WHEN I WAS GROWING UP there was a peddler that would come through our town on a regular basis. He had a favorite quote which was "Money is the root of all evil, and everyone is after the root". This is a little misquote of the Bible, of course. You will find this quote in the 1st Timothy 6: 9-10. 9."But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10. For the Love of money is the root of all evil; which while some have coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
So what does this have to do with any thing. I have been thinking quite a bit about the politicians that seem to have a thing for the root, as the old peddler called it. Recently the legislators in the State of New Mexico sent a "balanced" budget to the governor. A governor who had stated that she would not raise taxes to balance the budget. So she vetoed the budget, calling for the legislators to balance the budget without raising taxes. They raised taxes 350 million dollars. There seemed to be no thought of where the people would come up with the money to pay these taxes. When I can't afford something, I have to adjust my budget, go without or go into debt. Since the State constitution don't allow for an unbalanced budget and debt, they chose to raise taxes.
I recently had a conversation with a local business owner. He needed some clerk/book work done and advertised for help. One young land applied for the job and then when told the rate of pay ( which was a few dollars above minimum wage ) stated, I can't afford to go to work. I can make $30,000.00 a year on welfare and don't have to do any thing. Yet, the legislators can't seem to see that they can cut this "root" and using this type of cuts come up with a balanced budget.
Our federal politicians often get elected to office and with a salary of less that $200,000.00 a year, soon end up multi millionaires. They seem to be after the "Root" in a big way and will pass laws that favor them in any way they can.
I think it is time that we the people use a chopping ax and get rid of the Root that the tics seem to be after.
AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK