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Time for government to do what’s right for the people

Steven L. David
For the Nevada Appeal

It’s 2009 and the United States is now hearing that “giant sucking sound” that H. Ross Perot warned us about in 1992. Everyone thought he was a little odd, but I think most of us who laughed at him then now wish we had listened to him.

Today we find ourselves embroiled in two wars that our political leaders have let go on too long. We find ourselves up to our eyeballs in debt with countries who are our enemies, and our government just keeps on spending money that we don’t have. To top all this off, our government just prints more and more money to pay the bills and the U.S. dollar is so devalued that we will face a serious problem with inflation when our economy turns around.

The key to turning our economic problems around does rest with our government – not with what they can provide, but what they can stop doing and stop wasting. It’s been nearly 49 years since President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Since that fateful day in November 1963 when LBJ took over as president, our country has been in a long downward spiral. Entitlement programs have ballooned and our citizens have become lazy. The majority of citizens believe that they have the right to do nothing and get paid for it.

It’s time for all Americans to stand up and demand some sense of accountability from our elected officials. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, you are in control, 100 percent control, what are you going to do and when are you going to do it? Working people are hurting and all of you continue to do nothing.

Wait a minute, you did give billions to some of the biggest companies in the United States and they did give hugely obscene bonuses to some of their richest employees, but you gave nothing to working people in this country. Don’t get me wrong, the working people don’t want you to give them anything; they just want to work for a livable wage, nothing more, nothing less. Unless or until the working class people have money to purchase goods and services, our economy will remain in the tank.

Working people want their leaders in Washington to get rid of stupid laws, get rid of stupid government programs, get rid of stupid government employees and, most of all, for government leaders and employees to do what’s right for America.

Make no mistake, government is necessary. But it must do the most with the least, not the least with the most.

• Steven L. David is a Carson City resident and businessman.