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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's That Time Of Year!

Dear Resident: About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 census form in the mail. When you receive you form, please fill it out and mail it in promptly. Your response is important. Results from the 2010 census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share. Thank you in advance for your help. Sincerely, Robert M. Groves Director, U.S. Census Bureau

Many of you probably received that same letter.
One thing we noticed right off was the entitlement mentality of this letter, "your community may not receive its fair share". Also, note the dependency the government wants us to have on "highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need." None of which should be overseen directly by the government.

And finally, how many tax dollars were spent sending out this stupid letter?

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8 Comments:

Blogger Johann said...

Something else is that you're giving your personal information to a government bureaucracy with no guarantee of its confidentiality. I like your point about the tax money as well.
Keep it up, Sir!

March 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger James G - Death Valley Magazine said...

A buddy of mine says quote: “I will never fill out one of the Rape Camp cards ever”

LOL

~James G

March 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Allison in Texas said...

Please explain your plan for taking care of the highways. Thank you.

March 17, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Allison:
I do not (by ANY stretch of the imagination) have all the answers, but I think that Biblically, highways should all be toll roads. You don't use it, you don't pay for it.
What do you think?

March 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Allison in Texas said...

Well, since you ask: I live in Texas, specifically, very close to Houston. We have several toll roads here, and the local and state governments have plenty of plans to privatize roads. It's not a popular plan, because in general it is an easy way to enrich friends of politicians. You can google the subject; it's a big issue here.
What do you mean biblically? And don't you live in a pretty rural area? (I am guessing, because actually I am from Alabama myself and I have been to the northern parts of the state quite recently) It seems like a "pay to play" law for highways would be pretty unfair to people who live in rural areas.

March 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

When I say "Biblically", this does not mean that the Bible necessarily speaks directly to the subject of road maintenance, but that there is a principle, pattern, or precept that governs the minutest details of our everyday living. God commands us to be good stewards of our resources. In this situation,I think the principle here is: should my tax dollars go to fund road work on roads that I don't even use?
The toll road idea was just the first solution that popped into my head, unless anyone has a better suggestion.
Another example is, my family does not utilize the public school system, yet we finance it through our property taxes. Obviously, if we had the choice, we would use that money for our own education.

Is any of this making sense?

And yes, we do live rurally, but we relatively rarely go anywhere (maybe one trip to town a week).

March 18, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Allison in Texas said...

Yes, I think I understand what you are saying. Which makes me wonder- do you think God was talking about money when He commanded us to be loyal stewards of His Creation? My thoughts really have never gone that way, to be honest. I always pictured His Creation to be the world we live in and the gifts he has given us, including life.
Thanks for answering.

March 19, 2010 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Allison:
2 Timothy 3:16 says that, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness".
I believe that this teaches that the whole Bible applies to all areas of life.
If we believe that God created commerce, then we must acknowledge His control in regards to our money.

March 23, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

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