Vadertje Staat (Burg in Thailand)
Ronnie, wie kent hem niet. 8 Jaar lang President van de USA (1981-1989). Hierboven vertelt hij aan het volk waarom de belastingen omlaag moeten.
Sometimes I wonder if we haven't talked freedom, free enterprise, etc., so much and so long as abstract theory, that people--particularly young people --don't just tune us out. Speaking to some students the other day, I referred to freedoms lost in this land during my lifetime. And I got a question--what freedoms? What was I talking about? It reminded me of a TV play I had once done in which I played a Soviet major during the occupation of Budapest. In the play I turned out to be something of a nice fellow and let two Hungarians go with this line, "I never knew what freedom was until I saw you lose yours." But facing these students, I had to search for an answer. This is what I came up with When I was their age, there was no such thing as a driver's license. Your father began teaching you to drive the family car when he thought you were old enough and after you had driven him crazy asking why weren't you old enough. You passed your driver's test when he said, "Yes, you can take the car on your date tonight." Believe me, he didn't say that until he was as sure as it's possible to be that you knew how to drive. Now, maybe you'll say that is not a good example; that driver's licenses are a necessity. Are there any fewer accidents today than there were then? Is there a better test of your ability than a parent turning you loose at the wheel of several thousand dollars of investment of his hard earned money? What about 12 year old farm kids driving tractors on their father's farm and plowing a field yet? Well, this led to other examples. When I was 14 years old, I got a summer job with an outfit that was rebuilding and selling old homes. Before the summer was over, I had laid hardwood floor, shingled roof, painted and worked on foundations. And, at summer's end, I had my first year's tuition for college in the bank. Can that be done today? No! You'd have to get a government license to do just about every kind of work that I did. And just as it does with driving, government, not the fellow who hired you, would decide whether you were capable. In a recent debate with Ralph Nader, a distinguished scholar recently threw the obvious example of lack of freedom at Ralph and did so deliberately, sure of the answer he would get. What right," he challenged, "does government have to say you cannot ride a motor cycle without a helmet? You aren't endangering anyone but yourself." Right on cue, came a typical "Naderism." If a helmetless rider splashes himself on the pavement, a government-subsidized ambulance will pick him up, take him to a government-subsidized hospital. If he dies, he will be buried in a government-subsidized cemetery and government welfare will begin paying for the support of his widow and orphaned children. Therefore, government cannot let him fall down and go boom. In other words, we are all now stamped--"Property of the U.S. Government: Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate." This is Ronald Reagan, thanks for listening. (November 8, 1977)
In 2004 kwam de mededeling van Nancy Reagan:
My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after 10 years of Alzheimer's Disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone's prayers.
"I never knew what freedom was until I saw you lose yours."
Burg in Thailand
Burg werkt met openSUSE 10.2 (i586)
Burg is geboren in 1966 en leeft sinds 2001 in Thailand waar hij zijn geld verdient.
Burg is als bedrijfeconomist afgestudeerd aan de KUB en heeft ook een Master (of Information Management) afgerond.
Burg volgt het Nederlandse nieuws dagelijks.