Thomas Sowell said it best, “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

Congressional Democrats are at it again. They claim that Republican refusal to vote for an increase in America’s debt limit ceiling could cause economic catastrophe.

Democrats control the House of Representatives and the Senate by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker. The debt ceiling can be raised without a single Republican vote.

However, accusations of fiscal hypocrisy aimed at Congressional Republicans are accurate — unless you live in Texas’ 14th district. We’re blessed to be represented by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber.

The record reflects that Weber, a devout Christian, is Congress’ fiercest champion of fiscal responsibility. Weber understands that fiscal restraint better insures our nation’s future prosperity.

Before entering public service, Weber built a successful small business — a Friendswood heating and air-conditioning service. As a small businessman, a failure to understand basic economics and finance would’ve meant he couldn’t provide for his family. Weber, like every other successful businessperson, understands the hard choices that businesses must make so their employees can provide for their families.

If America were a business, its finances (annualized) since 1969 — revenues (gross domestic product) increased at 6.1 percent, profits (federal government taxes and fees) increased at 5.9 percent, but spending (federal government spending) increased at a rate over 7.3 percent. This performance has created a debt that exceeds total annual revenues by over 25 percent. If the U.S. government couldn’t print money, would you lend to it?

The Democrats’ proposed budget ($3.5 trillion) exceeds the combined wealth of every American billionaire. I’ve written about the depressing economic history of government largesse. The idea that a powerful centralized government can produce a sustainable burgeoning economy is a notion that can only be justified in the abstract — or by a Greek politician.

Before America’s progressive left gained prominence, its ideas were put into practice in Greece. High taxes, unaffordable social benefit programs and subsidies to politically friendly entities were typical regardless of who controlled Greek Parliament. To exit its ensuing bankruptcy, the government was forced to sell the crown jewels of Greece’s federal revenues — ports, utilities, railways, airports, the national lottery system and public lands. Foreign entities now own the “commanding heights” of Greece’s economy.

Will we learn from Greece’s mistakes? And Greece’s fiscal woes weren’t an isolated event. The same thing happened in the United Kingdom in the late ‘70s. Or you can look to the democracies of South America in the ‘80s. No matter the political bent of the nation, financial irresponsibility eventually comes knocking and extracts accountability — paid for by the citizens.

The Democrats’ self-proclaimed socialists are in control and leading America down a path that history has long marked as “hazardous.”

Let’s hope the voice, and wisdom, of Weber steels the spine of those politicians that covet reelection over our children’s future.

Norman Pappous lives in League City.

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(61) comments

Ralph Mcmorris

Norm, you've hit the nail on the head. The Republican Party thinks the U S government is a business (at least the ones that still have an ideology). It is not; read the objectives of the Constitution.

Emilio Nicolas

"Let’s hope the voice, and wisdom, of Weber steels the spine of those politicians that covet reelection over our children’s future." You used the word "hypocrisy" earlier in your piece but did not applied it in a hypocritical manner. Our national deficit has increased dramatically under Republican administrations as well. And as far as putting reelection over our children's future, consider the emphasis our governor and state representatives place on answering a looser's call for unnecessary election recounts in Texas over providing for a child's safety in school or distributing appropriated funds for rent relief, or expansing Medicaid. A well written piece does not mask the fact there is plenty of blame to go around, even to the "holier than thou" crowd.

Ted Gillis

Norman, Weber will have every right to vote against the debt ceilng next session, but the current vote is for expenses already spent, which includes the past administration.

He is the hipocrite in this instance.

Michael Jozwiak

The only thing Randy "Photo Op" Weber excels at is getting his picture taken. What legislation has Mr Photo Op introduce? He usually just jumps on the gravy train of the work of someone else, and it appears he actually did it. His only fiscal responsibility is getting re-elected like most other GOP members of congress. And he never said or did anything against the treasonous actions of the Trump administration.

Carlos Ponce

"treasonous actions of the Trump administration" Can you name some, Michael Jozwiak? I can name several from Pende Joe.

Craig Mason

Trump and his lawyer coming up with a plan to decertify the election and stay in power at all costs. Is that treasonous enough for you Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

Craig Mason is using hyperbole to back his false narrative. Your premise is fallacious.

Gary Scoggin

Opposing raising the debt limit is like refusing to pay your bills after you've run up your credit cards. We, as a nation, as a nation have obligations we need to pay. We can raise the debt limit to pay for the stuff we've already charged or we can default on our payments. There is plenty of room for debate about federal spending and taxes and how we repeatedly get to this point. But when we're at this point, there is little room for debate about giving the Treasury the ability to pay our bills.

