Monday, May 16, 2011

Change We Can Believe In?

With the advent of Rahm Emanuel’s swearing in as the new Mayor of Chicago, IL, I must ask this question; “Why are there no protests when Democrats speak the truth, but massive media attention and protests when Republicans, or conservatives deliver the same message?”

Please do not misunderstand me.  I believe that in order to save “America” and the “U.S. Constitution”, there must be dramatic change in the size and scope of “all” government.  Services that have been taken over by public entities and paid for with tax dollars must be turned back over to the private sector.  Of those services, the ones that survive will do so because there is a market need for them.  Those services mandated by federal and state constitutions, city and county charters, through their original intent, must be maintained at sustainable levels by the people.

The overt regulation of services and mandates for health insurance, LEED certified building, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pension plans and all of the moral, yet unauthorized and unsustainable parts of human life that government has interjected itself into, have created an untenable instability to our nation.  I believe this debt and instability can only be cured by strict adherence to the principles that created this great Nation.  I am not saying that in a perfect world those ideals aren’t admirable.  What I am saying is that by allowing a government to have the power to pick and choose standards, and to tax or regulate humans to live by their standards (standards that only individuals can freely choose by free will), “never” will such a moral and humane society exist.  Governments’ using power to force the standards of their choosing, and the manner in which those standards are delivered, to those that government deems deserving, has stepped the United States ever closer to the tyranny that our Founding Fathers gave their lives to free us from.

All of that said, please read about the inauguration of Rahm Emmanuel as the Mayor of Chicago, IL and let me know what you think.


Yours In Truth  Winking smile  Shelly

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as mayor

BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND ABDON M. PALLASCH Staff Reporters May 16, 2011 10:09PM

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Newly-inaugurated Mayor Rahm Emanuel is congratulated at a City Hall open house by citizens who waited in line to shake his hand. His daughter Leah joined him. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday amid sunshine, children’s choirs and a billion-dollar deficit he says he must tame.

“Our city’s financial situation is difficult and profound. We cannot ignore these problems a day longer,” Emanuel told thousands of people gathered in the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park — which Mayor Daley spent $475 million to build.

Vice-President Joe Biden, cabinet members, celebrities and clergy looked on as Emanuel delivered the bitter tonic with a spoonful of optimism:

“I have been clear about the hard truths and tough choices we face: We simply can’t afford the size of city government that we had in the past,” Emanuel said. “It’s not just a matter of doing more with less. We must look at every aspect of city government and ask some basic questions: Can we afford it? Is it worth it? Do we need it?”

Chicago is facing an annual structural deficit of $1.2 billion including unfunded pension liabilities.

In a multicultural, ecumenical inaugural pageant that featured performances by Chicago’s children, Emanuel pledged to better educate them and keep them safer.

“I fully understand there will be those who oppose our efforts to reform our schools, to cut costs and to make government more effective,” Emanuel said. “Some are sure to say, ‘This is the way we do things — we can’t try something new. Those are the rules — we can’t change them.’ ... So when I ask for new policies, I guarantee, the one answer I will not tolerate is: ‘We’ve never done it that way before.’ Chicago is the city of ‘yes we can’ not ‘No we can’t.’ ”

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