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October 30, 2013

A Moral Reawakening

“[N]ot by politicians but by the American people.”

Essential Liberty

Economist Walter E. Williams: “Despite the fact that today’s increasing levels of federal government spending are unsustainable, there is little evidence that Americans have the willingness to do anything about it. Any politician who’d even talk about significantly reining in unsustainable entitlement spending would be run out of town. Any politician telling the American people they must pay higher taxes to support handout spending, instead of concealing spending through deficits and running up the national debt and inflation, would also be run out of town. Can you imagine what the American people would do to a presidential candidate who’d declare, as James Madison did in a 1794 speech to the House of Representatives, ‘Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government’? If we are to be able to avoid ultimate collapse, it’s going to take a moral reawakening and renewed constitutional respect – not by politicians but by the American people.”

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