Lately I been kind of keeping tabs on what’s goin’ on in politics. I’ve been staggered by the enormous amount of money our government spends. The thing is, this is our money that they are spending… they are creating something way too big to pay for and are spending our money to feed the beast. Now, I’ve never been especially political. I vote and all; but I never get too involved in things outside of the voting process. Basically I help put ’em in office (or not) and let them do what we hire them to do. But… as I said, lately I’ve been checkin’ things out. It’s simple common sense: if you make something so much bigger than you have money for you need to either make it smaller and managable, or you raise taxes. I was talking to a good friend of mine who makes some pretty good money. Now, he’s not abnormally rich by any means, he just makes a decent living. He did a little research and found out if all the new taxes proposed go through he’ll be paying out 78% of his income. Something’s happening here… something’s not right…
I got this picture off this guy’s blog called the red mantis. It’s not every day you google something (a picture of marx and lincoln) and get the exact thing you googled for. Anyway, my father-in-law Dave puts out a news letter every week called Things Worth Saving and I found this quote in this weeks addition.
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Peace,hope and love.