Friday, April 16, 2010

Building a Dynamic Economy in Maine

America is in a mess economically.  Putting our faith in an economic future, which may or may not come to pass, is a mistake.  God calls us to pay our bills on time, not rely on China to float us a loan while we wait for our ship to come in.

Maine can build the most dynamic economy on the planet.  Our people are hard-working and creative. Our ancestors moved north from Massachusetts to build their own homes.  They didn't want Massachusetts dictating to them.  We still don't have any use for big city values.

We need jobs - jobs that make it possible for us to provide for our families.

We don't have jobs, because the government wants it that way - especially the federal government. Augusta is an accomplice in the destruction of the economy, but it isn't the worst offender.  The worst offender is Washington D.C.

Maine has the natural resources to be self-sufficient. We even have enough to help our neighbors.  We are not a good neighbor, or even self-sufficient, because our government cares more about dirt and trees than it does about the people of Maine.

If government really cared about the people of Maine, it wouldn't give them food stamps and welfare.  If government really cared, if it were a true partner, it would unleash the creative potential of Maine people.  As Thomas Paine observed, "The government that governs best, governs least."

Government did not make the forest beautiful.  Christian ideas related to stewardship helped create the natural environment that keeps so many of us here in the Pine Tree State.  Giving Augusta and Washington responsibility for environmental stewardship is killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

The high ideals of Christianity make us good.  These ideas draw us away from Hell, and toward Heaven. If we obey God's laws, Maine will look even more like Heaven. Tending a garden is a labor of love, not drudgery designed to produce food.  We are spiritual beings. Animals are not. Everything in nature, plant and animal alike, were created to serve man. No matter what PETA and the liberals at Princeton and Harvard say, animals are good food - and that includes the deer in the forest and the fish in the sea. 

Our economic problems will disappear when people begin thinking correctly.  Maine will prosper if our people love God.  If we love God and recommit ourselves to obeying His laws, we will emerge from this relatively minor economic challenge stronger, and more devoted to one another.

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