Monday, May 21, 2012

My piece for the paper: What are these elections realy about.

Are you aware what these “recall” elections are really about? What are this November's national elections all about? It is not about choosing between Democrats or Republicans. These elections are a choice between a big government (Socialism or Communism) or a limited small government (Constitutional Republic). If you are not sure what this means to you here are a few quick examples to get you thinking.

Think: Do you either want a government run health care system where you will rely on the government to pick what is right for you and what tests your doctor should run, or, you choosing what is right and you talking with your doctor to determine the tests you might need for the best course of action?

Decide: Do you want the big unions, backed by the government, deciding state policies and rules or do we the people choosing the individuals we hire for government jobs and set the rules. Do we allow the unions to “protect” their people regardless of what they do on the job or allowing people to be fired for doing things that are obviously wrong.

Choose: Do you allow the government to decide what is the right type of speech or do you want truly free speech where people can say stupid things (which in turn tells you all about them). When speech is censored it does not allow us to see the real individual. Allowing people to speak their mind tells us what we need to know about them.

Consider: Do you want government-run businesses where they never fail and get “bailed out” or a free market where if you run a business poorly it goes out of business and someone else is allowed to take their place if that business is truly needed. This goes along with the government choosing solar and wind companies that fail because it is based on something people do not want and is not sustainable or do you allow the free market to explore other alternatives like natural gas or hydrogen because they might work better.

There are many more examples, but ultimately, you need to decide what you really want our country to be. Do you always want others to decide your future or are you in control of your life? Do you want to rely on a big lumbering government to always be there for you or allow local people to help one another and to choose what is right for their community? Do you want the government to run just one approved church or allow people to have choices on which religion they practice (this is why our forefathers left Europe originally).

May I suggest you read the book “The 5000 Year Leap” or, if you have time, read “Atlas Shrugged.” Your local library has these books. They will help you decide what you want your choices to be about, because choosing between these types of government will affect your life and the lives of your children. Please feel free to call me if you want to discuss this further, or if you would like to meet. I am in the phone book.

I close with a quote from Ayn Rand: “Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution...the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.”

Randy Kubetz
Wisconsin Citizens Involvement

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