Letters to the editor for Nov. 11, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff November 11, 2013 03:00 pm

Big government is not the answer

To the Editor:

 Robert Carabas (Letters Nov. 6) — it’s always amusing to secure feedback from our county’s minority liberal population.

McClintock and the House are doing a wonderful job — passing dozens of bills with Tea Party affiliated support, including a budget every year since 2010. Of course, the Carabas-supported liberals in the Senate blocked practically everything.

The Founders: Jefferson, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”;  Washington, “A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master”; Madison, “The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse”; Adams, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt”; Franklin, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty” — also, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

Also, Cicero 55 B.C. (2066 years ago) — ”The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” Change one word in this quote and it could have been said today. We all know what happened to the Roman Empire.

As far as Carabas’s recommendation that we put our trust in big government: “If you like your insurance policy, you can keep your policy; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor - period and guaranteed” (Obama — 39 times).

 

Ray Anderson

Sonora