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How disappointing, but not surprising, to read Grady Abrams’ remarks in the Opinion section of The Chronicle Aug. 12 (“In many cases, government is the solution.”)

Like an echo from the Obama administration, Mr. Abrams heaped praise on the federal government from whom, he seems to believe, all blessings flow.

I have, in his words, a “humble opinion” that the greatness of America has more to do with our form of limited government, which created a climate for individual achievement and success. Is this not one reason for our attraction to the rest of the world’s peoples?

“Government” is such a nebulous word. Could we have a moratorium on it and substitute “Taxpaying Citizens” instead?

These are the source of all the revenue that pays for programs, activities, roads, bridges, etc., that are cited by Mr. Abrams and President Obama as gifts to us from our beneficent government!

Equally disappointing, and not unexpected, was the off-topic assertion that “there is now an effort afoot to eliminate certain people from participating in the government by putting up hurdles to make it more difficult to vote.”

Oh, please!

I would have hoped for a more reasoned argument from Mr. Abrams.

Sarah McKibben

North Augusta, S.C.

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/14/12 - 06:15 am
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Well Said!

Taxpaying Citizens of America -- TCA. This would look spiffy on an Olympian's garb.

I usually enjoy Mr. Abram's simple, sense-of-community commentaries; however, this latest one was a bit too much to digest.

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soapy_725 09/14/12 - 07:47 am
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In the Old Testament
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Jehovah explained to Israel that having an human form of government like the other nations would be akin to "feeding a beast". Never has that be more true than in America. Biblically, human governments are referred to as beasts.

As Obama begins to launch the second half of his "reign" he will become more pronounced in his cries that the "beast" is not a usurper of life, but a benevolent giver of life. All praise the beast. And the angel of enlightenment that speaks of the beast. The world has never seen such a beast. It can spew fire from its mouth and consume all in its path.

Once into his second reign, Obama will show his true self. A side we have yet to see. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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longleafpine 09/14/12 - 11:30 am
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Less government, please.

Ever since FDR the government has become more intrusive in our lives. At this point in time, it is in the process of micromanaging our lives and taking away our freedoms, including our religious freedoms. Executive Orders are bypassing the Constitution and Congress is doing nothing about it. Come on Nov 6 and let's vote this president out.

par 3
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par 3 09/14/12 - 12:46 pm
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Usually, I do not respond to

Usually, I do not respond to comments concerning letters and columns that I write, but this time I will respond to Ms. McKebben, avidreader and longleafpine. The government is of the people, by the people and for the people - all people, not just taxpayers, I might add. In other words, the government is us. I think that is a good thing and what makes this country great. Another thing that makes it great is the fact that we have a government which lends a helping hand to those in need, including businesses as well as private citizens. In some way, each of us is being helped by us all, the government.

It would help me better understand your concerns if you could point out the limitations you think government should have in our lives and the extent that the president should use Executive Orders. Until then, I stand by every word that I wrote.

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willie7 09/14/12 - 02:28 pm
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Thank you par3 for those wise
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Thank you par3 for those wise words.
Those that want less government and regulatin are the ones who want
to defraud honest citizens.

KSL
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KSL 09/14/12 - 03:12 pm
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I guess one's opinion depends

I guess one's opinion depends on whether you are a producer or a receiver.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 09/14/12 - 03:37 pm
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I am a producer...

...and always have been! I firmly believe that too much government regulation is strangling the free market and stiffling growth, and I am NOT out to defraud any honest citizens. I also believe that Obama is the worst thing that has happened to this county in the last 100 years or more, and that belief is based on FACTS.

Why do liberals like to put everyone in catagories? Well, start a new catagory then. American-American-God-Loving-American, and put me in it along with the entire silent majority!

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Conservative Man 09/14/12 - 04:00 pm
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Agree with the LTE..

....as a conservative, I believe that the government has VERY limited responsibilities, mostly those outlined by the Constitution. Since FDR and the Great Depression, the federal government has been used as a tool for the left to ensure more and more people are dependent upon government for their "daily bread". This was increased exponentially by the "Great Society" programs of LBJ. Interestingly enough since the beginning of those programs we've spent trillions of dollars on these same programs and the poverty rate is at or near where it was when we started...
Government has usurped the role the family, and churches and legitimate charities once played in our society, replacing it with a nameless, faceless, unfeeling, beauracracy,that is responsible to no one and by "enslaving" those it portends to help, actually hurts the society as a whole...
Granted there are times when certain programs are effective and efficient, but they have proven to be the exception rather than the rule....
When nearly 50% of the populace pays NO taxes, and nearly 47 million people are on food stamps...something is terribly wrong....And it's not the "producers" who are part of the problem...it's the "takers" and those who think they are entitled to a check just for breathing....

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