Where Does Money Come From?

Subtitle: What is happening to our culture?

Our Federal government has done a good job of creating dependency in our country. And we have let them. We have helped in many ways. We have voted for it and we have supported it. It’s good to help the poor and needy. It’s especially good to do it with someone else’s money. Some people choose to do it with their own money (I do and prefer it that way), but ask any good Progressive. It’s far better to do it with someone else’s money. That money being the taxpayer’s money. But the Federal government, because they live in Washington, D.C. and we live thousands of miles away, cannot distinguish a person’s situation. They can’t determine if someone is scamming them, because they live so far away and don’t KNOW the people.

In small town America, people know people, and they know if you are a scammer or not. Because generations live in the same area, everyone knows everyone else. They knew your grandpa and your grandma; they knew your parents, and brothers and sisters. The police know you, maybe some more than others! It’s plain hard to get away with cheating on your spouse in small town America, because everyone knows stuff. There’s just not that many people to keep track of! My point is, small town America is better at taking care of its poor than Washington, D.C. But that’s not the way things are working out right now.

I happen to know a little bit about township government. You’d think that when people need help at the local level, the money that is taken from the taxpayers and put in a local fund for that very purpose would be used to help them. Nope. I’ve been told by credible township supervisors that, if the person qualifies for state and federal assistance, the township can’t use that money. Really? Then what is it for and why is it building up into incredible amounts? (I see state confiscation in our futures.) The state and federal government know the situation better than the local government?

But I digress. The question is, Where does money come from? (Besides printing presses in Washington, D.C.) We currently have a culture where, last figure I heard was, 49% are dependent on the Federal government in some fashion. I am not sure that figure includes the Social Security recipients, but it may. I am not begrudging them getting back what they paid in, because they have paid in specifically for it. At some point in our history, we decided it was a good idea to let the government plan our retirement accounts for us. I disagree with that concept, but nonetheless, it is what it is.

Back to dependency. Our current Progressive administration has done its utmost to increase dependency on government. I could go in to all the ways they’ve done it, but for the sake of time and space, I won’t here, because I need to tell my story.

This whole cultural dependency-on-other-people’s-money thing was revealed to me in a big way recently. And at the local level!

A local 4-H club wanted to do a charitable project for the summer. It was a great idea. You see, when children are home for the summer, their parents still have to go to work. The club wanted to make sure the kids got a meal at noon and weren’t just left to fend for themselves. Apparently, they knew of some local kids in this situation. They made a deal with a local food place to put some sack lunches together for a certain price. But the 4-H club had no money to do the project with.

The project was printed in the local paper and the 4-H club went about applying for GRANTS for their project. I heard about the project (I, being a private citizen with my own money that I have earned by working a job) and decided to jump on board. Little did I know…I decided I would kill a few birds with one stone. I made the club an offer they couldn’t refuse! They needed money, right?

The downtown area of the small town where I work can get pretty trashy on the weekends. We have some, ahem, irresponsible types, who thrown their trash out on the streets and sidewalks instead of in the trashcan that is placed there for that purpose. I decided to offer the club a, wait for it…JOB, picking up the trash on Monday mornings. It would probably have taken a handful of kids an hour to do it. In return, I would pay them the handsome sum of $25, which, by the way, would cover the cost of that day’s lunches. And I would do it for at least a month, perhaps for the whole term of the project. I would also make the mayor happy, because the downtown would be cleaned up of trash. It was a brilliant idea.

