Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Politicians often need changing
By Robert Tribble
One day a florist went to a barber shop to get his hair cut. After the haircut he asked about his bill and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you today because I am doing community service this week.”
The florist was pleased and left the barber shop. When the barber opened his shop the next morning there was a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at the front door.
Later in the day a policeman comes in for a haircut and when he tries to pay his bill the barber replies again, “I cannot accept money from you as I am doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open the shop there was a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at the door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you today I am doing community service this week.” The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open his shop there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that my friends illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our great nation and many of the politicians who run it. Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.
A tip of the hat to Hugh D. Lord of Warner Robbins (Ga.) for sending me the above information. Mr. Lord receives The Sandersville Progress.
~REMEMBER WHO CREATES SUCCESS~
There is a political debate going on in our Country concerning taxes, regulations and policies concerning energy. It is really more about positions the federal government is taking that affects our lives and whether or not hard work, personal responsibility and economic freedom matters any more.
The framers of our Constitution were concerned that government might undermine them by assuming a larger role in society than they should. That is why a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that grants rights to the people while restricting what government can and cannot do was drafted.
Today some of our politicians want to take the power from the people and give the government more power which hurts individual initiative and achievement. President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” recent comment when talking about successful small business owners was way off target.
No doubt government plays a role in the success of small businesses and free enterprise but only when they exercise restraint, do not increase taxes, have fewer regulations and spending that will create economic growth that will provide more jobs.
The federal government does not recognize this nation’s success when they suggest that government is the main reason for that success. When they do that it offends millions of entrepreneurs who have put their life savings at risk plus many years of hard work building successful companies.
“While we need the wise and frugal government our founders envisioned in this country it is the people who do the greatest things not the government,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue wrote in his column in the September issue of the Chamber Newsletter.
Those among us who are conservatives agree that federal spending is out of control and that the reckless spending in Washington must be stopped.
During the fiscal year 2011 Washington spent $3.6 trillion and ran up a budget deficit of $1.3 trillion making it the third straight year we have faced a budget deficit of over $1 trillion. President Obama’s latest budget calls for more spending and more debt while imposing around $2 trillion in tax increases on hardworking Americans. Add to that Obamacare the liberals pushed through Congress in 2010 that was to cost $940 billion over ten years but is now estimated to cost $1.76 trillion over ten years.
As conservatives we need to do all we can to bring responsibility and accountability to our federal government. We need to work against the Washington liberals and special interest groups that believe that our money is their money and that more spending is the answer to every problem in our nation.
Under the Obama Administration the spending of our tax dollars has increased big time. We need to do all we can to stop the unchecked and out of control spending. The pork barrel projects along with some fraud, abuse and government inefficiency have added up to billions of lost taxpayer dollars. These are our tax dollars, our retirement dollars and our Medicare dollars.
To pay for more spending President Obama and liberals in Congress want to raise taxes by trillions of dollars. A tax hike on anyone at this time could impact our economy in a very negative way. To take more tax dollars from hardworking Americans to let the big spenders in Congress waste the money is wrong.
It is the responsibility of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to come forward with ways to cut government spending that will save all Americans tax dollars. They need to come together as a team under the definition of fiscal responsibility. Wasteful government spending can be brought under control.
There is another area that needs to be dealt with and that is welfare reform. Changes in welfare need to be made that will move millions of people from government dependency into the work force.
We need to take on the Obama liberals in Washington and force the politicians to listen and act on things that will bring about more efficient government along with true fiscal responsibility.
Conservative representatives in Washington must expose the current epidemic of reckless government spending and offer practical, responsible measures to restore fiscal responsibility before our economic recovery is destroyed.
Our representatives must streamline government and end the misuse of our tax dollars. They must investigate every major spending proposal in Congress and tell us the truth about the unchecked spending Congress is funding with our tax dollars.
Our conservative elected officials must do everything they can to trim the fat from the federal budget and save taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
Our representatives should appear on television news shows and meet with journalist giving them the facts about what they plan to do to stop the reckless spending. And we concerned citizens should lead the fight against waste, fraud and abuse in Washington.
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