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Wow, that’s a comforting declaration if I ever heard one.  It’s like your toddler & preschool age kids promising to “help.”  At least with the kids, the kids gain something positive from the experience…and you gain good parent points for letting them “help.”  Ronald Reagan said it best:

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

From the AP:  The Obama administration “launched [another] plan Friday” to help stem the foreclosure crisis.  Here’s the really great part:  “Officials said their [new] goal is to meet their original (emphasis added) target, announced last year, of helping 3 million to 4 million borrowers avoid foreclosure.”  Of course, “the administration’s existing program to prevent foreclosure has FAILED TO MAKE A DENT IN THE PROBLEM (emphasis added)…[due to] a lack of planning and shifting rules on qualifications for it [which] produced a huge backlog in the program.”  “Only 170, 000 homeowners have completed loan modifications out of 1.1 million who began the program over the past year,” says the Special Inspector General for the Federal Financial Bailout Fund (wow, that’s quite the title).

“We remain dubious about government mortgage modification efforts.  So far none have lived up to expectations, and we see little reason to believe the latest effort will turn out any different.” Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Concept Capital’s Washington Research Group

Hmmm, Jaret Seiberg must have some common sense to have formed that opinion.  It’s sad that common sense is such a rare commodity these days.

I just read on a friend’s blog that our tax dollars are being used for the noble cause of providing “free” soil sampling for anyone who fills out a form and sends it in with box of dirt from their garden.  Of course, it “may” take up to three weeks to get the report.  Or, she points out, you can simply go to Lowe’s and pick up a soil test kit and do it yourself the same day.  Just a microcosm of all that is wrong with our government.  Why, now, do our hard earned…ripped from our paychecks…tax dollars go to unnecessary programs when the same thing can be accomplished by us, if we feel so inclined, in much less time and with much more efficiency?  Oh, yeah, because the government thinks it can do everything bigger and better, even though it has yet to prove itself with a single success story.  Ummm, Medicare…Medicaid, Social Security, the U.S. Postal Service, anyone?  Oh yeah, these programs are all going bankrupt!  The above mentioned original foreclosure rescue plan that “has failed to make a dent in the problem?”

Well, if government fails, it only makes sense to try, try again the same FAILED policies, only on a grander scale.  I mean, what’s better than failure?  How about GRAND FAILURE!

And there are really, actually, people out there who are excited about the federal government just granting itself (against the vocal will of a majority of Americans) an unprecedented amount of power to control and manipulate our nation’s health care system?  REALLY?

This country’s problem can be summed up in this:  too many hard-headed politicians in Washington, and too many “skulls full of mush” (as Boortz would say) voting for them.

Just got to let off some steam to keep my sanity these days….

Remember this? Good medicine.

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As an addendum to my previous post, here is a FRIENDLY FREEDOM REMINDER from one of the best spokesmen for freedom our nation has been blessed with, Ronald Reagan.  His speech, “A Time For Choosing,” delivered October 27, 1964, applies perfectly to the situation we find ourselves in today….striving to fend off the advances of socialism, in defense of freedom.  You should really watch the whole thing…it is so good…but if you are not inclined to take the time, I have provided a few quick highlights below.

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“ It is impossible to RIGHTLY GOVERN the world without GOD and BIBLE.” George Washington

“ The general PRINCIPLES upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of GOD.” John Adams

GOD governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS. I also believe that, without HIS concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Benjamin Franklin

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, FAR FROM IT. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of GOD.” James Madison

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing!” Edmond Burke

“AMERICA will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t interfere with anything in the CONSTITUTION. That must be maintained, for it is the only SAFEGUARD of our LIBERTIES.” Abraham Lincoln

“If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you’re not a CONSERVATIVE at 40, you have no head.”  Winston Churchill

“HISTORY does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be FOUGHT for, PROTECTED, and HANDED ON for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan

“The most TERRIFYING words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  Ronald Reagan

“The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the PROBLEM is that GOVERNMENT spends too much.” Ronald Reagan

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”  Ronald Reagan

“MAN IS NOT FREE UNLESS GOVERNMENT IS LIMITED.” Ronald Reagan

“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY at the other.” Ronald Reagan

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”  Ronald Reagan

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, TAX it.  If it keeps moving, REGULATE it.  And if it stops moving, SUBSIDIZE it.” Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant: It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Ronald Reagan

“Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone BEYOND ITS LIMITS is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” Ronald Reagan

“We cannot diminish the VALUE of one category of HUMAN LIFE – The Unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life….there is no cause more important.” Ronald Reagan

“America will NEVER seek a permission slip to defend itself!” George W. Bush

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the CONSEQUENCES of avoiding reality.” Ayn Rand

“Political correctness is TYRANNY with manners.”  Charlton Heston

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