Everyday we hear "GIVE" - to this or that... And that is fine. BUT, W H E R E is that money supposed to come from? Even by those well intentioned?
I just heard that George Bush signed legislation that will allow people to take any contributions for the Tsunami victims they make off their 2004 income tax instead of waiting for 2005. That is nice - BUT:
If the government does not receive income from income tax - if we keep giving people tax breaks, tax reductions, etc. it eventually adds up and government operates on income COMING IN just as you or I rely on income coming in - regularly.
Seems to me that the "shit" is GOING to "hit the fan" either soon or down the road. And make no mistake - WE ARE GOING TO PAY and PAY DEARLY. Every time we "extend" ourselves we go out on a limb and the further out on the limb you go the greater the risk of that limb breaking...
And what about those IN NEED here in THIS COUNTRY?
This applies to a most basic thing in this country: if you are not making things IN this country and your people are not working and earning a decent living wage IN this country the SHIT IT GOING TO HIT THE FAN - GUARANTEED. The ONLY thing that MADE this country strong was people IN this country working and making a decent living - master craftsmen, industry, machinery, knowledge, etc. IN this country. That IS what makes things happen - for everyone.
This country is an accident waiting to happen. Unless we go back to the basics - people working IN this country, industry IN this country, agriculture (farms) IN this country producing FOR those in this country (and the rest of the world), it is only a matter of time and we are seeing that now and on the horizon....
We used to be the strongest country in the world and could help others. Strength comes from YOU DOING - it just does not "happen" no matter how much a person "wishes" it to happen. Our strength comes from US DOING OURSELVES for the benefit of ourselves and all others. This applies to each country not just the USA.
Our very future as a people and as a country DEPENDS on US DOING FOR OURSELVES - because that is how you can do for others. This applies to the strength of a person and the strength of a country. Someone else can NOT do the "lifting" FOR you - YOU MUST DO IT FOR YOURSELF. That IS where results come from!! Then others as well as you BENEFIT.
Take Care, John H.