Words from the founding fathers – 6.02.11

Words from the founding fathers – 6.02.11

Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Special to The Press

Here’s a test for you. Who said, “Give me liberty or give me debt”? If you said Patrick Henry, you’re wrong. Oh wait….that’s supposed to be, “Give me liberty or give me DEATH”. Now if you said Patrick Henry, you’d be right. But for the misquote, we can give credit to the 97 Democrats who voted for the House Bill to raise the debt limit (and seven who voted present), the President and all the “yes” men and women around him, including Timothy Geithner.  Thank you to Speaker Boehner, the 236 Republicans and 82 Democrats who voted against raising the debt limit without a serious overhaul of how we do business at the federal level. Now that I think about it I guess for some of those listed above either quote would fit. Pres. Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Geithner  have both said that the only “responsible” response would be to raise the debt limit without spending cuts. So it is a give me LIBERTY or give me debt or death (same thing) mentality.  Because if we raise the debt limit without cuts of equal or great value of the debt limit increase our choices are liberty or debt (death).  
Where is common sense? Most of our representatives need to go to Spendaholics Anonymous. How can people be in charge of money and a budget and not be able to figure this out? It would be interesting to see their home budgets, but wait most of them probably let their spouse take care of that or an accountant.
There’s the answer – whoever we vote for needs to let their spouse or accountant make the decisions on spending. I may be on to something here.
Let me end with some quotes from Thomas Jefferson:  “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” Can you imagine if he felt that way back then when the government was small, what he would think today?  He also said, “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under  the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale” or as Marsha Blackburn (Congressman from the 7th District) said, “I believe firmly that the generations who ran up this debt must be the ones to pay it off. To pass it to our children, to cap their futures and trade them away to China in exchange for low interest treasury bonds, is to commit economic child abuse- and I will not be any part of that.”  Finally, Jefferson said, “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt….If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”
So how happy do you feel about where we are as a country? Are we leaning more toward liberty or debt/death? The only difference between debt and death are the letters B-A-H, and that makes me want to quote another famous person, “Bah humbug”. I think we’re being Scrooged. Maybe the ghost of budgets past needs to pay our leaders a visit.
Send me your comments by email to foundingwords@yahoo.com.

WCP 6.02.11


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