Bud's Beat

By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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There’s no getting around it. There’s a lot of anger out there when it comes to how people view their government. Not a surprise when you realize that unemployment is at a higher-than-normal rate. The fact that this is an off-year election magnifies the situation. Incumbent candidates are taking the heat as they stump in their local districts. Town hall meetings, often largely made up of Tea Party members, have been lively and participants very vocal. The main theme from most of the hecklers is “Get government off our backs.” The voice of their hero, Ronald Reagan, echoes in their minds. He said: “We must not look to government to solve our problems. Government is the problem.” Over the years, I have had a different view, or attitude, about my government. As a youngster just out of high school, I received a notice to report for military duty to protect my government. After service, my government provided college schooling under the GI bill. A government Small Business Administration loan provided capital to remain in the publishing business. A government-sponsored IRA tax break alllowed me to set up a retirement plan for the future. About the same time, the government Social Security plan provided for a comfortable retirement for my elderly parents. Now, I have a similar SS stipend. All government-sponsored. Just recently, thanks to the Obama health plan passed by my government, I see my children and grandchildren receiving the care they need. So, you can’t count me as one of those disgruntled anti-government individuals. I like my government and will continue to support efforts to give support to those who this country one of the best mankind has known. When I come across those ranting and raving at town hall meetings about changing things and tampering with the Constitution, I ask, “Which of the government programs I mentioned would you change?”