IT seems to me that what's wrong with America today stems from what can be summed up in a word - shortsightedness.
Politicians promise us things to get our votes today and leave office knowing that their successors will have to tax our children to pay for them tomorrow.
And Americans have fallen for this for decades.
Thus, today's voters find themselves supporting cities that are cutting services to pay pensions, a West Virginia that plans to sap the next couple of generations to pay state pension and retirement benefits, and a nation that is $16 trillion into debt.
It's time for Americans to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Shortsighted government puts liberty itself at risk.
The current administration in Washington, for example, does not even believe in the curbs set forth in the Constitution to limit its power.
As West Virginians have seen in the case of the coal industry, having failed to persuade the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to pass a coal-killer energy bill, President Obama simply gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the power to take such action itself.
Anyone who wants to stop this high-handed rule by unaccountable regulators must sue his rulers at his own very great expense.
Health care? Democrats gave a nation reeling from recession a multitrillion-dollar new entitlement - all by themselves. Not a single Republican voted for this outrageous power grab.
And in the laughably named Affordable Care Act, Democrats revealed that they know exactly what needs to be done, right down to the individual patient in the smallest hamlet in the land. There are boards and commissions for that. Really?
This is not only not how the system is supposed to work, it's dangerous. It has to be stopped.
The Founding Fathers, the framers of the Constitution, on the other hand, were farsighted, and they're looking wiser by the minute.
They established a government that separated powers to thwart such abuses of power.