Monday, July 18, 2016

Shooting My Big Toe

The Republican Convention is a circus and it's no surprise.This is wasting money on a huge scale.  In my old age I've noticed that Americans waste more of everything - including money spent on politics. Do we really need all the election hype? Today I count pennies to be certain there is enough to see me  and my wife out.  If there is anything left over we hope it will help our family, and if not them, perhaps a poorer person who needs a hand up. As I ponder my personal situation I also have taken my blinders off. I look around and don't like what I see. People work hard to survive and with luck and labor  they hope to improve their lot. Move a step up in society. Live a more comfortable life instead of one of hardship. Our government has only one source of income. Only one, and it is us, the citizens. There are many expenditures that meld our country together, and they are absolutely necessary. The Constitution and Bill of Rights and Federalist Papers, and Declaration of Independence  all delineate and limit exactly what those expenditures  should be used for. For over two hundred years Americans gradually, piece by piece,  erased almost all of the original limits.  Stupidly, we shot our selves in the foot a million times.

  • The federal government was supposed to be as small as possible. It's anything but small. 
  • Our elected officials were supposed to serve in government a short time, and return to their private vocation. Now, many or most they serve for life.
  • The duties ascribed to the federal government: 
  • To regulate commerce between other nations and the states.
  • To coin money and to borrow money on the credit of the United States. 
  • To establish post offices and post roads. 
  • To secure for limited times the exclusive right to inventions, writings, and discoveries. 
  • To constitute federal tribunals inferior to the supreme court. 
  • To punish felonies committed on the high seas and offenses against the Law of Nations. 
  • To make war and rules concerning captures. 
  • To raise and support Armies and Navies. 
  • To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia employed to Serve the United States reserving to the states the appointment of officers, and the authority of raining according to the discipline prescribed by Congress. 
  • Amendment X: Powers not delegated by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
So why is the federal government involved in the abortion or no abortion business?

Why do we permit our elected officials to serve more than (say) 20 years?

Why do we let our government hire private companies and mercenaries as our armed forces?

Why do we allow many elected officials to have exorbitant retirement funds?

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