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Letters to the Editor

Power elite

October 6, 2009

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To the editor:

Accountability is key to reform.

During the past 25 years, the people’s government has morphed into a government controlled by incumbent, multi-term politicians. These incumbents control most of the powerful committees in our government. Incumbent politicians and the hierarchy from Wall Street view themselves as the “super elites.”

The “super elites” did not allow the big investment banks, GM, AIG, etc., to fail. These mismanaged entities were bailed out with taxpayer dollars. This is nothing more than an insidious tax on the middle class and a subsidy for the rich.

We voters have allowed this to happen, and a new action plan is in order. Each of us should contact our respective members of Congress and hold them accountable.

Any new health care reform bill should include all legal citizens of the United States. Members of Congress should be required to replace their personal “elite policies” with the exact same policy as their constituents. In addition, health care reform should not increase taxes or fees on manufacturers or citizens. Health care reform should be paid for by reducing the size of government and our national debt.

We citizens should demand that all legislation should be for the good of the country, not special interests. Any member of Congress that promotes legislation that is self-serving (“elite” health care policies, retirement benefits, pay raises, etc.) should be defeated at the polls. We voters are only an election away from being able to send new voices to Washington. Priceless.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Henrynk had a good letter going until he got sidtracked lobbying for a government takeover of health care.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

"Government takeover of health care" is a phrase right out of the insurance companies' playbook.

The letter is good all around, although I don't see how reducing the national debt would free up any money - it would actually cost more money to pay it down more quickly, wouldn't it?

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

jafs,

No, it's a phrase right out of the free markets playbook. You might want to stop blaming free market participants for following free market principles.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

"You might want to stop blaming free market participants for following free market principles. "

Translation-- bribing lawmakers to encourage price-gouging and profiteering and calling it "healthcare."

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 3 months ago

STRS under true "free market principles" the world would revert all the way back to the Industrial Era (think Charles Dickens). The middle class would, for all intents and purposes, no longer exist. This means you.

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

bozo,

Unless you want to nationalize everything - literally, every private business - then it's ridiculous to force radical changes on the industries you happen to disagree with.

And again, if you don't want to purchase products from Blue Cross, General Motors, Coca Cola or Wal Mart, then don't purchase them! No one is forcing you to buy health insurance from a company you distrust; well, actually, the government is fairly close to forcing us to buy health insurance, but that's through strong-arming and not choice.

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

cait48,

I'm inclined to believe there'd be a huge difference between the laissez faire economy of the 19th Century and a 21st Century economy that is unhindered by government over-regulation and over-taxation.

At a time when government is seeking to control more, take more and waste more, we actually need to fight for smaller government at all levels. It's not too late.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

"Please see Michael Moore's new film."

/facepalm

Jimo 5 years, 3 months ago

"We citizens should demand that all legislation should be for the good of the country, not special interests."

Great. Somehow I suspect that this limb breaks when the first snowflake falls. In general, nice ideas but where's the meat of the proposal? Maybe we should just amendment the Constitution to say that all statutes enacted into law must be "good" and then let the judges fill in the blanks?

puddleglum 5 years, 3 months ago

michael moore's new film.....

what's it called, and when did it come out.

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

edjayhawk,

I'm as likely to sit through Michael Moore as you are to endure Glen Beck. Perhaps we can meet in the middle, which is always my starting point.

tbaker 5 years, 3 months ago

If the politicians were actually serious about the President's goals of reducing the cost of health care, increasing the number of people who have access to it - and at the same time - reducing the deficit, then people / market-centered alternatives would be getting serious consideration right now.

What could possibly be wrong with the starting position for health care reform being a bill that included every conceivable thing they could do that doesn't cost tax payers a thing? Why not do that first? It doesn't require any spending. It certainly wouldn't make things any worse. Put a sunset clause in it. Have the whole thing expire if it doesn't work.

They won't do it because a) it would work, and b) spending OUR tax dollars is easier than upsetting big campaign donors who would get hurt by these reforms (trial lawyers for the left; health insurance companies for the right) They would rather soak us poor dumb saps for another massive entitlement program we can't afford than endanger their (virtual) life-time appointments to congress.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

This is something to never forget. It is the private medical insurance industry that cancels YOUR medical insurance AFTER taking YOUR MONEY for years.

Smart National Health Insurance for All will not only improve our quality of life but also our wallets. Yes we would have more expendable cash for birthdays,Christmas, vacations and investments.

Smart National Health Insurance for All cannot be cancelled

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