Friday, September 11, 2009

A Summary of how Government Serves Us

The following was sent by a former student who understands the case for limited government. Enjoy...
The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - they've had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it is not able to compete with private sector FedEx and UPS services.

Social Security was established in 1935 - they've had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - they've had 71years to get it right; it is broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - they've had 39 years to get it right; it is broke. Together Fannie and Freddie have now led the entire world into the worst economic collapse in 80 years.

The War on Poverty was started in 1964 - they've had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our hard earned money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - they've had 44 years to get it right;
they are both broke; and now our government dares to mention them as models for all US health care.
AMTRAK was established in 1970 - they've had 39 years to get it right; last year they bailed it out as it continues to run at a loss!

This year, a trillion dollars was committed in the massive political payoff called the Stimulus Bill of 2009; it shows NO sign of working; it's been used to increase the size of governments across America , and raise government salaries while the rest of us suffer from economic hardships. It has yet to create a single new private sector job.

Our national debt projections (approaching $10 trillion) have increased 400% in the last six months.

Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009 - - after 80% of the cars purchased turned out to be produced by foreign companies, and dealers nationwide are buried under bureaucratic paperwork demanded by a government that is not yet paying them what was promised.

So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that each and every "service" shoved down our throats by an over-reaching government turns into disaster, how could any informed American trust our government to run or even set policies for America's health care system - - 17% of our economy?

Maybe each of us has a personal responsibility to let others in on this brilliant record before 2010, and then help remove from office those who are voting to destroy capitalism and destroy our grandchildren's future.

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

There is no "Health Care Crisis"

Lost in the debate on what government should do about health care in America is the question no one seems to want to ask. That is, "Why fix a crisis when there is no crisis?"
According to the Obama Administration somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million people do not have health insurance in America. So what? That is only about 15% of the entire population.
Why do we need to have the federal government - the same government that invades countries that do not invade us first; fail to deliver mail better than our phones or FedEx; provides lousy housing for the poor; lousy education for children; lousy roads, bridges, food inspection services and more - in charge of the biggest industry in America? Who are these functional morons who actually believe that government can do a better job at health care then they can at anything else? The American-Indians on reservations have been getting government care for decades. You would not want to go to one of the clinics these Americans are compelled to use.
I wonder how many of the 50 million people who do not have insurance could afford it but choose to spend their money on other things?
How many of the 50 million could afford some insurance if they altered their lifestyles and allocated their funds in a more rational manner?
How many of the 50 million could have some insurance if they would improve their stock of human capital by learning a trade or getting an education that would make them valuable enough to an employer to gain a job and employer-provided health care?
In a nation with rampant obesity, sexually-transmitted diseases, dangerous drivers, high crime and a "you owe me something" mentality, providing health care through the nose of the taxpayer is going to be very, very expensive. Nations like Canada, Sweden, Norway and other quasi-Socialistic places that have low populations and people who do not look as bad, or act as bad as we do, already have tax burdens that are hard for the average worker to manage.
In a nation of 307 million people with all of our problems, reforming health care to save 15% of us is simply idiotic.
In a week or so, the posting on this site will provide some economically sensible solutions to problems in our health care market.
Stay tuned...