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President Obama is right: at some point you have made enough money, and that point is called: it's-none-of-your-damn-business.
It’s nobody's business how much money you make, how much you spend, what you spend it on, how much you save, how much you invest, what you invest in, how much you profit, how much you give away, and who you give it to.
It's your money, that's why.
And while we are at it, it's nobody's business what you eat, drink, smoke, drive, wear, buy, sell, grow, read, watch, shoot, carry, study, listen to, pray with, heat with, and sleep with, either.
It's your life, that's why.
These are the truths that our Declaration of Independence described as self-evident. This is not the United States of Mommy; you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone except your spouse and your God. Certainly not to the government, the Congress, or the President, who all work for you.
Most of us would not dare talk to the boss the way our civil servants - key word servants - talk to us. And a good boss corrects his young and inexperienced employees when they don’t seem to grasp the principles of the firm. Listen up.
At some point, Mr. President, you have taken enough of money; why don't you go stim on that for a while?
And at some point, Mr. President, you have spent enough of money; in 2010 we will have passed that by $1.4 trillion.
And at some point, Mr. President, you have borrowed enough money; how about you just do your job from now on, and quit trying to tell us how to do ours?
In fact, Mr. President, we just think that at some point, you folks have served enough days as our elected representatives.
Because, Mr. President, you had it pretty close to right. There is a point where we indeed have had enough of some things, but money is not one of them.
We've had enough taxes, enough spending, enough debt, enough regulation, enough bailouts, enough unemployment, enough political correctness, enough nationalizing of industries, enough war, enough energy rationing, enough lies, enough snooping, and enough disregard for the Constitution.
The American Dream is not about owning, it is about earning. We are a nation of possibilities, not a nation of limits. We will earn as much or as little as we want, and we will make those decisions for ourselves, thank you very much.
A government that can decide when you have earned enough money can also decide when you have spent enough – on health care, education, energy, charities it does not like, opposition political parties, cars, houses, recreation, guns, and all manner of things that are the pursuit of happiness one day, felonies the next.
In America, we the people place limits on the government, not the other way around. It is our trust in liberty that makes us exceptional in the world; or did, before we elected people who were either afraid or ashamed to be exceptional.
Libertarians are not afraid of Liberty, nor are we ashamed of the prosperity, charity, and happiness it brings out in those lucky enough to live under its immunity.
And Mr. President, there is no point where you have too much Liberty.
Moment Of Clarity" is a weekly commentary by Libertarian writer and speaker Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. Visit Tim’s website www.timnerenz.com to find your moment.