The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 – they’ve had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it can’t 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 71 years 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?
Someone sent me this as an e-mail. While I don’t usually pay much attention to most of what’s in my in box this one hit a home run. I couldn’t have said this any better. Why on God’s green Earth would any of us buy into socialized health-Obama-care when our government has such a dismal track record in every other area?
Aside from our military I can’t name a SINGLE thing that the Feds do that a private outfit couldn’t do better. For example I went to the Post Office today. I have to travel a dozen blocks or so out of my way because the one closest to my house is a disaster. It’s literally a tear in the fabric of the time-space continuum where time stands still as soon as you enter the building. I think I saw Steven Hawking there the last time I went to mail a letter.
When I get to the little Post Office a dozen blocks away, where the service is half decent and friendly, there is a petition on the table to keep the branch open! Apparently some bureaucrat thinks it’s better to close the branch that actually satisfies customer needs and therefore increases business as opposed to the branch people go out of their way to avoid.
So there we have it. Many Americans are willing to turn over their most personal decisions about health care to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who can’t run banks, rail roads or post offices. It really is nuts.