by Dave Miller
“This debt is immoral because we’re stealing opportunities. It’s so unfair what we’re going to hand to our children and our grandchildren,” Sarah Palin said. “To me, it’s generational theft.”
Last night my wife and I, along with group of friends had the privilege of hearing Sarah Palin speak at the Friends of the Family banquet in Hershey. The Pennsylvania Family Institute puts on this banquet every year as a fund raiser. 1100 people attended the fundraiser which had some smacking good food in addition to the engaging speaker. Filet mignon and crab cakes as the meat. Need I say more?
Fox News on the scene catches my wife and I in the crowd at :57 into the clip
Okay back to Sara Palin, she hit hard on the subject of family and its ability to strengthen America. “Faith must be welcomed in the public square and be given room to flourish,” she said. “Only then can we become the society that we aspire to and that we are destined to be.” Again and again she talked of strong family values rebuilding the foundation.
I started to look for ways strong family values could build up America economically. When I stopped to think, the opportunities were endless. Strong family values revolve around honest and hard work. If we return to an honest, hardworking nation we will flourish. If you take today’s economic condition and bring an honest, hardworking person into the picture, the results would be for good.
We will take this an example a little farther and create a small scale hypothetical economy.
This economy consists of 10 people, 8 of whom have jobs. So 20% are unemployed (which is close to the real national rate).
These two unemployed people, Fred and Tom, are lazy folks that have given up the hope of employment. Fred and Tom envy their neighbors and refuse to talk to them. They sit around drinking beer they cannot afford, complaining of pleasures absent in their lives. They live a lackadaisical unmotivated life. But they are doing okay, their governor steals beer money for them from the other eight employed.
One night Fred, while drunk, has an unfortunate encounter with the front end of a Mack truck. Yes, he died.
Now we could change the percentages and say the unemployment rate has turned for the good. But we won’t. So enter Joe.
Joe was a plumber but has been out of work for weeks. He is an honest, hard working individual that is happily loves life and enjoys the people around him. Joe has a choice, as we all do – he can maintain his integrity or he can sit around drinking beer. Being raised in a family that taught him values and uprightness, he chooses honor. He spends the first week repairing the plumbing at his house. The next week he works on other things on the property. Soon his home is the nicest on the block. He has the neighbors stopping by to admire his handiwork. Being the nice guy he is he starts helping the neighbors with their work, in return for his kindness and hard work he receives parcels of food and other items of usefulness. They do not pay him, he is still unemployed.
The governor now only needs to steal enough beer money for Tom. Luckily he is honest and restrains himself from stealing the same amount as before. Now the people have more money and can afford to spend more in this economy. This creates the need for another job. Guess who gets hired; Joe the honest respectable hard worker or Tom the other unemployed lazy beer drinker? Yep, Joe gets hired.
One honest, hard working individual makes life more pleasant for the people around him and in turn they are all more apt to thrive.
So, Yes I do believe that honest, hardworking people can reclaim this country.
Maybe if the governor stopped rewarding the drunk for drinking he (the drunk) would turn from his idle ways and start being honest and hard working, since he saw that being rewarded.
Maybe, just maybe it would make a difference. Come on, of course it would. I say we start rewarding the people worthy of it and stop rewarding the people not.
This is something that would not only improve our current situation but pass on to our children, the next generation. Are we building up our children or are we stealing from them?
This brings me back to Sarah Palin.
In a Q&A session after the speech she was asked a paradoxical question. Knowing that she stands for limiting and reducing government intervention, the moderator asked her, what is the single most important legislation or action our government could facilitate. Palin’s response was that it would be just that, reduce the size and power of the government.
Amen I says, Amen. I’ll drink to that.