Saturday, September 3, 2011

Big Government and YOU

Do you feel the yoke of big government on your shoulders yet? Do big government regulations find their way into your bank account? Is your paycheck smaller than it was maybe three years ago? Retirees, when was the last time you received a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) from the Fed? Is life getting better or worse? You decide! Until then, please read on...

Big government has its way of injecting itself into every part of your life. That big government usually is the federal bureaucracy...sometimes state and local governments do their part ding us as well.

The federal government under Obama has increased the size of its tentacles, moving ever so slowly into your very household. The 16th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified in 1913. This gave Congress the right to tax our income. Since then the federal government has used this amendment to lower, raise , and adjust taxes at will. Obama wants more of it. He claims the increase in taxation is only for the "very rich." Please define the "very rich." Is this category for millionaire athletes who throw, bounce, or pitch a ball? Are Hollywood "stars" and executives part of that group? Are members of the Executive branch, Congress, and the Judiciary who retire and write books or lobby for living included in the "very rich?" How about those folks who start a small business and maybe take home over 200K a year after creating jobs, paying employees and overhead, are they the "very rich?"

Next comes the infamous EPA, short for Environment Protection Addiction. The "greenies" (those who broadly support the goals of the environmental movement) in that group want to save the world from climate change, global warming, animal extinction, and man's selfish expectations to live free. Someone tell the "greenies" that man's carbon footprint is probably smaller than a cow's. Cattle produce methane that is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, one of those global warming culprits. It's time for those "greenies" to give up milk, cheese, and the Big Mac! The EPA is costing us money.

The EPA is also guilty of reducing our energy reliance. It is because of EPA rules that we must get oil from other countries when we have the resources here to manage a great deal of our consumption. By the way, developing countries are getting on the energy bandwagon and are using more of it (oil) daily. The oil producing countries will sell to the highest bidder! Meanwhile the U.S. sits on untouched reserves because of Gestapo like EPA oversight.

Big government has more tentacles ready to get the citizenry. The Department of Education spends countless amounts money to improve our children's education yet has failed to really improve anything but bureaucratic paychecks. The Justice Department punishes the innocent and gives voice to the criminals. Remember ACORN and the New Black Panthers? The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) pushes for more unionization through subliminal messaging. True payback to a group (unions) who funded and voted for Obama. Then we Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae both government owned "businesses" gong after banks for their part in the housing bubble. Yet Freddie and Fannie forgot to investigate their own lending practices. They turned around and approved bailouts and loans.

The list goes on. Suffice to say that the federal government is bigger but not better than it used to be. We have lost many of our freedoms. We are becoming more and more dependent on the federal government. Our Constitution has become a "nice piece of paper to behold" but with little meaning. Can we fix it...I sure hope so. Until then let's all make our independent voices heard. Use the Internet. Use letters to your Congressional reps. Use word of mouth. Use emails. Use whatever source you have or be ingenious and give us all a way to have our voices heard. Be free and be safe with God as our Protector.