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By the people, for the people

February 13, 2009
By BOB WHITED

The word "people" is used extensively throughout the history of our great nation, from our preamble to the constitution through Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and beyond, including a 1960s song by Barbara Streisand. These "people" are sometimes described as a mass of ordinary persons. Regular people themselves have carried a burdensome load and have been the true victims of sacrifice and toil throughout American history. In today's society, they are also used and abused in many ways. People, as voters, are used for their vote, and after the election, are usually cast aside until the next election - regardless of campaign promises made. Promises to armed forces members and veterans, who are also people, are sometimes put on hold. When anything is needed in the form of taxation for police, fire fighters, teachers and education, money management itself seems to be discarded in favor of "Let the people do it with a new levy." People pay taxes and expect to, but please - give them a break! Ordinary people have been good to this country, accepting poor judgment and mismanagement from those in high places making senseless decisions more often than not.

 
 
 

 

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