Sunday, May 3, 2009

Our Greedy Government

As you might have guessed from the name I write under, I'm a fan of our founding fathers, and especially Thomas Jefferson. All we need to know about how our government should run we can find in quotes from our founding fathers. The recent spending sprees and discussions of tax increases is in direct violation of the intent of our founding fathers.

Thomas Jefferson once said - "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

Has our government been frugal? Now there's a good laugh. Frugality is definitely not their strong suit. They spend money with less thought than a teenager with their first credit card. Instead of looking for how to make things run more efficiently and save as much of our money as they can, they simply take more. They take our money to create programs that we wouldn't need if they didn't take our money in the first place.

Has our government been wise? The only wisdom they have shown is in how to get themselves reelected. Their ear marks and pork barrel projects are not wise for the country but wise for themselves.

Are they allowing us to regulate our own pursuits of industry and improvement? Didn't we just basically take over the banks? Didn't the government just use our money to save companies who, through their own bad management, drove themselves into bankruptcy?

Our government has become the very opposite of what Jefferson listed as "good". So we can deduce that our government is now bad. Make our government good again. Speak out. Take the government back from the politicians and return it to the people.

Jefferson also said - "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."

Don't sit idly by. Don't let our government continue to degenerate.

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