The cost of government

On Jan. 1, 2014, House Resolution Bill No. 3692 — otherwise known as “Obamacare” — will fully go into effect nationwide. Whether this will be a good thing or bad thing is yet to be seen, but what has been viewed over the last 10 years is that our government has taken more and more pieces away from the American pie. No longer are Americans in control of their lives, but at the mercy of those who do not even walk a mile in their shoes or who sit behind big oak desks and have minions who are at their whim.

When I think of America, I think of freedom and the ability to be the master of your desires and dreams in which a government helps you when you need it to get where you want to be — not hindering you get to your goal. I feel the government is not the solution to our problems, but we are.

Calvin Coolidge was the president during the Roaring 20s and was a big supporter of less government and more personal initiative by American’s themselves. On March 4, 1925, he said the following: I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. That is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we re-establish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very distinct curtailment of our liberty.”

I am not saying Calvin Coolidge was the best president ever and never made mistakes, but the principle behind his words are truly the roots of our country.

The more the government does for us, the more we have to give to the government to do it for us. Government is for the people and by the people. If we are to become more self-sufficient and free we must also heed the words of Calvin Coolidge when he spoke on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first.”

We must show the government we can control ourselves and be responsible — both rich and poor! Greed is not to be worshipped by the rich and neither is poverty to be milked by the poor. Jan. 1, 2014, will be the true test of our freedoms and how far the strings of the government have reached into our lives.

Jac Crater

Amanda Park