One Big Ass Mistake America

Yesterday Congress passed a health care reform bill that none of its members read. It doesn't apply to legislators and their families. It required bribing representatives who seemed to waver by exempting constituents and special interests. It is not funded, but it does pass on a trillion-plus debt load to the various states when the country is the midst of recession. It will not affect how insurance companies do business but probably will have them increase political campaign contributions to congressional advocates of change we can believe in.

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What we can expect is what we already see. Chaos and waste, mismanagement and mendacity.

After Lyndon Johnson became president in 1964, he was able to rally bipartisan support to pass Medicare, a program providing health care to the elderly and disabled. The cost of the first year of implementation was 3 billion dollars. Backers estimated that by 1990 the program would grow to 9 billion. In fact it ballooned to 67 billion. According to the CBS muckrakers on
60 Minutes, last year's budget was about 90 billion, with two-thirds of that being paid in fraudulent claims. Plenty of room for reform in what the government was already squandering of our money, not only to Medicare but also to Medicaid, Social Security and certain iffy community activists.

But the government we have elected is not interested in reform. It would rather increase the ceiling on the national debt. That is to say, increase the amount of money the government allows itself to print when it doesn't have money. That's what happened with Bush the Younger and the Republicans were in charge. Now with Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid at the wheel, the deficit has been quadrupled, and that doesn't count the extra trillion added on Socialist Sunday. Admittedly, there have been some noises to half the latest increase in ten years, to slow the inevitable inflationary and job killing effects. This will be done by... well, by... by pulleys and incline planes and carefully placed mirrors.

Suppose you had a kleptomaniac shopaholic in your family who had a wallet full of maxed out, full-interest-and-penalties due credit cards. You probably wouldn't let him apply for more credit even though he might intend to buy some good things, things that you may want yourself. But you can't trust him to be prudent, and prudence is what we need when it comes to electing our government officials.

So vote the bastards out.