More Effective, Efficient Government

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Editor:

First, let me tell you that I am a Democrat. That said, I like to describe myself as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I am not for smaller government, but for more effective, efficient government. I think that most government is necessary and that we would be a very different country if we were to accept the smaller government argument.

More efficient government would be building more infrastructure like roads, schools, inspecting more food, providing more parks, etc. and providing necessary services to the citizens who really need it.

I am also a Christian in the true sense of the word, trying to follow Christ’s example and the Bible. Republicans seem to insinuate that they alone are the Christian party, and Democrats are godless.

So, what would Christ really do when confronted with homeless, hungry and medically needy citizens?

Would he be voting to cut food stamps? Would he be cutting welfare? Would he have voted over 40 times to repeal medical assistance to those without medical insurance?

It is time that each American citizen take time to decide what they want from their government and to decide how to pay for it.

It is time to realize how wonderfully well off they are and to stop the greedy pleadings for less taxes!

It is time to say — there but for the grace of God go I.

It is time to quit grumbling and to help our neighbors.

Our country also needs to stop the greed. We need to focus on what capitalism really is. Is it too big to fail companies like big companies, big banks and hedge funds who use corporate welfare to supplement their workers’ wages and profits with government welfare and Medicaid? Or is it companies owned and operated by our neighbors who will put the revenues back into our communities and pay their staff a living wage?

As you watch the news, ask yourself what kind of country do you really want — one driven by greed and corporate corruption or one run by and for its citizens?

I have struggled with issues like anti-trust laws. Remember when they broke up big companies like Ma Bell to make sure there was real competition? Remember when there was the fairness doctrine in radio broadcasts that attempted to present both sides? Remember when local radio and television was local? Remember when nobody could monopolize the media in various markets so that we were able to hear various views and decide for ourselves?

If you don’t like the direction of this country — then get involved and change it!

Gene Verhulst

Comments

Donald Cline 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. Verhulst, you didn't need to tell me you are a Democrat; I picked that almost immediately -- in fact, about the time you said "I am not for smaller government, ... " and then thought you were being consistent when you followed that with the claim that you believe in more effective, efficient government.

Newsflash, Mr. Verhulst: More effective, efficient government is more oppressive, tyrannical government. Hitler's regime was very effective, and very efficient. Stalin's regime was very effective, and very efficient.

OTOH, maybe you WERE being consistent: Both of those regimes were huge in their control of the people and the pursuit and murder of their opponents and those merely thought to be their opponents.

Oh, by the way: You ask, "So, what would Christ really do when confronted with homeless, hungry and medically needy citizens?" Answer: He helped them. He DID NOT, as you are doing, advocate government point a gun at everyone's head and order them to help the less fortunate in a cheap ploy to get their votes in the next election.

Who the hell are you to invoke Christ's name in support of robbery and government tyranny, Mr. Verhulst? Is that who you think Christ is?

You think you sound so charitable, but you are just another charlatan taking Christ's name in vain in support of robbery by a bunch of Marxist thugs. If you are a fiscal conservative, stop trying to rob citizens blind to make you look like a false Christ. We'll do charity according to our lights, Mr. Verhulst; not yours. And we will support the federal government doing what it is delegated the authority by the Constitution to do, and nothing else.

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Ronald Hamric 10 months, 2 weeks ago

“I heartily accept the motto, — ‘That government is best which governs least.’” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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H. Wm. Rhea III 10 months, 1 week ago

Gene,

Christ fed 5,000 people on his own and He didn't use the Roman gov't to do it.

Christ healed people on his own and He didn't use the Roman gov't health care system to do it.

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Pat Randall 10 months, 1 week ago

Someone finally did it, made me speechless. Congratulations Mr. Verhulst.

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