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Promises Made and Promises Broken
For those who remember back a few years when we knowingly paid educators badly but to compensate we promised them an untaxed (state) defined benefit retirement, this article may come as an unpleasant surprise. The availability of what was promised now seems in question. Our state government has chosen to renege on that promise by not funding the program over many years - not just recently.
We promised old age security through social security and even created a fund with payments made by the future recipients over a lifetime. Our government spent the fund and now argues that we can not afford to pay the promised and paid for benefits.
We promised medical care to our seniors. Our medical care system was built around that promise. Now for many when it is too late to recover our government argues we can not afford to keep our promises. Making this situation worse our government has added a new health care program for almost everyone else and has no money to pay for it except to take money from promised and partly individually pre-paid Medicare.
Perhaps you are seeing a pattern - I could go on. Government loves to tell us it will do wonderful things for us if we will just elect the right people. Once elected they seem to move on to making new promises and reneging on the old ones. There seems to be no accountability.
This space is replete with arguments by some that government is the answer to more and more of our real and perceived challenges. How can anyone make such an argument in the face of government duplicity of the nature documented above? If we are going to employ government to solve problems we must insure that the goal sought is locked in so that our politicians can not continue to rob from one group to give to another.
Let’s hear from the “dirty dozen” and in particular Mr. Merrill as to just how wonderful the government is!