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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. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. – Ben Franklin

There are many types of people who we come across throughout life, most of those to my good fortune have been hard-working, good-natured individuals that are bent on doing right and making an honest living. But on occasion, especially in the recent years, I have met some who are perfectly happy living off of others, or as I use to know it, being freeloaders. I have heard many times over, “Why go get a job when welfare pays more?” Or, “I’m not going to look for a job until my unemployment is almost up because it pays better.” And of course other similar remarks have come about too.

This seems to be an epidemic in our country now. Gone is the “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” attitude. It has been replaced with the notion that the government owes you something, if not everything. That you are somehow entitled to things you have never even worked for or tried to achieve. We have become a nation of many who are far too dependent on government for their needs and too selfish to care about the freedoms they give up in place of an easy mediocre life. And so, when big government rears its head as “help” and “hope” they immediately leap onto the train without a thought as to where is it’s true destination.

Once again, as we have seen numerous times in the previous months, Washington is seeking to expand what it seems to be a generous arm to help the people by extending unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks and also extending the home buyer tax credit. In a 98-0 vote, the Senate passed the $24 billion Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 plunging our nation further into unnecessary and unprecedented debt. Will this help the issue with job loss? No, it will only pay those who are unmotivated to stay that way for 20 more weeks at the expense of the taxpayers who are still working. Will it help the economy? No, it will make those who are working hold on to their money that much more knowing that tax increase is inevitable to pay for the multiple bailouts backed by insufficient funds.

All the while it may help few that really are trying desperately to find a job, but it is increasing national debt, enabling freeloaders, and allowing more government control of business. What is needed right now is less spending and less government to get America back on track. This is a bipartisan step in the wrong direction. And with the Obama administration crushing American’s faith in capitalism, ruining the U.S. dollar, implementing unnecessary programs, and pushing to pass more government take over, you can bet that the dependency on the government will only grow at an accelerated pace. It is ironic that those who are in majority at Washington right now are called Progressives because we as a country are clearly regressing. We are moving away from a free society and towards socialism.

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Half of US kids will get food stamps, study says.

Pay attention to the response of the people being interviewed in line for stimulus money in this video.

Once upon a time there was a great nation built on free market and capitalism. The whole world knew you could come to America with nothing in your wallet and turn it into something prosperous. Many families of this nation have these stories of distant relatives coming from other countries with nothing and with a little hard work and some risk would make something of themselves. Well, I have to break it to you, those days are probably gone. The days of capitalism are dwindling as Washington D.C. is appearing more like Moscow in the late Soviet Union, than the United States of America that we knew and loved as under administrations like President Reagan. With big government taking control of most of the large corporations in the U.S. they are now finding it acceptable to regulate pay too. This idea is surely making our founding fathers roll in their graves!

Just recently the pay czar, Ken Feinberg, authorized the pay cuts of 50-90% for many CEOs who’s companies participated in the government bailout. This didn’t include all the companies that participated, no, it was only seven certain ones: Bank of America Corp., American International Group Inc., Citigroup Inc., General Motors, GMAC, Chrysler and Chrysler Financial. The two big ones who’s CEOs will not receive pay cuts are Goldman Sachs and GE. The reason being because these companies are going along with every major policy decision of the Obama administration.

These bought out, er, I mean bailed out companies are not the only targets though. This is also to include any business that the government, the treasury, or possibly, the fed deems is too economically important to fail. That would mean small business too, or the Chamber of Commerce who represents over 3 million businesses that engage in the free-market system. This administration wants to control your right to make money! The Federal Reserve in correlation with Ken Feinberg, has also proposed to monitor pay packages at thousands of banks, including those that never received bailout money. And this proposal covers a huge scope of nearly 6,000 banks and a wide range of employees, everything from executives to traders to loan officers.

Excuse me, but I am most positive that there is no where in the constitution that gives the executive branch the authority to regulate what privately owned businesses should pay their employees. I know some of you might say that because these companies took buy out, I mean bailout money that the government has every right to regulate their salaries. However, if that was the case instead of the administration making these decisions it should be the people whose money was used for the stimulus, but even that is not constitutional.

So here we are again looking at the Obama administration making anti-capitalist decisions leading us down the road of socialism to the town of communism. Which in essence is when the government is in charge of the economy. Is this the true intentions disguised by President Obama? And is this really what those who voted him into office had in mind when promised a new kind of politics? I would like to think not.  Like it or not, capitalism is what has made this country strong. Like a family to be formed starting with a Mother and a Father, in a successful society there must be those who make enough money to pay those whom they employee. A classless society where there is no wealthy may sound Utopian to some, but it can not, has not, and will not ever work.

Capitalism- an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.

Communism- a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably d : communist systems collectively. ( Like Health Care Reform)

Marxism- the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Marx; especially : a theory and practice of socialism including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society.

Sources:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_102309/content/01125114.guest.html

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-to-slash-bank-ceos-pay-90

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704224004574489263857516126.html

Glenn Beck Show 10/23/09

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Just thought some of you might find this a little amusing. I thought it was quite creative myself.

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