- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The world as I have known it is over. To wit: On some streets, it is forbidden to smoke but permissible to burn a flag; you may post and view pornography on the Internet but you may not pray in public schools; and if we lie to Congress it’s a felony, but if Congress lies to us, it’s just politics as usual.

I have concluded that politicians have no loyalty to their constituents, nor do they see themselves as representatives. They act as masters who are beholden only to their biggest contributors and are generous benefactors to those who vote to keep them in power. I have abandoned any belief that politicians and political parties hold the answer to my future.

The facts that nearly 50 percent of the population pays no taxes, many millions receive housing and rent subsidies, almost 46 million receive food stamps and 26 million receive the Earned Income Tax Credit means that half the population has no “skin in the game.”

Calls for higher taxes and more entitlements in the name of “fairness” lead me to ask how much of my private wealth is community property. The number of people dependent on the government’s largess is growing and there is little doubt for what or for whom these people will vote. Elections have become public auctions of private property.

It is disheartening to see so many people clamoring for an omnipotent, oppressive government with more regulations, higher taxes and a spend-and-borrow policy in spite of all that has happened. The results of these policies are a matter of record. If our “leaders” persist in their delusion that doing more of the same will produce different results, there is little doubt that President Obama will be re-elected in 2012.

ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.

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