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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Universal government

I'm feeling very frustrated with our country today. Frustrated, nervous, and even a little scared. You get the sense that things are changing fast. And not for the better. There are people, a lot of them in the main stream media, who seem to think that more government is better. I'm not sure where they get all this faith in government but they believe if we just let President Obama do what he wants, everything will be better. Wow.

What happened to personal responsibility and the American work ethic? Is it lost? And do we really want the government to be in control of everything? Don't we lose our freedoms when government takes control?

I hear more and more people say that we need universal health care. Somehow health care is a right. Really? Since when? That's a concept I can't get my head around. It's the same comparison that says I have a right to a home, a car, a 2.3 kid family with a white picket fence. I think we get confused to what is a right and what is a privilege. There's no doubt that people need help with health care insurance premiums. But again, does that make it their right?

My opinion is that those who are able to work and can afford insurance have the responsibility to do so for themselves. That shouldn't be the burden for others to bear. Why should my tax dollars go to a system to support a family that makes more than me so they can keep their truck, SUV, two car garage, home with cable, internet, cell phone service and the works? It makes no sense. And if you think that the poor people in America can't afford insurance, walk through their homes sometimes. I volunteered for a couple years with a street feed ministry bringing hot meals to those less fortunate. Many have cable tv and cell phones. Why should we pay for their insurance when they're more than capable themselves? All that results in is a distribution of wealth and laziness. That, in a nutshell, is the argument that most who oppose health care are making.

I'm not ignorant to say that there are not people who need help with health care insurance. But universal health care where there's a distribution of responsibility and wealth can not and should not be the answer. All that does is create more bureaucracy. There is no utopia in regards to health care. There's no perfect system. Even if government health care happens, not everyone will be covered. Initially maybe. But that kind of system is not...well, sustainable. But to those who love the idea get angry at those of us who oppose. (Yes, I know there's anger on both sides.) They say that all we do is complain and disagree but don't have any solutions or answers ourselves. But I disagree.

There are several solutions out there that don't involve a government health plan option. For instance, how about make a pool (through a free market solution) that allows those who have little to moderate income, but cannot get insurance through an employer, that helps them get insurance. One should provide a tax return statement showing their need or even a current paystub. But show that they need help. With that, let them enter into a pool of insurance options that allows them to get insurance at a modest cost. And for those who can't afford insurance at all (and that should be proven beforehand through the government and private industry to ensure fairness and accuracy), let them apply for assistance. At the very least, everyone should have catastrophic insurance so they're not burdened with debt they can't pay back. Again, this is based on "need," not a right.

This is a simple but overlooked answer to insurance. Sure there are special considerations and issues to iron out with this plan, but it can and should work. Listen, we don't need the government to take care of us. We are the richest nation in the world. Even the "poor" in this country are not as bad off as the middle class in third world countries.

Let's bring some common sense back to this debate. If that's what this is. It seems more like the government and main stream media is trying to jam this down our throats. To what end? What is their agenda? To help people? Oh, come on. Are we that naive? I don't trust politicians in either party. Granted, there are a few decent ones out there, but they are few and far between. They're all following some agenda and/or listening to some lobbyist that have only their own specific interest in mind. We need to get back to the idea that this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. Not the government and a select few. And if you believe that's what Barack Obama and his fellow democrats are all about, then you my friend have been deceived. Open your eyes. Think for yourself.

We should really remember that our founding fathers said we are individuals with rights endowed by God. But part of that included the right to pursue happiness. Not to have it "given" to us. Here's what they said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Get that? The right to pursue our own course in life. But nowhere do they say that the government should do it for us. Even Thomas Jefferson, the man that a lot of liberals like to quote, said that the federal government is something to fear. Look it up yourself. This is what I found. Jefferson said:

Jefferson once wrote, “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

And that is exactly where I see us headed. This one government that is as venal and oppressive as the one our forefathers left when they came to seek out a New World. If we have any sense, we will fight against this tooth and nail. Please, people, use your common sense and God-given abilities. Universal health care is one more nail in the coffin. It must not happen.