Editor: Taking from productive citizens and giving to the less productive on the basis of equality, fairness and social justice is wrong, morally and economically. This is not a legitimate role of the government; it is not a constitutional power; it allows politicians and bureaucrats to determine who gets what, what is fair, and creates an unhealthy dependence on government.

The framers of our Constitution did not want the kind of government that would control the lives of its citizens. Obama has propelled our society into a “ask what you can do for your country” to “what can the country do for me.” The federal government cannot tighten its own belt, but wants us to pay for its excesses. Everyone should enjoy the fruits of his labor … not the labor of someone else.

The larger a government becomes, the more it needs in taxes and in turn the populace expects more from the government. Ever increasing, it becomes unsustainable. This is what has happened in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Italy and Spain. We are on our way to becoming prey to these very same problems.

Everyone should contribute proportionately to benefit the nation; there is nothing in our Constitution that authorizes the government to use our tax money for charity, welfare, grants or personal political benefits; it is restrained to carry out certain responsibilities as enumerated in Art. l Sec. 8, but big government has grown so far beyond constitutional intent they have created an improper balance and a growing entitlement mentality.

“The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson.

There are 80-plus government welfare programs at a cost of nearly $1 trillion a year. The addiction to these “entitlements” is almost sacred — hands off! These addicts believe the DNC: “the government is the only thing we all belong to.” I don’t think so. The government belongs to its people.

Thelma M. Homer


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" All the Property that is necessary to a man is his Natural Right, which none may justly deprive him of, but all property superfluous to such Purposes is the property of the Public who, by their laws have created it and who my, by their laws dispose of it"...........Benjamin Franklin


I'm guessing you think the one who decides what is "necessary" and what is "superfluous" should be the party who will be taking the superfluous for their own?


As long as we are appealing to an authority about redistributing wealth;

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

-- Benjamin Franklin


Thelma: aging has taken its toll on you. Contrary to your remarks, the U.S. Constitution states: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States...." The words "general Welfare" have been construed very broadly. Now you may not like the amount of taxes you pay or how tax revenues are spent, it is erroneous to state that either is unconstitutional. It is not a public service to disseminate misinformation.


As Progressives/Liberals/Socialists/Statists proceed in their assault on the Bill of Rights it would be good to understand where they are taking us:

"He who has robbed another of his property, will next endeavor to disarm him of his rights, to secure that property; for when the robber becomes the legislator he believes himself secure." -- Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government

All the robber legislation that steal anothers property will never make it right.


I dont like the way Elko Daily Free Press shows in their stories about the news their Republican attitude rather than the remarks being straight up news. There are those of you who say the rise in taxes aren't fair to those who have more money than others. how many of the readers will ever see $400,000 a year in their lifetime? The wealthy can surely afford to have to pay higher taxes & to cut loose a little bit of money over the average American. banks & finance co. are legal thieves.

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-Dan Warner, Online Editor dwarner@magicvalley.com


"There are those of you who say the rise in taxes aren't fair to those who have more money than others."

Maybe there are but Thelma didn't say it here. She and the Tea movement she represents are called TEA (Taxed Enough Already) for reasons that have nothing to do with WHO is getting taxed. Since we already have the most Progressive tax system and rates in the world I'd be interested to hear your case for how we don't.

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