War on government

English: Badge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobac...

English: Badge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

War on drugs, war on terror, war on women. Why doesn’t the media focus on the GOP war on the Federal government? Probably because their owners favor the war as it allows them to make more money and/or they favor it for ideological reasons. Ever since Reagan‘s day when he identified government as part of the problem, the GOP has waged a relentless effort to reduce the size and influence of the Federal government. When they are in office, Republican presidents appoint department heads hostile to the department they are supposed to lead. And when they are out of office, the GOP oppose government funding in order to make government less functional. A case in point, is the ATF, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, where the department is without a leader and is being systematically starved for funds in order to prevent enforcement of the gun laws already on the books. The GOP is hostile to the Federal government and have adopted the position of Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father who is out of favor with some on the Right because he was not a Christian.

Student debt

English: Map of Québec Français : Carte du Québec

English: Map of Québec Français : Carte du Québec (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Student debt makes starting life as an independent adult more and more difficult. Because of low paying jobs or no jobs, more and more graduates are living with their parents because they cannot afford a life of their own. This article about protest in Quebec uses the term “debt peonage” which I believe wonderfully describes life in debt, whether from student loans or credit card debt. Allowing the banks to charge more than 10% interest is usury IMHO, prohibited by the Bible and is anathema to all thinking individuals. Thomas Jefferson advocated a free education through college for all free men. By neglecting the education of our young people or making it too expensive and neglecting our infrastructure, we are ensuring that we will not be able to compete in the 21st century. The Soviet Union bankrupted itself by trying to maintain a superpower’s military establishment at the expense of its civilian society. Are we going to follow their example? Have we learned nothing?

Free education

dump the debt

dump the debt (Photo credit: Friends of the Earth International)

Thomas Jefferson advocated a free education for all free men through college. In recent years, college has gotten so expensive that some can no longer afford it, while others go so deeply into debt that paying off the debt is a real struggle. The tragedy of college debt is that it forces some to delay starting an independent adult life. As Barack stated yesterday, he was 42 years old before he and Michelle were able to pay off their college debts. Of course, they both had expensive post-graduate educations at Harvard, but they also were employed at what most of us would consider good paying jobs. And then if you a prudent person and you insure yourself against some of life’s hazards, save for your children’s educations and save for retirement, how much money will the average person have left to live on while covering daily and monthly expenses? Not much I fear even in a robust economy, and this economy is far from robust, outside of luxury goods suppliers to the 1%.

Please see Where have all the good jobs gone?

Taxes

Tax

Tax (Photo credit: 401K)

Taxes, Federal income taxes, are necessary for the preservation of life. The willingness to pay those taxes, though painful, is a measure of how well we love our neighbors and fellow citizens. Some say that taxes represent theft of property from those that earned the money. That is an argument that goes all the way back to the founding of democracy in Greece. The owner of property is a responsible person and only he can be a full citizen withe right to vote and all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” He may not have written them in the order of importance, but I place life above liberty in importance, because with life, liberty can be attained, but without life, liberty is an empty word.

Government cannot be expected to provide happiness itself, only the conditions that allow all people to pursue happiness without hindrance from their starting conditions. I favor the Federal graduated income tax as the fairest tax yet devised. I don’t like paying it, but it is a fairer tax to all income levels than any other tax.

Please see FAIR tax not fair | 999 tax plan | Brother’s keeper | Love thy neighbor

Life, liberty and the pursuit of…..

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaratio...

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable lap desk of his own design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘”Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence and considered by some as part of one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English language.[1] These three aspects are listed among the “unalienable rights” or sovereign rights of man.’ from Wikipedia.

Some critics are now saying that Obamacare contradicts these words. On the contrary, I believe that life requires good health. Otherwise what good is life without health? Some will claim that life is more important than health, but that will be for others. For themselves, they will require good health to accompany life.