Below are excepts from a letter dated February 3, 2009 from Utah Republican Party Chairman Stan Lockhart. Very interesting read!!
Dear Fellow Republicans:
Last week I was in Washington DC and had a chance to hear a great deal regarding the federal "stimulus package". As crafted by Democrats, I can't see much evidence that it will deliver on its promise to jump start the economy. Much of the funding won't be spent immediately and many of the pork barrel projects won't create jobs. It is the same old tax and spend liberalism we thought Ronald Reagan vanquished long ago. This huge spending bill has reminded me of some famous quotes:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."
"Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."
We live in a world of instant gratification. Advertisements bombard us daily with slogans like "you deserve it now". No wonder some are blinded with promises of government doing most things for them. It's an enticing pitch. But dependence on government leads to bondage and it seems as if we are heading there with increasing speed. After all, it's the Democrat mantra.
Timeless, traditional values are needed now more than ever before. Simple, time honored financial counsel of getting out of debt, living within our means and making do with what we have are needed today. Government should live by these same values. Self-reliance should never be out of style. Can anyone truly believe that all this federal spending won't burden future generations? In its current form, this spending bill is mortgaging our posterity's future. There is a phrase that the bandage should fit the wound. In its current form, this Democrat bill is just more special interest pandering.