Happy Mother’s Day! I admire everyone woman who has taken up the yoke of motherhood. A friend of recently posted on Facebook, “According to Fox News, stay-at-home-moms would make nearly $123,000 a year if they were paid for all their hard work. Now to figure out how to start getting those paychecks.” That is great, but I chose to sacrifice my paycheck to stay home with my children. Some women work hard in the workplace, then come home and work hard at there. We do not run a debt that we cannot pay off because I stay home with my children. We do not live off the fruits of someone else’s labor. I work hard in the home so my husband can work hard in the workplace, and we make sacrifices. We make hard decisions on what to spend money on and what to sacrifice. I ask our politicians to do the same. There is a guide that should help. It is called the Constitution of the United States of America. Read Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution to find out the powers of congress and for what taxes may be collected.
"Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."
As a concerned mother, I ask everyone to keep a watchful eye on our nation. Our children are depending on us. When making the tough decisions of where to spend our money, we need to hold the congress accountable. On what is the money going to be spent, and where in the constitution does it say our money can be taken to pay for these expenditures? Do we have the money to spend or is it going to increase the national debt? To all the mothers, thank you for your hard work. Thank you for raising responsible citizens. Thank you for keeping an eye on the family budget. Thank you, Americans, for watching the nation’s budget.