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History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.

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Email to Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
I wrote this email is response to an email I received from Representative Hirono. In this email she extolled the virtues of a house bill that she co-sponsored called the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669). The text of my email is below.

Dear Representative Hirono,

Since when has the government made anything more affordable? In the end, government only makes things more expensive because it takes money from individuals, adds a bureaucratic organization around it, and stifles competition. Can you please explain to me how this is a recipe for affordable? If anything, it's a recipe for making things more expensive. The problem with government getting involved in stuff like this, which by the way seems to be unconstitutional (e.g. Congress shall make laws for the general welfare of the people), is that is targets specific populations for the purpose of buying their votes. I know that you honestly believe that you are doing good for people, but in the end you are only enslaving people to the federal government, when if you really wanted to help people you would quit taking their money and spending it on programs like this.

Liberals like you believe that equality and welfare are prerequisites for freedom, but the truth is that freedom is a prerequisite to equality and welfare. The government should not do for man what man can do for himself first. In the end, the federal government and its reckless spending will be the reason that America loses its strength in the world. A nation is only as strong as its people's ability to take personal responsibility for their own lives and actions. The government produces nothing, but only sucks the life out of the people and businesses. Be a part of the solution, not the problem that pervades America today. That problem is the size of the federal government and the inherent entitlement to things that aren't rights among those people who believe that life, government, and fellow citizens owe them something. I, for one, want to be truly free. I cannot see how paying close to 25% of my income to the federal government makes me free. True freedom is economic freedom from the tyranny imposed on us by government at all levels. Government is necessary, but the size of the government we have now is definitely unwanted, unneeded, and truly counterproductive to a free society. I pray that you will see the error of your ways and truly think about what you do when you recklessly spend our money, no matter how good your intentions are. As a wise one once said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Thank you for keeping me posted on your activities in Congress. I am grateful to live in a free country where I can seek redress from the government for wrongs that I believe are committed on its citizens today.

God bless America and God bless those who love freedom.
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