Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Election 2012 The future destiny of the United States rest on the shoulders of voters. This November 2012 we have a choice to make. The choice is as real and serious as slavery to government and welfare programs (communism), or, individual freedom to live as one would wish within the proper laws the people have delegated to the government (Capitalism). We must first start by explaining the proper role of government in our lives. For government to be respected it must make laws that are respectable and that the large majority of the populace will follow. Frederic Bastiat explains this well in his book The Law: “No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected it to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” To keep it simple I will define Moral as Christian values. Even an atheist can agree that Thou shalt not kill, steal, bear false witness (lying to get someone imprisoned) are pretty good morals. Understanding that not everyone is a Christian we will refrain from other Biblical commandments so as to respect our 1st amendment. I don’t think anyone can give a strong argument against those basic morals listed? Defining Government George Washington said “Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, IT IS FORCE. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Imbedded in our Declaration for Independence Thomas Jefferson penned: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (For you atheist you can say Nature) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Can anyone bring an argument against these simple rights? If you were robbed do you not have the RIGHT to protect your property or your Life? Can another make you attend a church service or coerce you to serve them? The facts are that you have an inherent right, either bestowed upon you by God or Nature, to protect your Life, Liberty and Property. Since Government is a result of mans creation it should only follow that government is designed to serve and protect those inherent rights of man. For government receives only the power delegated to it by the people. In the Proper Role of Government (Benson, 1968) reads: “No one has the authority to grant such powers, as welfare programs, schemes for re-distributing the wealth, and activities which coerce people into acting in accordance with a prescribed code of social planning. There is one simple test. Do I as an individual have a right to use force upon my neighbor to accomplish this goal? If I have such a right, then I may delegate that power to my government to exercise on my behalf. If I do not have that right as an individual, then I cannot delegate it to government, and I cannot ask my government to perform the act for me.” The welfare and entitlement programs of today are funded by legal plunder. Monies that have been extracted from the tax payer and given to those who did not earn it. Again referring to the book The Law Bastiat explains it this way: “But how is legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply, See if the law takes from some person what belongs to them, and gives it to other person to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” Referring again to The Proper Role of Government it reads “To be sure, there are times when this principle of the proper role of government is most annoying and inconvenient. If I could only force the ignorant to provide for themselves, or the selfish to be generous with their wealth! It would be nice to force the ignorant to provide for themselves instead of creating entitlement programs to care for them. Especially the ones capable of providing for themselves. But his would take away their inherent right of Liberty. The laws of Nature and of God preserve the RIGHT of that person to use force against anyone who wishes to impose labor upon him. It used to be that anyone who chose not to work simply did not reap the fruits of their labors. But today the United States government has promised grand entitlements which it now cannot support. This legal plunder and the entitlement programs have robbed the citizens of this once great country by making them dependent on government. Today persons who choose not to work can claim thousands of dollars a month though welfare programs like section 8 housing and food stamps without exerting himself to labor. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I predict future happiness for American if they can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people under the pretense of take care of them.” We must not forget that government is dependent on the people who do work. The government earns no money of itself. Every penny that makes its way into the U.S. Treasury is the result of everyone who works and pays taxes. President Grover Cleveland said: “…Though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people.” Taxes are essential for a government to function properly. Oil and grease applied to moving parts in a machine are like taxes to a government. Too little grease and moving parts stick, rust, or break. Too much grease and the moving parts jam, and attract dust which will destroy the machine. Taxes are similar. Too little taxes and the government cannot perform the duties delegated to it by the people. Too many taxes and politicians pass legislation for redistribution of wealth and start lining their own pockets by giving themselves absurd salaries for life. The current salary for congress is $174,000. Staff salaries totaled $999,614 for Rob Bishop’s office in 2011. Staff salaries were much higher for Hatches Office totaling $2,439,498 for fiscal year 2011. This kind of spending of sacred funds that have been sacrificed by the tax payer is preposterous. President Bush and Obama have wasted trillions of dollars that you and I have sacrificed into the U.S. treasury. Over the past 100 years the United States has slowly been creeping towards socialism. But the past 12 years has been greatly accelerated. Bush pushed us over the edge with the wars, and spending grew out of control by passing pork legislation by both parties, in 2008 when he signed into law a bill that would cost over $800 billion to stimulate the economy. Obama has been even worse than Bush with spending more in 3 years and 2 months than Bush did in 8 years. The Bailouts of auto companies, clean energy companies that almost all have now filed for bankruptcy, entitlement programs, Obamacare which was designed to give everyone healthcare now reports that 30,000,000, yes 30 million, people will still be uninsured in the year 2020 when Obamacare is fully implemented. Obama care was supposed to cost tax payers $900 billion when it passed into law and the CBO now reports that it will cost just under $2 Trillion. When the law was passed there were 33 million uninsured people. So in essence the Government is spending $2 Trillion to insure 3 million people. WOW! These things are NOT the responsibility of the government. These actions, bailouts, stimulus, entitlements are legal plunder on a grand scale. I cannot take money from you and use it for my own gain or purposes. I may ask you for it, or you may freely give it to me or loan it to me but I cannot force you to give it to me without committing a crime of robbery. So how has the government been able to take from the tax payer what they have earned and give it to persons who have not earned it and that not be a crime of theft? Remind you that governments have no power but what the people have delegated to it. It is a collection of men selected to protect Life, Liberty and Property. Yet legislation has been passed to deprive you of your labors and give the fruits of that labor to others who exerted no labor for it. It is socialism! Unemployment has been over 8% for 42 months. Our national debt now boarders $16 trillion. An AG that has been held in contempt of Congress. A president whom we still know very little about. An administration that has moved us as close to socialism as we have ever been and may not be able to recover from? An administration that has about 30% of its people openly proclaiming to be socialist. This November we have a choice to follow down this road to communism, to re-elect a man who destroyed our way of life, increased our cost of living with poor policy, plundered our earnings to re-distribute money from the treasury to those who did not earn it and whomever he sees fit. America cannot survive another 4 years of this reckless spending, and dirty backdoor politics. Obama and congress have not passed a budget the whole time Obama has been in office. We cannot afford 4 more years of blank checks at the tax payer’s expense. On the other hand we have a man who has made millions in the private sector, who may not be as hip or cool as Obama but understands how to keep books and make a payroll. A VP pick that actually came up with a plan that was presented to Congress to SAVE Medicare and replace the $716 billion Obama has stripped from it. Romney Ryan ticket may not have all the answers but at least they are proposing ideas unlike Obama and his team. This November we can make a choice that will alter the course of our Nation. Either we return to the principles of small Federal Government and allow people to live their lives free from the burdens on taking care of those who wish to cheat the system. Or we can continue down the road to communism. If Romney gets into office and continues to take us down the road of spending and entitlements then I am wrong. But if Obama gets re-elected than the past 4 years stand as a testimony to me that our Nation will not exist as we know it by the year 2016! The future destiny of America rest on the shoulders of Voters!