Rights / by kevin murray

President Obama and his minions would have you believe that each of us has rights which are not inalienable, that is to say are not God-given but Government-given.  Because these "rights" are government provided, it also means four very important things:


1.      The government can arbitrarily give as well as arbitrarily take away your rights

2.      The government has the right to tell you what to do and how to behave and the government can change its mind about these rights at any time

3.      Your inalienable rights are superseded by government rights

4.      Government is your god, and there is no god but government


The falsehood and fallacy of the above can be demonstrated easily, our Declaration of Independence in which we the people declared our freedom from King George, was created to overthrow a tyrannical government and to assert that when our inalienable rights were oppressed and taken from us that the governed had the fundamental right to rebel against this said authority.  In short, the purpose of legitimate government is to protect our inalienable rights, not to subvert them.


When the President declares in regards to health care that "…it should be a right for every American," he is wrong.  When the President declares in regards to wages that "… in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour," he is wrong.  When the President declares in regards to housing that "Congress should give every American the chance to refinance at today’s low rates," he is wrong again. 


President Obama is wrong about health care because your liberty and your life will no longer be sovereign to yourself, but instead will become sovereign to the government.  Your freedom of choice will be compromised; medical costs and premiums will rise because of an unnecessarily bloated bureaucracy and mandated inefficiencies, restrictions will be implemented, demands will change based on corrupted incentives, poor health lifestyle choices will be perversely rewarded and subsidized by those who make good choices, and medical personnel will bow to the government and not to the Hippocratic oath. 


President Obama is wrong about the minimum wage because he suffers from the vision of "good intentions" but fails to recognize that businesses operate with a profit incentive.  When minimum wage salaries are increased as mandated by law, those that do not produce in labor the value of that wage will be terminated, therefore the very people that Obama purports to help are the people that are fired or will no longer be hired.  Instead, the bar to become employed will be raised higher and only those that merit the minimum wage as mandated will be employed; in addition, private business management will take steps to reduce minimum wage numbers in aggregate by replacing workers with machinery and taking tax advantage of capital investments in lieu of raised labor costs.


Finally, President Obama is wrong about housing.  The housing fiasco occurred for several reasons, not least of them, the congressional charted corporation (Freddie Mac) and the chartered government-sponsored corporation (Fannie Mae) in which as reported by the Atlantic: "Of the 19.2 million subprime and low quality loans that were on the books of government agencies in 2008, 12 million (about 62%) were held or guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie."  In which the taxpaying public is stuck with losses from subprime mortgages which are estimated at $250 billion.  The chance to refinance is not a congressional responsibility, but the responsibility of the borrowers' income, credit rating, and the price of the housing in question.


Lastly, it would be wise to remember that rights from governments, come and go, inalienable rights that come from our Creator do not.  Also, "a government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have."