01.31.2010 0

Too Hot Not To Note: Nothing to fear but we citizens

  • On: 02/12/2010 09:25:01
  • In: Elections

  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured commentary from the Boston Herald, Michael Graham points out that when the bureaucrats are so afraid of the people they supposedly serve, there is a really big problem. It will not be fixed with “panic alerts” or armed guards. It will only be solved when the government stops sticking its nose into every facet of daily life, reduces the burden it places on the people, and returns to the limited, subservient role to which it was intended.

    Nothing to fear but we citizens

    By Michael Graham

    When Scott Brown stunned the Massachusetts establishment, some state Democrats said it was time to hit the panic button. But I didn’t know they meant that literally.

    According to yesterday’s Herald, Boston City Hall has been testing ePanicButton software. “[City] workers would be able to hit a button on their computer or push a pedal on the floor to summon help if an angry taxpayer storms into City Hall or if someone arguing a parking ticket gets out of hand,” the Herald reported.

    “Angry taxpayers”? Aren’t those the people who showed up at those dangerous Tea Party rallies, too? I bet the Department of Homeland Security has a file on them!

    Are we sure a panic-button protection is enough? Maybe we should equip every government office with a panic room. How about a trap door or even a moat? You can’t take chances with these crazed taxpayers. I say that if someone heads to City Hall with a “Palin 2012” button on their lapel, we should release the Rottweilers!

    The good news is that for the moment, wronged taxpayers can still fight City Hall without worry that they’ll be tackled by security guards. The $5 million ePanic system is cost prohibitive. But the government’s interest in it is revealing.

    Consider the thousands of businesses around New England that provide customer service or take customer complaints. Now consider how few of them fear their customers to the point of emergency panic systems.

    Fox News just broke the story that the largest government workers’ union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has contributed $9.9 million to fight the Tea Parties. They’re helping fund TheTeaPartyIsOver.org, which opposes the movement’s “dangerous” and “radical” ideas. When you take time from your private-sector job to show up at a rally demanding fiscal sanity, isn’t it nice to know part of some government hack’s tax-funded paycheck is being used against you?

    As Jennifer Rubin points out for Commentary magazine, “The Tea Party movement, once defamed and derided, now poses a threat to the liberal establishment, so much so that they are collecting millions to undermine it.”

    Remember when the idea of public service was to solve problems for the taxpayers? Now we’ve got unionized hacks who think the problem is the taxpayers.

    Last week the Associated Press reported that the Department of Homeland Security had “conducted a threat assessment” on abortion protesters in Wisconsin despite the fact that, according to DHS, “they did not pose a threat.” Why would the Obama administration gather intelligence on American citizens merely expressing their political beliefs?

    Why would government workers want trap doors at the RMV? Why would their unions be attacking citizens worried about spending and debt?

    Because the liberal, pro-government establishment has seen the enemy and they think it’s us. And they’re right.

    A new Rasmussen poll shows that 63 percent of likely voters think America would be better off if we threw out our incumbent congressmen. Interestingly, the group of voters Rasmussen identifies as the “Political Class” – supporters of big government and collective actions – wants incumbents to stay right where they are.

    Like it or not, taxpayers, the fight is on.

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