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