9/11, much like December 7th, is a day that will live in infamy. It is not only a day that brought foreign-born terror to our shores, but it also led to the direct erosion of our very freedoms so near and dear to our hearts. The Patriot Act is what I speak of. It was one of those things done by our elected officials in response to what happened that awful day. It was swift, it was sure, it was seemingly that one correct thing to do. Nothing could be further from the truth.
That single enactment of law took our freedom from us. It made us suspect. It made us slaves. It allowed the terrorists to win a battle they had not anticipated winning at all. To compound the problem, another cabinet-level department was created, along with several new agencies and administrations. Not only did we lose freedom, but we inflated our government at a time when it was expedient to reduce government spending and waste. Knee-jerk reactions rarely provide equitable solutions.
Now we find ourselves in a time of deep financial crisis. A crisis long in the making it has been. From a government telling mortgage companies they must provide loans to people who have no visible means of ever paying to Freddie-Mac and Fannie-Mae that would underwrite a corpse and probably did on several occasions. The ever-present availability of easy-credit terms and credit cards. Americans these days have forgotten the lessons learned by the previous two generations. The lessons of the Great Depression can teach a lot of things; one of them was how to save and be less wasteful. But what is history? Apparently, it is something in a book on a shelf for almost all Americans that must be dusted occasionally.
We are a nation that is some $15 trillion in debt. We have elected a most curious President (about whom we know very little) who is running up more and more debt each day. We have a Democrat- controlled Senate and Republican-controlled Congress that cannot present a debt-reduction plan with a balanced budget. It seems that senility runs rampant in the halls of the US Congress and Senate; yet we keep electing these lethargic and pathetic fools. So what does that make us, the electorate? I do not think I need to answer that.
Tax increases are looming. I, like anyone else in their right mind, hate taxes and the thought of paying them. But they are needed. They are absolutely necessary. The question is how we go about the whole process, as well as how much enough is. The last time I checked, I am paying out about 1/3 of my income in taxes, Medicaid, Social Security, etc. I think I am being robbed blind. What entitles the government to 1/3 of my income? The new healthcare law we all have come to love and know so well is a joke. The so-called preexisting condition clause whereby you cannot be denied? Guess what? It doesn’t apply to private insurance companies. So what was Princess Pelosi so proud of? Proud of screwing Americans once again with her fantasy world. (I wonder if her plastic surgery counts as a preexisting condition.)
The ship is sinking; I do not have the bilge pump to help keep it afloat, just my simple leaky bucket. Please go out and vote. Vote them all out.
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