It’s common sense, people

Posted: May 23, 2009 in economy, politics
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I’ve recently finished reading Common Sense and for the life of me I can’t see how anyone can support the current (and previous) administrations “ambitious” spending. Take this quote from Paine: “…security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears more likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.” Least expense and greatest benefit…

Oh, how about this quote which can be used to argue against the recent stimulus, omnibus, and FY 2010 budget, among others: “the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered.” Well, Mr. Paine thought simplicity was best. Too bad our congressmen and women have forgotten this common sense argument. Take the recent 900+ page bill where Chairman Waxman hired a speed reader to read the bill. The highway act in the ’50’s, in comparison, which transformed the country, was just over 20 pages.

Perhaps these politicians should pay close attention to these next two quotes: “Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” Honesty, what a concept. There are no honest politicians anymore. Just politicians. I really like this one: “…he will not put off the true charcter of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.” Look past the now and into the future…present actions have future consequences.

How about this: “Is the power which is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says no to this question is an independent, for independency means no more than whether we shall make our own laws, or, whether the king, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us, ‘there shall be no laws but such as I like.'”

Another favorite: “He that will promote discord, under a government so equally formed as this, would have joined Lucifer in his revolt.” This goes for all Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Obama, etc) and Republicans (Limbaugh, Hannity, W., Cheney, etc.) who pit one party against the other. Here’s an idea: instead of pointing the finger at the other guy, why not actually try to fix the problems facing this country? “The science of the politician consists in fixing the true point of happiness and freedom. Those men would deserve the gratitude of ages, who should discover a mode of government that contained the greatest sum of individual happiness with the least national expense.”

“The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection.” “Our present condidtion is, legislation without law, wisdom without a plan, a constitution without a name, and…perfect independence contending for dependence.” Never were truer words spoken. We have an intrusive, or progressive, government who acts like they want to dictate our every move, from what kind of car we drive to what job we have to what kind of healthcare we have. Let the private sector do what it does best, and that is take care of itself.

These are just a few quotes from a masterpiece written by Thomas Paine, Common Sense. Every argument against what our government is doing, and has been since Teddy Roosevelt, is in this book. The reason our ancestors left England was to escape power hungry rulers whose only interest was ruling over their subjects, not ensuring their happiness. What we have now, and have had since Teddy, is that kind of government, with a few exceptions along the way.

Of the three unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, two have been violated by the current and previous administrations, Bush and Obama. Our right to liberty no longer exists. The government spends our money @ an alarming rate without our consent. They’re also spending our childrens and grandchildrens money. California woke up the other day and told the state “Hell no, you’re not taking any more of our money. As a matter of fact, you’re not getting a raise.” I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but we should follow California’s example.

Our right to pursue happiness is gone as well. Because of the massive spending by the government, meant to save jobs, I’ll be unemployed by August or September. The government has added over 70,000 jobs. Just so you know, our tax dollars pay for those jobs. I have some questions: How will they pay for those jobs when unemployment tops 10%? With the government adding jobs while the private sector sheds jobs, how are they going to pay for those extra programs and workers? You don’t think they’ll raise taxes do you? How am I free to pursue my own happiness when I’m paying for others to pursue theirs?

I’ll leave you with this: How can you solve problems caused by too much borrowing and spending with more borrowing and spending? “…by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully.”

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