October 21, 2013 - 11:55 pm
To the editor:
In 10 years, we could solve a majority of this nation’s political and economic problems with the judicious application of just two little words: term limits. Term limits for everyone working for the government. The Founding Fathers didn’t foresee a Congress full of career politicians whose tenure in Washington, D.C., makes them rich, or at the very least makes them act as if they’re rich. They ride around in limousines, fly around in private jets and lounge around in lush quarters, all paid for by the taxpayer. They believe they’re the ruling class, the aristocracy in a democratic republic.
Limit the terms for senators and representatives, just as we do for the president. And that goes for periphery government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the State Department. These people become entrenched and tenured, and we cannot fire them. These career public servants know they can wait out any administration because it is only going to be there for a maximum of eight years, whereas they, on the other hand, will feed at the taxpayer trough until they die.
And whose bright idea was it to allow federal workers to unionize? They aren’t organized to engage in collective bargaining against a profit-making employer; they work for the taxpayers. They’re bargaining against us. Doesn’t that constitute class warfare? Our government has been pushing us in that direction for more than five years, and it’s working.
All public employees should work under term limits. That way, we get a constant supply of new blood for the tree of liberty. The government, funded and paid for by the taxpayers, shouldn’t be a cradle-to-grave entitlement proposition. Get out in the world and make your way. If you study hard enough and are industrious enough and lucky enough, you will become a success. That’s the kind of attitude that built this country, so act like an American and go earn your fortune.
Then and only then should you enter public service — as a public servant, not one of the mob protesting against the “man.” We citizens are the “man.”
It’s not the tea party
To the editor:
In the Oct. 13 Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius shouts “Free the Red Rock two” and blames a “tea party temper tantrum” for the closing of national parks, monuments and recreation areas. Mr. Sebelius, the so-called tea party didn’t close down the national parks, monuments or recreation areas. Our present presidential administration ordered them closed down.
To enlighten you, the man on top, his name is Barack Obama. His lackey in the Senate is named Harry Reid. Together, they control most decisions being made in Washington, D.C. The closing of recreational lands and monuments was a ploy to raise the debt ceiling.
House at fault
To the editor:
I’m an independent, and I intend to stay that way and vote for the party I have the most faith in, and the party that can help and not hinder this nation. President Barack Obama didn’t close the parks and monuments during the shutdown. The House of Representatives controls the purse strings. The House Republicans still don’t seem to get it. They voted at least 40 times to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. So can anyone out there tell me one significant thing the House has passed these past two years?
The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court and reaffirmed by re-electing our president in 2012. But let’s carry this a little further. Suppose the Republicans had let the country’s funding expire by not increasing the debt limit. Or let’s say the president caved in. What would Republicans want next? To have the 14th and 19th amendments to our Constitution repealed?