Terry Paulson

When America began, government cost the average citizen $20 in today’s money. That’s $20 a year! Taxes rose during wars, but for most of the history of America spending never exceeded a few hundred dollars per citizen. During and after World War II, government kept expanding. The cost of the recent stimulus packages alone is over $18,000 per household. We are witnessing the climax of over seventy years of creeping socialism. America created a system that produced the wealth of the world, and we’re letting the destroyers dismantle it.

Citizens and companies now compete not to achieve but to receive the biggest bailouts! They’re beggars instead of creators! The responsible citizens pay, and the beggars collect. But money taken from the achievement of others won’t buy intelligence for the fool, admiration for the lazy, or respect for the incompetent. The irresponsible takers are unwelcome hitchhikers.

We have always been a compassionate people, but compassionate Americans, not the government, should help their neighbors in need. Government should do no more than provide a helping hand to let citizens stand on their own.

When those who fund our growing federal debt stop buying, who’ll pay the bill? Washington could confiscate all the taxable income of everyone making over $75,000 and it would barely produce $4 trillion.

Our unchecked entitlement system will eventually collapse; I challenge you to make that happen now! It’s time for Atlas to shrug—to calmly, consciously and deliberately go on strike for true fairness. Our collective response must be simple and non-violent—“No More! I will cease to achieve, invent, produce, hire, serve or invest until all Americans pay the same flat income-tax rate!”

Reengage when America once again is a country that protects everyone’s rights—the right to property, the right for every person to rise as far as she’s able. We ask for no special rights—only freedom to take our own risks, to bear our own losses and to experience our own rewards.

For those of you who voted for this liberal takeover, take pause. Do you have so little confidence in yourself and your children’s ability that you can’t succeed without government subsidies? It’s not too late to choose freedom over dependence, earned rewards over entitlement and personal responsibility over collective rights.

American automobile companies can emerge from bankruptcy with a smaller but more vibrant business model. Out of a bankrupt America can emerge a leaner government based on America’s founding principles. With shared equal responsibility and shared equal opportunity, a new optimism and entrepreneurial spirit will unleash an economic recovery like we have not seen in decades.

Risk striking for a new America worth believing in!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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