Robert Ringer addressed the recent rush of government bailouts in his article “The Great Bailout Stall.” His disparagement of the bailouts – and his own practical solution for America’s financial ills – got quite a response from ETR readers. Here are a few of their comments:
“I generally don’t do ‘letters to the editor,’ but I absolutely *had* to respond to the recent article by Robert Ringer.
“At first, I thought it was some sort of prank letter, the way he was mashing words together (like Demopublicans). But then, as I kept reading, I saw where he was headed.
“Mr. Ringer pointed the finger of blame at everyone, politicians and citizens alike, and challenged the country to wake up, smell the rotting horse manure, stop standing there with a hand out to the government, and DO something to better their lives. After all, if he could do it, so can they.
“He is right. The American people feel they have become *entitled* to everything, yet want *none* of the responsibility of earning or tending to what they have. They *expect* things to be dropped in their lap. And if it doesn’t work (whatever *it* may be: social program, new computer, car, healthcare, etc.,), well then they are *entitled* to have *someone else* fix it for them.
“Frankly, it’s disgusting.
“Sure, bad things happen to good people, but how much of it is of their own doing? How many people, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, absolutely *must* have their cable and the new 85-inch plasma TV? How many people living on welfare absolutely *must* have those brand-new $200 runners?
“It’s the New American Dream: Bigger, Better, Faster… whether we need it or not.
“It’s no longer ‘keeping up with the Joneses,’ it’s now keeping up with the Joneses, the Johnsons, the Smiths, and little Timmy Walker down the street who got a brand-new GameStation360 for Christmas.
“Bend over folks, the operation *must* commence… now!”
“Bravo, Robert. I think the only correct philosophy of American government is ‘guard my borders, deliver my mail, and keep the hell out of my way.’”
“Robert – that was excellent! You are absolutely right, and well-articulated. I made copies (if that is okay) – and gave to my co-workers.”
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