Terry Paulson

You say you want to create and save jobs, but you supported closing over two thousands Chrysler and GM dealers eliminating an estimated 187,000 dealer jobs. When government runs roughshod over the property rights of some companies, the rest wonder if they're next! Stop picking the winners and losers! We don't want political payoffs at our expense!

You proudly announced that the FDA would take control over tobacco. But every time the government regulates any personal choice, individual liberty and responsibility are diminished and more well-paid government employees are hired to control our lives.

In today's America, a homeless family will get a ticket for putting up a tent in a park or for parking a camper in a parking lot. You can’t sleep overnight at the beach because you're endangering some snail darter! You can’t even go into the wilderness because you don’t have a wilderness permit.

Liberal care translates into more control over our lives and fewer freedoms. Now, you want to regulate and control our healthcare system and our energy use. Give us the freedom to take responsibility for our own lives—not more government regulations and controls!

Under your leadership, Democrats are boldly bragging about being the party of income redistribution. By force of law, you take more money from some Americans to give direct cash transfers to others who didn't earn it. Our Founding Fathers didn't pay the price for our freedom to establish unequal, unfair taxation. End the tax tyranny and favoritism and give us a fair tax that applies equally to all Americans!

The rapidly growing deficit puts more than freedom at stake. Americans don't want their children and grandchildren saddled with your debt. Herbert Hoover warned, "Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt!" That isn't a blessing; it's a curse!

You may not have watched the coverage of the tax day tea parties, but, on July 4th, pay attention to the growing number of Americans taking a stand against your "caring" despotism and government dependence unleashed in the name of hope and change. Don't pick our cars, our energy sources or our doctors.

Benjamin Franklin warned, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Give us liberty, not government control and dependence!

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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