Terry Paulson

Stop collecting more from taxpayers than any nation in recorded history and claiming it's OK to spend billions of dollars more than we take in every year. Stop the automatic increases and start balancing the budget like we've had to do. Nothing inspires innovation and responsible spending like a balanced budget. Require zero-based budgeting; make departments justify spending or cut their budgets every year. It's time we cut off Washington's credit abuse.

Stop singling out one class of Americans to pay the bill for big government's "charity" entitlements. Only in America could the rich citizens pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their "fair share" by citizens who don't pay any income taxes at all. Start requiring a flat tax for every American worker with a tax credit to protect the truly poor. If Americans want more government entitlements, make sure everyone helps pay for them.

Finally, stop dividing Americans by demanding special treatment for different races, genders, or groups. Start treating us the same, and let us play by the same rules. E Pluribus Unum--out of many one. "We the People" were promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...not special treatment. We've been given the gift of living in this great country. Let us play the game of life and know the challenge and satisfaction of earning our own victories AND defeats and letting local communities, charities, and families support those who truly need help. People help best when government helps less!

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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