Only thing was, the club couldn’t do it. They were waiting on their GRANT money. The leader had all kinds of reasons why they couldn’t do it, but they appreciated my offer of a JOB. I’m not saying the leader’s reasons were not legit. I know people work. But there is a principle at work here, and I think an important teaching opportunity was lost and another one was definitely taught to those kids. Let me tell you the rest of the story…

The village (the government) where the kids lived, came through with a CHECK to help them get going! And everyone got their picture in the paper. Then another government agency came up with a CHECK also…and everyone got their picture in the paper. (See how this is working.) And then last week, the private sector (one business) came up with a CHECK. And everyone got their picture in the paper. So you see how this looks? Hey, the tin cup method works way better than a job. And you get your picture in the paper every time, because, everyone loves the feel good story. Rewards, right? And yeh, it would have just taken too long to, ahem, WORK for that money because, golly gee, that would just take too long and we don’t have time for that! I was heartbroken that they did not accept my offer, but I was determined that I would not just give them the money. (Hard-hearted of me, right?)

Kickstarter is another thing I don’t understand. I know a lady who went on there and started a project to raise the money (from other people) to publish her book. She got the money. I don’t know if they are supposed to repay or not, because I don’t know that much about it. I got a JOB and EARNED the money to publish my book. (Shameless plug for it right here…it’s a children’s book call A Tale of Two Lambs. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.) In the process, I gave someone else some work for several months because I needed illustrations for it. And she earned money. That’s how private enterprise works.

To sum up: where does money come from? What do you think those club kids think now? What did they learn? They learned if you want to do something nice for someone, ask the government and private businesses for a handout. You will be funded. THAT is what they learned. Oh, and you get your picture in the paper when you are successful. Who can compete with that?

Where Are The Wise Men?

No, I am not speaking of the astrologers from the Christmas story. I am speaking of men of wisdom, of the the caliber of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry (Give me liberty or give me death), John Adams,  and the others who bravely signed their names to a Declaration of Independence from Britain that put their lives, their families, their names and their fortunes at risk.  Men willing to sacrifice their all for a vision of a new country as they fought a war with all the odds against them.  But like Martin Luther King, who took risks fighting his own kind of war for freedom, they had a dream.

Oh… I know where some of them are…they are in training…they are overseas fighting for our country at this moment. They are the young men risking their lives at this very moment.  Some wise men still reside here.  There are many scattered around in our federal, state and local governments.

They are not in our White House.  With our economy in a mess and millions out of work in our nation, this man, at great expense to our nation, flies in a pizza maker from St. Louis to the White House, to prepare him pizza.  This man lives off the nation.  Yes, he deserves to be paid for the job he does, but he does not deserve to live off the backs of the American people, all the while making their future existence more bleak by spending and printing money, which will cause the value of our money to spiral downward.  This man has never served in a war, never put at risk his life, his fortunes and his reputation for freedom’s cause.  He has grown up in a free and prosperous America.  He has served his own political cause, by stepping on the backs of those whom he would later discard once they had served his purpose. Just ask some who used to be his friends in Illinois.

We live in a country that, because of the sacrifices of those who went before, has gained great privileges in life.  We have food, clothing and lots of things.  We are definitely a bit (or a lot) spoiled compared to the rest of the world.  We have luxury and ease.  I have not fought in a national war of any kind, first, because there was none.  But there is a lot to be said of a character forged in adversity and hardship.  And we may most certainly get the chance to encounter adversity and hardship again  if our current president has his way.  The things he is doing now have all been tried before….and they have failed and caused more economic calamity.  Where is wisdom that learns from past experiments?  George Santayana said, “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” But if true American history has been removed from our classrooms, then our younger generations have no true history to forget…it has been “deleted”,  replaced with a more “progressive” version.

Lets get back to basics and the values our nation was founded on.  Let’s teach ourselves and our children anew what the real purpose of America is and what it stands for.  I for one am reading the Constitution, the founding documents,  and other history about the founders.  It has been too long since high school; I have forgotten things. Some will say I am not very “progressive”, but at least I will understand our founding documents and the things that have made our nation the great one that it is.  And let’s “grow” new “wise men”, children who will understand what makes America truly great…character, values, hard work, and respect for others. Sacrificial blood has been spilled  for preserving freedom,  values,  and this country; let us not allow it to be spilled in vain.