Of course we could refuse to pay bills or even declare bankruptcy. In other words, we could run the county like a business. One of Donald Trump's businesses.

Carlos Ponce

"Opposing raising the debt limit is like refusing to pay your bills after you've run up your credit cards."

And if you didn't run them up?

"Republicans will oppose raising the federal debt limit if Democrats pursue their $3.5 trillion, 10-year plan to strengthen social and environment programs, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday."

Gary Scoggin

In this case it’s more like our ex-wife ran all the bills up.

Emilio Nicolas

Catch up Carlos. According to the loser, Mitch isn't a Republican anymore.

Carlos Ponce

In his "quote", he never claims to be one. He'll be leaving.

Emilio Nicolas

Carlos, is this where you start with the looney toons logic?

Carlos Ponce

I never use "looney toons logic", Emilio Nicolas.

Emilio Nicolas

Carlos, when you state "In his "quote", he never claims to be one", in reference to McConnel being a Republican, implying that your little quote negates his decades of party affiliation ... that is Looney Tunes.

Carlos Ponce

Reading lesson foe Wmilio

In his "quote" only refers to the QUOTE, not his entire career.

No "looney toons logic", here, just lack of reading comprehension from Emilio Nicolas.

Emilio Nicolas

Carlos, then what was your point of your statement about McConnel’s quote?

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Emilio needs a refresher in reading comprehension. The point is self evident.

Emilio Nicolas

No Carlos, looks more like you make wacky points you cannot explain and then blame others for not comprehending the incomprehensible. Again, looney tunes.

Carlos Ponce

This is Emilio admitting he lacks the gray matter to comprehend.

Emilio Nicolas

Carlos, you are again demonstrating your lack of integrity. Explain your cryptic statement or admit it makes no sense. Unless, perhaps it is one of your cult's dogwhistles saying that even Mitch McConnell can't be a Republican because your idle said so.

Carlos Ponce

It makes plenty of sense. Take your time, Emilio. Read it one word at a time.

Bailey Jones

Gary, we all know it's just political theater. The previous administration ran up as much debt as anyone - more actually, IIRC. This hike is to cover that debt, not whatever Biden ends up spending in the future. The government is still operating on Trump's final year budget, until the end of this month when Biden's first fiscal year begins.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey has forgotten. That happens when you get old.

The debt rose because Republicans did not have the votes to pass a smaller budget. The omnibus bill was the only way to get it through, and Democrats loaded it with pork. That was the only way to get Democrat votes.

Congress passed a massive increase during the pandemic. Republicans went along with it because Democrats promised to use not voting as a political sledge hammer - "Republicans won't vote for pandemic relief because they want you to die!" So they voted for it.

Emilio Nicolas

And you forgot about the massive tax cut, as did Norman.

Jim Forsythe

As of Dec. 31, 2020, the national debt had jumped to $27.75 trillion, up 39% from $19.95 trillion when Trump was sworn in.

The CBO estimated in 2018 that the tax cut would increase deficits by about $1.9 trillion over 11 years.

Anytime a President blames others because he signed a bill, he is showing his lack of leadership. In the job of President, "the buck stops here".

Carlos Ponce

Jim, remember President Trump was reluctant to sign the omnibus bill with its huge price tag.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown..."

Sign the bill or shut down government. He liked neither choice.

Jim Forsythe

Anytime a President blames others because he signed a bill, he is showing his lack of leadership.

Carlos Ponce

Not really, Jim.

Carlos Ponce

The party makeup of 115th Congress that produced the Omnibus bill, specifically the Senate (45 D + 52R) indicates neither side had the 60 votes needed to pass legislation without compromise. Democrats wanted their pork or no vote. So the bill ultimately contained Democrat Party Pork. Poor leadership? No. It was either compromise or shut down government. Compromise in Congress usually leads to undesirable items. Hence the $1.3 trillion. Only a very partisan individual like Jim Forsythe would claim "poor leadership".

Gary Scoggin

If the former President signed it, he owns it. Leaders take accountability for their actions.

Carlos Ponce

So the person who signs your death certificate owns you, Gary Scoggin?

Jim Forsythe

If Compromise in Congress usually leads to undesirable items, why did Trump give in? He shut down the government for less. Presidential leadership involves all, not just the party of the President.

The United States federal government shutdown from midnight EST on December 22, 2018, until January 25, 2019 (35 days) was the longest U.S. government shutdown in history and the second and final federal government shutdown involving furloughs during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Carlos Ponce

"...why did Trump give in? " If e did not, Jim Forsythe and other partisan Democrats would be kvetching about how President Trump shut down the government. They're still complaining about Ronald Reagan.

