HOPE AND CHANGE- FOOD FOR THOUGHT

large_men-in-black“We’re from the government. We’re here to help…”

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.

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34 Responses to HOPE AND CHANGE- FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  1. Paul says:

    So Brother Denny, I have to ask. Where did the greatest country in the world go so wrong? The Buck has to stop somewhere. Obama didn’t create this mess.

  2. No he didn’t Paul. But people who think like him and embrace his policies and mindset did.

    Ask yourself why some big cities are bankrupt, not just now but perpetually and why others aren’t. Then take a look at who is/has been running them and for how long. Do the same for our states. Look at the states that are financial failures and basket cases and ask yourself why.

    Do it a couple of times and you will see a familiar pattern emerge.

    Simply put we went wrong when the government got involved in the free market and gradually embraced socialist policies. Instead of thoughtful regulation greed, incompetence, corruption and arrogance became driving factors.

  3. Randal Graves says:

    Paul, his blinders came off on January 20th.

    Oh, and the USPS hasn’t been run by the gov’t for 38 years.

  4. So Randall you are prepared to dispute this with FACTS? The fact that the government does actually run the USPS is just a facade. We all know who controls it in reality. Smoke and mirrors my friend.

    You act like I approve of any of this prior to Jan. 20th. That’s where you lose credibility every time.

  5. The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service is an eleven-member board comparable to a board of directors of a private corporation, except in service of the American postal system. Nine members are appointed by the President of the United States, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The nine presidentially appointed Governors choose the Postmaster General, who also serves as a member of the Board. These 10, in turn, choose a Deputy Postmaster General, who becomes the 11th member of the Board. The Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General serve at the pleasure of the Governors.

  6. Randal Graves says:

    +1 for the Captain.

    “You act like I approve of any of this prior to Jan. 20th. That’s where you lose credibility every time.” I don’t think so. Your government complaints were almost non-existent before Jan. 20th.

    You bitch about wasteful spending with Obamacare and Cash for Clunkers but the $1+ Trillion in Iraq was completely justified.

  7. Andrew says:

    Speaking of track records – here’s a track record of success during past financial crises…

    Ronald Reagan’s income tax rate reductions in 1981 helped lead to one of the 20th century’s strongest economic expansions, in which 20 million new jobs were created over a decade.

    Tax cuts enacted after John F. Kennedy’s death not only helped to bolster Gross National Product, but also employment trends.

    Don’t give me that, “Obama is facing the worst financial crisis since the depression” nonsense – the unemployment rate under Reagan was 10.6 (it’s 9.4 now).

    Instead of Obama’s spending spree, perhaps he should look to history, and let the free market do it’s job.

  8. Paul says:

    Brother Denny we (American citizens) elected Republicans and Democrats and both sides made serious blunders.And those blunders are having repercushions now while we play partisan politics. AS for unemployment rates, I agree, but Reagan wasn’t facing the myriad of problems that Obama inherited. Now the Republicans ay , “Trust us” again. The image of Dick Cheney comes to mind and I shudder for the nation. I trust very few of our politicos and certainly not village idiots and boos like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and that lot.

  9. Paul says:

    Whether we like it or not , the country is in a bad way. And I have a question for the Republicans. If they have a solution to the nation’s ills (that plague us now) why in the hell didn’t they address the problems when they held power ? One problem we have is a dearth of genuine statesmen in the Congress. Instead we get a Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or a Chuck Grassley. Or even Newt Gingrich. Damn the lot of them !

  10. Wyatt Earp says:

    Paul – “I agree, but Reagan wasn’t facing the myriad of problems that Obama inherited.”

    That is the funniest thing you have ever written.

  11. “Your government complaints were almost non-existent before Jan. 20th”.
    ARE YOU NUT’S? I HATE the government especially the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. It just so happens I hate 99% of what the Democrat party believes in as well.
    They believe in socialism and a government run cradle to grave entitlement society that has destroyed every town/city/state/country that has ever embraced that philosophy. Philadelphia is a prime example. 60 plus years of uninterrupted 1 party democrat rule and look at this city. We’re broke…AGAIN. It is a fact that democrats can’t run anything effectively.

  12. Paul- the Republicans did indeed make mistakes while they were in office. AND they were called out on many of them by other REPUBLICANS myself included. That doesn’t mean abandoning those principles. It means electing others who will follow them. Low taxes, law and order, free enterprise, legal immigration, small government are all things that made America great and powerful not handouts from Uncle Sam to people who won’t work or think they are entitled to them.
    P.S. Regan inherited a DISASTER from Carter and turned this country around.

