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“Only Government…..”

When you prepare new ground for a garden, you have to do a lot of prep work before you can actually plant your seeds, tend the young plants, and finally, reap your harvest.  Pres-elect Obama is in the ground prep phase of his upcoming administration.

He’s telling all of us, almost every day, in as non-threatening way as possible, what he intends.  Many Americans won’t actually hear him, and even if they do, they will not know what he means.  I believe he is telling us exactly what his intent is.

“It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,” Obama said. “Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy — where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending; where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.”

Folks, we can’t say later on that we “had no idea” what Obama and his crew want to do.  The direction they want to take our country in is a clear break from our past and present path of liberty, free market capitalism, and equal opportunities for all.

I don’t believe for one second that only government can resolve, or even begin the resolution of this economic crisis.  As harsh as it sounds, we must allow the free market system to work as it would naturally.  If companies, even huge companies upon whom millions of people depend, have been irresponsible, careless, or frivolous with their cash, then we should allow the natural consequences of these actions to happen.  I for one can’t quite figure out how just giving billions of dollars to companies that run through money like a hot knife through butter will make any difference in the long run.  What will be different now, that will keep them from needing another bailout next year?

I am not an economist.  I don’t know a lot about economics and financial matters, but I do know that if I spend more than I bring in, and max out all my avenues of credit, that is my problem.  It’s my situation that I get myself into, and it is morally and ethically wrong to go ask my neighbor to pay my credit card bill and make a deposit into my bank account, so that I won’t go bankrupt.

I know these rules, and I go by them.  Corporations must do the same.  It is basic economic priniciples, and letting those principles work as they should brings short-term pain and hardship, but true recovery and increased prosperity for all in the end.

“Only government?”  Codespeak for “we know what’s best, and we’re going to move the country toward socialism like we’ve been trying to do for decades and now finally we have the best shot at it that we’ve ever had.”

Pay attention, people.

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Socialism—Who’d a Thunk It?

Well, now I’m really getting worried.  And angry.  This has got to stop.  Bailouts now are happening at the speed of light.  Any company in trouble, just head on over to the big government ATM.  

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”–Friedrich Hayek

Friedrich Hayek, an Austrian-British economist and political philosopher, was known for his defense of free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thinking during the mid-20th century.  He left Austria to study and then chose not to return when Austria was taken over by the Nazis.  A wise and learned person, his words are especially meaningful today.

All these bailouts are in response to “emergencies”.  Just has to be done!  No other choice!!  If we don’t do this, we’ll all….!!!!!”…….

We’ll all what?  Yes, the economy is in big trouble.  But what our government is doing to try to “fix” it, is only going to delay the recovery of our economy.  What’s worse, it is a GIANT step on our seemingly unstoppable path toward socialism.

Here’s another quote that we should all memorize.  I think it’s so important, I’ve added it to my sidebar.

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism.  But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

This is scary stuff, people.  We have got to stay aware of what’s going on, we have to pay attention to what our elected representatives are doing, we have to call them and tell them what we think.  We have to help inform our misguided, underinformed, and misinformed fellow citizens whenever we can, in whatever way we can.

We cannot remain passive, and just “hope” that America won’t become a socialist democracy.  We can’t think that “it couldn’t happen”.  We can’t think that.  

A very good article about the latest bailout of Citicorp, with links to other stories, is at Michelle Malkin’s excellent blog.  Please read up on it.  

Information is power.  Let’s focus on getting all the “power” we can.

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A Pie, or a Bakery?

Are you a pie person, or a bakery person?

A pie person sees just one pie, for all of us to share.  This one pie, in their eyes, must be closely watched and fairly divided.  They see some people with more than their “fair share” of the pie, and, if without any governing power,  compare it to their own small slice and seethe with anger about “unfair” capitalism and their inability to get a bigger piece of the pie.  In their mind, they don’t have a bigger slice because someone else has a bigger piece.  It’s someone else’s fault that their own piece of the pie is so small.

If you are in a position of power with the ability to make laws for our land and you are a pie person, then you write laws regulating how much of the pie each one of us can have.  You take away from rightful owners slices of the “one and only pie” to give to me and others a thin slice.  Never giving enough, though, to fully satisfy.

If, however, you are a bakery person, you see many, many pies, and more just waiting to be made.  For you, there isn’t just one pie, for all of us to share, but an infinite supply of pies just waiting to be created.  You work and dream and plan a way to bake your own pie, that you may enjoy and share as you see fit.

I was reminded yesterday of Michelle Obama’s comment she made back during the campaign, that “someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more”.  I’m reading a little gem of a book right now that talks about wealth and riches, and the acquiring of such.  This author, who wrote this book in 1910, believes that the supply of riches is “inexhaustible”, and we don’t need to take somebody else’s  wealth in order to have some of our own.  “No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all”.

His thinking appeals to me much more than Michelle Obama’s.  I prefer to be free to make my own pie, and have the whole pie, and then make even more pies, and share with others as I am guided to,  rather than having lawmakers in Washington take some of someone else’s pie and give me a small bit of it.  Or take some of the pie that I worked so hard on.

No, I’m claiming the American Dream for myself.  While I still can.

Off to the bakery.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions’ letter to Pres. Bush…..

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has written a great letter to Pres. Bush, asking him to personally oversee Sec. Paulson’s actions on the bailout money.  I found it here, and it’s worth reading.

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Socialism 101….

I am not a student of socialism, and socialistic theories.  I might be wrong about all I’m going to say here today, but it’s my blog and these are just my thoughts.  I don’t claim to be a true reference for those seeking a thorough researching of the topic.

I like having private property, that I earned through my own hard work.  I like knowing that my own success is limited ONLY by my own efforts, or lack thereof.  I like knowing that if I decide to pursue a new endeavor to make more money, that any failure of the enterprise is on my shoulders, and any rewards are mine.

I’m not a selfish person, and have always thought that one of the best things about winning the lottery would be finally having the means to help other people, causes, and organizations with more than twenty-five dollars here and there.

I believe that the fruits I harvest from my own hard work should belong to me.  I believe that I should have the choice of whom to share my fruits with, and whether to share them at all.  

I believe that if I own a farm or a ranch that I shouldn’t need to concern myself about whether my government will decide that I “don’t need that much land when there are others who also need some land”.

I want to be in charge of my own success and failure; I want to learn from my failures so that I might enjoy more success.  The American dream is to me, and to many many others who have risked their lives to get here, very real and unique.  I can be as successful as I’m willing to work hard.

We have many examples is our society of people who were born into poverty, into slums, into inner cities, who have become successful in every way.  Those who say that there isn’t equal opportunity in this country are misinformed and uninformed.  Not saying that it’s easy, but it is available to all.  

But the catch is, you have to work real hard.  And, you have your liberty all along the way.

Socialism is incompatible with liberty.

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