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Shouldn’t government serve the people?

Ross Talbott

Dear Editor,

I attended a political dinner the other evening, and one of the featured speakers, who was a state-level official, concluded his remarks by thanking us all for serving our leadership so well. I sat in stunned silence the rest of the evening trying to understand how we had come to the point that our leadership assumes that we are serving them, rather than elected officials being public servants.

When the Declaration of Independence refers to government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” I believed it. Now we have people of the government, by the government and for the government.

Almost every move you make now is taxed, regulated, licensed, inspected and permitted. Over half of the entire workforce works for some branch of government.

Figure this: The economy slows, the government revenue drops, so they increase taxes, permits and fees, which further depresses the economy, which decreases government revenue, so they increase fees, taxes and permits, which …!

I don’t get it. What happened to the America I grew up in? What happened to personal responsibility? What happened to freedom?

Ross Talbott

New Castle


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