Washington, Dec. 14 -


Mr. Speaker, some Americans worry about big labor; others worry about big business. But what really scares most Americans is the massive Federal Government snooping around, meddling and controlling every aspect of people's lives.

According to a Gallup Poll released this week, the overwhelming majority, 64 percent, of those surveyed think that Big Government will be the biggest threat to the country in the future. It's worth noting that about half of those people who participated were Democrats that agreed that Big Government is the problem. No surprise. When I meet with my neighbors in southeast Texas, their message for the Federal Government is clear: back off. Stop saddling expensive, job-killing, and unnecessary regulations on businesses.

The mere phrase, I'm from the Federal Government and I'm here to help you, brings fear and trepidation into the hearts and souls of small business owners and individuals throughout the fruited plain. After all, the Constitution says we the people are to control government, not the other way around. Government should not run roughshod over our personal liberty.

And that's just the way it is.