to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Could we all get serious, please?
We can all be thankful that there is a great deal of talk among our
people today about the sovereignty of the states as guaranteed under the
10th Amendment in our Bill of Rights. With an ever-more-brazen federal
government literally running away with the store, this popular stand has
come none too soon. Beware, however: There's a dangerous catch.
It is double-minded for a state to claim sovereignty and independence
yet petition for, and/or hold out its hand to receive, federal assistance
in any form. It is bad enough that a large percentage of Americans
are now dependent upon a federally-funded retirement program called Social
Security. But at least in this case, most participants first paid in, in
order to now receive back. Government entitlement programs, on the
other hand - - yes, including those ubiquitous "grants" - - are no
such animal. Rather, they are Marxist/Communist "redistribution of
wealth" in action, pure and simple. We of the states can't have it
both ways, but instead must choose: Either we make our own way in Freedom,
or we grovel as chattel at the public feeding trough.
Sometimes we hear it said (as I did recently at a meeting where county
officials discussed federal funds available to subsidize a local improvement
project): "Well, the money is there; if we don't take it, somebody else
will." I dare say that, in the honorable, independent-minded spirit
of the Founders of this Republic, that's hardly the right consideration.
Instead let us ask: Is it Constitutional? Is it just, is it right?
Carol J. Asher
Letter to the Editor
I have decided to run against my old Buddy Butch for Governor. I feel
that Butch has become disconnected and arrogant. I plan to visit all 44
counties before the election on May 25, 2010 and talk with as many folks
in small towns as I can. To even the playing field, I will be using The
Internet and other technology against Butch. This campaign will be done
on a shoestring. I plan to spend only 100,000 Bucks American total for
both the primary and the general election. My web page is:
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