We have an important election coming up. It is, perhaps, the most important election in our lifetimes.
It is vital that we educate ourselves on the politics of the day. No, not from the views expressed on the evening news, or sound bites carefully extracted from their context.
We must, instead, find the truth -- from carefully researched writings, those having extensive footnotes to indicate sources that can be independently checked for accuracy.
Here are a few sources I have read that give us the straight story:
- Crimes Against Liberty -- Covers the period up to mid-2010.
- The Great Destroyer -- Covers the period between mid-2010 and early-2012.
- The Roots of Obama's Rage
- Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America
- 2016: Obama's America (movie)
Here is a start, with a few sobering facts about the state of affairs in our country:
The shortfall between spending and revenue (or income, in common terms) means that the government must borrow money from the rest of the world. This puts us in a position of their controlling us as their debtors. ...and saddling future generations with crushing tax burdens.
Look, for example, what out-of-control spending on social programs is doing to national defense:
We are making it easier for worldwide despots to attack us. Remember that one of the only things the federal government is supposed to do is provide for our defense. So our politicians are shirking that important duty. After all, it won't matter much whether entitlements continue if we are taken over by some hostile country or terrorist group.
Look at unemployment. That red line on the chart below is where unemployment is now: The blue lines beneath it are the unemployment rates the Whitehouse said they would be with and without the huge expenditure of our tax dollars for the stimulus programs. Not working so well, is it?:
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For contrast, look at the unemployment rate back in 2007. It was only four and a half percent -- about half what it is today!!
The actual unemployment rate, after government having spent trillions of our taxes, remains obscenely high, while government spending, regulation, and the uncertainty of the future are killing job growth.
We are at a crossroads where we can turn one way and begin to restore our freedoms and prosperity...or the other that will destroy our freedom, our country, our very way of life.
The Senate and Presidency are the most important to turn over. Look for the word Republican adjacent to the name on the ballot. That is the one to go for to get real hope and change for the better in the future.
Educate yourself before you vote. You will be doing the patriotic thing.
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