Old sayings can be very powerful, such as, Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. I believe this is a very true statement but not a totally true statement. There are some lessons in history that have fallen or been pushed to the side. We must all study our history, the story of this great country, what made it great, the execptionalism that made and makes it unique (although President Obama does all he can to subvert this) and the founding principles that must be protected today.|
There are some great lessons in history that should and must provide guidance for our leaders today. Out situation today (high unemployment, lack of consumer confidence, business in trouble and unions demanding more and more and being given it by the current Obama regime). Just go back to the end of the Woodrow Wilson presidency. Income tax was introduced by the Progressive administration, a mere 7% to help do what is right. Never mind this grew to over 70% by the end of World War 1. The oppressive taxes lead to a recession. A difficult one but a short lived one. Short lived because the common sense thinking of Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Taxes were lowered, US government revenues increased, businesses began investing, jobs were created and American Consumerism was fueled, reversing the recession (a recession we Americans know little about) and creating an incredible period of growth. Seems like just the opposite of what is happening today.
In simple terms, Harding and Coolidge did not spend tax payers money to create jobs, they reduced burdens on business. Business then kicked into gear, creating millions of jobs and generating more money in taxes, despite the low tax rates. Sort of makes sense, Get out of business way, let them do what they do best, especially small business and the country will be well on the way to healing its wounds.
But to even think about doing this we have to be aware of our history. Something the current administration and progressives are fighting ruthlessly, behind the scenes, to prevent. Just take a look at the recommendation from Center of American Progress. A cleverly camouflaged assault on the teaching of American History. Sure, we all know that we need to cut spending in education so this is used as the deflector shield to promote a progressive tactic to deprive us of the knowledge of our history, or that part of history that is not supportive of the Progressive thinking. Here is some of the cuts they are proposing and rationalizing them as narrow low impact programs (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/04/education_transformation.html:)
The Academies for American History and Civics; this is a program which provides workshops for teachers on American history.
Excellence in economic education. This is a grant designed to promote economic and financial literacy among K to 12 students.
Other programs with narrow focus such as those fostering civic responsibility.
I guess they figure that if we dont know about how trusting the American business actually turned things around in the past they can continue to position the federal government as the responsible entity to solve all problems and as such must continued to be funded at what ever levels necessary.
It also seems that we can dumb down the next generation of adults by eliminating financial literacy programs in schools the Progressive way of thinking can be foisted on the public with little intelligent resistance.
Two simple questions folks -
Where the hell did common sense go?
How paine-ful a view is this snapshot of America to our Founding Fathers?
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