skewed in that direction. I don't consider myself a Republican or a Democrat, simply because I don't side with either of them on all issues. I'm an issue to issue kind of guy. I guess you could call me an Independent. I side with Democrats on issues like healthcare, public school funding, first and second amendment issues, and criminal justice reform. However, I side with Republicans in that I hate taxes and bureaucracy. Some would say, "how the fuck are you going to pay for healthcare if you aren't going to raise taxes?" Well, here is the answer to that question.
There are two sides to every balance sheet. If you want to spend more money on healthcare without taking more money in, then you cut spending from other things. Any real business man knows that if you are a business hemorrhaging money (which we are - the national debt is over $21 Trillion and counting as I write this), the very first thing you do is take inventory of all of your expenses and cut every single dime that isn't absolutely necessary. So what's absolutely necessary? What do you want the government to provide for you? Healthcare, schools, roads and rails, law enforcement, and military. That's about it. Every other dime gets cut.
So what gets cut then?
I don't know. And nobody knows. And that's the problem. We're still only getting half the story. The government doesn't publish an annual budget. They don't have to, but they should be required. They all should be required to: Federal, state, local. They should all have to publish their budgets each year. The government should have to report to us just like we have to report to the IRS and the state agencies. They should be held accountable, just like we are. And that report should be ON TIME, EVERY TIME, just like it is when we have to pay our taxes. What this country really needs is an AUDIT. An unbiased look at where the fuck our money is going. Because nobody knows right now. If I was going to run for President, and I some day might, it's gonna be on the platform that we're gonna audit the books of very motherfucking federal, state and county government in the whole country. We're going to find out where the fuck our money is going. Then we'll REALLY know what to do. Right now, the public is running around like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off because we're listening to the media and only getting half the story. Meanwhile these crook politicians in Washington and elsewhere are making out like bandits because they don't have to be held accountable. Where's the accounting? Where's the balance sheets? That's what we're missing. What we THE PEOPLE need is a national audit, and that shit needs to be made public so everyone can see how their money is being spent. Then we would have some real answers.
Heads would roll, and it would be the right ones.