  13. Randall- the Iraq comparisons are not only wrong and insipid, they are also tiring. A trillion dollars in 8 months for CLUNKERS.
    The US Congress a co-equal branch of our government authorized the Iraq war and funded it over and over. If you have a problem with that contact your local Democrat Senator and demand the troops be brought home tomorrow.

  14. John D says:

    The Iraq war comparison falls short in another way, Cap. The Iraq war is winding down and will eventually end. Government health care, if adopted, will go on forever, and will just keep getting bigger.

  15. Wyatt Earp says:

    John D – “Go on forever and keep getting bigger.”

    Just like my Johnson. Heh.

  16. Randal Graves says:

    ““Your government complaints were almost non-existent before Jan. 20th”.
    ARE YOU NUT’S? I HATE the government especially the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ”

    Count the number of pre-Obama government-ripping post vs. the number of Obama government ripping posts. I’ll bet it’s at least 1000% lower pre-Obama.

  17. Randal Graves says:

    “Randall- the Iraq comparisons are not only wrong and insipid, they are also tiring.”

    There wrong because Bush was in command when it happened. So it’s okay to waste a trillion dollars if you do it slowly; got it, thanks. The Irawq comparison is tiring because it’s true: wasted money. You’re a political, right-wing fraud. Be a “political” man and step up and say shit’s wrong.

    I’m fine admitting ObamaCare and Cash for Clunkers is 100% wrong. I hate the thought of full-blown government run healthcare (and I pay a shitload for medical insurance). That’s the difference between us: I don’t wear political party blinders, you do.

  18. URUSIS says:

    (First of all, I sent the e-mail.) Second of all, I already DO have government healthcare and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!

  19. The US also created ConRail at the same time they created Amtrak. The difference? After a few years, ConRail went private, became the dominant freight rail service in the Northeast, and was bought out by two other private enterprises: CSX and Norfolk Southern,…

    Hmmmmm,….

  20. Randall: you are officially unhinged. I have bashed all levels of government long before I ever started this blog. I have NEVER made any attempt to disagree with Republicans when I THOUGHT they were wrong. (Not you). I SUPPORTED the Iraq war (As did two thirds of our government like Hillary Clinton et al.)because I think it was important to remove a murderous dictator who was threatening our national interest once and for all – post 911. I won’t apologize for that. I did rip on President Bush (I’ve made this point before and this will be the last time) on things like immigration, the budget, the CONDUCT of the war and a few others.
    When the government is fulfilling one of it’s obligations like national defense then the spending is what it is. It cost a lot to wage war.
    When it is engaging in pork or involving itself where it has no business like giving out free health care then the cost is a gigantic issue especially with their track record. Sad to say but there is no RIGHT to free ANYTHING especially health care. There is a RIGHT to bear arms. I’ll wait for Obama to send me my FREE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED GUN.

  21. Randal Graves says:

    “When the government is fulfilling one of it’s obligations like national defense then the spending is what it is.”

    Too bad that’s not what was happening in Iraq.

  22. Howie says:

    Randall,

    If you want to talk dollar and sense, the difference is there is an end to Iraq…there will never be an end to National Healthcare.

  23. Randal Graves says:

    nice sidestep on Iraq.

  24. Randall:
    Your uninformed opinion is that it wasn’t national defense (as if having a hostile country with WMD capability at the seat of our oil supply is somehow NOT related to our security).

    However it was the INFORMED opinion of two out of three of our branches of government that it WAS a national security threat. AND if I’m not mistaken CONTINUES to be! Add the Supreme Court decisions upholding the war and it’s a three fer.

    Talk about sidestepping an issue, you liberals NEVER want to talk about that.

    • Andrew says:

      Because most liberals think foreign policy should consist of us kissing other people’s asses – as if religious fanatics (who raise their children to hate other people soley based on their religious affiliation) can be persuaded to be “friends” one day.

      Bottom line: The world is ****ed up beyond repair.

      Liberals see this world in black and white, not for what it truly is…

      What it truly is, is a “dog eat dog” atmosphere, and that’s why we do get in other people’s business.

      The best defense is a good offense – in the 21st century, if you don’t play your cards and fold (i.e. become isolationist), you’ll never survive.

      And most liberals don’t seem to understand that.

