Click here for a video clip of a speech from our 40th president. (Maybe one of our wonderful editors could embed this for me…….)

A fantastic quote from that speech:

Government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.

Now, contrast this with words recently spoken by our soon-to-be president at a speech at George Mason University:

“At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,”

My, that’s a complete 180 in the opposite direction. Whatever happened to the concept of ‘that which governs least governs best’? I would have to think that Ronald Reagan is rolling in his grave right about now, and would be quite nauseated with the kind of big-brother role our politicians seem to want to inflict upon its citizens. It wasn’t that long ago that Reagan was at the helm, trying to cut back government invasion in the lives of the individual. Here we are, soon to be four presidents later; almost a quarter of a century. How have we slipped from personal responsibility and self-reliance into a ‘let the govt solve the problem’ mentality? Don’t the bureaucrats realize that they are part of the problem?

Our current president is requesting the rest of the bailout money; our president elect wants to increase the amount to one trillion. How do they expect to pay for all this?

While the fatcats in Washington are discussing how to spend your tax dollars, they are neglecting the concept that money doesn’t just simply grow on trees. Hmmm–why don’t we just print more money?! That sounds nice, except I remember learning in both high school and college Econ classes that printing more greens just leads to inflation. So that won’t work either…..

With all this talk on buying our way out of this mess, there doesn’t seem to be any discussion on budget or program slashing. No trimming the fat somewhere else. It’s just spend, spend, spend. More government intervention in the lives of the individual. More regulation. More government aid, subsidies, grants, doles, handouts, bailouts, free lunches.

And everyone seems to want a piece of the pie. Not only does the perverted porn industry have their grubby little hands out, a small town in Alabama is asking for $375 million. Who’s next? Professional athletes? Tinseltown? Every city in the nation that’s running deficits (which is probably 95% of them)?

The average American will be learning valuable lessons from our government’s generosity: Hey, go ahead and bite off more than you can chew; Uncle Sam will bail you out. Throw the old self-reliance (and with that your self-respect, dignity, personal freedom) out the window; big brother government will come to your rescue. Let’s all be greedy!

It’s not the government’s job to take care of you. That’s your job. It’s time to take the government out of the life of the individual, and allow the individual to take the reins. For as Reagan also stated:

Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.