Bigger Government?

I found this post on a Fox News web forum highlighting viewers’ responses to the GOP debate hosted by Fox News. It caught my eye because of the comments on big government. This viewer is from Sweden and historically Sweden has been a big government/socialist country. While I was out in Aspen, Colorado attending an ESI training session about 7 years ago, I got the chance to meet a young man, also from Sweden, who made some very similar comments. However, for some reason, many of our left-wing liberal democrats like to point to Sweden as a shining example of where we should be headed as a country.

Ulrika Says:

January 8th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I have lived in this country for the past 17 years and I am honored to be a citizen and the spouse of a military officer. I grew up in the beautiful country of Sweden and moved here as a young adult. I know big government! I know the inefficiencies of government run health care. I know the paralyzing effects high taxes have on a people. I know what a lack of respect for life and the sanctity of marriage have on society. I could go on an on.

On so many issues the democrats could not be further from what I believe is right, true and good for America. To all republicans and conservative independents, I would like to say; Please vote for the candidate that you think will have the best chance of beating the Democratic nominee. The polls are clear. Mitt Romney is the one most people believe can beat the Democratic nominee: whoever that may be. Take the time and watch the debates and various appearances and you’ll see a well-composed, intelligent, articulate leader ready to take over in the White House.

I wish she would go on and on.

I am not sure I agree with her endorsement of Mitt Romney as the only viable republican candidate, but her comments speak volumes about big government and tax and spend politics. I hope the Republican Party can rediscover its small government, conservative spending roots. It certainly needs to convince the voters in this country it has … if it hopes to gain a victory in the 2008 election.

I find it curious that the same people, who cried so loudly about FEMA’s inept handling and wasteful spending during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, want to give that same government more responsibility and money … meaning more wasteful bureaucracy.

It currently takes 5 to 6 months of red tape for a doctor to be paid by medicare. If government run healthcare is so good, why do people who have money in countries that have government run healthcare come to the U.S. for treatment of anything serious?

Why would we want to give a government that builds bridges to nowhere and grants $400,000 for a Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina more of our tax dollars? Pork Barrel projects in 2006 totaled $29 billions dollars. Hillary Clinton’s recent support of the “Woodstock Museum” comes to mind.

My tax dollars should be better spent … before they come asking me for more!

As an interesting side note: Sweden’s new prime minister’s party won because of, among other things, pledged tax cuts.

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