I am sure that you are as sick of all the political ads as I am. So, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for making politics the topic of this blog. My business is located in Northern Kentucky, right across the river from Ohio. The State of Ohio is considered to be the most important swing in this election. Because of that I think we may be overloaded with political ads.
As the owner of a small business, I’ve tried not to voice my political opinion as I do not want to offend any of my clients. Then I started thinking that voicing our opinion is what our country is all about. It’s what our brave men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for – freedom of speech. And, I believe the minute we give up debating our issues, then we’ve given up on our country.
In my opinion, the problem over the last decade seems to be that we want to denigrate those who have a viewpoint that is different from ours. We have stopped respecting other’s right to freedom of speech and have decided instead to disparage them for thinking differently. So, please know that if you decide to comment on this blog and your opinion is different from mine, I’m okay with that. Our country is at its best when the majority of our citizens are participating in discussions, take the time to understand the issues and vote their beliefs.
What got me started on today’s blog was an article that I read in The Lane Report. This is a publication that is a business news source for Kentucky. The article was entitled “Depending on Dependency” and was written by Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Mr. Sowell wrote, “Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.” He pointed out in his article that though the liberals make the claim to be more compassionate and considerate of those less fortunate, it is actually the conservatives who “donated a larger amount of money and a higher percentage of their incomes (which were slightly lower than liberal incomes) to philanthropic activities. Conservatives donated more of their time to philanthropic activities and donated far more blood than liberals.”
I know that dependency can pay off at the ballot box when you’re looking for votes, but is a population dependent upon the government really what any of us want? I doubt it. I’m not against a hand up when someone is temporarily in need. However, I am against a handout when it becomes the sole source of income for someone who is mentally and physically capable of working.
What we have to understand is that government creates no product that it can sell to generate revenue. Government’s revenue comes from taking dollars out of your paycheck and taxing people and businesses. Government does NOT create jobs.
So when someone calls for the government to take care of it, remember that it is your money that is being spent to take care of whatever “it” is at the moment. Now, if you’re not paying taxes, it would certainly be easy to agree to donate the money of those who are being taxed. I believe it would be a different story if the money being spent for “it” was actually money that was being taken directly out of your wallet.
We have allowed government to take on responsibilities it was never intended to take on. We forget that social security was created to SUPPLEMENT our retirement savings – not be our sole source of retirement funds. We have allowed our government to plant the idea that accepting government handouts is a right and that there should be no shame in living off of the taxpayers.
In November, we will have the opportunity to send a different message to our politicians. This is a message that needs to be sent locally, statewide and nationally. We the people expect those who are able to work to be able to work. The only way that will happen is if the government will get out of the way of private enterprise and give businesses a reason to grow.
Businesses are the only entity that provide job growth in our nation. Placing cumbersome regulations, increasing taxes, ignoring needed tort reform, refusing to deal with a burgeoning deficit and promoting government dependency is not the way to get businesses to buy equipment, build new plants, add new services, have money to provide raises and benefits to current employees and most importantly, create new jobs for new employees.
If you can work, you should work – for the good of the country, but more importantly for the good of yourself. A job brings satisfaction, self-respect, pride of a job well done and many other positives. Being dependent on the government brings none of those good things!
I’d like to end with a quote from Mr. Sowell. He states “Being willing to donate the taxpayers’ money is not the same as being willing to put your own money where your mouth is.” I hope we all keep that in mind when we vote in November. Vote for the candidates who discourage dependency and encourage business to create jobs so that every American can reach for the stars and succeed! www.multi-craft.com