Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Less Is More

Sometimes, less is better than more, it is more better (get it?). That is the case with government. Less is much more better.

As we daily watch our Federal Government take measures and pass laws that are geared to greatly expand their control and power over us, their bosses; we have to wonder where and when will this stop? Our freedoms and liberties are being attacked. Is there a way to get a new mindset in Washington? Is it possible to have political leaders who honestly want what is best for the public and not for themselves? When was the last step taken to reduce the size of the government?

Today, the new Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, told our congress that there needs to be a trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) of new, "temporary" taxes to help the state get through the budget crisis. Clearly, it is more important to a politician to take our money to balance their budget than to let us have our money to balance our own. (Remember, we have a new Governor due to Janet leaving to protect all of us from her position as Homeland Security Secretary.)

Arizona, like many other states, has been hit hard, financially. They have taken several measures over past couple years that are typical of government when they want to justify more taxes on the people. Have you noticed that the "pet projects" always seem to survive budget cuts and how essential services, such as police and fire, get hit with cuts? This is no accident. It is a ploy to cut the areas that will most likely cause the people to rally and support. Then, the dear politician will be justified in raising your taxes so that essential services can remain at, or near, present levels.

You want an example? Arizona just closed some State Parks, last week. One is just outside of my town - Tonto Natural Bridge. This park brought in enough money in fees to cover the cost of keeping it running. It did not cost the state anything. It is a popular park and important to the economy of the small towns around the area. The threat - "we do not know if it will ever open again". This, of course, has many in the area rallying for a change in this decision.

Why was this park closed? It is said, to cut state expenses, but it did not cost the state any expense. In fact, you could argue that it made money for the state in the sales tax revenue generated by tourists who traveled to the area to visit the park. It was closed because it is popular and would cause an outcry from angry citizens. This, then can be used against us as a show of support for higher taxes, which of course would be spent on opening the park.

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