History#5

14 03 2009

By now we had been through several more presidents and congress. As I said before, if it is a republican, the democratic congress makes sure nothing is passed and we have only gridlock. A democrat president gets everything he wants. Such was the case of Jimmy Carter and his administration. The country was in a real mess. Inflation was rampant all the time. We owned a $31,000 house and got a call one afternoon that someone wanted to buy our house for $95,000, sight unseen. I turned to my husband and asked if he wanted to sell and he said no because we would have to just buy another one.  The prices were obviously sky high.  We could all thank Mr. Carter for that. Taxes were 90 cents on the dollar for those in the higher income brackets. What point was there in even trying to work? Inflation! Inflation! Inflation! Lots of money, not worth anything.

Mr. Reagan came in a close second on getting his agenda through Congress because he was such a popular man and had a program of rebuilding America and everyone liked the sound of that. He did a very good job of uniting the country and getting things back under control. He was a Republican you know. 

When Mr. Bush, Sr. same along, he could not get anything done. The democratic congress stopped him cold on every single thing he tried to do. He even came on the television and asked the people to write their congressmen telling them to stop the gridlock and allow some of his programs to get done. My father, a die hard democrat from depression days just laughed at that one. You could write those democratic congressmen all day long and they would not move an inch anyway. It does no good to contact them on any issue and Democrats are still running the Congress. 

By now, because of the Democratic governments that had gone before, we had more and more government programs to contend with. Tax money was flying out the door, taking care of everyone and everything, the world over. A lot of people growled about this, but it did no good. We still had to pay higher and higher taxes.  Things didn’t change much since we now had a democratic president and a democratic congress.  A couple of the congressmen tried to make a change in all that, but they were stopped in their tracks. No progress was made again.

Then the second Mr. Bush came along.  He tried to get his programs through and did manage to push a few along the way. At first he had a majority in congress by one vote and then that one vote disappeared and that was the end of that. Even his ‘no child left behind’ program for the schools could hardly pass through. And that one was designed to just help people. Nothing subversive about it at all. Just make sure the children got educated.  Our public schools have constantly become dumber and dumber over the years.  A lot of the graduates cannot even read or write and most of them cannot handle their money, write a check, or even know how to take care of their own finances.  Credit cards have come on the scene and to most of the people, a credit card is to be used until the balance reaches its limit. And then it is simply time to get another card which is easily done. In fact, cards arrive in the mail saying that their credit has already been approved. Just put the card in your pocket and you are on your way – again and again.  Their debts pile up and up until bankruptcy is a way of life for a lot of them. And, as I said earlier, we have regressed at least three generations since 1960. What a terrible shame that is. We had so much. Before that time, you could get a good high school diploma from a public school and be equipped to get a job or even start a business. Now that diploma is not worth the paper it is written on. No education, no opportunity. It is now necessary to spend the next 6 to 10 years going to college for that same start in life you could have had with a high school education. Children of today need an education, a good one. And children don’t need to start out at the age of 3. Leave the family alone. Leave the children at home where they belong. The family does not need government intervention all the time. 

Over the past few years, there has been little honesty on the financial scene.  You can see that by where we are today. Some big corporations are the greedy, grabby people who take your money and run. A small utility company was family owned. The family had taken pride in running it in an honest manner, always keeping in mind their stockholders and benefactors. Now the young generation has taken over the company.  They build a five million dollar home on the lake and spent money like water. Then the stockholders pay the price when their stock becomes worthless. Some of those stockholders were retired people planning on that stock for their livelihood. The younger man who now owns the utility company does not care at all. Just put that money in his pocket and run. We have seen that scenario many times over in the past few years. Same old story, same generation of takers, thieves, etc. etc. etc.

Now the election is over and you hear that change is on the way. I have seen change over and over again and it is always the same. Change to have more taxes, change to give more money to those who will not work, change to help those who steal from everyone else.  Sure, change.  

The small businessman who is the backbone of our country, needs support, not change. He needs lower taxes, less regulation, and more opportunity. He needs tax breaks on his investments. He needs tax breaks on whatever he can pass on to his children. Then he will put the country to work and pay a fair salary and provide opportunity.  

It is time to pay attention to moral issues. If some will kill their own babies, what else will they do? If they will steal on the mailing of a letter, what else will they steal?  If they will lie to cover their financial problems, what else will they lie about?  And the list goes on and on.  

Value human life.  Want honesty in government, not bigger programs and more taxes. Want the small businessman to have a successful business, not those who want to see what more they can squeeze out of the small businessman.  

Value family life and true marriage. Put God first in your dealings with others.  Be in favor of those who would allow you to run your own life, free of government intervention, those who want progress for us all in the careful use of our natural resources, those who will make you proud to be an American.     

Thanks, Bet 

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