America has succeeded beyond any other civilization in history due to one reason: freedom of self-determination and a system of limited representative government. While we have relied on national leadership for a common defense and interstate issues, it has been the freedom to act independently and locally that has set this nation apart over the last 236 years.
The free market makes millions of consumer and producer decisions every second. Entrepreneurs have started millions of businesses and despite most of them failing, the successes have been extraordinary. So why then are we suddenly $16 trillion in debt (that’s 16,000 billion dollars) with more unemployed and fellow citizens on federal assistance than any other time in our nation’s history? The answer: Centralized, master planning has failed. The massive inefficiency and rampant corruption of the federal government obliterates savings that otherwise might be available by pooling our resources nationally.
Despite a constitution that clearly calls for the states to control the purse and citizens to make their own decisions, we allow the feds to redistribute the majority of our taxes to more special-interest causes than can be described. We continue to send our dollars to Washington, yet it is locals who operate our water, power, highways, schools, food and healthcare — under increasingly crushing federal regulations. Think about it: The instruction book for the 1040 tax form book is now 100 pages long. And now we are voting to keep a healthcare bill so vast that it “has to be passed to find out what’s in it?”
Compassion is not a trait unique to the Democratic Party. Neither is corruption. But at this time, the Republican Party has hope as the people continue to reform it. The Democratic Party could not even pass a budget with a super majority. Obama is clearly taking us toward unsustainable massive government, with subsidies and special interests to show for it. (Guess those shovel-ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready.) We are well-equipped to handle our welfare and subsidies at the local level, and allow the national special interests to fail when they can’t stay afloat.
It’s a matter of direction. We must act locally and to so do we need to elect the proven capitalist, not the proven socialist, at every level of government.
Royal Palm Beach