The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 7, 2013

Restore constitutional government

Except for people who live off of taxes which provide welfare and other government handouts, tax is a nasty word. However, some taxes of which I have no regret are very necessary to help the poor, as Christ said, "We will always have the poor with us."

The free enterprise system is essential to the great American freedom and prosperity which we are fortunate to enjoy. Our higher education authorities need to teach that the U.S. Constitution is the greatest document of liberty ever written, and is responsible for America becoming the freest, most prosperous nation in history.

More taxes bring more socialism which brings more government power and control which inhibits free enterprise. With lower taxes there is less socialism, promoting less government control which enhances free enterprise.

One reason our great country is in trouble is that our government no longer follows the Constitution, even though every president and every member of congress takes an oath to defend the Constitution as the law of the land.

We Americans need to understand that liberty cannot survive in our great country as long as our government continues to ignore the principles of individual liberty and limited government that are clearly apparent in our Constitution.

We are approaching $17 trillion in national debt. This means every baby today born in the United States owes $54,000 on the national debt. If all our entitlement and other obligations are taken into consideration, I've heard and read the debt is more like $200-300 trillion. I for one agree that saddling our children, grandchildren and future generations with this kind of debt is outrageous.

Making matters worse, we Americans are about to be burdened by a 2,700 page Obamacare law that reportedly will require 159 new government agencies to administrate this law; hiring as many as 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce this law; and imposing 20 new taxes and tax increases to pay for this law. I use this as an example of how our government (regardless of political party) has for many years abused the taxpayer. The use of the executive, the legislative and the judicial system of our Constitution is being ignored.

Somehow we taxpayers need to restore constitutional government in America by educating a new generation of leaders who have good character and integrity, who know America's history, and who can and will defend the principles of liberty and limited government.

Bill Harvey, Lewisburg

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