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Thomas Jefferson Quote

With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing, fellow citizens—a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

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Open Letter to Hirono and Abercrombie
Dear Representative Abercrombie and Hirono,

As a resident of Hawaii and an active and avid reader of American history, I am concerned with the direction this country is going, mainly a direction of the government expanding its powers to provide more and more services to its citizens at the cost of freedom. The current federal government is growing at an ever increasing pace as this Congress is looking to set a new spending record. The national debt climbs ever higher, yet America doesn't seem to better as a whole. It is becoming more and more difficult for families to make ends meet, while at the same time Congress proposes more and more spending which ultimately must come from taxes of hard-working Americans. Now that I've summed up my concerns, I would like you to answer several questions. These questions will be difficult for you to answer, I believe, but the Constitution specifically states that I can seek redress from my elected officials as you are elected to secure my God-given rights, not give me any rights nor take those rights away. I believe that the federal government is trampling on my rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in so many ways that there are innumerable. It is your duty to protect the Constitution and limit the size of the federal government. You swore an oath to defend it. Perhaps you ought to read it and ponder it.

My questions:
1. Why are federal taxes (including FICA and Medicare) so high? I currently pay at least a 1/3 of my income to these kinds of taxes and regulations.
2. Where does Congress get the moral right to take this much money from my paycheck every 2 weeks?
3. Why am I required by law to buy into a system of social security and medicare/medicaid that I know is broke and nothing more than a lie? I will never see the amount of money I put into it. Why do you force me, against my will, denying me my God-given rights of freedom, to support such a program?
4. Why, when I put money into a 401K, am I required to pay a 10% penalty if I withdraw my money before retirement? It's my money. Why does the government care what I do with MY money?
5. Why is the tax code so complex? Wouldn't it make more sense to simplify it?
6. Why does Congress refuse to completely secure the borders of the United States even though it specifically states in the Constitution that it is your duty to prevent invasions upon the states?
7. Why is the economy so over-regulated? What are the benefits to Americans?
8. Why do federal employees have better benefits than private sector employees? After all, its our money (the private sector) that pays your salaries and benefits? And what benefit do we get from it?
9. Do you believe in freedom? And if so, what freedoms as an American citizen am I entitled to?
10. Do you believe the Constitution is the supreme law of the land? If so, what is the role of the federal government in the lives of American citizens?

I think that these questions are timely and would go a long way to help Americans understand what you are doing in Washington. It is clear by the latest Gallup polls that Americans don't much like what you are doing in D.C. Eventually, Americans will demand answers to these questions and many others. So you might as well answer them now or at least think about how you would answer them. They cut directly to the heart of the matter, which is that America was based on individual freedom with a small, but effective federal government, not a welfare state which controls much of what its citizenry does. As Milton Friedman so aptly titled one of his best speeches, "Why government is the problem.", the problem is Congress and its lack of control of spending and your willingness to not pay heed or attention to the Constitution of the United States. So perhaps, you should change the direction of Congress and do the 66 percent or more of Americans who disapprove of your ways a favor and leave us alone and give us our money and freedom back.

Finally, I leave you with a great quote I found a great quote on what it means to be an American. Ponder it. Let it sink in. It is by Dean Alfange.

I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say—“This, with God’s help, I have done.” All this is what it means to be an American.

Sincerely,

A concerned American
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