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Sunday, July 17, 2011


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist

“No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.”
Mark Twain

Mark Twain was right back then and is even more correct today. Federal, state and county representatives have all lengthened the time they are in session. The number of executive orders, regulations, laws, statues, rules, directives and ordinances are being spewed out as fast as the federal government can print money.

Each of these ever increasing new directives from all levels of government limit citizen’s freedom to make choices. Every new law, rule, statute, ordinance and license is sold to the public by stating it is for the good of everyone. When a person protests the absurdity to the appropriate government bureaucrat, he smugly says, “It is for your own good.”

This means you have to go through a body x-ray scanner or wait in a long line to get an intrusive pat-down even if you are a six-year-old child or a frail, hunched 92- year-old woman in a wheelchair. These procedures are supposed to protect the public but are training us to be sheeple who accept less and less freedom. An owner has to purchase an expensive license for his dog or the animal control bureaucrat will take it. You must obtain permits for everything from building a garage to changing out a window to painting a room on your own property.

An example of the invasion into our lives of the federal government is the new EPA statute RRP (Renovation, Repair and Paint) to insure lead free houses. It spells out procedures that require government personnel with overkill equipment to do ordinary repairs that could be done by the homeowner. These onerous requirements increase the price of repairs to the point where the project is abandoned or done without permits. The fine attached to doing one’s own work is $32,500. They are undermining personal initiative to upgrade one’s own property.

This totally disregards an individual’s property rights. This denial of our improving our homes is a trampling of our freedom. These insulting acts are supposed to protect a future homebuyer as if a purchaser cannot be trusted to make a rational evaluation when purchasing the home.

Even our property is no longer sacred including our “castle”- home. The new interpretation of the eminent domain law is allowing individual property to be taken solely to increase the revenue of a particular taxing entity. This ruling should frighten every hard working American who has invested his earnings in property although it will make every big-government politician ecstatic.

Year after year everyone has to pay more taxes except for those who fall below a certain level of income. According to government proponents, these people with low income or none at all should be cared for by the government as it sees fit. This burdens taxpaying citizens with subsidizing deadbeats, More direct taxes like federal, state, county or city taxes are used for providing more services even if we do not want them or use them. The government on all levels is increasing its political power and territory on the backs of productive citizens.

The government representatives on many levels passed all sorts of deceptive bills to take your money to give it to others. One of these laws established without public knowledge was the “earned income tax credit.” There are many rationalizations for government picking your pocket. This tax credit is a creative way of marketing a person who is on the government dole. This tax credit is certainly not “earned by the recipient” as he is not working or has a low paying position with limited responsibility and effort but it is couched in capitalistic jargon. Currently 47% of all Americans are paying 0 in federal income tax.

The government representatives in their infinite wisdom decide to redistribute your money. The tax collector’s bosses have the audacity to name this thievery: “earned income tax credit.” The less than ambitious and lazy are rewarded. This bizarre logic is politically correct in this country now while not wanting to reward the unemployed is selfish and politically incorrect.

The remedy to this upside down world is for us to vote out any representative wanting to increase the size of government. It means Americans will have to be more self-reliant in meeting their own needs for their own good instead of wanting to be dependent on government.

Benjamin Franklin told citizens about their Constitution after it had passed; “We have given you a republic, if you can keep it.” Keeping our Constitution means we have to be eternally vigilant against politicians clinging to power by selling their integrity.

Americans have to decide. If they want to remain a free Constitutional Republic, something must give. A bloated government that promises to give you everything has to take everything. Government does not produce any wealth but certainly knows how to waste it.

Either we shrink government for the good of the people or government will control every aspect of our lives. The answer is up to us. What direction we choose for government will determine our national destiny and the future of our children and grandchildren.

Dr. Maglio is the author of Invasion Within and Essential Parenting. He is a psychotherapist and the owner/director of Wider Horizons School.


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