Don't encourage bigger government

Lowell Greenbaum's assertion that Republican governors must be daft to refuse acceptance of all or part of the government giveaway ("Republicans are daft to reject money," Feb. 25) is certainly true to form, in line with his unblemished record of blind loyalty to whatever scheme the liberal Democrats propose -- even if it entails foisting a massive dose of socialism down our collective throats.

 

Let's not forget that it was Democrats -- Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. Christopher Dodd -- who encouraged banks to make all these subprime mortgage loans to people who could ill afford to repay them, by guaranteeing their buyback through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The subsequent failure of these government mastodons was the trigger that precipitated the mortgage meltdown.

Perhaps we need this huge infusion of government largesse to get the economy jump-started; only time will tell. What we don't need, however, are the many wasteful earmark projects attached to it, totally unrelated to stimulus.

And, amazingly, none of our congressmen even had the opportunity to read it before its passage!

Gerald Ford once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

Terrence Bedell

Appling

 

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