Rushville Republican

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May 20, 2014

What is wrong with us?

I really miss the times when ones life was not open to the government and many others, some of which I may not care to have that information. I miss the days when neighbors were indeed neighbors, when children ran free and enjoyed life and harmed no one and nothing. I miss the days when we did our own toy making, lived our own life as we felt it should be lived. We did not have the government telling us what we had to do and how we had to do it. We did what we felt was correct and got along with adults as well as our friends and school mates. We were not wealthy, but not poor either. In reality, so many people then may have been what would be considered poor, but so many others were in the same boat it bothered no one. The government had programs to help, but no where as inclusive as today.

It seems to me that our government has a problem in recognizing what can be done and what cannot be done. First off, no way can man cure all the ills of the world today nor should they try. No matter what you do or how you do it there will always be poor and infirm individuals. In my youth, churches and local organizations did more to alleviate the ills of the people than the government and it worked out pretty well too. To me, be it government or companies, the larger they become the less realistic they are. I think the politicians are more interested in getting re-elected than really helping the population and business’s bottom line. They seem to feel the more they give away, the better their chances in the next election or higher profits for their friends and the larger they are the more wasteful they become.

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