Letter to the Editor: Sad day for America
Ryan Summerlin February 7, 2013
To the Editor:
Election Day was a sad day for America as a majority voted for government give-aways instead of personal responsibility.
When John Kennedy took office he made the famous statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” How far the Democrats have fallen. Obama asked: “What can the government do for you or promise you to get your vote?” There was video on Obama’s website that showed how government helped a woman from cradle to the grave implying that the government is the solution to all our problems.
Obama campaigned on how he had made it easier to get on welfare, food stamps and disability and how welfare and food stamp recipients get free cell phones and debit cards with no restrictions as to how they spend the money. He told college kids that their loans were a burden to pay back even if they had a good job and implied the government should pay off their loans. He promised unemployment would go on forever even though most people won’t take a job until unemployment runs out.
In his inauguration speech, his extreme liberal views were obvious as he promised a “fair share for everyone.” A fair share is the same words that socialist, communist and collectivists use to sell their programs. None of these economic models has ever worked or will ever work. As Margret Thatcher said, “Socialism works fine until you run out of other people’s money.” Which is exactly where we are today, borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend and Obama wants to still give away more. He said nothing about cutting spending and is willing to send us into bankruptcy as long as he stays in power.
In his address he also said we are not in danger of being a country of takers. The facts tell another story. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no federal tax. Eleven states now have more people on welfare than are working. A 2011 Senate report documented that households below the poverty line can qualify for more income ($61,320) than the average American worker ($50,000). The data says we are a country of takers and are headed further down that road with Obama.
Our country was founded on the principles of equal opportunity – not equal outcomes.
Tim T. Schowalter