The legitimate object of government

vote_imageThe legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves—in their separate, and individual capacities.–A. Lincoln

The focus should be on reforms (cuts) that do not affect those who currently receive or will soon be receiving benefits, but those who are a generation out.–Tom Reed

We need somebody who’s ready to stand up for Social Security and Medicare, the right to retire with dignity.–Martha Robertson

Hands off Social SecurityI want to quote Tom Reed on Social Security, but he has been coy, seldom committing his views to writing. At townhall meetings, not so often recently, he has been more forthright, saying that benefits must be cut to save Social Security for future generations. The Evening Tribune article cited below is a good example of Reed’s evasiveness. We read:

“Pretty much the consensus has come clear” on Social Security going bankrupt, Reed said.

This is vague. Tom may mean to say that Social Security benefits will eventually exceed revenue if nothing is done.  Tom doesn’t mention a solution in the Evening Tribune article, other than suggesting that those on disability be encouraged to return to work, but has suggested on other occasions that benefits must be cut for future retirees. No wonder seniors, who don’t want reduced benefits for their children are concerned.

In an NewsfromTown article on an April 5 townhall meeting in Baldwin, we read:

Reed talked briefly about Social Security, asking if anyone knew when Social Security was due to go bankrupt. Chris Sherwood spoke up and said, “About the time I’ll be able to retire.” The congressman replied, “Then you will be retiring next year.” and went on to point out that in 12-16 months the Social Security program could go bankrupt yet there is no real plan to deal with the issue. He said the current way of looking at things is the plan to shift money from one account to the other, which is simply “robbing Peter to pay Paul”. 

Again an irresponsible reference to bankruptcy without a hint of support for a responsible solution. Reed claims that working with No Labels he seeks to  “secure Medicare and Social Security for at least 75 years,” but how, NY-23 asks?

© William Hungerford – September 2014;view=fulltext


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54 Responses to The legitimate object of government

  1. BOB McGILL says:

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  2. josephurban says:

    Yes, Bob, I do remember the 1980s. And the ONLY people (not “everybody” ) who thought moving jobs overseas was a good idea were the CEOs. Labor fought against it. I remember the Supply-side economics theory of Reagan (well, actually it was Reagan’s handlers). You know. Give tax breaks to the wealthy. They would create good jobs with that excess wealth. All Americans would get good jobs. “The rising tide raises all boats”…uh….whatever happened to that theory ? Tax breaks to the wealthy. They took the money and invested overseas (with US government help). Created jobs in Asia. Undercut wages here at home. All with tax dollars supplied by working taxpayers. Left the American worker with stagnant wages and a declining economy. Yep, I remember the 1980s. Reaganomics was a great time for the upper 10%…a disaster for working Americans.


  3. BOB McGILL says:

    I remember a company that did a very good job of training their employees. Then they realized that the best employees were leaving and finding better paying jobs. Now their policy is to train employees just enough to get the job done. Government realizes we need people at the bottom of the economic scale to do the dirty work. If everyone was educated to be a CEO there would be nobody to do the work. Now you want to raise everyone up to a certian level by bringing down the successful without anyone having to earn it. The do gooders have made it so you don’t have to work your way out of poverty, just let somebody else do it for you. It’s not going to work.


  4. josephurban says:

    Having looked at Common Core I have no idea why anyone would suggest it is “dumbing down” of our educational system. From what I have seen it is the opposite. It encourages critical thinking and critical reading and analysis. If anything, it might be pushing kids too fast in terms of their intellectual development. It does not focus on rote memorization, but rather interpreting data. These are higher level thinking skills. I would suggest that it may be a good idea to look at the actual Common Core requirements rather than the interpretations of others. Here is a link:

    I would keep in mind that like any curriculum, it is the teachers who in the end are responsible for teaching. I see nothing in the common core standards, properly applied, that prevents good teaching.That said, often school administrators get in the way of good teaching and learning by insisting on regimentation and standardization. Perhaps that is the problem . The application, not the common core idea itself?


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