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Letter: Nation should focus on creating opportunity, not just entitlements
120320117 SENATE TAX BILL
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., speaks to a group of small business owners Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington about the Republicans' sweeping tax bill that passed in the wee hours Saturday. (J. Scott Applewhite) - photo by Associated Press

Years ago, probably 2007 or 2008, contained within my Christmas letter, perhaps recalling events during the year, I questioned the intelligence of folks who voted for Barack Obama, since we knew so little about him except he was black, had a glib tongue, it seemed he was extremely well-funded and his past was sealed. As to his experience, we knew that he was a community organizer. Certainly nothing that should cause any caution, right? I was soundly chastised by a family member, whose toes I had apparently stepped on.

To expose the failings of the Obama administration and the so-called progressive movement, it seems are self-evident to say the least. But have we learned anything from the experience, except perhaps that some folks receive entitlements “just by gracing us with their presence,” according to economist Thomas Sowell? And that an earned income tax credit can mean, while paying no taxes, one can even receive money from the government — us?

That begs for an explanation as to how was it earned. That used to mean receiving remuneration for service provided. It seems we have traded reality, individual responsibility, for what sounds good, that being what we want to hear. It seems the pipe dream of something for nothing is alive and well.

Progressive politicians have become more about keeping their jobs by buying favors (votes) than by earning support for fulfilling their oath of office. Using jealousy and envy seems their favorite ploy, and unfortunately it works. 

I don’t know about you, but I have never been given a job by a poor person. So, it seems to logically follow that we need more rich folks who provide jobs for us to have increased opportunity to become successful.

The politics of the progressive ideology only works if you can convince others that the economic pie is static, and if some get more, others get less. Of course, reality has proven that the pie isn’t static, it expands with the growth of new ideas and businesses, particularly if the environment is conducive to that expansion. The past eight years with 1.6 percent growth has demonstrated the failure of ever-increasing regulation and taxation of business. The result has been stagnation of wages and jobs and increased cost of living. 

The new tax bill will provide the opportunity for growth and wealth creation by putting America back to work.

Clint Hawkins

Gainesville

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