Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Big Government

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. -Thomas Jefferson

The quote contains truth that goes even deeper than the fears Jefferson lived with. His concern was for the populace that would give up their freedom in exchange for a soft, easy life. The most obvious victims of Big Government are the thousands of people who are living on funds that are doled out by the government. When the government cannot make its payments, there will be too few charitable outlets to provide for the people who have allowed their ability to sustain themselves to atrophy.

What we face today is a government that has a crumbling foundation, and is large enough to crush nearly every person in the United States and many outside of it. We must cut off the funds that are being siphoned off for ridiculous earmarks and non-vital programs. If the federal government is unable to remain solvent, it will not matter how much money you have in your investment accounts, how much gold you have on hand, your list of assets, or your deeds on properties. If the government cannot make payroll, there will be no police force to defend your liberties, no judges to adjudicate your property disputes, no fiscal or fire department to safeguard your assets, and no military to defend against radicals.

Whatever other considerations you give this election year, consider the financial situation we face today when selecting a candidate. It is well past time to make the sacrifices that will bring a little pain today, but may avoid the wall of pain that is at the doorstep if they continue to be ignored.