Guest Submission by Gene Brown
I took part in a rather distasteful task this week. A neighboring fire department was disbanded.
To the best of my knowledge this fire department, whose population base is significantly larger than my community, has not responded to any fire or emergency in at least 3 years. I know they did not respond to a fire in my area when they would have been the closest back up department. Moreover, during the raging wild land fire that recently threatened their community, they were unable to protect their own properties.
They do have a very nice building to house their equipment and to sporadically train in. However, before we removed the trucks, most of them needed attention before being driven.
To be sure, the loss of their fire department caused the community to be disappointed, irate, and accusatory. From where I stood, they had only themselves to blame.
Civic apathy is dangerous; however, it seems to be a national malaise.
It didn’t take much for me to draw a parallel to our present-day Debt Ceiling argument going on in Congress.
Allowing career congressmen and senators to uninhibitedly raise the debt ceiling is abject folly!
They will never bring our national spending under control as long as they continue to give themselves permission to borrow more and more money from our grandchildren.
The federal government is still receiving revenue from our shrinking pockets. So, if there is a default it will only be because the Obama Administration has decided to not make interest payments. A default will result from a political decision, not from a lack of money!
The debt problem has been and continues to be the unrestrained spending of reckless politicians who are leading countless Americans into ultimate enslavement.
The question we have to ask ourselves is how apathetic do we intend on being? Do we want to lose everything we stand for and have achieved as a people by sitting around and allowing foolish, irresponsible, and self-aggrandizing wastrels to spend our nation into bankruptcy?
We took a significant step last November with the historic removal from power of the Democrat Party in the House of Representatives and numerous state governments. Unfortunately, the Democrat Party has ceased to be intellectually inspiring and can only maintain a semblance of credibility by procuring political support with subsidies and handouts.
Our Representatives and Senators need to be reined in, and it will take an active citizenry to do that! Congress will take a break this August, and representatives will conduct town hall meetings in their districts. We need to attend these meetings like we did when Obama Care was being discussed, or rather forced upon us.
We need to send emails, mail letters, and make phone calls to let our political servants know we want less spending, not more debt.
Logic dictates that you and I can only earn and give to the government a limited amount of money. We have already reached the point where it will take generations to payoff what we have already spent.
If the legacy we leave our grandchildren is an excruciating debt, and they are contemptuous of our lethargy; we will have only ourselves to blame.
That’s my nickle.