Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The “Pursuit of Happiness”

Our forefathers, in the Declaration of Independence, offered us the “pursuit of happiness” not the “guarantee of happiness” as some of our socialist oriented citizens seem to want to promise us by proposing to change 1/6 of our economy from a mostly private to a public (government-run) system of health care.

In their zeal to show that they have “compassion” for others, they want to push their idea of the “nanny state” where the government takes care of its citizens from cradle to grave. This mindset is what is driving the people who are trying to institute “Universal Health Care” upon us. As of now, it doesn’t seem to be resonating very well in Middle America, and the people are making their voices heard loud and clear. Will the Obama Administration and the Congress listen, only time will tell?

Most all of us know that reform is needed, but the question that causes all the fuss is how we go about it. The liberal seems to want the federal government to be the provider of the financing and operation for this reform. Conversely, the conservatives want the private sector to be the one to mainly provide this service. These divergent points of view are what are driving the emotional disagreement between the parties.

Ideally, in an unreal fantasy world, it would be fine if we could pay into one fund and have all our medical bills paid for. But, we do not live in a fantasy world, we live in the real world with imperfect people, therefore “it ain’t that easy” as Mother Nature sticks her ugly head into the mix. Look around you, how many government run entities are run efficiently with a minimal amount of waste, and outright fraud? Think about Amtrak, the Post Office, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Katrina relief, the I.R.S., Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid etc., etc. All running at a deficit or going broke. I can’t conceive of anyone in their right mind pointing to any government run program as the epitome of a well run enterprise.

Too many people do not want to take responsibility for themselves, but want others to take care of them. Many in our country feel that the “rich” people should pay for all their needs by “punishing” them by taxing them at an unrealistic rate, while they pay little or nothing at all. This class warfare shibboleth, fostered by the liberals (or is it now progressives?), of pitting one income group against another is right out of the Karl Marx playbook, is the modus operandi of the Obamamaniacs in trying to fundamentally change (or transform) our society as we know it. Today, people who make over $250,000 per year, which make up about 7% of all tax returns, pay 60% of all federal income taxes. How much more of the tax load do you want them to pay before they mutiny and say “the hell with it”? The bottom 50% of workers pays just 3% of the total income taxes collected. Is that fair?

Our country was built upon the proposition that everyone was to contribute to their own welfare, so when one group expects the other to take care of them, through the government and its taxing policies, resentment builds up and anger ensues just like what is happening at the “Tea Parties” and “Town Hall Meetings” around the country today. People are frustrated and don’t want others getting a “free lunch” on their backs. For their efforts they are being called “racists”, “brown shirts”, and “evil mongers”. The “Obamamaniacs” should look in the mirror and then make those slurs. It would be fitting and proper to do that.

We don’t need a “nanny state” because a government that controls many aspects of our life eventually will control our whole life, whether we want it or not. Once a government program is put into place it will be almost impossible to get rid of it. That’s what is happening in other countries that have “Universal Health Care”. The medical costs and the quality of the medical care have deteriorated to the point where many of these countries “Universal Health Plans” are on the verge of going bankrupt. They are trying to put a “band-aid” on their burdensome systems by instituting some form of “private” fixes, but it probably is too late. Is that what we want for America? Long lines and rationed care? I think not! We shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bath water just fix what needs to be fixed.

We, as a nation, on the other hand, cannot “guarantee happiness”, but we can stop this insanity that is attempting to screw up our whole system by trying to attain something that is unattainable. Wake up America before it is too late.

Written by Chuck Lehmann

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#impeachObama said...

This class warfare thing is going to backfire. Most middle-class people were willing to buy the argument that "other folks" would get tax increases. But now the Obama Thugs will hit all Americans with a Tax Increase. We will pay one way or another.

Atlanta John said...

Let's reduce spending to balance the budget. Believing that productive people won't notice that they are being taxed at a higher rate is the same as someone taking $100 out of your wallet every day, or a pint of your blood every day, it is simply not fair.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever met such angry, disgruntled people as liberals are today? They are still fighting over the 2000 election and, even today, can't for the hell of it believe that Obama's poll numbers are going into the toilet. They are deperately in need of some happiness, but I guess Obama can't guarantee it just like he can't guarantee Universal Health Care.