"Reagan shut down government! Reagan shut down government! (SQUAWK) (WHISTLE)"

Jim Forsythe

Any President that is afraid of what people say, is not a leader. Did Reagan care what people said or did he shut down the Government knowing that some would not be happy with him, He did what he did because he was a leader.

Any President that runs the USA on polls only, is not a leader.

Carlos Ponce

President Trump is a leader. Biden is a pawn of the Leftist Elite. He'll be out.... soon.

Jim Forsythe

President Biden will be in office until November of 2024.

EX-President Trump will be out of office, unless he runs again, and wins.

Even if something happens to President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris would become President. If something happens to her, Nance will become President.

Carlos Ponce

"President Biden will be in office until November of 2024." Dream on.

Emilio Nicolas

Carlos, don't ask us to share in your delusion. Delusions don't work that way.

Jim Forsythe

If President Biden does not finish him term, say hello to President Kamala Harris.

Carlos Ponce

That's no Forsythe dream. That's a nightmare!

Jim Forsythe

You are the one that said you wanted President Biden gone.

If Biden is no longer President, you will have President Harris running the USA.

Carlos Ponce

"If Biden is no longer President, you will have President Harris running the USA."

Not necessarily.....

Emilio Nicolas

Are you suggesting sedition or just going looney tunes again? We don’t tolerate sedition.

Jim Forsythe

Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution

It clarifies that the vice president becomes president if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office

Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Carlos Ponce

I've already posted WEEKS ago the 25th will not apply.

Carlos Ponce

"Are you suggesting sedition or just going looney tunes again? We don’t tolerate sedition." No sedition Emilio. Everything will be LEGAL. But it's interesting watching the Liberal elites go looney toons.

Emilio Nicolas

Oh, well if Carlos professed something weeks ago we should keep a journal! Perhaps we could add to Freud's Notes on Hysteria.

Carlos Ponce

Yes indeed, your response is hysteria.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, to help your credibility here, can you detail exactly how President Biden will be removed from office and President Trump will be restored? You’ve stated as much many times, so you must have a method or rationale. Please demonstrate that you are a serious commentator on this page by providing a legal and feasible pathway through which this could happen.

Jim Forsythe

Emilio. Carlos will never say what he thinks will happen, because if he did, and it does not work, he would be be held accountable for failure.

Anyone that thinks that Biden will be remove from office, so Trump can take his place, is just grasping at straws.

Nowhere in the United States Constitution does it say that a President that has been certified, can be removed any other way, except what is spelled out in the Constitution

All 50 states certified election results, January 6,2021.

Carlos Ponce

You're a riot, Jim!

Carlos Ponce

"can you detail exactly how President Biden will be removed from office and President Trump will be restored? " No. Just sit back and watch.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, is your answer “No” because you don’t know and just accept on faith it will happen, or is it because you are aware of some secret strategy you are not at liberty to divulge? Your repeated insistence on this without explanations makes me wonder if you are really serious in this belief and are just trying to troll everyone. Please clarify.

George Laiacona

We really can’t count on Randy Webber to follow through with anything he says. Case in point; the post office building and grounds at Broadway, the Gateway to our island, still looks like a dump located in a third world country. It’s been several years since he showed up with a lawn mower, but still nothing has been done to clean up the disastrous facility.

Carlos Ponce

On the day Randy Weber showed up with his lawnmower, George Laiacona showed up with his...with his..... Oh, that's right. George Laiacona didn't show.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, can I offer you some constructive feedback? Your lack of seriousness undermines the occasional valid points you attempt to make. I am doing my best to be more charitable in my comments to others and avoiding the silly tit for tat that this forum had degenerated into. I don't always succeed but I am trying. Can I recommend that if you want others to take you seriously you be more measured and substantive?

Carlos Ponce

A little levity is good for the soul.

George Laiacona

Carlos you must have missed the part where we showed up a couple of days beforehand with the newspaper photographer. Because of the newspaper article with photos, Webber decided to show up the next day. Not a thing has been done to correct the situation since.

Carlos Ponce

"we showed up a couple of days beforehand" did you bring your lawnmower?

George Laiacona

You have forgotten that it’s the duty of our legislators to take care of government property, not that of private citizens . We expect you to cover for the Trumper politicians because you are a diehard Trumper yourself. We can expect any comment from you to negative in content when it comes to your negative position concerning the Democrats in general. We know that you create negative rebuttals and comments in every comment you post. You will remain this way until the wannabe Dictator Trump is finally out of the picture.

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