Alan West's Weekly Wrap-Up
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it has been an intense week on Capitol Hill, even in the midst of our Hannukah and Christmas season.
However, the speech delivered by President Barack Obama in Osawatomie, Kansas should cause many Americans grave concern. Charles Krauthammer’s Friday Wall Street Journal does a fantastic job of dissecting the speech.The fact that we have an American President who believes “supply-side economics” has failed, is rather disturbing. It is the free market and individual freedoms which have made America the greatest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known in only 235 years. I wonder if President Obama ever read these words from Thomas Jefferson:
“A wise and frugal Government… which shall leave [men] otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
The answer is not to blame those who seek to create jobs and opportunities in America, the answer involves accepting responsibility for failed big government schemes and policies, Mr. President.
President Ronald Reagan stated,“Man is not free unless government is limited.” As a comparative analysis, President Reagan’s policies were resulting in 7-8% GDP growth. This year we have seen 0.4%, 1.0%, and 2.0% GDP growth in the three quarters of 2011 under President Obama’s economic policies.
In his book, Private Rights and Public Illusions, Tibor Machan expresses, “The desire to ‘help’ others by directing their lives may be strong, but to yield to this desire is to undermine the very human dignity of the person who is being coerced. In a society that accords with the principles based upon political theory of natural human rights to life, liberty, and property (John Locke)… paternalism is not authorized.”It is rather simple. Government policies that treat people as dependents of the State, undermine the independence and dignity of those they intend to help. President Obama’s vision of “economic fairness” is a misguided philosophy that is anathema to the founding principles of our beloved Constitutional Republic, America. President Abraham Lincoln succinctly said, “You cannot make a poor man rich by making a rich man poor.” The desire to promote the growth of a bureaucratic nanny-state, which becomes more intrusive and powerful, is not consistent with the values of good governance. As the scope and influence of a government expands, so does its ability to bestow “favors” on particular groups. Therefore, government can erect barriers to trade, pass specific tax breaks, and adopt regulations with a greater power to reward certain groups.
The greater the power of government to grant favors to established individuals, businesses, labor organizations, and other special interests, the more time, effort, and resources these interests devote to obtaining and maintaining special treatment. This is why limited government, not President Obama’s vision of government, is the solution for moving our Country forward. When government’s responsibilities are limited, the potential for these established interests to receive special treatment is also limited.Hence, the issue in America is not capitalism- it is crony capitalism- where the Federal Government is using hard- earned taxpayer dollars to pick the winners and losers in the free market. As well, we are consistently witnessing an Obama Administration which believes it is the new venture capitalist, using American taxpayer dollars to promote its ideological agenda… albeit a proven failure.
In conclusion, those who lauded President Obama’s speech in Kansas last week likely also subscribe to the liberal progressive vision that runs counter to American values and principles. I believe all Americans have the ladder of equal opportunity to climb to levels of achievement and success. Yes, there must be a safety net for when our fellow Americans slip off that ladder, however, that safety net must never become a comfortable hammock.Mr. President, life isn’t fair, which is why the Green Bay Packers are 12-0 and the Indianapolis Colts are 0-12, but do not expect NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take wins from Green Bay and give them to the Colts. However, next year Indianapolis will get the first round draft pick and that is the difference in the American principle of equal opportunity and yours, Mr. President, of equal achievement and “fairness.”
Steadfast and Loyal,
Alan Westhttp://west.house.gov/My Comments: Whenever and whereeveer there are those that have expectations of life being fair to them, odds are that life will not be fair to them.