Are you a Victim or Survivor of Government?

Steve DeFillippo’s Point of View

Are you a Victim or Survivor of Government?

It doesn’t matter what your political persuasion is, we are all victims of a government that has been out of control for decades.

If you look at news archives, old movies, comedians of yesteryear the one theme that has always been clear: When government legislators get together, it’s a joke!

Legislators seem to be aware of the problems we face but cannot or will not respond with well-conceived plans and decisive action to solve our problems. In the 1970’s the Federal Government pledged to solve our oil crisis. Nearly forty years later and we are more vulnerable to economic disaster than ever.

Inflation rates, as published, show that the average annual inflation is less than 3 % for the last five years. This, I find hard to believe as a true and accurate measure of what it costs us to live. Just look at dairy, meat, and flour prices at the grocery store. Can anyone justify the how flour and many dairy items have doubled in price; and meat up by 30 % or more in the past few years?

Whose bright idea was it to use crops as a solution to our energy problem at the cost of escalation in food prices that hits the low income families the hardest? A gallon of milk costs the same as a gallon of gas, both are outrageous! And yet the energy “strategy” has not solved our problems. Whose idea was it to spend billions of dollars on high tech “troubled firms” whose technology was questionable at best?

If we are to be survivors we must unite to demand that government focus with intelligent, well planned solutions and immediate action. We cannot afford to wait another forty years without meaningful results.

Our younger generation should be better informed as to the effects of what government does or does not do for America. On the one hand, it is quite understandable that a young family struggles to survive, even with two incomes; and yet they have little time to look at current and national news that impact on their lives. With today’s technology, such as smart phones, they are just a click away from news websites that can be informative. They should learn to be concerned and want to contribute to a solution to our economic and social difficulties. The trick is to get them take some time to do so. Civics classes in secondary schools need to convince students of the importance of being aware of government actions as a daily matter of course.

I was most encouraged to read that the Naples Daily News has made a commitment to support a refreshing idea:
“By closely listening, we will better understand the issues our journalists should be monitoring to give you, our readers, the insight and knowledge needed to hold our elected leaders accountable”

Bravo! This is a great start but we must call upon all the news media and journalists to make an unbiased and concerted effort to constantly highlight the short comings of our legislators.

If the news media diligently reports the issues and facts, without bias as they ethically should, then the better informed public can stand united to push our legislators to do what they promised us. For the younger generation using the high tech media, we need to find ways to attract them to tune into these high tech outlets with the news that is brief, factual and provide sources for further investigation.

We cannot be victims any longer.

We will survive and we will succeed with everyone’s awareness and responsibility; and help from the news media. Our voices will be heard and our votes will count at the ballot box!

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