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What the Government Gives, it Can Take Away- Politics

We hold these truths to be self evident

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. We are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We have seen this is action this week with the Pay Czar, Ken Feinberg taking away the pay of the top 25 Highest paid Executives that were given money during the Bailouts. This includes AIG, Citigroup, GM, Bank of America, Chrysler, GMAC.

Both parties have lost site of the principals that were fought with blood, sweat and tears. We must return to our Founding Documents and the principals of Self Government that made this nation great.

Government is not our Savior, our Rights did not come from government. Our rights came from a Creator God that is why they are unalienable.

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Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.



  1. Missy

    October 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Missy, You hit the nail on the head! Our country is sliding down a slippery slope and this is not what our fore fathers had intended. I struggle to comprehend what role our government will have in the coming years if things continue on this path – but I am fearful of the ramifications. Our government needs to turn a watchful eye upon itself and evaluate just what its role is and how it operates. We are slowly losing touch with what has made our country great.

  2. MIssy Caulk

    October 25, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    We have a fabulous blue print for how our country should be run, I think the documents just need to be required reading as they are sworn in office. It still inspires and as Ben Franklin was walking down the street after the Constitution was written, a lady came up to him and said, “What have you given us Sir?”
    His response, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
    Knowing human nature checks and balances were set forth to temper the expansion of power that we are all capable of desiring and abusing.

  3. Scott

    October 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I completely agree w/ you Missy. I don’t care how much money someone makes in a business, if the business plan is strong the business will succeed, if it’s weak it’ll fail. This is a natural thing, and the government just doesn’t belong in the middle of that.

    I really don’t think most well meaning people realize how socialistic this is. I also believe that many people are just jealous that someone else would have the nerve to make more money themselves, without knowing that when you take that away from a free society, you strip that system of one of the things that makes it free.

    The most important thing you touched on though is God. If we don’t get back to the basics, and start doing what’s *right* no matter what the consequences are, we’ll continue to fail as a country. I really feel that both parties have missed this concept, and why is there only a two party system? I’ve heard politicians talk about how they have to vote for something just b/c if they don’t, they won’t get the right people’s vote on something they want. Sooo it doesn’t matter whether it’s right to vote for it, what matters is that we vote in a way that assures that we get what we want? I see a recipe for disaster in that.

    I believe that even more important than what the politicians do, is what we do personally. If we vote for something just because it keeps our paychecks coming in, but at the end of the day it’s wrong, and we know when it’s wrong, then we continue to damage ourselves as well as our country.

  4. MIssy Caulk

    October 26, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I think most of us are sick of politics, and the two party system. However, they have made it very difficult for a 3rd party candidate to have any success. We should all vote our conscience regardless of party or how it helps our pocket books.
    Like the whole 8000.00 credit. Yes it put a few dollars in my pocket but…I am not in favor of renewing it and am not following NAR to contact our legislatures to get it extended.

  5. HeatherO

    October 26, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    So true!
    Want free education? Then the Govt gets to make the rules. If you believe that you have ‘the right’ to free healthcare, or anything else, then they have the ‘right’ to dictate what, how, when, where, you get it. Everyone has created the idea that we have so many “rights” at the cost of freedom.

  6. Joe Loomer

    October 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Sorry Missy – would have been by earlier – but I was watching MY football on Sunday ;).

    When the Declaration of Independence was written, the authors and signatories knew they would be considered to have commited treason against the King, and many died because of it. Their vision for this country – a vision they shed blood for – is a far cry from what exists today. Little known is that a large British Fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor when the Declaration was signed.

    Why was John Hancock’s signature so big? He already had a 500 pound bounty on his head for treason. He signed it so big so “that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward.”

    It is my fervent desire that we continue to have our tea parties and town halls – come back to touch with the divination of our founding fathers – continue to have robust and healthy debate in this forum and others – be the Americans we used to be.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  7. Bruce Lemieux

    October 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    This is becoming the Glenn Beck blog. I liked it better when it was about real estate.

  8. MIssy Caulk

    October 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Bruce, only on Sunday Mornings. 🙂

    Joe, I had not read that about John Hancock’s signature. Thanks!

    HeatherO, too many assumptions about what our right’s were, I’ll stick with the Bill of Rights, how about you. That covers enough for me.

  9. AV Homes

    June 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    The government bails out other countries too, while we continue with debt. They take out an outrageous amount of taxes every year that only “seems” smaller because it’s taken out of people’s wages by the company they work for at the time. I think with the amount of money they give away to companies to do whatever they please. I wish I knew how we could change this.

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