Dependence or independence?
Posted on Tuesday, October 09th 2012 at 09:55 am
Did you see the riots in Greece upon the arrival of Chancellor Merkel of Germany? There were 50,000 people rioting because Germany and the leaders of the EU are requiring austerity measures in exchange for bailing out Greece. Greece's problem is that the people have become completely dependent on the government from cradle to grave. The government can no longer meet these obligations because they aren't sustainable. What they fail to see (we aren't far behind) is that they are the government and responsible. There aren't enough "rich" people to carry the burden in their own country so they are mad at the Chancellor for requiring financial responsibility. They are like spoiled children without regard to what their parents have to sacrifice to give them the lifestyle they enjoy. This will happen in America if we continue to follow the lead of Europe.
America was built on rugged individualism, personal responsibility and free enterprise. When my ancestors came from Europe they had a dream of freedom and opportunity. They homesteaded 200 acres of land in Minnesota and they prospered according to their abilities. Some of them never grew beyond a small family farm; others expanded their farms by buying up land around them. My grandfather left the farm and started a fuel trucking business supplying the farmers. My Uncle was a teller at the local bank and bought the bank with a loan from my grandfather and other relatives. His business skill and winning personality made him very successful and his investment expertise made him rich. Free enterprise doesn't make us all equal, it gives all equal opportunity. Once we give up our independence for government dependence we will cease to be free.