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Signs You May Be Conservative

[This is a neato blogpost by Playful Walrus.]
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Posted by Playful Walrus on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 3:00:00 PM

For your friends who identify as moderates, independents, or even Democrats who have expressed disappointment with Democrat leadership…

You may be a conservative and not even know it. Do you identify with a majority of the following statements?

  • The Constitution limits the federal government, and should thereby work to prevent government’s intrusion into the lives of citizens.
  • Some responsibilities of government are – and should be – reserved for the President, some for Congress, some for the Supreme Court, some for the states, and some for people to work out by themselves, including by forming voluntary associations.
  • It isn’t the responsibility of the President or the federal government in general to try to solve all problems.
  • Changing something through law or government policy can make things worse.
  • Human rights are God-given or natural, not granted by governments.
  • People should be as free as possible to enjoy the fruits of their own decisions and work.
  • People should generally be free to do what they want with what they own, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of other people.
  • There are real differences between men and women in addition to reproductive organs.
  • Both masculinity and femininity have value and contribute positively to society.
  • Parents should be responsible for and have authority over their own minor children, only overridden by government intrusion when they demonstrate they are neglectful or otherwise abusive parents.
  • Unless one of them is abusive, it is best that children are raised with both their mother and father who are married to each other.
  • It is better that a baby be born and adopted by such a family than for the baby’s mother to have an abortion.
  • If someone who practices a religion you don’t says they do or will pray for you, you respond with “thank you”, not negativity or hostility.
  • People should be treated differently by government based on what they do, not their skin color, ethnicity, beliefs, or sexual orientation.
  • Since immigrants choose to come here, they need to adapt enough to live by our laws and policies; we’re under no obligation to change to accommodate their traditions.
  • Our nation should defend itself with force, which will sometimes involve killing people and breaking things in other countries.

If you identify with these, or a majority of them, you just may be a conservative. So will you vote accordingly with your wallet, your time, your words, and your actual votes?

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Ida May Fuller, the first recipient

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In: The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List for a Better World by John W. Whitehead which was published on December 19, 2011, the author said in part: “Stop acting entitled and start being empowered. We have moved into the Age of Entitlement, where more and more people feel entitled to certain benefits without having to work for them. There’s nothing wrong with helping those less fortunate, but as my parents taught me, there’s a lot to be said for an honest day’s work.”

Excuse me! I am nearly 70 years old. I did my “honest day’s work” every work day of my adult (and teen) life, and paid into Social Security for over 55 years. And I did my “honest day’s work” every work day for the past 45 years, and paid into Medicare every single paycheck. The monies that I and millions of other seniors have PAID, (which were TAKEN from our “honest day’s wages,”) were supposed to be put into a Trust Fund that would not be used for anything except it’s purposes: to provide a bit of security for seniors and some medical care.

I was not given any choice. I HAD to pay into these Trust Funds. The money was TAKEN from me with each paycheck I EARNED. Thus, I EARNED Social Security and I EARNED Medicare.

The RESPONSIBILITY for ensuring those Trust Funds would be available in perpetuity was that of the Congress. But our elected officials BETRAYED the citizens of the US by dipping into these Trust Funds for all kinds of programs to benefit their respective constituencies. This has been a Generational Betrayal.

Even more than that, it has been a SEVERAL GENERATION betrayal!

Had the U.S. of Government not put it’s big hands into the mess, I could have put that money into my own Trust Fund. Perhaps stocks, or bonds or a mixture, or even just a savings account. The fund I could have built would have kept me well into my 80’s. And if it didn’t, I would have only myself to blame, and would have to go live with my children – as generations before Social Security did. By providing the mirage of old age security and independence, and of medical care, 3 generations have simply paid into Social Security and relied upon it. Now, it’s pretty much gone.

As to Medicare, it’s the same story. The fund I could have built, or the private medical policy I could have had, was taken from me. The money I would have used for that was taken by the U.S. of Government and theoretically INVESTED in a Medicare Trust Fund. But Congress plundered Medicare just as it did Social Security. So, now, 2 generations have paid into Medicare and relied upon it to be there. Now, it’s pretty much gone. There is a regulation being written (but not yet approved, thank goodness) that would prevent payments for cancer treatment for people over age 75.

With average life-spans now in the 80’s rather than the 60’s (as it was in the 30’s), it is even more important to CONSERVE the monies entrusted to the Trust Funds by the people rather than PLUNDERING them.

I think we (privately, not a Congressional committee) should investigate, and those who plundered the funds (the congressmen, senators and even presidents, not to mention all the bureaucrats) and demand they provide the missing monies from their own funds – after all, they were paid out of the monies they plundered.

In the meantime, although I am nearly 70, although I am disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I will have to work at whatever jobs I can into my even older age, and I will have to depend upon my children to help me – when they should be helping their children through college and setting up their own nest eggs. Himself and I probably will end up having to live with one of them. Somehow, that doesn’t appeal to us. But our tiny little fund, that was all we could afford to set aside and that has been devastated by the financial downturn (fueled by the U.S. of Government programs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), will not last very long.

I’m ready to declare a new revolution – one which demands that our elected officials deal HONESTLY and FAIRLY with their electorate.

As far as raising money for the bare necessities of government (the military, a few ambassadors, the Supreme Court, and the President) – I’m for the FAIR TAX!! And long may it serve us!

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