Government never works well in practice. The only incentive that elected government employees have is to steal as much as possible from the few in order to provide free goodies to favored majorities or those that keep them in power. Every politician uses words like freedom, prosperity, and justice; but their actions create theft, poverty, and dependence.
The letter below was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post on December 20, 2003.
The recent catch-all spending bill passed by the U. S. House of Representatives contains the following give-a-ways!!!!
- $1.8 million for the Appalachian fruit laboratory in Kearneysville, W.Va.
- $2 million for The First Tee Program in St. Augustine, Fla., to help young people learn to play golf.
- $447,000 for a halibut data collection program in Alaska.
- $270,000 for potato storage in Madison, Wis.
- $325,000 for the construction of a swimming pool in Salinas, Calif.
- $500,000 for the Pete Suazo Business Center to purchase additional building space.
- $250,000 for something called the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Wash.
- $50 million sought by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa to complete a $200 million indoor exhibit about the rain forest. Mr. Grassley first tried to stick this into the energy bill but was blocked from doing so.
- $12.4 million to convert waste from chicken-processing factories in Missouri.
- $6,000 for the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, N.Y.
- $400,000 for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville and for a replica of a mule barn in LaSalle, Ill
Evidently, Congress has unlimited power and authority to confiscate our money and to do any thing they please. If this is GOOD GOVERNMENT, I’ll eat my hat.