As a kid, I loved when it snowed. As soon as the radio deejay announced that Warwick was closed, I ran out the door, armed only with my snow shovel. The snow, that had fallen so effortlessly overnight, landed on the sidewalks throughout my development, which had to be removed with effort. These snow covered lanes of concrete became my means to earn money.
I quickly learned that the most money to be earned was made at those corner lot houses that contained the largest sidewalks. Moreover, I learned to never go to a house that had kids because they would be the ones shoveling their sidewalks; therefore, no money to be had. I also learned to get out early in the development to beat the other workers to the punch.
Over the years shoeveling snow, I learned how to sell myself to prospective clients, how to market my business, how to negotiate a fair price for my services and how to do a good job so that I would earn repeat business the next time it snowed. Foremost, I learned that work leads to self worth.
I used my earnings to buy sneakers, model airplanes, record albums or candy. Somehow, the candy tasted sweeter, the albums sounded better and my sneakers last longer because I used my money. I also made my purchases a little more carefully because I was using my money. Before making a purchase, I would ask myself if I really wanted to buy those sneakers. If I didn't have enough money to buy a particular brand of sneaker, I either had to shovel more sidewalks or I had to buy a cheaper pair.
I became dependent on me if I wanted to buy those $35.00 Puma sneakers --- not my parents. I was a steward of my money.
In 2013, the government needs to become a better steward of this nation's money. Americans work hard for their money. We are generally ok with social programs and the like that give temporary aid to those in need - "temporary" aid to those in need. However, keeping the money flowing without end does more harm then good to someone's self-worth and work ethic. Eventually, those recipients become dependent on government and not themselves. Government, then, can dictate how they can spend their money, such as what food to buy, where to live or the insurance plan that they must use.
I want this nation to return to a place where individuals have the freedom to define their course -- and not a course designed by the government.
My desire to lift people from the muck and mire that is government dependency is why I can't put this leading to run for public office to bed.
Hey Washington. If you truly want to help this nation, start empowering people from all races and economic levels instead of empowering the government. In the end, individuals gain self-worth. Isn't that what we all want anyway?
I am getting my second wind - my tiredness is disappearing. I have no intention of sleeping. We can turn this nation around. I haven't lost hope in the American People -- just our leadership.
Who will join me? #TeamTim