I am tired. I am tired of the government believing that they can handle things better than I can. I am tired of the lack of trust in the American people. I am tired of everyone looking for a hand out.
The United States of America was founded on the belief that the people (we are a republic, after all) should govern through the representatives elected. In order for that system to work the people have to be close enough to make a difference. In the current Federal system -- and where it is going -- the people are no longer close enough to do that work, and have lost touch with the reality of where things come from.
There is constant talk of Billion dollar "Stimulus" packages and Trillion dollar budgets. What is in these entities? Are these projects really something that should be supported by the Federal government? Are they really necessary? What happened to capitalism? What happened to the free market?
When the people loose touch with reality by seeing HUGE numbers that are difficult to comprehend so they are made simple by placing a "B" or "T" after them they say "oh, what is a Million dollars here or there". Or even $30B for a company that is on questionable ground to start with (dirivatives trading has worse odds in the long term then betting at the racetrack.) Then ask "where is that money coming from?" This is a zero sum game... there is only so much that is available... So where does it come from? Who pays the bills?
President Obama if you search through this blog you will see that I am a critic of the spendthrift policies of the government, tend to lean more republican (really libertarian), and support less government, not more. I do not work in the government, but have had my share of turns with really large organizations and know how difficult it is for a for profit organization to stay cost effective and eliminate waste. How can the largest corporation on the planet get bigger and not expect the same? How will it eliminate waste? As a stockholder in the US Government I want to know.
This brings me to my final point, and what I opened up with... I am tired. I am tired of wondering how much more money I am going to loose. I am tired of trying to estimate where to put it so that I don't loose more than I am putting in. I am tired of paying for others who do not deserve it. I want to understand. I want to believe that the government has my best interests at heart by it constantly shows me that what it is more interested in is feeding special interests and trying to be everything to everyone. Why does it not trust its people? For over 200 years the people of this country have come forward to defend and protect this country. Why? Because they believed that this is a free society where they can do what they want (within the law) and their land will not be taken away. Where their children can live without persecution. Where they can work hard and give their children a better tomorrow. I don't see that being fulfilled now. Why? Because the government has gotten in the way of what the people can do. They are taking away our will to go the extra mile. They are tiring us out.
Please, before it is too late, recognize that we are tired. By trying to further define the box we need to live in the more we will struggle to get out. As an African American you should understand what it is like to be stereotyped... stop stereotyping the American taxpayer. Help us understand how this is better.
-- End of Ramble.
P.S. President Obama, please give me some hope and stop telling me that everything going on is a crisis. Please?