, Newburyport, MA


November 20, 2013

How our government ruins commerce


This is another example of your progressive big government in action, the government sworn to create jobs, help the poor and raise the middle class. We don’t hear about these issues or read about them because the average Jane and Dick America are too busy working to put bread on the table, but these events are constantly taking place in our nation because “capitalism” has become an evil word.

Once again big government hinders the development of economic progress that should be a free enterprise course of action of our individual rights.

Would you like to drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands that hold untold quantities of these resources, which could really put our nation out front as a world leader in energy supplies?

Well if you have the capital, you can, but you will have to deal with the rules and regulations of first, The Bureau of Land Management, then you face EPA rules, then you have to deal with the Fish and Wildlife Services, then you go on to the Forestry Services, the National Park Services and finally you come to the National Environmental Policy Act, finally you might be able to drill and recoup your investment.

In the case of the XL pipeline from Canada they had to deal with the State Department which incidentally approved of the building of this pipeline.

Unless we unleash the wheels, the tools and the benefits of capitalism we will never eliminate poverty, we will continue to lose the middle class and we will eventually face a fiscal disaster as we become a 3rd world nation.

We cannot allow President Obama to win this battle of ideology that is spend, borrow, tax and redistribute the wealth of the nation. It’s a road to disaster that our children and grandchildren will face.

Is this the legacy we want to leave them?

Richard Astukewicz is a Salisbury resident.

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