The United States government, the same government that has ostentatiously funneled billions of American tax dollars into scientific projects of questionable value historically exemplified by such projects as:
Tax payer’s money spent on the study of eugenics as well as enormous sums used to implement various government policies, including immigration policies and the compulsory surgical sterilization of patients of state mental institutions based the eugenics proponent’s promise of producing better humans by weeding out individuals with adverse genetic indicators;
Vast sums of tax payer’s money spent on grants to study the search for extraterrestrial life that has gone on for many years with no discernable results;
Huge sums of tax payer’s money spent on the debate, design and construction of the world’s largest and most powerful superconducting super collider in the state of Texas that quietly fizzled out despite the expenditure;
More than $20 million in tax dollars spent to study and employ numerous “psychics” enlisted to help track down terrorists, discover the whereabouts of hostages and provide assistance to the government’s anti-drug activities;
Unimaginable billions of American tax dollars spent to subsidize research, debate legislative regulations and implement policies with respect to the entirely hypothetical and, as yet unproven hysterical belief that human activity is affecting the global environment and setting off an irreversible trend towards disastrous global warming that will inevitably result in the extinction of our species;
Enormous sums of tax payer money funneled into projects promoting “Green Energy” projects such as the proliferation of the highly inefficient wind power generators sprouting up all over the nation, experimental solar electric generating plants that require huge plots of land and return only minimal amounts of useable energy, the construction of geo-thermal plants requiring extremely high maintenance while annually producing more toxic waste per plant than all of the nations nuclear plants combined, and less than reliable solar cell arrays that are highly expensive to produce and have an average effective operating lifespan of less than ten years.
These six areas of government subsidized scientific research represent merely the smallest tip of the enormous iceberg reflecting the United States governments incredible amount of spending on the research and development of harebrained scientific theories of dubious merit, both past and present. These six items represent but a small part of a greater list of similar government expenditures on additional wholly unsubstantiated scientific theories, a list that would take years to compile and describe, and a list that would seemingly go on endlessly.
Admittedly some government subsidized scientific research has yielded beneficial results, but the estimated ratio of beneficial result to total failure is something like 1:700 and for every billion dollars of tax payer money being funneled into these questionable projects, the American people might gain a beneficial return valued at around 37 cents.
While the primary focus of this posting is not related to government spending for questionable scientific research, I feel compelled, after writing the statements above, to clarify that I am not opposed to scientific advancements. I have nothing but admiration for the wonders of modern technology which would not exist were it not for the dedication and hard work of astounding scientists all over the planet. In the sixty years of my existence on this planet the world has changed in many phenomenal ways as a result of scientific achievements and much of what we take for granted today would have seemed like magic when I was a young child growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles in a home that boasted a two hundred pound television with an eight inch viewing screen. However, despite the my amazement at the scientific advances of the last half century, as an American citizen and registered voter who unwaveringly fulfills his civic obligation to participate in government elections, I support political representatives on the basis of their demonstrated integrity, honesty and truthfulness as well as their conviction to uphold the traditions that have made this the greatest nation on Earth. The United States Congress is filled with politicians not scientists. Politicians who were elected to represent the will of the people, not to mandate funding for the research of scientific theories of dubious merit. The greatest scientific achievements of the last century have been the result of private enterprise, not government funding. Private enterprise has electrified our homes, given us the ability to communicate across great distances, and made flying through the air possible, put microwave ovens in our kitchens and computers in our offices. The government did not achieve these things for us; they are all the result of private enterprise. The job of government is to protect our rights as citizens, make it possible for us to prosper according to our own means and prevent invasion by foreigners, and lately it has demonstrated a complete lack of competence at doing any of those things. The government of the United States has turned itself into a self-replicating monster demanding more from its citizens than it returns and considering the current rate of its growth compared to the dwindling income of its citizens, it has become economically unsustainable.
