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Entitlement will destroy freedom

Out on a LimbRoss L. TalbottGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In our jobs, our business and our lives, we quickly learn that actions have consequences. Actions that come out good we refer to as results, but negative outcomes are consequences. If we survive a negative outcome, we learn something and hopefully change our actions. When I got my first car my dad said, “I hope your first wreck doesn’t kill you.” He knew that no matter how good my skills and timing, I lacked the good judgment that usually only comes with experience. Well, it didn’t and I did.In today’s society, we are moving rapidly toward the concept of entitlement, which is not democracy and freedom, but some sort of socialism.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that our God-given rights are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” There are two key words here. The first is “independence.” Entitlement is dependence, and dependence is not freedom. The second key word here is “pursuit.” The Declaration does not say we are entitled to happiness or prosperity or anything else. Freedom is the opportunity to pursue the opportunities, free from tyrannical control of our lives and resources by an oppressive government.If an illegal immigrant comes to America, many believe they are entitled to free education, health care, college enrollment, driver’s licenses and a host of things they have not earned and have no legal right to.If they come in legally, they should be given the freedom to “pursue” all of these things.There are many other areas where the liberal, heart-centered people promote universal health care and other benefits. We levy burdensome taxes so that we can promote socialism.The concept of taxing the rich and giving it to the poor (or lazy or addicted) is counterproductive. When 50 to 70 percent of the cost of a retail item is taxes added by the manufacturer, shipper, advertiser, retailer, etc., who ultimately pays the tax? The person that buys it off the shelf and then pays sales tax on all those taxes is the one who ultimately pays it all.

If you raise the landlord’s taxes, guess what happens? The rent goes up. You raise the oil company’s taxes, guess what? The cost of gas goes up.Another big effect of taxing business is it drives jobs out of the country. Our money and jobs are going to China, India and a lot of other places.Doesn’t it seem logical that we need to raise taxes to give welfare to all those who lost their jobs due to overtaxation? (He said sarcastically.)The whole concept of “entitlement” is a black hole with an incredible sucking force that will destroy America and freedom as we know it.Any process of government that drives up the cost of housing and necessary retail products is throwing a burden on the common people, and should be done with great restraint. We have slipped into a culture where both mother and father must have jobs and cars. This comes at great cost to the family structure and family relationships. The children are the ones who really get short-changed. At the same time, this government is claiming to care about people’s difficult situations.



The whole concept of freedom runs totally counter to the concept of entitlement. Freedom comes with responsibility and opportunity. Entitlement comes with servitude and control.John D. Rockefeller said, “I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”Thomas Jefferson said, “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”Give me freedom and the right to pursue, and I’ll risk the consequences.Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.


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