Who cannot forget this statement made at the Senator Specter and Kathleen Sebelius Townhall:
“I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no.”
With a track record of royally botching social-oriented programs, it seems that no one should trust the Government with anything of importance dealing with people’s lives. But that is exactly what our politicians are trying to legislate and calling such an action in our collective best interest. And like snake-oil salesmen of the old West, they are giving us a sales pitch like no other.
The President is still on the campaign trail, stumping from state to state with tightly controlled townhalls to sell his message of healthcare for all. He commandeers a TV network for an hour long infomercial. His friends in the media refuse to run commercial spots with information counter to the President’s message. Last, but certainly not least, he sends his legions of party faithful, Representatives, Senators, and Union thugs supporters, to sell & support this 1,000+ page of mind-numbing, eye-bleeding legislation that would burden this country’s citizens with unspeakable bureaucracy and no recourse if something goes wrong. When is the last time that you heard of a person successfully suing the government?
While on the way to the doctor this morning, I was listening to WJR, a news radio station, when Paul W. Smith was interviewing Michigan Representative John Dingle. The question was asked of Representative Dingle why there was so much opposition to HR3200 and why it was so hard to understand. He stated that, “it takes a lawyer to read” the legislation to understand it, that the bill refers to itself & other legislation in different places, and this is what makes it hard for the average person to understand.
Which is the reason that 56% of the American people (according to a Fox News poll) would like to vote each and every Congressman out of office next election cycle… Hard to understand legislation that affects so many people does not go over well with the average person, especially when taken in context of some well-known and not so well-known governmental failures.
Medicare and Medicaid are programs that everyone likes to look at when considering healthcare. While these programs do provide healthcare to millions, there are severe problems with the administration of the program. For instance, it is estimated that Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost taxpayers $60 billion per year. Worse, these programs are not self-sustaining, and without additional funding from Congress via taxpayer dollars, these programs will become insolvent (bankrupt) in 2017.
President Obama recently mentioned that Fed-Ex and UPS are doing OK compared to the Post Office. Considering that the Post Office is essentially a government-owned monopoly and lost over $7 Billion dollars last year, this doesn’t give me any confidence in the government running a business.
Then we must consider the government’s foray into the banking sector with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack, and the Federal Reserve. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack were to provide low-interest funding to the mortgage industry while the Federal Reserve was to provide a stable financial system. All three failed in their mandates, leading to the economic crisis that is gripping the country today. And let’s not even start with bailouts of various lending institutions that still paid their executives bonuses with taxpayer dollars…
But surely transportation is safe, right? With the government funding (some would say takeover) of General Motors and Chrysler, one would say that it’s too soon to make a judgment. Those who say that have forgotten Amtrak, which only exists by government subsidy while it was intended to become profitable. After 38 years, it is nowhere near breaking even.
But here is the bottom line: Government cannot run government to accomplish a single goal within a budget or timeframe. For example, the Department of Energy’s mandate was to bring the United States to a state of independence from foreign energy sources. The United States is anything but energy independent, and has locked off sources of energy or made it extremely cost-ineffective to achieve this goal. Drilling in Anwar and stopping a ten-plus year study of Yucca Mountain in favor of unreliable, inefficient, or undeveloped technology puts this country at risk, and is far from the lofty goals stated 32 years ago for that department.
I agree with the quote at the top of this post – What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, and it’s not limited to the healthcare issue. It’s a government by the people & for the people that is the issue. Government has gotten so big that it will be almost impossible to reign in. An appropriate quote is:
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. – P. J. O’Rourke
The Constitution outlines the limits that government must adhere to. But those limits must be enforced by the population of the country, not by government itself. If unchecked, government will expand until it cannot expand any further. History is populated with examples of countries and empires that grew without limits and collapsed when the weight of the country became too great for that country’s resources to sustain. And I fear that we are dangerously close to that point.
Opposition to HR3200 is only the first step for the people to register disapproval to our elected leaders. I sincerely hope they were listening. If not…