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September 13, 2012

To Rise From Rack and Ruin

Zachary Peters

Just last week our great nation set yet another record; the national debt broke the $16 trillion barrier! In honor of this momentous occasion, the Democrats hosted a celebration in Charlotte, NC.


I can’t help but think of the Johnny Cash song Five Feet High and Rising, about a giant flood that takes over a town starting at water two feet high and continuing to escalate into a dangerous condition.


Our nation is in a very similar predicament. The only difference is that instead of rising flood waters, we’re inundated with debt and deficit spending. Does anyone remember President Barack Obama’s promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office? Being an election year, apparently he doesn’t.


This only goes to show that instead of a record of improving the economy and cutting spending, the Obama Administration carries a record of increased deficit spending and false promises.


And what do we hear as the incumbent begs for our vote? Just more flowery language of fictitious and unrealistic changes and hopes. For the first time ever in America, the current adult generation might not actually give their children a better quality of living then they had when they grew up. It’s the beginning of a vicious spiral downward until we spend ourselves into oblivion and turn into a third world country.


President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was more of the same with promises to continue the work he started. I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t want continued high unemployment and economic malaise.


To quote Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan:


“College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”


Just as alarming as unemployment is, there have been astronomical increases in the number of Americans who rely on food stamps, welfare, and other government assistance programs to survive under the Obama Administration.


There is no doubt that these are worthwhile programs that benefit people who actually need them and have trouble feeding families due to disability or other issue. But when NBC reports that nearly 15% of our entire nation is relying on food stamps, something has to be wrong, whether it be misuse of the program, or just a terrible economy lacking strong and effective executive leadership.


We continue to suck people into government programs so that they are attached for life and continue to elect Democrats who continue to vote for increased spending. What incentive is there to work when your neighbor will reap the same benefits as you for sitting at home?


It’s this kind of behavior that tells the younger American generations that it’s okay to not work hard, that someone somewhere will do it for you and all are equal, no matter how hard you work.


It’s this kind of behavior that tells our young people that it’s wrong to be successful, or wealthy; and if you do happen to become successful, you must be punished, forced to share that success with everyone.


Is this the example you want to relay to your children? Is this the mentality you want your children to grow up with?


We continue to stray from the foundations of hard work and labor that built this country into the great place that it is today, or that I fear will once have been. We’re telling our young people that it’s okay to not work hard or seek a job, that it’s okay to sit around and collect a government check. Quite frankly, it’s embarrassing.


In order to cut spending, we need to cut programs. It’s the only way to ease everyone’s burden. It’s the only way to ensure the maximum amount of money that you worked tirelessly for stays in your pocket and goes to your benefit, not someone else’s, and that you have the right to spend it on whatever it is that your heart desires.


It’s the only logical way to govern. As households, our banks and credit card companies punish us if we don’t have a balanced budget, why shouldn’t our government be punished?


This type of logical leadership has been perfectly executed by the Frederick Board of County Commissioners, exemplified by some property tax dollars being returned to homeowners. The commissioners adopted a motto: “Govern Like a Taxpayer Today.” Genius.


It’s really too bad that our nation isn’t governed by the Frederick Board of County Commissioners; but who knows, maybe we’ll send one of them to Annapolis. It would be a start.


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