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Your Views: Health care mess shows we can’t spend our way to solutions

POSTED: November 2, 2013 1:00 a.m.

President John F. Kennedy said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Candidate Barack Obama basically promised to take from the top 2 percent and give to the rest of us.

Our national debt is nearly $17 trillion. At some point Medicare and Social Security will take nearly half of our national spending, and both are unsustainable as they are now. Rather than try to fix them, our administration created a massive entitlement for them to mismanage.

We desperately needed health care reform and apparently we need it now even more. All the nice things our politicians promise to do for us, to buy votes, are bankrupting our nation.

An unknown author once predicted that “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

NPR has often quoted Obama as saying that we can’t cut ourselves out of our mess. It is even more true that we can’t tax ourselves out of it, but I have not heard them say that. Many of our problems would go away if NPR and other media would better report the true state or our economy and try to find real solutions without bias.

Dr. Ben Carson has some interesting ideas on health care reform. I wish someone would do some in depth analysis of his ideas.

Mike McConnell
Gainesville


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