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A Devouring Beast August 29nd, 2014

When Ronald Reagan proposed his first big tax cut as governor, they accused him of waging economic war on the people of California. His response was that he was defending an innocent maiden called “the taxpayer” against a devouring beast called “government”. Is the taxpayer, he asked, to become a pawn in a deadly game of government monopoly whose only purpose is to serve the confiscatory appetites of runaway government spending?

In light of today’s 3.7 trillion dollar federal budget and 18 trillion dollar debt, those words were prophetic. Bush’s security state and Obama’s nanny state have meshed like two puzzle pieces to create a devouring beast whose survival depends on its ability to control and loot productive citizens.

When power is concentrated in the state, it is always at the expense of individual liberty. Once the state gains the power to take by force from its citizens, we already have nothing left except what the government chooses to let us keep. The statist doesn’t trust individuals to take care of themselves or to help others, absent government force.

The political philosophy of individual liberty that the United States was founded and thrived on has been replaced by the philosophy of Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Mussolini, collectivism. The common good, as defined and inefficiently managed by politicians and bureaucrats, has been the primary consideration for every political decision for twenty five years.

The U.S. government is collecting more taxes than the total GDP of all but four countries in the world combined, and is still adding 2.36 billion dollars per day to the national debt. But suggest any item that might be cut from the budget and they will show you a million poor unfortunates who will suffer because of it. The rights of the individual are subordinate to the common good of not just the American people, but the entire planet.

Rand Paul wants to gradually eliminate all foreign aid. His critics on both sides say that this would be abandoning millions of starving, sick and dying children around the world. The only defense of foreign aid is that we don’t own the proceeds of our labor in the first place, and aren’t smart enough to decide how to use it if we did. The state will decide how much of it should be spent helping the rest of the world and how much we may keep for our own families.

Only individuals have rights. There is no such thing as a common good, and yet our government spent 2 trillion dollars on it last year, 2 trillion dollars that it must take from individuals. It is indefensible.

Dan Fragoules
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Join Dale for a daily prayer at the beginning of Down on the Corner each weekday morning at 7:06.  We are proud to open our local programming with a prayer, as we recall 2 Chronicles 7:14, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Special thanks to Baxter County Right to Life for providing the airtime each day for the morning prayer. 

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