Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Case For Limited Government

During the last hundred years, the Federal government has grown so big and intrusive that it is impossible to escape the impact, the cost, or the threat to individual freedom. On a daily basis in so many ways we face the hand of Big Brother and if Obama and the Socialists who control Congress are allowed to succeed, literally all aspects of daily life will be regulated. In fairness, this expansion of government has happened, one law, or regulation at a time, under both Socialists and Republicans in the name of "progressive" policies. The problem is that all of these laws taken together have created a monster. In essence, 50% of the people who pay taxes work to feed the beast in order to support and subsidize the other 50%, including illegal aliens, who pay little or no taxes. Our elected representatives and the Courts have used the Interstate Commerce clause of the Constitution to expand Federal authority over just about everything and way beyond anything ever intended by our Founding Fathers. This has happened at the expense of our Freedoms.

In addition, over the years, the federal government has taken over millions of acres of state land either as national parks, or simply under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management so much so that many Western states do not control the majority of the land in those states. In Nevada, the Federal government owns and controls 86% of the land. Ironically, this means that the people of Nevada, through their local and state elected representatives, have little say, if any, about what happens in Nevada. Socialist politicians on the East Coast and environmental wackos are dictating their will on the people of Nevada and other Western states, often preventing farming, ranching, mining and other productive uses of the land that would generate tax revenues for these states. The presumption is that those that live in Washington, that know absolutely nothing about Western states, are in a better position to be stewards of the land than local people. This is ridiculous!!

If we are to remain a free country, we must push back this Federal intrusion into our lives and move back to limited government and power as was intended by our Founding Fathers. There is a legitimate role for the Federal government and that is to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves and/or those things that really do relate to interstate commerce. And, more often than not the Federal government is the problem and rarely the solution. As a first priority, the Federal government should provide for our national defense, which includes securing our borders and fighting Terrorism. The Federal government should manage foreign relations. The Federal government should insure the stability of our monetary and financial system. The Federal government should fund major multi-state infrastructure projects like road systems, power grids, airports, etc. The Federal government should insure that our food and water supply and medicines are safe.

The funding of Social Security and Medicare are questionable only because the Federal government has used those programs to redistribute income rather than provide for pensions on an actuarial basis and medical care. The fact is that the Baby Boomer generation funded benefits, way beyond anything paid by our parents and grandparents, for our parents and grandparents and since politicians of both parties stole the surpluses that existed for years to spend on new entitlements and pork barrel spending to buy votes, it is highly likely given that Social Security and Medicare are headed toward bankruptcy, that Baby Boomers will never see the monies that they paid into these systems. The Federal government has proven that it cannot be trusted with our pension monies, or with providing medical care so these programs should absolutely be privatized to preserve them. Obama's HealthScare Plan will only make matters worse and will lead to the bankruptcy of our country as is now happening in Canada and various European countries. These are facts not fiction.

The Federal government needs to get out of the Education business altogether. Education is a state function. Ironically, Federal monies pored into Education, since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society in the 60's, which has resulted in Federal regulation over education has produced increasingly poor results proving once again that Federal government intrusion into this state function is counter productive. As a general rule, anything the states can do better should be left to the states.

We have to take back our country in 2010 and 2012 by electing Conservatives who support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits, a strong national defense, real energy independence and health care reform, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values. Most important, we must elect Conservatives who support the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by our current Socialist President, former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. We have to role back the power of the Federal government to preserve our freedoms and prevent the bankrupcy of the United States. The only way to do it is to sweep all of these Socialists out of office in 2010 and 2012 and make Obama a one term President. We can do it. We must do it to save our country for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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