How would you feel about working for a company which issued the following
To All Employees,
Due to foreign competition, we find that our sales have
declined in recent years. To stimulate sales, we have decided to give all
employees a $10.00 gift certificate this coming July which can be used to
purchase any of our products. This should help to increase our sales.
It has also come to our attention that some of our lower
income, unskilled workers are having trouble with their car payments. As you
know, we require anyone working at this company to drive a car no more than 10
years old to comply with environmental standards and to maintain the impression
of working for a prosperous company. To help our lower income workers purchase
new cars, we were able to arrange financing with no interest payments for 2
Unfortunately, and unforeseen to us, now that the 2 years has
expired and accumulated interest is being applied to those car payments, our
workers find they can no longer afford the cars and may lose them through
repossession. To help them out, we have decided to make those payments for them
so that they may keep their cars. We are also giving money to our investment
brokers to replace the funds they lost through irresponsible and unwise
investments of your retirement withholdings.
Naturally, we expect that the beneficiaries will gladly accept
the terms of these new programs which include such things as the kind
of gas used in their cars, regular inspection of their finances, control
over the health and education of their children, the kinds of food to be placed
on their dinner tables, the type of light bulbs used in their homes, and control
of their TV watching and radio listening habits.
We, in management, are certain that you will understand that
this will be a huge expense for the company. We are, however, confident that all
employees will cheerfully accept another 10% reduction in pay to cover these
additional expenses. Also note that because of this, and other brilliant work
conceived by our management staff, they have all been given a 10% increase in
We thank you for your patriotism and loyalty to our great
company and appreciate the sacrifices you have made for the general welfare and
common good of all employees.
The Management Staff
Would you want to work for that company? No? But this is
exactly what Congress, President Bush, and the United States government are
telling us. By subsidizing investment firms like Bear Stearns, by subsidizing
low income, new homeowners who can't afford the homes they bought under
temporary low interest mortgages, and by printing up more money to pass out
under the pretense of a "stimulus package," they are essentially giving all
Americans a reduction in pay by increasing inflation, making your dollars worth
less, and redistributing the wealth to the poor.
On top of that, Congress now wants to raise your taxes to
recover the money they intend to pass out in June and July. When all is said and
done, the result will be that individual buying power will have been reduced,
the poor will be further subsidized and regulated by the government, and
Congress will have more of your money to spend on their special
interests, not yours.
Along with these handouts of your money by the government
comes government regulations and conditions. Just as federal government has
taken control of public schools by buying influence with subsidies, they are now
trying to do the same thing with corporate America. If successful, eventually
the federal government will have control over the free market and all
commerce within the United States. Even contractors who are not directly
affected by new regulations will be bound by them through contracts with
companies who are.
Much of the problem we see today stems from President Bush’s
concept of an “ownership society.” It seemed like a good policy at the time, but
it turns out that not all Americans can afford to be “owners.” The policy was
pushed just too far. Add to that the propensity of the Democrats to subsidize
and regulate every aspect of American life, they saw their opportunity with
Bush’s “ownership society” and knew that the only way their low income
constituent voters could participate in it was to subsidize them with taxpayer’s
money. This won the approval of “compassionate conservative,” George W. Bush. As
we have seen, Bush is certainly compassionate, but hardly a conservative when it
comes to big government and the economy.
Every time there is seen a sag in the economy, the government
attempts to put a patch on it. Usually, that patch causes another problem in
another part of the economy. Instead of letting free market competition control
the economy, those serving in government today feel it’s their job to do it. Our
economy has now become like a sinking ship. Every time it springs a leak, they
pull a plank off of another part of the ship to repair it. Then a leak appears
where the plank was pulled from and they do it all over again. Never does the
ship return to it’s home port for a proper repair. Eventually there is nothing
left but a sinking hull of patches, and that is where we are now with the
economy. This is what government interference in the free enterprise system has
done for us. What’s even worse is that no one in the government has any idea of how to fix it because they don’t understand the problem.
Certain government regulation of commerce is good and necessary
for consumer protection. Over-regulation by government is disastrous to business
in America. Government interference with, and attempts to control the market
economy, rather than allowing the economy to follow it’s natural course, is a
disastrous policy. It can reasonably be compared to government politicians
dictating social policy to the citizens as they have also been attempting to do,
instead of representing the citizens within the government as was originally
intended. The economy needs to represent commerce, not the other way around.
We have now reached the point to where those in Congress
feel they have the power to do whatever they wish with our tax money. And with
every dollar they pass out comes conditions and regulations. Where does the
Constitution authorize Congress to give away our money to anyone? Nowhere
- that’s where. But Congress doesn’t care about the Constitution or
operating within it’s limits. And why should they? Who is going to hold
Congress, the president, or the United States government accountable to the
Constitution if they refuse to honor the oath of office they all took?
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this
obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and
that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am
about to enter, so help me God.
Perhaps politicians feel that “support and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all enemies” doesn’t refer to
them. Perhaps the authors of the Oath of Office overlooked one important word -
“obey.” Obviously, those serving our country in Congress and the White House
feel an obligation to “support and defend” our Constitution against foreign
enemies, but no obligation to “obey” it themselves. This is the audacity of
Given enough time and enough liberals in Congress, it won't be
long before all businesses in the country will be governed and run by morons in
government who know virtually nothing about the industries they are trying to
control and manage. It didn't work in communist Russia, it isn't working in
communist China, and it will doom America to utter collapse.
Yet, this road that Communist Russia and Communist China are
now turning away from, America is just starting to travel down. The day may not
be too far off when Russia and China are demanding freedom and democracy be
given a chance in a Communist America.