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Government intrusion has gone too far

Out On A Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Some years back we farmed or ran our business or went to work, and the issue of government was in the background. We trusted those to whom we had given authority to protect us, build and maintain roads, and handle relations with other countries.

If we needed to build a house or barn we just went to the local sawmill, bought the lumber and went to work. If we decided to raise chickens and sell eggs, we built chicken houses, bought feed and processed the eggs. We dealt directly with the grocery stores and delivered on schedule.

When you bought your first hunting license, they assumed you could figure out the use of a gun on your own and didn’t need to take a class.



Schools were run by the parents. We bought playground equipment, built fences and even the schoolhouses. Parents hired the principal and had oversight of all operations.

As new generations have arisen, they have totally lost the concept of self-reliance, innovation, personal responsibility and consequences. We have developed governmental agencies in all areas of our lives to tell us what to do or not do and to protect us from the consequences of our own actions.



For instance, in education, we went from parental oversight to districts, to state boards of education to the U.S. Department of Education.

When was the last time you reviewed a text book? Did you ever get the opportunity to review the budget? You pay the taxes even if you never have kids in school. You have little or no say over what is taught. They even hand down mandates on sex education and lunch programs from the state and federal level.

What is “no child left behind”? Why is the dropout rate so high? Why are taxes so high and getting higher?

Schools are just one example of government intrusion into every facet of our lives. If you are in business, you constantly struggle with regulations.

For instance, a local fruit grower with about 80 acres had two government inspectors show up and spend four days inspecting his employee housing. That’s 64 hours of government employee time that we taxpayers paid for, not to mention their food, lodging and travel expenses.

Personally, I’m not interested in how that guy runs his farm. He can live with the results or consequences of his own actions.

Remember when Paul Harvey had a radio program called “The Rest of the Story”? Some 10 or 15 years back he announced on his program that government employees constituted 50 percent of the work force.

That percent has significantly increased since that time. Government intrusion into all aspects of our lives does not create wealth, but only sucks it up like a giant vacuum cleaner.

Don’t you think that when some authority is forcing you to fasten your seat belt or mandating what light bulb you buy, that we’ve gone a little too far?

Are you convinced that you are too stupid to do anything on your own?

Government regulatory practices have driven thousands of wealth-producing businesses and the jobs they generate overseas.

Overregulation has driven up the cost of everything you buy and taxes and permits reduce your ability to prosper.

Will the incredible government debt be the ruination of this once great country?

Meditate on this quotation from George Washington: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.


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