Terry Paulson

Freedom is not the norm in human history; it is a precious aberration. Drawing on the Judeo-Christian affirmation of the value of each person and man's God-given rights, our Founding Fathers rejected government tyranny and embraced Western democratic principles. They went to war to make us free; they crafted a Constitution to keep us free.

Under the banner of hope, compassion and change, President Barack Obama and supportive Democrat politicians are undermining the very freedoms and free-enterprise foundations that have made America great.

On Independence Day, it’s time to turn up the volume on the opposition. Participate in a July 4th Tea Party in your area (www.teapartypatriots.org) and help send a message that Americans are once again declaring freedom from today’s tax, spend and control politicians. Here’s an open letter to President Obama to help fuel the cause:

The Honorable President Barack Obama:

Using the economic crisis, you rallied Congress to pass your emergency $787 billion stimulus plan to curtail unemployment and stimulate the economy. With unemployment already past your worst projections and headed to 10%, plummeting tax receipts and continued anemic economic growth, it's time to realize that more government spending is not the answer.

Return to the free-enterprise principles that have always unleashed American ingenuity, small business growth and jobs.

Like the other companies "too big to fail," you worked against allowing GM and Chrysler to declare bankruptcy. But when both did, you invested billions of tax-payer dollars to buy a 60% stake in a smaller GM committed to selling lightweight, "green," fuel-efficient cars that few Americans want. If we buy a Ford, Honda or Toyota, will we get incentives and government-backed warranties? Will you call us un-American for not buying your "government" cars?

You keep saying you don't want to run GM, but your administration has no trouble in taking unprecedented control in firing CEO's, limiting executive compensation and micromanaging their business. Instead of risking more of our money in losing businesses, let capitalism work. Allow companies to succeed and fail on whether they meet the needs of customers…not government!

If throwing good money after bad in a losing automobile company isn't bad enough, you’ve run roughshod over 100 years of settled bankruptcy law to give favorable treatment to one of your biggest donors—the United Auto Workers. You shamed secured creditors for demanding their fair share of the new company and then forced a favorable settlement giving more control to the same workers whose expensive salaries and benefits helped take GM down!

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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