To the Editor,

Folks who passionately oppose any shrinking of the brutal power and unchecked obesity of the federal government tend to accuse conservative-minded citizens of being opposed to the things that the national credit card can buy. They are not correct in their insistence. The problem has never been the needs of the poor, the elderly and the disabled, scare tactics notwithstanding. In fact, it’s the writers of obamacare who want to abuse the mighty hand of the central authority to limit the lifespans of persons who cost us too much money by being alive! There really are “death panels” even if the President refuses to admit it.

We cannot restore government to its legitimate constitutional balance overnight, but we’ll bankrupt our economy if don’t start toward that goal seriously! We can start that direction without injuring the needy … but we can be sure that the naysayers will blitz the public square with false claims that tempt the feeble souls to surrender to the eventual slavery of the current direction. Be ready but do right anyway.

The best blueprint, in my opinion, is to put a freeze on non-military spending, with each state government taking over every federal program that is not authorized in the Constitution, along with a check from the feds amounting to what was spent the previous fiscal year. This would guarantee unbroken services during a transition to the proper balance of power.

Many things people want are not unconstitutional when they ask for it to be done by their elected state leaders. Over time, different states will modify different programs. For example, far from suffering in the state of Texas, I believe that veterans would find a far, far, far better deal with Texans running VA programs in this state that are currently run by Washington, D.C. federal beaurocrats for their pleasure!      Some states would spend bulk money differently than us … and that’s how it ought to be!

We need to take real steps toward a nation where the ingenious idea of a constitutional republic that was drafted in Pennsylvania, with the 10 amendments we call “The Bill of Rights” becomes again more than a history lesson, but an exciting way to restore something precious that will bless our posterity again, as it did two centuries ago. No, this is NOT pretending that we can eradicate government at all: quite simply, it is doing government in a rational and principled manner, which will make us strong and independent again, while ensuring better ways to take care of all who need public funded help.

Paul Richard Strange Sr.,

Waxahachie