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We've come so far since Neanderthal days

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Last week, President Joe Biden said that Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, both Republicans, were guilty of “Neanderthal thinking” because they removed statewide mask mandates! It’s reminiscent of Hillary’s calling us irredeemable “deplorables,” or candidate Barack Obama remarking that bitter small-town voters "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Yep, that’s pretty much how the political elite think about us. That also explains why they continue to support mandates that force citizens to do whatever they want us to do. It’s almost as if they believe people won’t wear masks unless we are forced to wear masks.

Back in the old days authorities gave recommendations and guidelines. But, with all the Neanderthal thinking going on the past decade or so, the only logical recourse remaining for authorities is martial-like mandates. Nowadays, all a mayor, a board, or a governor needs is a pen and a phone.

Last week the Senate passed the $1.9 Trillion stimulus bill, Covid relief bill, pandemic aid bill, and American Rescue Plan. What’s in a name? It’s all government money, right? For context, after President Biden signs this bill, the U.S. will be $30 Trillion in debt! All parties in Washington are responsible for raising our national debt to that height!

President Ronald Reagan said, “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” Doesn’t seem that many dollars ago. What have our two national parties bought with the newest debt? What’s actually in the stimulus/relief/aid/rescue bill? Probably a heck of a lot of “Neanderthal thinking.”

Where does the government get its money? Well, Reagan had a saying about that too. “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Unfortunately, Americans have been slowly boiled in that pot of taxes, fees, licenses, and tolls. We’ve become accustomed to paying our fair share for just about everything we do. That’s where most government money comes from.

The Covid pandemic has really put a squeeze on those who govern. On one hand, they got to force people, businesses, and organizations to do whatever they wanted us to do, including closing down. Over the past year, many have grown accustomed to following these mandates, while some of us have grown weary of them. On the other hand, however, closing down or restricting business reduced the amount of money government received, not to mention the salaries and wages workers needed.

In the old days, most people acted responsibly following guidelines and recommendations. Sure there were exceptions just like we’ve seen under the mandates. Businesses acted responsibly and continued meeting customers’ needs. We trusted our neighbors, colleagues, businesses, and organizations to be responsible and follow the guidelines.

Nowadays, that is “Neanderthal thinking,” like letting children read Dr. Seuss books, or letting them play with gender specific Potato Heads. Children should be learning about transgenderism, and girls should learn to be good sports when biological boys beat them in high school sports. We’ve come so far since Neanderthal days!

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Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.