Today our freedom is dissolving away as quickly as a block of ice does on a hot day. When President Obama took office in 2009 our nation’s index was listed as 6th. Our country is the only nation to have recorded a loss for seven years straight. Would you fight to regain the freedom lost like those in the Ukraine or shed your blood like them or as our forefathers did?
WHAT IS MEANT BY ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX?
We suffered a loss in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending. The areas of finance and healthy care have eroded our freedom. We didn’t vote on Obama Care, but the Democrats pushed through this national health care system without even reading the blasted thing. Would it become the law of the land if we had the opportunity to read it and vote on it? I don’t know, but I think anything affecting us to the extent this law does should have been voted on. Also, the growth of the government and increased cronyisms has undermined the rule of the law and the perception of fairness.
Between 2001 and 2013 federal outlays jumped from $1.86 trillion to $3.80 trillion an increase of 104% or about 8% per year.
Federal Government spends now 23% of GDP.
As the government increases in size so does dependency on the government increase. Today, there are 21.8% dependent on the government according to the Heritage Foundation.
Ronald Regan stated, “There is a threat posed to human freedom by the enormous power of the modern state,” he said in 1982. “History teaches the dangers of government that overreaches: political control taking precedence over free economic growth, secret police, mindless bureaucracy, all combining to stifle individual excellence and personal.”
Because of the Affordable Care Act, the government is going to reduce Medicare Advantage in 2015 in which millions of the aged belong to. According to Avalere Health, a Washington-based health policy firm estimates that at least 13% of the plans will be eliminated as a result of the cuts.
Prior to this, Obama stole $716 billion from Medicare. This is the reason for the so called Death Panel. Since the end of 2013, no one over the age of 75 and who is dependent on Medicare will be able to receive stint surgeries or bypass surgeries. Besides, if an emergency arises after hospital hours and on the weekend and the board can’t be notified; those people in this age bracket will either suffer or die before consent is obtained.
Here are some other contributing factors to the erosion of our freedom. Believe it or not, China’s unions are strong and so is Russia’s union siding with the government whenever its workers face a conflict. One example of unions in our country at work is the workers of the Volkswagen company denied UAW access into their company. Yet, the UAW because it was refused into a foreign, owned automobile manufacturing company is taking Volkswagon to court. I believe unions undermine pride in one’s work-the backbone of this country. The few times I worked with union laborers, I noticed a pathetic lack of care. To me their attitude consisted of “I can’t be fired.” Consequently, everyone who worked with them and received their slovenly work suffered. They undermine freedom in our country of the american worker.
Today, the workers in Detroit who made large sums of money suffer from not having a paycheck. Whereas, the workers in Mexico reap the benefit and so does the company, A win-win for both the employee and the employer. Long ago, my dad spoke against unions and stated they had seen their day and served their purpose. I agree with him.
Have also played a role in the decrease of our freedom. Today, farmers no longer can grow food because of their land becoming zoned as an environmental free zone. The rise of beef and food products are the results of environmentalists. Our taxes on gas are supposed to help with green energy. Baa humbug! Osama’s attempt to fund green energy is a wash. Besides this China which is the world’s greatest contributor to ozone pollution displays no desire to slow down.
On top of this semi truckers are facing and the small companies are facing great expenses to meet the demands of the federal government.
To me, this does not sound like a democratic country. A government with all its regulations and laws squeaks and stinks like it is a Socialistic company.
Here is the list of countries that have a freer Freedom index than we do.
The Most Free
1. Hong Kong
5. New Zealand
Estonia is No. 11, just ahead of the United States, and Bahrain is No. 13, just behind us. (Bahrain’s relatively high rank among the 178 nations in the Index reinforces that it measures economic freedom.)
The problem I see with all of this is none one of us have ever stood up and said, “Enough!” We’ve allowed for public officials to yap away and about their indignation of what Obama or the democrats have done, but no action has occurred. There’s an old clique, “Birds of a feather fly together.
Can we take America back out of the hands of people with either evil intent or desire to pad their pockets as our nations falters? Is it too late? I don’t know? What do you think?
Please remember God is in control. We can pray for this country to return to the land our forefathers envisioned and not the Socialistic country so many politicians strive to mold our country into becoming. Who is greater? God is.
Remember Jesus saves and because He died on the cross, we have salvation. This is all of us. No sin is greater than the other one. He died and rose again. He lives and wishes to take an active role in our lives. Remember John 3:16.
God Bless you all. sle