by Scott Cooper
There is a huge uproar these days about the direction our republic is headed. There is a lot of discussion about spending, debt and entitlements. There are a lot of suggestions out there about what could and should be done. During these discussions, many display anger and frustration toward our elected officials, but ultimately, all the problems we currently face can be placed right back in our laps. What is happening today is a direct result of our lack of engagement – or perhaps our engagement, exacerbating the problem.
We have been electing leaders to go to Washington for decades to “bring home the bacon,” when that was never the intent of our founders. When I think of our founders risking their lives and pledging their sacred honor for our freedom, when I think of the bloody feet of the soldiers in the snow at The Battle of Trenton, to enable our elected leaders today to “go get bacon,” I know they would be disgusted with us.
Our good intentions are killing us.In the last century, we allowed our Government to begin a “war on poverty,” (an unwinnable war) which is not defined anywhere in our constitution. This war has failed miserably and has become rampant with fraud. I saw first-hand some of those who are defrauding our government while I was in the banking field. Quite honestly, this war has permitted extended families and churches to shirk their God given responsibilities in this area, “because the government takes care of that.” It is time the Federal Government had an exit strategy from this war, and placed the responsibility for this where it should really be.
We allowed our government to begin insuring seniors in the last years of their lives, a plan that was never part of the vision for America, and is not defined anywhere in our constitution. This one area now controls the largest portion of the liabilities that are bankrupting our nation. In the last few decades our Federal Government has led millions of people to not plan for themselves, but to be dependent on the Federal Government for their existence. Sadly, I met a lot of these elderly people while I was in the banking field. In addition, this system has quite honestly permitted extended families and churches to shirk their God given responsibilities in these areas, “because the government takes care of that.” Our founders did not risk their lives to create a dependency – they wanted to provide freedom for their posterity.
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