FREEDOM: Just another word?

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose… so goes Janis Joplin’s song, “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The freedoms we use to have meant something, but not today! With big government’s un-ending regulations we no longer enjoy the freedoms of yesterday, and small businesses cannot survive in today’s climate. Both political parties are to blame — but more so the Democrats as they are proponents of more rules, regulations and bureaucracies that stifle all businesses both large and small.

We need to deregulate the regulators so more and more small businesses (the backbone of economic growth) can again thrive and rekindle the jobs we’ve lost during the last 40 years.

I am a classic example of a small businessman that had to shut down four small businesses (a Mexican restaurant, a small grocery market a deli and pizza shop) because of ridiculous rules and regulations that were imposed on me by the San Diego County Building Department.

After a disastrous fire burned down my businesses, I wanted to rebuild — but after six years of fighting the county and a loss of more than $80,000 in fees, I could no longer afford to fight “City Hall!” I employed more than 20 people in those businesses and these jobs were lost forever.

This brings me to this point. How in the world could the most powerful nation in the world, the United States, lose our steel, automotive and thousands of manufacturing jobs to countries like Japan, Korea, China and Mexico?

The answers are quite simple! Large companies and corporations whose only concerns are the bottom line were tired of the rules, regulations, unions and 35 percent tax rate imposed upon them by our government. Even the dumbest of small business owners understands the difference between paying $8 per hour versus $15, $25, $50 or even $100 per hour that the unions demanded from the automotive industry. This killed Detroit and all the other automotive industrial towns.

What we have here is a FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE with all politicians that have lined their own pockets and failed their constituents wishes. This is why we have “Angry Americans” in every large and small town across the United States!

This next election for the presidency is one of the most vital elections America will ever face. We must decide whether we will remain the greatest country in this world.

We have two choices (maybe not the best we’ve ever had). Nonetheless we can vote for Hillary Clinton (the politician) and continue the failed policies of the Obama Administration, or roll the dice and take a chance on (the non-politician) Donald Trump.

It is your choice, but be careful. The freedoms you save may be your own!



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Richard Matz

Richard T. Matz is the publisher of the Military Press. Send feedback to