Letter to the editor: The time for smaller federal government is now  


What if you had a printing press in your basement and you could print $100 bills, as many as you wanted, legally? The U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, says Congress has the power “to coin money (and) regulate the value thereof” and “to borrow money on the credit of the United States.”  

This authority gives the Congress almost unlimited power to control our economy and your money. They use this power to grow the government and do everything they can agree on to facilitate their bright ideas and advance the importance and benefits of their “public service.”  

In 1959, when I was 16, gas was 25 cents per gallon, bread was 20 cents a loaf and a stamp was 4 cents. 

The difference between then and now is called inflation. According to U.S. government figures, inflation between 1958 and 2023 was 1,000%, a factor of 10. 

Inflation between 2017 and 2023 was 27%. The U.S. government’s spending between 2017 and 2023 increased 88%. What does this tell you about government growth? 

It tells me that the increase in the size and power of our government, under the control of our present leaders, will continue until everything is owned and controlled by the government, or until the voters recognize the serious threat and take action to stop the insanity and change the leaders. 

Do you know what a “confidence game” is? It is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence.  How about a pyramid scheme? How about “something for nothing?” Do you recognize the sin of envy?  All of these activities have a victim, and could that victim be you? All of these activities are used with government propaganda to trick you out of your control of your government. 

Many people today just aren’t interested in politics or government, but I suggest that the time to pay attention has come. Your government is growing to a point that it will no longer protect your God-given rights, but instead it is taking control of everything, unless we demand the change of direction toward smaller government. The government growth is unstoppable unless we the people act to demand a change of direction.  

The politicians tried to scare people about a “government shutdown” using fear to prevent normal negotiated attempts at a reduction of spending and a slowing of the government’s growth. There have been 14 partial government shutdowns in the past. Previous shutdowns have only temporarily shut down nonessential government services, perhaps making the government perform only its actual duties. The affected employees have always been made whole after the shutdown, and the government has not gone out of business as a result. Unfortunately, the excess spending has always continued. Today, however, our Congress and president are spending trillions at a prodigious rate, and it must change or there will be unprecedented destructive effects on our country and our economy. 

Tax and spend politicians were trying to prevent a reduction of their trillions of dollars of excess spending by forcing a government shutdown and then blaming the shutdown on any representative who attempted to negotiate a reduction in spending. 

So we have a government-sponsored confidence game trying to eliminate our representatives’ attempts to somewhat reduce excessive massive spending and huge, impossible debt. If the excessive spending and debt continues, your standard of living will tank, and our “Land of the Free” freedom will be all gone. 


Mike Kimbrel