Growing the economy “top down”

Our economic success has never come from the top down,” said Obama. “It comes from the middle out. It comes from the bottom up.

You know, I’ve heard this statement, or at least one fairly similar, from the president for over five years now, and I’m always somewhat amazed by it. Now I’m just a poor old country boy, but even I know that that theory won’t hold up under any scrutiny at all.
Like I said, I’m a country boy. I was raised on a farm, and at times we raised crops. During the gathering process, we often put the grain in sacks. In all my years of watching those sacks being filled, not one time, did they fill from the “middle” or the “bottom up”. We often had to feed and water our animals, and we used buckets for the process. Again, not one time, did those buckets miraculously fill themselves from “the middle out”, or, “the bottom up”. In each of the examples I just presented, the “filling up”, came from the top down, in order to even reach, the bottom.

Now I understand that president Obama, not being a country boy, most likely never helped fill a grain sack, or toted a water, or feed bucket, and would be somewhat at a disadvantage on how things get filled up, but to stand in front of Americans and tell us he has a clue on how to “fill up” our bucket of success, comes off as dubious at best.

As a country boy, I’d like to offer my services to president Obama, as a “fill up” czar. I will not charge the American taxpayer one red cent. The process is really quite simple Mr. president. You see, the rich, those evil people you blame for all our financial woes, spend their money to buy things, start companies, invest in other businesses, or just loan out, to make more money. Oh yes, they also pay taxes! For that matter Mr. president, they pay 70% of all the taxes paid, unlike the 40% of Americans that pay nothing, you know, the ones you so proudly claim grows our economy. As they do this, the next guys down the economic ladder, sell them products, work in their companies, borrow the money to improve their homes, and lives in general, all the while, striving to become, you guessed it, “rich”. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, wants to stay at the bottom!

As you can see Mr. president, the economy starts to get filled “from the top down”, not “the middle out“, or “bottom up”.  It takes us all, working in harmony, to grow. Your constant harping on the rich and their “fair share” bunk, does nothing more than disrupt the links that holds us together, or is that your true intent!

I have several friends that own farms, and if it would help you understand growing things, I could see if they might give you a Summer job. If you’re interested in learning, let me know.

Is it time to change the guard

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Have we reached, or are we at least near, the time to go back to how we started, in order to become great again? Our government is no longer our “guard”, but has now become our “overseer”. A lot of our “Creator given rights”, have been taken away by an overbearing government, filled with elitist, that think they have the right, not obligation, to dictate our every move. Maybe it’s time to set the countrys direction on a proper course, with a new, and people oriented guard, as it was designed to be from the start! “Of, for, and by the people”, not government officials. Does America still have the men with the fortitude to say once more, “Give me liberty, or give me death”?

Daylight savings time

Well, we’ve come to that time of the year. The time to roll our clocks back one hour. On the plus side now that we’ve saved all those extra hours all Summer long, thanks to a well meaning government, we can deposit them in the “extra sleep bank”, and withdraw them on an as needed basis, this Winter (isn’t government wonderful that way?). On the negative side, some of us will be early for Sunday services, or work, because we failed to set our clocks back, and, we will soon leave home in the dark, and return in the same fashon. I do have to say, this is one of the few things government has butted in to that I mostly like. I say mostly, because I really wish they would leave it one way, or the other (I know that’s asking a lot of the government)! I don’t know if time is like a penny (you know, “a penny saved, is a penny earned”) or not, but if it is, I wonder where all those hours, saved by countless people, are stored, and, if it’s local, or do I have to go to Washington to get them!
Anyway, I guess it’s time to end this thought, because I’m running out of time. Wait, since I’ve saved all those hours…………………