Terry Paulson

Intel CEO Paul Otellini's remarks at this month’s Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum warned that unless government policies are altered, "the next big thing will not be invented here. Jobs will not be created here." The U.S. legal and political environment has become hostile to business. Washington is piling on more taxes, more regulation, more litigation and benefit costs, and greater uncertainty about the climate going forward. They do all this while saying that they are “pro-jobs.” Otellini singled out the policies of Democrat-controlled Washington, saying: "I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs. And I think they're flummoxed by their experiment in Keynesian economics not working…. They're in a ‘Do’ loop right now trying to figure out what the answer is."

The basic assumption of the left is that government must “DO” something, provide something, control something, tax something, regulate something, or spend something, or it isn’t doing its job. Some Republicans have been intimidated into believing that they too must spend and provide more to get elected. The conservative policy of spending less, regulating less, hiring fewer government workers, and taxing less is not even an option these politicians consider. To a liberal, America has problems that only government can fix.

Democrats seem to think that they know better than you how to spend your money. The money you could be spending on products and services could help revitalize and fuel the private sector growth that would mean more jobs and prosperity. Instead, that money is being taken from you to create a bigger more intrusive government. As Dennis Prager is so right in saying, “The bigger the government, the smaller the individual.” We the people aren’t protecting our freedom; we’re inviting tyranny if we don’t start saying NO, ENOUGH, STOP!

Never has President Ronald Reagan’s statement in his first inaugural address been more true: “Government isn't the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” Washington and our struggling state governments need a strong dose of “No.” Every time more money is spent, they are reaching deeper into your and future generation’s pockets to feed the problem not the solution.

America has always been about business, innovative and successful small businesses that have fueled our next wave of prosperity. America needs a strong, vibrant private sector made up of small and big businesses that have weathered downturns and earned success, not hand-picked “too big to fail” fat cats who have been propped up with your tax money.

The answer for our ills is not bigger government, it is empowered individuals, caring communities, and competitive businesses working together to invent an even better America. It’s worked in the past, and, God willing, we will send a message this November to ensure that it will work for generations to come. Had enough? Join the Party of No!

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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