True U.S. motto ‘In Government We Trust’?
by Claire Dunaway Cyr
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May 18, 2013 11:28 PM | 1961 views | 18 18 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Perhaps we should go ahead and remove “In God We Trust” from our buildings, license plates and as a phrase which gives many Americans an encouraging reminder and replace it with “In Government We Trust.” After all, government is slowly assuming the role of a higher power in America.

My point is not to debate the place of the phrase in our society. My point to discuss is the important roles being filled by, and possible intentions of, government.

Many Americans have a personal calling (through faith or a giving heart) to give financially to those in need through tithing or charitable giving. After paying burdensome taxes, many of us are left with just enough of our own hard- earned money to live on (in the face of rising health care, food and gas costs) and little with which to give to others.

Government is performing acts of “charity” on our behalf with our tax dollars. For many people in need, assistance from the faceless bureaucracy of government seemingly replaces the need for help from churches, communities and individuals.

An extra unintended (or perhaps intended?) consequence of heavy government aid is a loss of implied personal responsibility that comes with accepting financial or physical assistance in a personal exchange with individuals. Is government erasing our pride in hard work, duty to family and personal responsibility?

Participation in government assistance programs is skyrocketing with almost 48 million Americans receiving food stamps, and almost 9 million receiving SSDI checks. Nearly 100 million Americans receive government assistance checks funded by taxpaying Americans. Surely we are more capable than this.

My fear is that big government welfare programs are demoralizing and replacing the American spirit through the duplication of efforts and the enablement of capable people to stay on government dole.

Government “charity” is failing. Heartbreakingly, millions of children are hungry in homes benefiting from multiple assistance programs, and the cycle of poverty spreads. Many Americans in hopeless situations are overshadowed or underserved in the midst of exploding assistance program participation. Perhaps it is primarily the children who remind Americans that we still have a role in helping those in need.

Our government is not alarmed about exploding participation as millions of our tax dollars are spent to advertise such programs. What benefit is so great to those in power that they want 100 million plus Americans on government dole? What extra power is gained?

Hopefully the recent revelations of the Benghazi cover-up, IRS corruption and the DOJ seizure of Associated Press records have opened the eyes of all Americans as to how little government should be trusted with assuming more control.

Government is assuming the role of healthcare provider/enforcer through ObamaCare (with the unlawful IRS responsible for enforcement).

Government is the retirement “provider” (despite the fact that money forced from paychecks for “retirement” has already been spent elsewhere in this Social Security Ponzi scheme).

Government controls the education of the bulk of America’s youth, and many parents happily take a backseat. Nancy Pelosi advocates for government to assume the role of daycare-provider.

Government recently pushed for additional gun laws, which would have done more to restrict law-abiding citizens than criminals.

Businesses and workers are suffering with high taxes and unnecessary regulations under an administration seemingly naïve to basic economics. America discourages new business due to a hostile tax and regulation environment, yet our administration seems to prefer this environment over relinquished control.

With each additional needless role of the government (beyond security, enforcement of sensible laws and a reasonable safety net), more freedom is taken from Americans.

How did we get here? America elected a president who advocates more government control in the lives of individual Americans (unless you are a 15-year-old seeking a morning-after pill or desire to have a late-term abortion).

We have one major party promoting big government (they call themselves “progressives” and “invest” money rather than “spend”). The other major party advocates “limited government,” but has often failed Americans in pursuing such.

What is the consequence for Americans of a growing unhealthy level of intervention from, reliance on and trust in a government showing signs of corruption? My hope and prayer is that we do not have to find out.

Regardless of liberal or conservative leanings, Americans would do well to embrace the “limited government” values of the founding fathers (often echoed by libertarians) as a protective measure from current and future governments.

Claire Dunaway Cyr of Marietta is an artist, art teacher and group fitness instructor.

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Samuel Adams
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May 25, 2013
In Washington State, the government approved a load going over a bridge recently. The trucking company was approved to carry a 15 feet, 9 inch load; however the bridge height was only 14 feet 9 inches in some places. In this case, the state error will cost millions of to fix and perhaps billions in resulting lost business and revenues as Interstate 5 is shut down due to bridge collapse. Fortunately, unlike the sheer incompetence in Benghazi, Libya, this government error did not cost anyone their life.
The Engine
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May 21, 2013
Short-sighted, one-sided, and a merely a confusing list of Rush Limbaugh's talking points.
Laura Armstrong
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May 25, 2013
Look up the word "statism" sometime. Then look at all the government-run programs that are failures nine times out of ten. Talk to some of the good people who are federal employees and they will share with you the horror stories, mismanagement and inefficiencies that they live each and every day, despite their best attempts.

