Friday, February 15, 2008


I don't know about you, but this says a lot about big government. I am not impressed by anyone currently holding a leading position in the slate of candidates for President. I know, this could be a representation of your current predicament at work or elsewhere, but let's talk government today. We get rebates to stimulate the economy. We are getting back what is ours to begin with. Someone compared it to taking water from the deep end of the swimming pool and putting it back into the shallow end. Also, if I remember my Civics lessons correctly, the U. S. Constitution allows our law makers to legislate in only four areas; Taxation, Manufacture of Currency, National Security, and Interstate Commerce. How do we get bills loaded with pork in areas like Education, Welfare, The Arts, Health Care, and the like? I have recently started writing my alleged representatives, in both the House and Senate, for some answers to these simple questions. I receive almost nothing from the Democrats other than a one-liner stating they received my inquiry, and from the Republicans I receive a three page statement outlining all the wonderful things they are doing for me, but failing to answer the simple question of where they got permission to do it.

I understand nexus, and I also understand the misuse of nexus. I am leaning toward any candidates who are demonstrating by their actions and voting record a move toward smaller governmental presence in our daily affairs. Let each State handle its own internal problems. If your State is too poor to sufficiently handle your particular need, then move, or handle it yourself. I think hurricanes Katrina, and Rita demonstrate how dependence on government affects those who have become wards of the system.

This is the former home of a friend of mine who lived across the bay from Bay St. Louis, MS. A thirty foot wall of water hit his house and drove it nearly a half mile into the surrounding woods. He and his family did the clean-up. There were no media crews covering his personal tragedy, and no outcry of blame cast upon anyone for a terrible storm. The other victims of Katrina and Rita were virtually ignored while all attention was focused on the totally out of control situation involving the dependent welfare population of New Orleans, LA . Outside of New Orleans, in other areas of Louisiana hit by the storms, very few were blaming their troubles on the government. People did what they have always done and pieced together their lives with very little aid from government. Let's face it, our national media does not report the truth. If you are dependent on their statistics and spin, then you are uninformed.

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. - Thomas Jefferson

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson

It is an age old problem, but we must address the problem of government overstepping its bounds. I hope you are able to see beyond the socialist promises designed to address some individual need, but making you more dependent, and vote for the downsizing of the government's role in our lives.

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?