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POLITICS: Founding fathers were radicals

Letter by George Robison, Gig Harbor on Dec. 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm | 46 Comments »
December 13, 2010 3:10 pm

Our nation was founded by a collection of radicals totally unlike those who today claim to be like the founders. Extremely rich people want our government to protect them and want to profit from our government. Just look at the tax issue, unemployment and war issues now before Congress.

Big companies profiteer from the wars, often leaving contracts unfulfilled even after receiving full payment, want lower income tax rates and write-offs that lead to refunds though they didn’t pay a tax, and object to pumping money into the economy through unemployment compensation even though it would improve the economy. We are a nation where infrastructure is being neglected because there isn’t enough money.

Many builders of this nation were prosperous and helped finance the revolution and expansion of our nation. This included Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and even Benedict Arnold, committing personal wealth to finance their beliefs. They traveled without the benefit of government built highways, to build a great nation. Sometimes they were never reimbursed by Congress.

Today those claiming to emulate the founders refuse to contribute to the cost of government, including programs that help make them prosperous, such as schools, roads, safe communities and the military. If they really want to emulate the founding fathers they need to become radicals dedicated to the betterment of mankind. Try emulating our founders and some living wealthy people like Warren Buffet, Ted Turner and Bill Gates by being selfless rather than selfish.

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