When Heritage Associate Lynda Schultz was younger she, like many, identified herself as a liberal.
As she matured, entered the working world, and raised a family she came to see government in a different light.
A published author of southern fiction, Lynda first became conservative when she and her husband Howard started their own business in North Carolina. When she was getting the business off the ground, she had no help from the government. When her business hit a rough patch, not only did she not receive a government handout, but was obligated to pay them first, before she paid her employees.
The only time the government intervened into her business, she says, was when it was sold, and capital gains taxes were taken. “When I found out that one third of our profits had been paid in tax obligations and federal regulations. I thought the top of my head was about to blow off!”
Lynda has a clear vision of what issues conservatives should tackle first to bring America back to her First Principles: “Debt, and a close second is entitlement spending. However, the two are tightly linked.”
Lynda, who frequently volunteers for food banks in her hometown, also says she would like to see an immediate end to most forms of government welfare. “As a society,” she explains, “we have an obligation to take care of those who are in genuine need. But sitting at home collecting checks from the government because you are ‘working the system’ is not fair to those who go out, work hard, and earn a living every day.”
The payments people receive from the government come from other Americans, Americans who, like you, have jobs, families and obligations. Lynda quotes Walter Williams: “When you take money from one person’s pocket to put into another person’s pocket, it’s stealing. Neither the government, nor I, has the right to take things from people and redistribute it to others. Nowhere in our Constitution does it state that the government’s role is to redistribute the money of its citizenry.”
A daily reader of the Morning Bell and a supporter of our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, Lynda is very involved with Heritage and the North Carolina Committee for Heritage she co-chairs with her husband Howard. Her passion for Heritage is so great that she has been known to recruit new members in her local supermarket. She said she and Ed Feulner keep a running tally of her latest recruits!
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