Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

A good friend of mine once wrote a poem. It goes like this:

ďHe who takes what isnít hisín

Must give it back or go to prison.Ē

My friendís poem provokes my thoughts as to what has been taken from us by our federal government. With national health care is a hidden agenda inside 4,000 pages of legislation. The health care law takes away our freedom of choice to buy a product, gives direct IRS access to our checking and savings accounts, assesses significant taxation on the sale of our homes and dictates how much earned income a medical professional can make.

As I ponder the fact that I have never been offered a job by a poor man, I can perceive myself becoming one as I look into the future with fewer deductions, higher taxes and more and bigger government intervention.

I wonder if you feel as I do? Sometimes I think we would be better off emptying all the prisons of current residents wearing striped suits and jailing all Washington politicians wearing pin striped suits. Do you think possibly the former residents, if turned loose, would be stealing less from us than the newly incarcerated residents? When a politician mentions the number, billion, as if it is the cost of a lunch, I think we may be on to something.

Can I get an Amen?

Bob Smithey

Pine Bluff