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My Greatest Fear

My Greatest Fear  

I am afraid of Socialism. … There. I said it. 

According to the dictionary, Socialism is defined as: “a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.” I have taken enough history classes to know that Socialism puts the prosperity of a nation onto a slippery, downward slope. It dulls the keen edge of the business mindset because it takes away the motivation of profit. Who would be willing to risk their life savings on a new venture -- like a new factory, restaurant, or retail store – when the bulk of their profits will be taken away from them and given to people who didn’t work as hard as they did or who were unwilling to risk as much as they did? What innovative, risk-taking, intelligent person wants to have the government making business decisions for him/her? Many choose to take their businesses elsewhere, to other countries (like Ireland) where the laws and tax codes support businesses and allow them to reap the profits from their investments. If spreading the wealth through punitive taxes on business owners eliminates new development, then it also eliminates jobs. That’s a fact. And that’s Socialism.

The Obama administration seeks to tax Americans who make more than $250,000 per year, and I assure you I am not one of those, to pay for unfunded and misguided charity work – insuring the 4% of our population that is chronically uninsured (including illegal immigrants), rescuing failing businesses, and funding pork-barrel projects in the guise of economic stimulus. How long before those so-called wealthy Americans begin to falter under that heavy burden? How long before they can no longer provide the jobs that you and I and our families depend on? How long before the cumulative wealth in our beloved country declines to the point of no return?

It doesn’t seem to matter that we already have a health care system that provides treatment for that 4% of uninsured Americans. They can get treated at almost any emergency room, and many States have low-cost prescription plans to help with medications for things like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood-pressure, and the like. Health care reform could focus on incremental changes to improve the system we have, instead of demolishing it in favor of a government-run plan. Our government has never shown itself to be good at running businesses (look at the Post Office, Medicare, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, or Amtrak, for example), and it is in fact, a conflict of interest. It can’t be a good referee if it’s also a player.

We have a bankruptcy system that was developed to handle cases just like General Motors. Why can’t we let them fail? It happens all the time to other industries. No business is too big to fail. That’s a myth. The bail-out money simple delayed the pain.

The unemployment rate continues to climb higher, in spite of the so-called stimulus packages that were supposed to keep it below 8%. Time after time, we’ve seen our duly elected Senators and Representatives funnel our money into pet projects that either didn’t create jobs or that only served to increase their power and not the public good. I am sick and tired of being at their mercy and would like nothing better than to clean house. Let’s start over with a new set of people with term limits who will fight to preserve our freedoms that were clearly spelled out in the Constitution.

The Obama administration has already made moves to take over our banking system, our health care system, and our automobile industry. That’s Socialism. This is not fear-mongering or myth-building. These are facts. The debt we are bequeathing to future generations of Americans because of this insane spending spree is unforgiveable.

American independence and our way of life is in serious jeopardy. I don’t understand how that fact can still be under debate, but I am certain it will be all too clear all too soon, when we collapse under government rule. And that’s Socialism, my friends.

We are losing our country at a rapid pace, and I am mad as hell about it!

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We pay twice as much for health care than anyone on earth, and are just between Poland and Hungary in life span, infant mortality, etc. We pay way too much for a mediocre product. While I applaud people who put their own blood, sweat and money into an enterprise they believe in, and are entitled to reap the benefits, I don't think health care is the kind of business that market forces make better. Most of the prosthesis that have been developed in this country have been because of the interest of the Veterans Administration, an organization that comes under heavy (sometimes warranted) criticism from time to time. But they care about artificial limbs, and have paid to have them developed because 'the market' is utterly unequipped to do so. I don't think our way of doing health insurance is viable, in the long run. Blue Cross was originally set up so that everyone paid and everyone was covered. When other companies got into the business and started "cherry picking" who they would cover, we were on the slippery slope to where we are now. As Dr Phil might say "how's that been working for ya?"

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Health Care Reform Alternatives

I couldn't agree more that we need health care reform, but there are better alternatives than the public option being considered today. For example, we could:

1. Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

2. Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.

3. Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

4. Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.

5. Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

6. Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.

7. Enact Medicare reform.

8. Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

See these points and more discussion at The Heritage Foundation at http://blog.heritage.org/2009/08/12/another-good-conservative-alternativ...