  25. Randal Graves says:

    “there will never be an end to National Healthcare.”
    but I’m not in favor of national healthcare, so I agree with you.

    “the INFORMED opinion”: INCORRECTLY informed. Listen, you want to start a war, go right ahead. But some days you say we went into to stop the WMD; others it’s because of the atrocities the Saddam did to his own people.

    If those are the two reasons we went to war, why aren’t we in North Korea and Somalia? Because Georgie and Dick didn’t have a personal interest there. We should have been FULL FORCE into Afghanistan since 9/11, but we had to divert our resources to Iraq.

    • Andrew says:

      Randal,

      Can you not agree that our military presence in the Middle East is diverting hordes of terrorists who would otherwise be swarming to the United States?

      September 11th was what every terrorist in the world wanted to see – now they know we are vulnerable.

      Most people don’t think about the indirect result of our presence there.

      People complain about Iraq because civilians are dying. Really, it’s because they hate George Bush and he’s the one who sent us there.

      Well, George Bush also sent us to Afghanistan, and civilians are dying there too – nobody seems to care about that. They don’t care about civilians dying in Afghanistan because they can’t make Bush look like a fool.

      And the U.S. military has already been to Somalia – in fact, U.S. troops have died there trying to end a murderous war lord who starved his populace. I don’t recall Somalia having anything of value to us, yet we still went in.

      And – We’re already at war with North Korea Randal – we have been since 1950. It’s a waiting game, but we don’t have thousands of troops sitting armed and ready on the border for nothing…

      The American people don’t like dictators who oppress their people and take away their rights.

      The American people like to see evil dictators removed from power.

      But as soon as somebody is killed, they change their minds with the drop of a hat.

  26. Dustoff says:

    Randal.

    Just maybe history passed you by. But just in case you don’t know. N-Korea has nukes.
    Now if we cross the border and go after them. Do you really think that nut won’t use them?

    By the way. We have had dem’s in charge for many years and you guys never did zip about N Korea either.
    So, who should you blame now?

  27. Randal Graves says:

    Andrew, I agree 100%. I complain about Iraq because we lost focus in Afghanistan and I think we REALLY went in three for reasons that we were not told about. A big Iraq excuse used here and other places is “civilians are dying”. Well, they’re dying in Darfur and Somalia too. The Republican President didn’t touch those places.

    N. Korea: Iraq supposedly had WMDs and we went in there. Personally, I think we should stay the hell out of N. Korea; let China and its neighbors deal with them, but another “excuse” to attack Iraq was the fact that they had WMDs too.

    • Andrew says:

      With all due respect however,

      The French could have cared less whether or not we became a free nation.

      They helped us out because all they cared about was humiliating the British (old enemies).

      They gave us 20,000 infantry, a reputible navy, and loaned us so much money that it contributed to the downfall of their own nation.

      That’s the point I’m trying to make – don’t all countries get involved in other people’s business because they want something out of it?

  28. Randal Graves says:

    Dustoff,

    I’m not saying everything is Bush’s fault. There’s plenty of blame to go around. What I am saying is that Bush’s “reasons” for going into Iraq (WMDs and civilian torture) only applies when he and his cronies personally benefit.

    Using his and other right-wing logic, we should be in Darfur, Somalia and North Korea. I think we should be in 2 of the 3.

  29. Ingineer66 says:

    We tried Somalia and were pretty effective in helping the people under Bush 41. The Marines supervised food programs and helped stabilize the situation. But under Clinton he did not want to look too tough on the terrorists so he denied their request for armored vehicles and AC-130 Gunship support and we got our ass handed to us and our soldiers bodies drug through the streets waiting for the Pakistani army to come to the rescue. Then Clinton pulled us out leaving the civilian population in the cross hairs of the warlords.

    If the Clinton White House would have let the military handle the situation it would have been a footnote in history, but the Clintons and many Dems do not like the military and after 12 years of Republican presidents not taking any crap we got a Dem in there and soon after our soldiers are being drug through the streets. And then Al Qaida and other Islamists started more direct attacks against the US and we did next to nothing in response. Until 9/11 and a Republican president responded big time.

    • Andrew says:

      That’s why a lot of liberals drive me crazy.

      They look to George Bush for ALL of our problems…Apparently the last 100 years didn’t exist in this country.

      But if Bush was involved, you can bet your ass he is soley to blame for it, according to them.

  30. Ingineer66 says:

    Bush caused Hurricane Katrina to hit New Orleans.

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