I must take issue with your Feb. 14 editorial “Gov’t must be there for us.” There are too many conclusions here that are just flat out wrong.
First, you praise the president’s comment at the State of the Union speech when he said “We can’t just cut our way to prosperity.” I would suggest that Barack Obama is the last person we should be asking for directions on how to get to prosperity. We are suffocating under unprecedented deficits and national debt. Government spending is higher than at any time since World War II. Obama called this “stimulus.” What exactly has been stimulated? Economic growth is on life support at less than 1.5 percent, job creation is stuck in neutral, more than 12 million Americans have simply stopped looking for work, and all Obama can offer is a laundry list of who’s to blame, other than his own policies. The president is clueless on how to get to prosperity. If he knew, we’d be there by now.
You then make the absurd comment that “Obama’s approach recognizes that government cannot solve all problems.” That’s precisely the problem. He does not believe that. Obama and his party want an ever growing, ever more intrusive, ever more expensive government that dictates and micro-manages Americans’ lives from cradle to grave. What do you think Obamacare is all about? A panel of unelected presidential appointees will decide what and how much medical care we’re all entitled to.
Your most ridiculous point is where you set up the false choice between getting the streets plowed and tax rates that are now consuming 25 percent of our national wealth. I’m supposed to sit around and say, “Oh well, I want trash collection and police protection, so I guess the price is confiscatory taxes.” We can get the streets plowed, and flood insurance and other appropriate functions of government without a giant beauracracy that blasts through $180 million an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.