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Wednesday Quotable

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.
-PJ O’Rourke

There seems to have been a shift in this nation over the past decade from the desire for individualism and personal responsibility to an overall acceptance of socialism, government intervention, and collectivism. What is at the root of this mentality? This is not what was envisioned by our founding fathers. I ask many people, and have yet to get a half decent response,”What does the federal government do, other than military, that is cheaper or more efficient than the private sector?”

In Massachusetts, the state subsidizes medical coverage for their residents, and the projected expense for their 365,000 residents is $1.3 billion annually. They certainly regret their decision to subsidize, considering that they don’t even bring in that amount in tax revenue. If you use that model for America’s population, the annual expense for subsidized insurance would be $1.5 trillion in tax payer expense, and that does not even eliminate your co pays and deductibles. Currently, medicaid covers those who income qualified families and children who cannot afford medical coverage. Medicare covers the age qualified. The tax payer gets the bill. What happens when the government medicaid income is transitioned to the bigger subsidized public health system? Much higher taxes, slower services for those of us who were already covered by our employer’s insurance, and the wonderful quality of a government run system.

It’s a recipe for complete failure.

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Friday Top 5: Top 5 lists you will not see on this blog

For those that expect your Saturday Top 5, this one is a little early. You will still get your Saturday Top 5. These are the Top 5 “Top 5’s” that you will not find on this blog.

#5 The Top 5 Things the government does well. The problem is that I can only think of about 3 or 4, if they are good things. I could post a Top 20 list if I was going to include things like “Invading Privacy”, “Spending money like a chick with a credit card” (chicks, please don’t get mad), creating massive bureaucracies, etc.

#4 The Top 5 brands of jeans. That one works for me on a couple levels. I am a guy, and I am only worried about whether they will hold up and whether they will fit comfortably. I don’t care about much else, especially not the color and shape of the little leather patch over the back pocket. Are Jordache still popular?

#3 Top 5 hip hop dance moves. So I was thinking, I probably wouldn’t have the top 5 line dance moves, or ballet steps either. But they would probably be a little more likely than the Hip Hop.

#2 Top 5 ways to prepare cat for dinner. I only know of two ways to prepare a cat for dinner. You can say “here kitty, it’s dinner time!” Or you could just serve it with noodles and chop sticks.

#1 Top 5 favorite episodes of Friends. Kelly loves the TV show “Friends” and has even gotten Trav to believe that it is funny at times. I have probably watched a full 5 or 6 episodes from start to finish, and 2 of them were with Kelly and Trav.

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Where did we get off track, America?

Today, I don’t think I will produce a silly quotation from Jack Handey. In light of super liberal Barack Obama’s big win in NC which has most pundits believing that the race is over in the Democrat party, and also in light of John McCain being a somewhat liberal Republican senator with the nomination sealed, I decided to drop a quote on you from one of our founding fathers.

Thomas Jefferson said,”That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”

It seems to me that not only do our people not discipline themselves, we also do not have a government that governs least. Where did we lose the way? FDR? LBJ? We hand out money either in cash assistance or various programs like Head Start, AFDC, food stamps, medicaid, medicare, Social Security, and soon-to-be Universal Healthcare to almost anyone who applies. We throw the guilt trip on anyone who is in opposition to wasteful spending in the form of these socialist redistributions of wealth. Their proponents accuse opponents of hating the poor and harming the children. If you oppose high taxes, you are accused of favoring the rich. The class warfare has begun!

Neither McCain nor Obama will govern in accordance with the above quote. We can count on more taxes, more spending, more programs, more government noses in our business, and there is not a lot we can do about it. Unfortunately, I’ve been left with the reality that I am voting for the one who will do the lesser amount of damage to the nation, rather than the one who will get this mess turned around.

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