I have been labeled a strong conservative by some, but that does little to accurately describe my foremost desire to see this nation return to it’s original founding principles as they were intended by the authors and brave souls who signed the Declaration of Independence and went on to formulate the framework for a very limited government that gave the American people, not the government officials, the true ruling authority. I consider the current government’s use of illegitimate coercive power to dip their greedy hands into my wallet and remove my hard earned money for the benefit of others as morally reprehensible. The legislative manipulations of the United States Congress to legitimize the theft of a private citizen’s personal property is an abrogation of our inalienable rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and the coercive threat of imprisonment or violence for those unwilling to comply with government sanctioned thievery is a level of government abuse that would not have been tolerated by our government’s founding fathers. The transformation of our formerly legitimate government into it’s present form as a tyrannical, far reaching, over-controlling monster representing only those who have the wealth to pay for the representation they buy while the common man has little or no say in the activities and decisions of our elected representatives is, in every respect, as sufficiently compelling a justification for revolution as were the British government’s abuses of colonists that inevitably resulted in this nation’s severance of British rule.
The powers of the United States Congress, carefully delineated in Article 1 section 8 of the United States Constitution do not include the coercive theft of the private property of American citizens, nor does it allow the redistribution of the product of such theft for the purpose of funding scientific projects. The use of private funds absconded through the use of government coercion to fund a national healthcare program that ensures medical care for individuals that have entered this sovereign nation illegally and in full violation of our federal immigration laws is an unmitigated travesty. It is bad enough that our government would consider the use of tax payer’s money to provide medical care for American citizens who are unwilling or unable to pay for such care themselves, but to force the American people to pay for the medical care of individuals who have no legal right to be in this country in the first place is nothing short of outrageous.
The cost of medical care and healthcare insurance in this country has significantly risen over the last twenty or thirty years primarily as a result of our government’s failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. That failure has allowed an estimated 20 to 40 million illegal aliens from every nation to take up residence within our borders. Many of these foreign invaders are illiterate, semi-skilled and essentially unemployable, and the vast majority of them are dependent on government entitlement programs and social welfare programs funded by the American tax payers. They have inundated our public school systems and degraded the formerly high quality education once available to American children. They have packed into our large metropolitan cities resulting in overcrowding, higher crime rates and increases in local taxes. Our state and federal prisons are packed to the bursting point with illegal alien criminals convicted of violent felonies against American citizens. Hospital emergency rooms have become over run with illegal aliens demanding expensive medical care that they have no intention of ever paying for even if they had the money to do so. Thousands if not millions of these parasitic invaders have taken to the streets of America in protest to demand further government entitlements subsidized by the American tax payers and our once noble government has become riddled with corruption as a result of our elected representatives willingness to accept campaign contributions that are actually nothing more than blatant bribes to influence further changes inevitably leading our nation farther and farther away from a government by the people and for the people to a form of government that is a convoluted concoction of institutionalized graft and greed intentionally sapping the prosperity and motivation of our hard working citizenry to supply an ever increasing array of subsidized benefits to the undeserving. The threat of legislative action related to healthcare reform, immigration reform and amnesty for the unknown millions of illegal aliens now residing in this country are counterproductive to the concepts of freedom, liberty and prosperity for the American people who will be adversely affected by these proposals if they are made law. Every one of these proposals will significantly increase the already oppressive tax burden we now shoulder and the benefit will not be to the American people but to the large corporations and special interest groups that consistently strive to undermine our democratic system by using the well established system of bribery legitimized and redefined by this nations corrupt politicians under the term “lobbying.”
The United States of America, the birthplace of freedom, liberty and the inalienable rights of all men and women, has become morally and financially bankrupt as a result of government greed and corrupt politicians representing their own self interests. The restoration of the original principles upon which our government was founded; principles that made this nation the hope and dream of the entire world, is impossible to achieve from within the present system where redundant, overlapping layers of unconstitutional provisions legitimize the corruption and graft that now exists at every level. The current path does not lead to greater freedom, liberty and prosperity but away from those things we value above all else. The current path of our government leads to tyranny, previously unseen levels of government control over the day to day activities of our average citizens and the eventual establishment of a government class of elitists ruling everything they see with a power that would be envied by the ancient monarchs of Europe and Asia.
The founding fathers of our once glorious nation expressed their dissatisfaction for the British government in the Declaration of Independence and established that free and equal men are blessed by their creator with the inalienable right to alter or abolish any form of government that uses its authority to adversely and destructively impact the citizen’s struggle to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Two hundred thirty three years after those stalwart, brave souls adopted that declaration the citizens of the United States of America once again stand on the brink of tyranny facing certain enslavement and great hardship if courage fails and apathy eventually leads to acquiescence.