to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
No. 56 5/16/2016
Clearly, the struggle today in economics is between the far left liberal
socialist, wanting action from national governments and banks when problems
arise, and the opposing claim of the free enterprise person who has more
trust in and who relies more on the individual and the combined efforts
of individuals operating in a climate of freedom.
Some observations here are quite easy to prove:
1)That our United States, in its early history, obviously fitted best
the free enterprise category. Historians generally agree that the first
Europeans who came here came in search of religious, economic, and
political freedom. And once here, they proceeded on their own to build
a civilization which became the envy of the entire world!!
2)That those first settlers eventually drafted a government based on
a Declaration of Independence which placed importance on a Creator God,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...",
and a Constitution which set up a national government with very limited
powers. Article I, Section 8 lists roughly only 18 powers that the federal
government can exercise, then quickly in Amendment 10 adds: "The powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the states, are RESERVED to THE STATES respectively, or to the
3)That a study of our last 250 years shows a slow growth in the willingness
of we the people here to slowly increase our trust in government and central
planners to solve problems which arise from time to time. In other words,
So what do we have today?
1) A government so involved in our daily lives that it has run up a
national debt over $19 trillion dollars, and still growing, expected to
add another $300 to $500 billion in 2016. And a resulting inflation that
nibbles on our purchasing power and threatens to get completely out of
control in the future!
2) Candidates for president that openly call for more "free" benefits
for its citizens, free education, free medical care, free lunches, etc.,
all of which require either additional taxes on the productive citizens,
or more increases in the national debt. More socialism!!
Specifically, what do we see just recently?
1) An order from the Obama administration just last week that all public
schools "must grant transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms
of their chosen gender identity." This involves also a federal lawsuit
against the state of North Carolina which requires students to use the
facilities consistent with their birth gender. (See the Lewiston Tribune,
5/14/2016). Hmm!! Where in the Constitution does this power come from?
2) Salvage logging on the Selway blocked by a decision of a U.S. District
judge. (See the same Tribune). This decision came despite the approval
given earlier for "13,000 acres " of burned over ground involving "34 million
board feet of timber from the fire scar" with "900 local jobs" at risk.
The article goes on to say that "the potential harm to the Wild and Scenic
corridor..., as well as the potential harm to the river system from the
erosion and increased sedimentation, outweighs the hardship caused by the
delayed timber harvest."
All know of course, that delays in harvesting logs in burned areas
causes a loss in their value. And one wonders, where does this power come
from? Not the Constitution!
Examples abound by the dozens, but the point is: actions like these
are unconstitutional! The authority for them is not found there, and thus
represents another loss of freedom!
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