Time to decide
I have always believed that the first and most important responsibility of government is to keep us safe. I have always believed that the second-most important responsibility of government is to do for us what we cannot do alone.
What’s that, you ask?
I answer: Building and maintaining roads, schools and universities, hospitals and medical research facilities, libraries and other repositories of public knowledge, prisons and rehabilitation centers, etc. and funding those institutions of our society upon which we depend, like Social Security, Medicare, and services for the poor.
The government has run a deficit for many, many years; so many, in fact, that now we are facing a deficit that many (if not most) of us believe must be dealt with, and quickly.
Many different schemes have been put forward to deal with this problem; the last time anything substantive was done about it, President Clinton was in office. Under Clinton, the government actually ran a surplus and the deficit declined, but only just a bit. President G.W. Bush ended the Clinton-era tax structure, setting the nation back on course to run “in the red” again.
As I write this, Congress is considering a set of proposals put forward by the one party only, basically because one party is in control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency. Several studies of these tax schemes show that the government will continue to run “in the red” for at least the next ten years.
I say that it is high time for all of us to decide, once and for all, what we want from government and how to pay for it. Congress should sit down like the adults they profess to be and decide what to do about the deficit; how the nation will defend itself; and what things We, The People can expect to receive in the way of resources and services from the government, a government We, The People are in charge of. If that means that taxes go up, taxes will have to go up. The final proposal should be a product of all concerned, not just one party, and should reflect the needs, wants and desires of We, The People. ‘Nuff Said!
Secular logic is contradictory. Since secularists believe humans originated by accident from non-living matter, humans are insignificant. On the other hand, the majority of secularists believe humans are able to influence the earth’s climate so humans must be very significant.