Shake Off Your Slumber

By: Patti Bankson

If you’re like me, you’re wondering WHAT! is our government doing, and WHY? And… will we survive ? Of course, we’ll survive… we’re Americans… that’s what we do. But we’ll need tools, and the determination to use them to refresh our politicians’ memories regarding their job description, which is: To create an atmosphere in which our entrepreneurial spirit can thrive… in which gutsy, risk-taking entrepreneurs can create jobs (Government doesn’t create jobs, they just grow fat off ours.) for our responsible, hard-working citizens. In other words, get out of the way; quit throwing up success roadblocks, like onerous taxes and unreasonable regulations. Most importantly, they need to remember this old, obviously forgotten, wisdom: “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”

The most important tool we need is good, solid information on which we can stand firm, because our politicians obviously think we’re stupid. Or maybe it’s just that we’ve “taught” them that it’s okay to pull the wool over our eyes; “taught” them that if they’ll keep putting something into our out-stretched hands, we’ll keep quiet and get out of their way… won’t notice that they think our money is a happy-making, wealth-building, slot-machine JACKPOT! Or maybe they just recognize people who are asleep at the wheel… who won’t see the crash-and-burn that lies ahead. As long as they make it out alive with their “esteemed” positions and perks, their multi-$$$ bank accounts and real estate intact, why disturb our naps with nit-picky details?

Need an “Information Tool”? Check the Cato Institute. Their mission is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace… to promote policy proposals that create free, open and civil societies here and throughout the world. The following is a spending-related Policy Analysis article written by James Bovard, for the Institute:

“For 40 years, U.S. foreign aid has been judged by its intentions, not its results. Foreign aid programs have been perpetuated and expanded not because they have succeeded, but because giving foreign aid still seems like a good idea. But foreign aid has rarely done anything that countries could not have done for themselves. And it has often encouraged the recipient governments’ worst tendencies–helping to underwrite programs and policies that have starved thousands of people and derailed struggling economies.”

Mr. Bovard wrote that in 1986, and his analysis is as accurate today as it was then. That’s pretty sad. But what’s even more sad… and a little frightening… is that if you’ll go back and read Mr. Bovard’s statement again, substituting the word, “government” for the word “foreign”, you won’t see a snapshot of just some far-removed-from-your-life, third-world-country, you’ll see a snapshot of the future of us. As in… the U.S.

I understand that most of the world’s poverty-stricken people have no choices, no resources, no way out. But WE do. And I’m happy to see that hundreds of thousands of citizens get it… they’re standing up, saying, “Enough is enough”. If you’re not one of them, why aren’t you? Your Country, and your fellow citizens, need You! I mean… how many times do you have to hear, “Wake Up, America!” before you actually shake off your slumber??

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