I had a friend that worked with me at Central Freight Lines in Dallas in the early ’70’s. He was tall and lean, a friendly type who had come several hundred miles east from his west Texas stomping grounds to take the job in Dallas. We both worked the dock at Central, cross-docking freight from local pick-ups and inbounds from cities all over the state. This was rough, physical work done by young, rough men.
The dock had a roof but was otherwise open to the elements. In January and February, if you worked the 2 – midnight shift, your feet didn’t thaw out ’till about 4 A.M. Many a Central man was pushed to the far side of the bed by their mates. Coitus and cold feet don’t get along.
They gave us a 15 minute break at 9 PM and it was during one of these rest periods that William said something that I thought was curious at the time but later came to understand to be quite profound. Since I was born in west Texas like William and spent a lot of time there with family, I asked William how he found it different living in the Dallas area. He told me he was going back home as soon as possible because he didn’t like all the trees in the area. “Back home you can see forever and I want to see what’s sneaking up on me.”
William moved on after a short while, back to the flat and treeless semi-desert of Big Springs. No doubt it pleased him to be back where you could see a sneaky coyote at 500 yards. I stuck it out a few more years on the dock, but I never forgot what William said.
I went on to my own business which was a modest success and still is after 30 years. Throughout those 30 years I’ve noticed I keep getting sneaked up on by the government. It seems to get a little worse all the time and for the last few Obama years, it is constant. The government has created so many rules and regulations it is impossible to not get sneaked up on. You can not see it coming because it is shrouded in thousands of pages of BS that nobody, except a few think tankers and staff pukes, have ever read. Much of it is not readable and is open to interpretation which changes with each court challenge or rule change from some agency.
Bottom line, a small business guy can’t see his way around all the government process and law. The bigger businesses, the ones that print up fancy paper they trade for cash, are better able to see past all the government trees. They have whole departments dedicated to compliance. In some ways they do not mind big government because it raises the bar for competition to enter their markets. This might be good for the big guys and government employees but it bad for growing jobs and the country is millions of jobs short for the people who still want to work. Big government sneaked up on us and choked the life out of the job market.
There is one candidate running to be president that has a record of creating jobs. He has a successful track record of running a large state. He doesn’t think much of big government. He wants to make government as inconsequential in your life as possible. Whole government agencies will be in jeopardy for their continued existence if this man is given a chance to lead.
I speak of course of Rick Perry, a product of Paint Creek, in west Texas. If you are tired of the federal government sneaking-up on you, your paycheck, your job and every aspect of your life, you have a candidate who hasn’t minced words about his desire to whack the government down to a much more manageable size. If he has been less than eloquent at times, remember talking isn’t doing. Perry is a doer… just look to the last 140 day session of the Texas legislature. The Voter ID bill, the Sonogram bill and Loser Pays tort reform all passed. A $20 billion dollar gap in the 2 year budget was closed without raising taxes. All the while, Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation and it’s not even close.
There are some slick talkers in the Republican primary who want to be president. The country elected one of those 3 years ago. Don’t let another one sneak up on us. Elect Rick Perry.
This is smokin’ hot:
H/T Free Republic