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Letter: The wrong people are decidiing what is fair

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Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:45 pm

Fairness or freedom. President Obama says that government regulation is needed to guarantee equal opportunity. But who decides what is fair? For most of history, warlords, czars and kings were sovereign over the land and the people who farmed it. In recent centuries, revolutions have been fought to wrestle ownership from kings and to give power to the people. But, in fact, it is the politicians who control the government decide what is fair. Yet, in America, the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution recognized that "We the People" have a God-given right to decide what we do with our property.

In the last hundred years, liberal politicians have used health, safety - and now - fairness, as excuses to take decision-making from individual persons. In the name of fairness, government has come to control 90 percent of all home, farm, factory, business and student loans - and with passage of health, financial and food safety legislation, now controls health insurance, financial institution and food production. The next four years, Barack Obama would have everyone paying for, or dependent on, government. Mitt Romney accepts the rationale for control and wants to manage government better. But just changing politicians and policies is not enough; the politics and philosophy of governing has to change. Newt Gingrich reformed welfare, cut capital gains taxes and balanced the budget - and he would transform government if he had the help of a conservative Congress and a vigilant citizenry.

Michael McCarthy

Hayward, Calif.

 

 

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