Posted by: paulbassler | April 10, 2013

History Repeats Itself

With the recent death of former Prime Minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, it brings to mind the vast difference between those who believe in big government and those who believe in the private sector. When Thatcher took office in 1979, Britain had a 13% unemployment rate. By the end of her eight years of governance, the employment rate dropped to 5.5%. Prior to Thatcher’s administration, Britain was deep in debt due to the rule of the Socialist party. Britain was drowning in big government, and throughout Thatcher’s administration, Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister worked to reduce the size of government, build a strong private sector economy, break the power of the unions, build a strong military defense and lower taxes. Due to her successful efforts, Britain was able to restore its economy, get out of debt, raise family income and restore its power and respect on the world stage.
It is not hard to see the comparison between the U.S. today and Great Britain back in 1979 (and today for that matter). Today, the U.S. is so far in debt we can’t see daylight. The Democrat’s budget calls for more taxes and more spending. Unemployment in the U.S. is near 14%, if you take into account the number of people who have given up looking for work. Our military is losing funding and strength, our influence in the world is fading, and more people are on food stamps and living in proverty than any time in our history.
When Prime Minister Thatcher was fighting for change in Great Britain, the liberals and socialists vilified her, both in Britain and in the U.S. After all, if you give the country back to the people the socialists and liberals loose power, loose their high paying jobs. With a strong private sector economy, the people have power over their own lives and the government works for the people.
The United States became the most powerful country in the world in a short period of time due to its commitment to a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The U.S. built the greatest economy in the world due to the private sector, not the government. Is it any surprise that America’s growing weakness comes as our government continues to grow.
Socialists and liberals profess to care for the grass roots, the down trodden, the helpless. Yet their policies are designed to keep people dependent upon the state, assuring the power of the state in the process. As Ronald Reagan once told Americans, “government is not the solution to our problem, it is the problem.” Both Reagan and Thatcher used conservative fiscal policies to build strong independent countries. Both led their countries during the most successful financial prosperity in recent history. Even Bill Clinton, who tried big government policies during his first four years, eventually determined “the era of big government is over” in his second term, yielding, after tax reform and tax rate reduction, another successful and striving economy.
President Kennedy’s famous speech when he said, “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,” has been replaced by liberal ideology. The rich people are too rich, and that is not fair. The liberals, led by President Obama, want to make the rich pay a little more, and a little more, and a little more. They do not seem to recognize what history has taught us. The more you take from the rich, the fewer jobs are created and the slower the economy grows. The Reagan era saw record tax dollars making it to Washington, not from increased taxes, but from a vibrant and active private sector economy.
It seems clear that the Obama administration believes that they can “invest” the people’s money better than the people can. History does not support that belief. Social Security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and Medicaid. Every program big government manages is mismanaged. History has proven that the profit motive is far more efficient than a benevolent government.
Using our vote and personal influence, let’s get our fiscal house in order. Let’s talk to our family and friends about the importance of personal freedom, the need to stay informed, the wisdom of being independent creators of our own world. Government is like any entity. The more you feed it the bigger it grows. Socialists and liberals want us to believe that by giving them our money, giving them the power over our lives, they will make sure we are cared for and life will be fair. In truth, we will become dependent, less confident in our own abilities, more willing to take than to give. Do we want to be sheep or sheep herders? The choice is ours.

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