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Fears tyranny of majority

May 1, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Apparently, according to some, I am an extremist because of my views regarding government.

I consider it extreme, even shameful, for the so-called adults in a society to treat their children like Greek citizens by irresponsibly borrowing to fund the profligate excesses of their lives.

Some expect government to solve problems. I recognize that Washington is often the problem. Look no further than the massive meddling in the marketplace, under the humorous guise of cost containment, which has resulted in meteoric inflation in college tuition and health care costs (areas in which more than half of the market is funded, aye controlled, by government and the two most inflationary sectors of this century - coincidence?).

I fear the tyranny of the majority, and choose to eschew classless class warfare. Redistributionists hail the Buffet rule, because taking from the minority is much easier than that silly notion of taking responsibility for your own life. What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine; as long as the taking is done honorably under the facade of "fairness."

Contrary to current policy, many charitable people, me included, do not want to pay for their delinquent neighbors' mortgage or aid them in the purchase of a Volt.

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What is more extreme, for the powers-that-be to force all workers to join a club or to give them a choice as to whether they want to join, and fund, a union?

In a nation that despises oil companies it is often, and wrongly, considered folly to question those who flush massive amounts of green (again, borrowed from the kids) down the green energy, presumably composting, toilet.

I don't consider Exxon, Boeing (S. Carolina), AT&T (T-Mobile), the Supreme Court, bankers, speculators, or the former Apple (DOJ lawsuit) of our eye, etc. to be enemies. We have met the enemy and he is us; our over-inflated bureaucracy succinctly symbolized by GSA junkets featuring balloons (hot air anyone?) and clowns.

Finally, I believe that every edict passed by our visionless leaders should cite the specific portion of the Constitution that enumerates their authority to inflict more pain on the people.

What could possibly be wrong with that?

If choosing self-determination over centralizing power in the hands of 536 inept people in D.C is extreme, then call me an extremist. I will wear it as a badge of honor.

MARK JALKANEN

Dodgeville

 
 

 

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