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Marie Lozito


February 7, 2011

Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions. 

Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she ran for elected office in 2010. 

 

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OTHERS


Thomas Sowell is an amazing man. Born in 1930, this black gentleman attended college, became an economist, professor, author and political commentator. I always enjoy hearing or reading his work. I would like to share a few of his thoughts with you.

"We hear all sorts of sad stories about people whose homes are 'under water' or who are facing foreclosure. But why should our attention be arbitrarily focused on these particular people. Can we not walk and chew gum at the same time? Is our attention span so limited that we can only think about one set of people that the media and the politicians have chosen to highlight? Do other people count for less just because the media don't put their pictures in the paper or on the TV screen? Or because politicians are ignoring them? Sometimes we are more concerned about some people because they are especially deserving. But this cannot be said about those who borrowed money to buy homes that they could not afford, or who borrowed against the equity in their homes, and now find that what they owe is more than the home is worth. If anyone is especially deserving, it is those who had the common sense to avoid taking on bigger financial obligations than they could handle, but who are now expected to pay as taxpayers for other people's irresponsibility."

"Nothing is easier for politicians than to play Santa Claus by promising benefits, without mentioning the costs - or lying about the costs and leaving it to future governments to figure out what to do when the money runs out. In the United States, the biggest and longest-running scam of this sort is Social Security. Fulfilling all the promises that were made, as commitments in the law, would cost more money than Social Security has ever had. ... All the incentives are for politicians to do what they have done, namely to promise benefits without raising enough taxes to pay for them. That way, it looks like you are getting something for nothing. When crunch time comes and politicians are either going to have to tell people the truth or raise taxes, the almost inevitable choice is to raise taxes. If the people think they are already taxed too much, then the taxes can be raised only for people designated as 'the rich.' If 'the rich' object, then demagogues can denounce them for their selfishness and 'greed' for objecting to turning over ever-growing amounts of what they have earned to politicians. ... The scams inherent in welfare states are not only economically counterproductive, they turn group against group, straining the ties that hold a society together."


Governing involves difficult choices. Unfortunately, government, on both the state and the federal levels, have not made the difficult choices and have not been honest with us. Simply stated, neither can continue to court long-term disaster for all merely to avoid short-term difficulties for some. Those affected negatively by needed changes will object loudly, but the changes are needed for the good of all. I recall the aphorism: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." We need to do more "teaching", give those less fortunate a hand-up not a hand-out. We need to stop enabling dependency. We need to start being honest about the costs of our entitlement programs. These will not be popular changes but they are necessary. If our representatives in the legislatures don't change things, America will continue down the road to socialism until we are financially destroyed. Then we will all share the misery equally except, of course, the few ruling individuals!

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."  - Thomas Jefferson

It seems Russian immigrants in New York City know the path the Democratic Party is leading the nation down far better than many Democrats. Michael Petrov of the Digital Edge data management firm in Bloomfield, said that he objects to the "micro-managing of the economy" he's seen from city as well as federal officials. "Government is affecting small business more and more. It's the same as what's happening in Russia." said Petrov, who came to the United States in 1994. Businessman Arkadiy Fridman, a former Soviet Army officer who came to the United States in 1992, now head of the non-profit Staten Island Community Center and president of Citizens Magazine, a public affairs publication, said that the Democrats are going in an absolutely wrong direction, focusing on "income redistribution" and rich-versus-poor "class war." "It's too socialistic...It's very painful for us to see." The Big Brother approach reminds Fridman too much of what he left behind in the former Soviet Union. "It's the same rule like it was there,"

In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots: 

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 

  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 

  3. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. 

  4. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 

  5. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. 

  6. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. 

  7. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. 

  9. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. 

  10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.

I think that government officials and liberals should study the Ten Cannots and learn!

 

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