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Friday, December 5, 2008

LET ME ASK A QUESTION

Didn't we form this country to get away from Europe?

As I read more and more about everything that is going on in this country, I am getting more convinced that there are quite a few people in this country that want us to be more like our European counterparts. I mean, that is the only way I can explain it. In Europe, the governments pretty much run everything. They oversee everything. This is the direction we are heading.

Why in the world would we do that when our economy determines how the rest of the world goes? Watch the markets sometime (if you haven't). However our market goes one day, the rest of them will follow. Everyone compares their currency to the dollar. That is the way it has been for quite some time. What made it this great? Capitalism. Plain and simple. The idea that people had the freedom to succeed or fail all on their own. If I can come up with something that people need or will buy, I work hard to provide it and can watch how my business is run, then I will succeed. If any of these things are not in the mix, then I will fail. That is how everything in this country works. Some of us work for those who have the ideas. But, that doesn't mean that we can't be a success in our own right. We all have our own talents. I mean, the person with the ideas, sometimes, is not always the same person with the skill to make or promote the idea. There are other people who can do that much better. They provide the service and get paid for it. If someone gets to greedy and tries to grab too big a share of the market, then they end up cutting their own throats. If they spend more than they have, they go under. It's extremely simple, but it works.

The idea that the federal government needs to get into the business of running businesses is asinine. They can't even run the things that they are supposed to run. The more they get involved, the more we will become like our European brethren. The less control we will have over our own destinies. Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that the auto makers are a huge part of our economy. But, I still don't believe that we need to spend the amount of money that they are asking for. I say, if they are really as close as they say they are to going bankrupt, then let them. It doesn't mean that they have to go out of business. I mean, airlines go bankrupt on a fairly regular basis. they don't go out of business. Bankruptcy will mean that the companies will have the opportunity to restructure everything, including the ridiculous Union contracts that they have to pay.

It seems that since this economic down turn has taken place, that everyone and their mothers are coming to the government for a hand out. The government in turn is demanding more control. The very people who demanded that we leave Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae alone and let them run of their own accord, refusing to provide oversight, and thus, precipitating the current economic conditions, are the one's who are sitting up there on Capitol Hill and demanding they get control over every aspect of the economy. They are the one's who voted to give the Treasury Secretary $700 billion to spend as he saw fit (him and him alone) and then, a month and a half later, had the audacity to question the way he is spending it. These are the people who are to blame for the status of the economy. Not us. They are the one's who supported ACORN who would go to banks and demand that they give loans to people who did not deserve them for housed that they had no business buying in the first place. If they didn't then they were discriminating. They are the one's who allowed F.M. and F.M. to continue down the path that would cause this "CRISIS", even when people were warning them that this would happen. The warnings came as early as 2000. They had eight years to see the light and prevent this from happening. What makes us believe that they can do anything now?

We have elected a president whose every promise, during his campaign, will lead us more and more down the path to socialism. More and more to a government controlled population. Instead of a population controlled government.

So, again, I ask, "Didn't we form this country to get away from Europe?"

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