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Please accept my input and concerns about the direction our country is taking. Yes, I do believe the President and the United States Congress are wrongly leading our great country in the direction of socialism The U.S. is in a serious financial crisis. We must stop the reckless spending and we must unleash the power of free markets. My elected officials are obligated to protect our Constitution and to work for common sense solutions to our financial problems ($16 trillion national debt!) in order to restore a strong America for our children and grandchildren.
More tax increases, more spending of money we do not have, rewarding immortality, penalizing successful businesses small and large, rewarding failed and mismanaged businesses “too big to fail,” have led to financial disaster. In addition, rampart, waste fraud and poor fiscal accountably in most federal government programs have also contributed to disaster. Able-bodies individuals are rewarded with federal housing, and a check; in addition, they are provided with a free medical card for failure to secure a legitimate job to support themselves and their families. This has only added to the present financial catastrophe. All these federal programs have created an “entitlement culture,” which has in turn contributed to the decay of the moral fiber of the traditional family. It is just plain un-American!
This is not the America we of the greatest generation (World War II veterans) were born and raised in – we remember well the Great Depression – the “no work/no check policy,” and capital punishment; jail time was hard labor. We served, fought, and thousands died to preserve the American way of life and seek the American dream. The tradition was to work, marry, then start a family and own a home. Pride, honesty, and love of country were all qualities we fought for and strived to attain. I fall in the middle class, and given the uncertainty of the direction this country is taking, the middle class is not doing well.
When some members of the U.S. Congress dismiss a proposal to cut $61 billion (why not $100 billion?), they are dismissing the electorate’s demand for smaller government. Why no representative government? And, please, no more behind-closed-door-deals. No more “Let’s pass the bill so we can learn what is in it.”
More money is not the answer. For example, in recent years, the federal education department’s budget leaped from $66 billion to $92.2 billion. Sadly, academically, the U.S. has indeed fallen farther behind other industrialized nations. What happened to state and local control? Obviously, more money is not the answer to quality education. Federal intervention programs have diluted the quality of education in our public schools. Classroom teachers are no longer allowed to discipline disruptive and disrespectful students; it is difficult to teach students who do go to school regularly and are willing to learn.
Furthermore, some teachers will admit that many students show no interest in learning. Their primary reasons for attending schools are free meals, socializing, and disruption. Let’s emphasize that the parents are the “first teachers,” and let’s remind them that they are primarily responsible for the actions of their offspring – as well as to work so that they can feed, clothe and shelter them. Those of us who pay federal income tax are already providing for our own. Social promotion and the federal policy, No Child Left Behind, are not the solution to quality education. It is often said, “Since the U.S. Supreme Court kicked God out of the classroom, the public schools are gradually going to Hell.”
The wave of new fiscal conservatives elected to Congress in November 2010 proposed to reverse the slide toward oblivion. Let us pray they will stay the course and not compromise their fiscal conservative principles when the issue to detrimental to America. In this crisis, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” The American people did their job in November 2010 when they elected principled, financial conservatives who promised to control spending and cut the $14 trillion-plus deficit, now approaching $16 trillion and growing. Do it! I ask you: Please do what is best for our great country regardless of political party. Let us ask ourselves – what kind of America will our children and my own eleven grandchildren, of which five are ten years old or younger, grow up in, if we do not rectify this tragedy? This November, let’s elect more of these fiscally conservatives who will vote only for what is best for America.
Obamacare, in my opinion, is the most bold and wrong “change,” if not he final step, toward socialism since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Obamacare is both unconstitutional and unaffordable for those of us who must pay for it. It is yet another bad “change.” This healthcare fight is not about health care; it is about liberty. More government control is another clear step toward socialism.
Let us return to, and maintain, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and limited government principles such as states’ rights, individual responsibility, and the U.S. Constitution. Let us include God’s Ten Commandments. That would be a good “change.” The agenda in Washington is about spending and yet more taxing of the slightly over 50 percent who work and actually pay federal income taxes; this agenda is spending the money in future American generations. Once again, please no new taxes on anyone!
Heads of households in America are obligated to live within their budgets; the U.S. Congress must accept the fact that it can no longer spend or borrow its way out of financial crisis. Thank you.
Rodney J. Trahan, M.Ed
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