Shake Off Your Slumber
By: Patti Bankson
If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™re wondering WHAT! is our government doing, and WHY? And… will we survive ? Of course, weâ€™ll survive… weâ€™re Americans… thatâ€™s what we do. But weâ€™ll need tools, and the determination to use them to refresh our politiciansâ€™ 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 doesnâ€™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: â€œGive a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.â€
The most important tool we need is good, solid information on which we can stand firm, because our politicians obviously think weâ€™re stupid. Or maybe itâ€™s just that weâ€™ve â€œtaughtâ€ them that itâ€™s okay to pull the wool over our eyes; â€œtaughtâ€ them that if theyâ€™ll keep putting something into our out-stretched hands, weâ€™ll keep quiet and get out of their way… wonâ€™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 wonâ€™t see the crash-and-burn that lies ahead. As long as they make it out alive with their â€œesteemedâ€ positions and perks, their multi-$$$ bank accounts and real estate intact, why disturb our naps with nit-picky details?
Need an â€œInformation Toolâ€? 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:
â€œFor 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.â€
Mr. Bovard wrote that in 1986, and his analysis is as accurate today as it was then. Thatâ€™s pretty sad. But whatâ€™s even more sad… and a little frightening… is that if youâ€™ll go back and read Mr. Bovardâ€™s statement again, substituting the word, â€œgovernmentâ€ for the word â€œforeignâ€, you wonâ€™t see a snapshot of just some far-removed-from-your-life, third-world-country, youâ€™ll see a snapshot of the future of us. As in… the U.S.
I understand that most of the worldâ€™s poverty-stricken people have no choices, no resources, no way out. But WE do. And Iâ€™m happy to see that hundreds of thousands of citizens get it… theyâ€™re standing up, saying, â€œEnough is enoughâ€. If youâ€™re not one of them, why arenâ€™t you? Your Country, and your fellow citizens, need You! I mean… how many times do you have to hear, â€œWake Up, America!â€ before you actually shake off your slumber??
Â© 2009 Patti Bankson
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