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The Vote 2010

Steve —  11.2.2010 — Leave a comment

I had a great experience this year voting. Mainly because I didn’t have to wait AT ALL and I felt prepared. There was one thing that made me pause though and those were the amendments to the State Constitution.

Issue 1 would provide that Arkansas citizens “have a right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife subject to regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management.”

Issue 2 would effect interest limits and issuance of government bonds for energy-efficiency projects.

Issue 3 would lower the threshold for issuing state bonds to attract major industries.

I voted against all three.

Issue 1 formalized a right to harvest wildlife in accordance with government regulations and when you give the power to someone to grant a right formally, you conversely give them the power to take it away. Additionally, this gave oversight into how that right could be exercised.

Issue 2 &3 had language in them that seemed give greater amount of control to the government to spend more taxpayer money to advance certain agendas that I simply don’t believe are worthy investments. Again, giving more control to the government is dangerous when you can clearly see it is intended to advance agendas.

I also gave pause when voting for Governor. I’m a Conservative and typically vote Republican, but I’ve liked the level-headed approach Beebe has taken to his role as our state’s leader; however, in the end, he is still a Democrat and with that come some fundamental differences in philosophical approach. I voted for Keet, but don’t expect him to win because of Beebe’s popularity.

One document that really helped me was the Arkansas voter guide put out by Family Council (http://www.arkansasvotersguide.com/). I had a copy ahead of time, but there was a copy at my polling place that I used to look up candidates in some of the minor races that didn’t indicate a party.

Whatever your affiliation, it is important that you exercise your civic duty to vote. As of the writing of this, there are still 4 hours left until the polls close. Remember, if you don’t vote, you forfeit your right to complain about the outcome. It is literally the only option you have to making sure your voice is heard.

As a continuation of the previous article, I’m compelled to help expose the hidden agenda of liberals – especially those in Washington these days. Whether it is job creation or universal health care or water allocations for the Central Valley of California – the truth isn’t readily apparent.

I’ve been told by a liberal friend that conservatives lack compassion and that is one of the reasons she votes for and supports Democrats. Is compassion bad? Surely not. But the distinction isn’t accurate or fair (and I’ll go into that in another post). On the surface, these federal programs do look to be meeting the needs to people that are hurting the most: the unemployed, the uninsured and the thirsty farmer.

In truth – they rarely accomplish anything that they are touted to do. When Obama and congress decided to pour over $1T into the economy to try to “stimulate” it rather than take a $1T hit on tax revenues by way of tax cuts, the result hasn’t been recovery, just more debt. Where has the stimulus been seen? GM is still in the tank, Wall Street is more unstable than ever and unemployment is still double-digits.

Ask any conservative what the biggest difference between liberals and conservatives is and you’ll hear a very common answer: conservatives desire less government and more personal responsibility. Why? Because there is a fundamental belief that the free-market, capitalist society in America will auto-correct anything that gets askew. Competition spurs innovation, which produces better products/services for less money.

Big government squelches competition because it takes away the accountability needed to keep the players honest and trades it for “stability” and broader access to privileges that have been turned into rights somewhere along the way.

Here’s the progression that liberals are working toward:

  • Big government produces services at no or little cost to the consumer
  • This entitlement removes the incentive to be creative and work hard
  • Private sector cannot compete with a government that doesn’t have to play by the same rules
  • The lack of competition has a direct impact on the price of goods/services from the private sector
  • People turn to government for intervention
  • Government obliges and offers a federal option
  • Taxes are increased to pay for it
  • Private sector is forced to cut jobs to meet shareholder expectations due to expanded taxes
  • Dependence on the government increases for more and more unemployed
  • Government programs grow to meet the need
  • Personal freedom is removed for the sake of the greater need
  • Taxes are raised
  • and so on…

That’s not the way this country is supposed to work. Here’s how it should work:

  • Private sector produces services at a fair market price
  • Innovation allows company A to offer same services at a lower price
  • Rest of market responds either with better services or still lower price
  • Consumer reaps the benefit of the battle for market share

Or

  • Private sector produces services at a fair market price
  • Company A decides to try to make more money by raising their price
  • Consumers respond by taking business to Company B
  • Company B is allowed to use additional revenue to offer better and better services – either by increased features or by lower price
  • Company A has to respond by adjusting price or adding features
  • Consumers decide who has the best value

You see – in a pure free-market economy, the consumer dictates the rules of the game. For the most part, we don’t have a pure free-market in core services because liberals have seen fit to create crutch programs that looked good on the short, but never took into consideration the effect on the long. And intervention is on the rise and threatens to undo the very thing that makes this country great – reward for hard work, innovation and creativity.

“But Steve, nobody would want something so devastatingly bad – right?” Wrong. If you give a man a fish rather than incent him to learn to fish, you have control over the man because of his dependence. He eventually can’t imagine a world without his daily fish and that is called job security for the fish vendor.

Yes, it comes down to simple security. Liberals want it through making people dependent on their programs, while conservatives want it based on the merit of their ideas and hard work. So, whether you are talking about health care reform or stimulus money, the goal of the current administration and democratic congress is to make us more dependent on the federal government and they will not let anyone or anything – including the Constitution of these United States – stand in their way.

Have you ever heard that if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll immediately jump out, but if you put him in the water and then turn the heat on, he’ll stay and literally be cooked alive? It’s time we realize we are the frog and the liberals have been turning up the heat for decades now – it is up to us to change the menu to something other than frog soup. Get involved and call your elected officials and the next time we get a chance to vote, may we look deeper than a catchy campaign slogan and feel-good promises.

Remember, it is more compassionate to teach a man to fish than to make him dependent on anyone or anything.