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Communities Thrive Without Nanny State

By Friday, 16 January 2015 08:29 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Warren Buffett became very rich and famous because he is a terrific investor. Not everyone agrees with his political stances, but his ability to achieve great return on investments is unquestioned.

Most people are familiar with the parable in the Bible of the 10 talents. Two servants who made wise investments were praised and rewarded with even more opportunities, while the one servant who simply attempted to preserve his talent was referred to as wicked, and his one talent was taken from him.

The point is, we have these very complex brains for a reason. Our intricate frontal lobes allow us to extract information from the past and the present, process it and project it onto the future — as a plan. This means we can plan, strategize, and figure out ways to maximize the return on our investment.

If we are observant and analytical, we also have the ability to see what is happening in our environment and take steps to change direction if we don't like it, or accelerate down the pathway if we do like what we are seeing.

An examination of American society today would show we are consolidating power in the hands of relatively few politically powerful or financially powerful individuals — while the middle class, which was once the seat of power — is rapidly shrinking and the dependent class is rapidly expanding.

This is clearly not the model the Founders of this nation were trying to create. In fact, our Constitution was designed to prevent this from occurring. Instead of complaining and despairing, we the people must recognize this nation was built around us — not around the government.

The government is supposed to exist for the purpose of facilitating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the citizens of this nation. It must conform to our will, rather than impose its will upon us.

When it comes to investing in the future of our country, we should remember we had a meteoric rise among the nations of the world because we quickly developed a can do attitude. Investments returning us to that kind of thinking will be extremely valuable.

Instead of fighting each other, we should use our collective intellect, fashioning programs allowing us to invest in our fellow Americans, with the return on investment being deliverance from a state of dependency and realization of the tremendous potential for achievement residing in each of us — regardless of station of birth. We can indeed become successful investors.

I'm not saying the government is wicked, but like the wicked servant, its programs confine people in a state of dependency, rather than advancing and empowering them to become independent contributors to society.

A tremendous amount of resources resides in American business, industry, Wall Street, churches, charitable community organizations, and private families. I have witnessed a number of impressive organizations around the country whose members have decided — without government intervention — to invest in less fortunate members of their own communities, with spectacular results.

Every person the private sector invests in is likely to become a contributor to society, ultimately helping to raise the tide that floats all boats. Purveyors of hatred and division don't like our system, believing we should all worship at the throne of government. They wish to create dissatisfaction with the current system — in order to fertilize the ground for a fundamental change.

We don't need a change. We need a fix. With the can do attitude, once such an important part of our identity, we can achieve the greatest return on investment our nation has ever seen.

Dr. Ben Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been awarded more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. He has authored more than 100 neurosurgical publications and has written five best-selling books, including "America the Beautiful." For more on Dr. Carson, Click Here Now.


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The government is supposed to exist for the purpose of facilitating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the citizens of this nation. It must conform to our will, rather than impose its will upon us.
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Friday, 16 January 2015 08:29 AM
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