The old song, "Money (That's What I Want)" could be the new theme song for both the Obama government and the majority of the American citizens. Or, perhaps it is our swan song. I know I would like it to be Obama's swan song. For those unfamiliar with the term, a swan song is a final performance before retirement. I certainly wish for Obama and the Progressives to quit singing their same old tune of "gimme, gimme, gimme"!
As the "chief financial officer" for our home, I fear what all of this taxing and spending out of DC is going to do to our household budget's bottom line. The government has already spent us into unimaginable debt on the national level. My personal concern is that they are doing the same to us on the household level. I do not see how most American families can deal with the ever increasing amounts that big government will be taking from us in the form of taxes, fees, penalties, and so on. Many families are already in financial difficulties due to debt, mortgages, job losses, or other crises.
Of course, it is not just at the national level that the greed of government is eating up our income. Most Americans face similar home-grown government greed in various forms. There are taxes of one kind or another from states, counties, cities, and other entities. They all take a bite out of our dime.
While I understand that we have need of certain government services, I fear we are more and more just feeding an endlessly expanding behemoth with an insatiable appetite for taxpayer money. And, that is how government views us: as taxpayers, not as citizens. They seemingly consider all we have to be theirs first and ours second. I absolutely do not think this is how our founding fathers meant the situation to be handled.
Not that I have any solutions--beyond that of voting out the worst offenders in 2010 and 2012! Getting rid of those who would tax and spend us into bankruptcy at all levels of society is a step in the right direction. But we must also make sure we put in place those who will take steps to rectify the situation by getting rid of those laws which take from the rich and give to the poor without consideration of ultimate consequences. While I enjoy watching the old movies about Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men, I do not see how the DC version of taxing the rich into poverty helps stimulate the economy in any way. And, let's face it, the idea of Obama in tights is not nearly so appealing as was Errol Flynn or even Sean Connery as an older Robin.
I think robbing the 'hood is more what the Progressives are all about, not so much the justice being sought by Robin Hood as the so-called social justice the Progressives espouse, particularly amongst themselves. Social justice is less about justice of any kind and more about Socialism. His way is the spreading of equality throughout a society by means of dragging all down to a common level. All except the enlightened leaders of course! In all socialist societies, be they Nazis or Communists, there is always an elite ruling class, as in any kind of dictatorship, monarchy, or other form of government where the people are not free. Yes, not truly free.
Our freedom here in America is slowly being leeched away from us. In every home, every neighborhood, and every community, state by state, across this nation, they are taking bites out of our rights, similar to those they are taking out of our income. The more they take away, be it money or liberty, the more enslaved we become. They gather power with each bit of our free agency they steal. The more the government does for us, the less we can do for ourselves, until we are nothing more than serfs serving the lord of the government manor and his endless family of bureaucrats.
I, for one, have no desire to be a chambermaid in the big house of government. I am much happier being queen of my own little very miniature castle on my own very little piece of land. While I do not agree with the original intent of the line, "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven", I do feel it is somewhat apropos to my feelings about being a slave to the nanny-state.
I would prefer we all have to scrimp and scrape to get by without the help of big government, than we all have to scrimp and scrape to pay for the help of Big Brother. Because we must, simply must, remember that government can give us nothing unless we pay for it! When we get a federal tax refund, that is not money FROM the government, they are simply returning to us what they took too much of in the first place.
So, think about these things as we move closer to the elections of 2010. Vote out those who would so freely give of what WE earn. The government and politicians EARN nothing of what they spend, they simply confiscate what belongs to others and do with it as they will. Send a clear message to government at all levels that we want more of our money and less of their meddling. Freedom is not free. We must fight for it. Sometimes with guns and sometimes with votes. Our soldiers do the gun part for us. Let us do the voting part for the U.S.
© Suzann C. Darnall, APRIL 2010