>> October 7, 2009
And just in time for Halloween!
How did we get here?
The government of The United States Of America has been expanding since its creation. By slow encroachments and itty bitty usurpations we are losing our ability and capacity to govern ourselves. What really makes me angry is the fact that the population is slitting its own throat!
Shouldn't we be more vigilant in our political education?
The founders warned of this very day when George Mason said "From the nature of man, we may be sure that those who have power in their hands will not give it up while they can retain it. On the contrary, we know that they will always, when they can, rather increase it." as quoted in W. Cleon Skousen’s, The Making of America, p. 247
Our government should not be in the welfare or healthcare business!
Jeffrey Ellis asks on his site The Thinker "[Are We] Robbing Peter To Pay Paul?" and then abruptly answers with this astute observation ~ “A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.” — George Bernard Shaw
He then goes on to a thought provoking analysis into the question. I highly recommend the read.
And in an earlier post he questions the "The Economic Impact of the Size of Government"
"The issue of size of government versus economic growth is a “goose that lays the golden eggs” type of problem. It takes prosperity to fund various social programs — welfare, Medicare, and any other entitlement program you would care to add to the list. The fundamental conflict is that the more of these programs that government institutes, the less prosperity the nation has to fund them. But to be fair, on the other hand, the more prosperity we have, the more income inequality we also tend to have (although in general almost everyone is better off)..."
To the question of wealth and entitlements, I would respond with a quote or two from Lincoln.
Lincoln said: "That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."
I think this was the original intent of the founders: We have the freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail.
Lincoln again on the subject of self reliance: "Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
Lincoln seems to be hinting at anarchy stemming from an entitlement mentality here.
I understand that Jeffrey is coming at the problem from a purely logic based, Critical Thinking point of view, and I agree that we should be compassionate, but I cannot say that it is the role of government to provide these entitlements. Besides, I think the research he has done proves the point I am trying to make here.
Suffice to say that I believe this system is growing to be the world's largest pyramid scheme. Some will say that I am over simplifying, but there has to be a point of toppling the pyramid. Not everyone can be recipients of a government job or handout. The money to fund this monster comes from the working class.
Your government wants to eat you!
I think it's evident that a heckofa lot of level headed people have awakened due to the large numbers of anti-Obamacare / anti-big government protestors showing up at the town halls and tea parties. We have to keep educating the population to the corruption taking place within our government, and that if we keep feeding this monster, It will eventually eat us all.