Emotions are running high and passion is running hot as decisions are being made by government panels and elected bodies. With a decision being made public to not make Briscoe Field into a major hub for air travel by a citizen panel, the question still lingers as to how the elected commissioners will respond on the issue. With the election being held in the middle of a long hot summer (July 31), we can expect that the emotions and passions will run even higher and hotter as the issue of voting another tax onto the already over taxed citizens comes to the final tally on Election Day in Georgia.
On the national level, the election to select our next President is already being predicted as a divisive matter. Many people believe the issues to be jobs and the economy. While it is true those issues are major, I contend those issues are symptoms of the real issue. The real issue is deeper and rooted in a basic ideological position.
We are facing decisions at almost every level of government today regarding the position of free-market capitalism as opposed to a stronger centralized government. Government does not produce, government controls. The citizens produce. As the producers, the citizens must be allowed freedom to risk, invest, work, and harvest their product.
There is a strong government ideology which truly believes government must control the way everything is done in culture. The stronger the government, the more freedom is lost by the producers and providers. One of the ways centralized government controls is by taking from the producers and giving to the non-producers. I admit there are needy people in every culture. The true needy must be attended. The strong centralized government crowd wants to create a larger and feebler needy group in order to exact more from the producers to take care of the non-producers.
Is the government's goal to take wealth from the free-market producers and redistribute it to the non-producers? Tell us in the comments.
With this mindset we have redistribution of wealth from the free-market producers to the government in order to dole out the handout to the non-producers. With that worldview in place, after several generations there is a dependence upon government to provide all one needs from the cradle to the grave. History has proven the outcome of this position to be catastrophic. Even with historical evidence being known on this issue, we continue to have people arguing for more government control and more confiscation of wealth from one group to give to another group in society.
In this election cycle, we will hear promises of job creation and making our nation more successful in the years to come with a strong economy. These are just window dressings. The real issue is the type of government mindset put in place to achieve those lofty goals of jobs and a sound economic footing. From where I stand, we need leaders who will allow for free-market capitalism with smaller government in order to be successful in the years going forward.
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