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Making Sense Out of Dollars

Our Country

Joel Lerner, Columnist
Posted 9/10/21

Last week was “Labor Day” so I thought I would like to say something about this event.

About 3065 BC, Moses said to his people, “Park your camel, pick up your shovel, mount your …

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Making Sense Out of Dollars

Our Country

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Last week was “Labor Day” so I thought I would like to say something about this event.

About 3065 BC, Moses said to his people, “Park your camel, pick up your shovel, mount your ass and I will guide to the Promised Land.” Over 5000 years later, there are many who believe that we should “Lay down our shovel, sit on our ass, and light up a Camel because we are in the Promised Land.”

I am afraid that this is not the case as I see a good portion of our people beginning to lose their sense of personal responsibility and their national pride in being the democratic workshop of the world.

We find ourselves today with some of our labor force not returning to work because of the huge subsidized payments given to them as being unemployed. You must realize that of all the economic systems that have been tried, our free enterprise system is the only one that has supplied the greatest good for the greatest number and at the same time provided maximum individual freedom.

It is true that not everyone shares equally in the wealth generated by the system, but it is equally true that not everyone contributes equally to the creation of that wealth.

We are a great country and have become so through our energy, our inventiveness and our encouragement of initiative. Yet with the political philosophy of rewarding the unsuccessful and that includes failing corporations, there is no guarantee that we shall continue to be the great nation we have been.

Here we are as the mightiest military power, secure against any rational assault; a people still splendidly served by a legal order that offers the most reliable protection anywhere against tyranny, and a nation richer today by every durable index of wealth: in food, health, technology and talent.

If we do not continue to maintain this freedom we possess as individuals and to continue to be the greatest productive power on earth, we will be doomed to the fate of other faltering nations. We are Americans who live in the greatest country on earth and never forget that no matter what economic times lay ahead for us we will persevere.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“We should insist that if an individual from another country comes here in good faith to become an American citizen and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin. However, this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Theodore Roosevelt (1907)

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