Look at Democrat-run cities and states: failing. Look at Republican-run states: thriving. Rush Limbaugh doesn't espouse talking points, he speaks of ideas, he speaks truth and does so with a heck of a sense of humor, unlike pundits on the left, who just want to divide, agitate and deride.
Questions galore
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May 20, 2013
There are many questions asked in this column. Ms. Cyr only attempts to answer one and gets the answer wrong.

ALL of this she laments started long before the current presidency.

Government decided to offer these entitlements; government can take them away. If that is what you desire, then change your Congress and go for it. We change the executive branch with regularity, but nothing changes over the long term. Change Congress and you might get the desired effect.

And if you truly want "limited government" you are either going to have to vote Libertarian or change the Republican party.
Not too funny
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May 21, 2013
Keving - You use the word "lament" too many times...
Questions galore
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May 21, 2013
I find it amusing that anyone that disagrees with or counterpoints a GOP or conservative position or even hints at liking or tolerating Obama is immediately accused of being Foley. Guess what? There are more people in Marietta-Cobb abstaining from the GOP "Kool-aid" than you realize.

As far as the word lament. Maybe I read that post and didn't realize I was using the same word. But this article could have just as well been titled "Lamentations 5/18"
*Spartacus*
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May 22, 2013
I'm Kevin Foley!
Too funny
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May 20, 2013
So is government assistance of families who need food as a result of lost wages due to a tanking economy a good thing or a bad thing? I’m confused because in one paragraph you lament the rise of government food aid and two paragraphs later, you lament the rise of hungry children due to lack of effective government food aid.



Look, I know the MDJ's considerable conservative reader base will trip all over themselves to congratulate you on this piece, but it's ultimately myopic, one-sided, as I've shown, convoluted, and frankly pessimistic. I expect this from the old geezers who incessantly wax nostalgic for their Golden Age fallacy, but you seem way too young for this type of hand-wringing.



Please get out and make some new friends :)

Not too funny
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May 20, 2013
You're an angry person, aren't you???
Too Funny = Foley
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May 21, 2013
Kevin Foley comments on every political column. Strangely he has not commented here under his name. It is not difficult to conclude that "Too Funny" is Kevin Foley trolling the comments section as usual.
Church Streeter
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May 21, 2013
The point is that abuse of the system is running rampant, so much so that the intended beneficiaries of such aid (the children) are never served.

I recently witnessed a woman in San Francisco cuss, pitch a fit and storm out of a convenience store because the clerks wouldn't allow her to purchase cigarettes with an EBT card that wasn't hers...a perfect example of the abuse of government aid programs.
Too funny
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May 21, 2013
First, no, I'm not angry at all! I get frustrated with obscurantism and willful ignorance (typified by today's GOP) but I love my family, my friends, my country and the freedom's afforded me under the Constitution.

Second, no, I'm not Kevin Foley (but thanks for the compliment :)

Third, it would seem yours is a perfect example of the system working just fine (she didn't get her cigarettes) - haha!

Leaning Right Mama
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May 19, 2013
Excellent points, Mrs. Cyr. As a 50 year old who has voted most of my life as a Republican, I am truly disappointed in the party's lack of being in touch with their true party base. I feel like I have no party right now. The left is too far left, the right is too far right. While I definitely lean more right, I pray that the Republicans can get it together by 2016. However, I think I've been praying that prayer since the Clinton days....
Leaning Right Papa
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May 22, 2013
I'm right there with you.
Laura Armstrong
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May 19, 2013
Ms. Cyr is proving her ability to think large when it comes to her well thought out columns. She sees the bigger picture in an historical context and presents her case. Good job!
Chris Watts
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May 21, 2013
Well said! Keep the articles coming Ms. Cyr! We need your voice!
Brother Thomas
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May 19, 2013
Those eyes are wide open an getting bigger, "just look what I gets even if I dont work" is the motto.
anonymous
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May 27, 2013
As a corollary to that my daughter, a year out of college and working three jobs to maintain a small apartment in Sandy Springs with a room mate, was somewhat liberal in college, though she did not vote Obama. In the last few months, she's noticed all the residents of her apartment complex who sit around on their decks all day and don't go to work. These are the Section 8 housing units. She was livid to figure out that she is paying full price on her unit, putting up with pot smoke at all hours of the day and the SEction 8 residents staring her up and down as she comes home after a long day at work, only to have to leave again a few minutes later for her other job. She is livid, and other hardworking young people are getting it as well. When the welfare state has become this obvious, we are in big trouble. Obama has created a great and inequitable divide, despite his words.
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