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Oct

The Example of the American Fire Fighter

   Posted by: Interceder    in Interceder's Thoughts

When will America take a lesson from the honor and dedication of those who have been hired to serve in the profession of fireman?

If you have not attended a Fireman’s Bell Ceremony, it should be something to put on your list of things from which to learn.

 

The words here are from a ceremony performed at a recent funeral.

The history of fire fighting is closely associated with the ringing of the bell. shipsbell1 It was the bell that signaled the start of duty and through the days and nights, each alarm was sounded by a bell, it called them to fight fires and to place their lives in jeopardy for the good of their fellow man. And when the fire was out and the alarm had been completed. It was the bell that signaled its end. I believe the words of Dean Alfange best describe who fire fighters are:

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me – not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say – this, with God’s help, I have done.”

We seek strong words and symbols that give us a better understanding of our feelings when we experience a loss, and we use these symbols and words to reflect the devotion our brother had for his duties. The sounding of the bell, a special signal of three rings, three times each, represented the end of their duties and that they were returning to quarters. And now this fellow fire fighter has completed his tasks. His duties well done he has given his best. For our brother his last alarm, he has gone home.

The lessons to be learned from the words of Dean Alfange cannot be minimized. Did you find your mission?

  • Don’t be common, be uncommon.
  • The search for opportunity should supersede a perceived sense of security.
  • Embrace challenge rather than succumbing to mediocrity.
  • Do not sacrifice your freedoms for mere handouts.

When will America pursue this higher goal?

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8
Oct

When Will America Stop Going Broke

   Posted by: Interceder    in Government Spending

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When will America realize that bigger government programs are not going to be the answer to the nation’s issues.

  • The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. The fed has had 234 years to get it to make a profit, but it is broke.
  • Social Security was established in 1935. The fed has had 74 years to make a profit, but it is broke.
  • Fannie Mae was established in 1938. The fed has had 71 years to make a profit, but it is broke.
  • The “War on Poverty” started in 1964. The fed has had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of America’s money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” but the poor seem to still be with us.
  • Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. The fed has had 44 years to make a profit, but it is broke.
  • Freddie Mac was established in 1970. The fed has had 39 years to make a profit, but it is broke.
  • The Department of Energy was created in 1977. The fed said the purpose was to lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil. The program exceeds 16,000 employees, being paid by American tax dollars. The budget for the program is$24 billion a year yet we import more oil than ever before. The fed has had 32 years to make it work but it has been an incredible failure.

Right now, despite all protest from American citizens and proof of failure in other countries, there is a proposed health insurance “fix” which will cost a “mere” 890 billion dollars.

When will America understand that ANY government program means one thing… a larger government, employing increasing numbers of people being paid by tax dollars. It really seems the current group on capitol hill is only increasing the  job growth in one sector…  government jobs.How many czars do we have? How many government employees have been hired to help run our new purchases in automobile manufacturing? How many government employees have been hired to run our newly acquired mortgage lending companies?

How quickly is America moving to the point where there are more people working for the government than in the private sector? As a result, government wants more tax money from the private sector so it can continue to maintain itself and grow ever larger.

Why does the government want to take over the health care of the American citizen? Maybe it is because health care is 16% of the gross national product. Imagine what the American government could do if they had more control of that pie? Since the goal is government growth, why would the powers that be want to leave such a large part of the economy in the hands of the private sector?

When will America realize that if the government really wants to fix the medical insurance problem they need to get out of the business. True medical insurance reform legislation should cost the American taxpayers ZERO dollars, not 890 billion dollars.

What are you going to do to make sure that tax spending is going to decrease rather than increase?

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