Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

November 23, 2008

Government Healthcare – A Bad Idea

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — tkweber @ 7:44 pm

I heard an ABC News piece on Nov. 22 about the possiblity of the British government outlawing happy hour at the nation’s pubs.  This is apparently due to the increase in liver disease among young happy-hour-going British men.  I yelled at the radio, “Why is the government involved, anyway?  If people want to drink themselves to death, it’s their own problem!”  Obstinately, the radio refused to reply. 

Then it occurred to me: the government is involved because the Brits have socialized (government-run) healthcare.  Since the government is on the hook for medical expenses, they have a vested interest in the health of citizens.  In fact, one could say that the British government owns the health, and thus the lives, of its citizens.  Their bodies are not their own.  Whatever may affect a person’s health in any way, be it social, environmental, occupational, recreational, or whatever, is the rightful domain of the government that pays the bill.

This, of course, is of great relevance to Americans, because we have just elected a President and Congress who are zealously intent on establishing a similar healthcare system here in the USofA.  So, here is something to think about.  Do you want the government deciding and mandating what you can and cannot eat or drink?  What if the future government Health Czar one day decides that rock climbing and sky diving and scuba and motocross and skateboarding, etc. are too risky to citizens’ health and therefore should be banned?  How will you feel when they decide that the car you drive, or the home you live in, or the shoes you wear are not safe enough, or contribute too much to the high cost of healthcare, and then outlaw it, or require you to use some other recommended item ‘for the greater good’?  I’m exaggerating, you say?  That would never happen, you say?  I’ll bet the Brits never imagined losing the right to happy hour and a stout Guiness, either.

November 13, 2008

Stop the (money) Presses!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — tkweber @ 5:00 pm

Belly-up to the bar, ladies and gentlemen!  There’s plenty for everyone! 

It was only a matter of time, really.  Once the government started passing out money by the billions, everyone comes running.  Auto makers, airlines, huge conglomerates, and now state governors and city mayors are all asking Momma Government for generous handouts.  Who’s next?, I wonder.  Bowling alleys? Shoe repair shops? Carnival workers? Starbucks?  That merry band of Con-men, oops, Congressmen (and women) just keep writing checks while “Saved by Zero” plays softly in the background (no offense to The Fixx).

I’m beginning to think the guy was right who called in to a radio talk show during the hagling over the $700b bailout bill and suggested it would be cheaper and help more people if the government just sent $1million checks to all 350-million Americans.  Of course, my first thought was, “Yeah, right. That would only cause run-away inflation.”  But, how would that be worse than what is sure to result from the welfare feeding frenzy we’re seeing right now?  The national debt is rapidly climbing toward infinity, and all the so-called “relief” from the government is most likely to cause even more pain in the future, as is usually the case with government “solutions.”  If businesses and individuals no longer have to opperate by sound principles and strategy, knowing they have the government to bail them out when they drop the ball, what do you think will happen to productivity and growth?  And, who’s going to pay the bill for all of this fiscal largesse, anyway?  Our children, grand-children and great-grandchildren – if they can.

What happens if Russia and China and others decide to throw down a serious military challenge and we no longer have an economy strong enough to field sufficient forces to meet it?  Appeal to the French?  Non merci! 

The American people need to wake up and demand fiscal responsibility from the government and one another.  Let those businesses fail that should fail, and let others take their place.  Would that hurt?  Sure.  But we can get through it.  And, we’ll be stronger on the other side.  The present course we are on will only make us weaker and more vulnerable to our enemies.  STOP the money presses, please!

November 6, 2008

My Pessimism

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 11:19 am

My pessimism about the future of our nation is not about President-elect Obama.  He and his confederates are merely symptoms of the disease.  My concern is about the fundamental change in the ethos of American society.  We have moved from a nation that once cherished and extolled the virtues of independence, self-reliance, personal responsibility, thrift, creativity, ambition, courage and hard work to one in which the majority of people now clamor for someone else to take care of them, pay their bills and solve their problems.  “Oh, how the mighty have fallen.”

 

Is it possible to turn things around?  Yes, but not likely, especially when one considers the other nations of the world and the paths which their societies have taken.  Americans, mostly purged of the concept of American exceptionalism and brainwashed with socialist ideals by liberal schoolmasters who have virtually taken over the educational system, look across the border and across the seas to nations which provide healthcare, retirement benefits, 30-hour work weeks and 3-month vacations to their citizens, and cry “Why not us, too?”  Our politicians, hungry for the power and prestige of high office and the perks that go with it (fat salaries, free healthcare, and generous pensions – all at tax-payer expense), spend most of their time and energy positioning themselves for re-election, rather than doing the hard work of leading our nation down the path charted by the founding fathers.  It is so much easier to give people what they want than to convince them of what they need.

November 5, 2008

The End of America

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — tkweber @ 11:15 am

 

The elections of November, 2008, represent, in my opinion, the end of America: not that the United States will cease to exist, or even that it will fall from preeminence among the nations of the world (in the short term, that is), but rather that it is the end of America as we have known it.  The American nation, as it has existed for the last two-hundred-thirty years, will soon be, and perhaps is already, no more.

 

This transformation is not a recent phenomenon, but is the culmination of countless changes, small and large, which began most obviously in the early twentieth-century when fascistic and socialistic forces began their subtle yet steady incursion into American government and public life.  Like the proverbial frog-in-the-pot, unsuspecting Americans have been slowly cooking in the ever-increasing heat and pressure of modern liberalism, anesthetized by a growing addiction to careless leisure that is nurtured by Hollywood and Madison Avenue, and by a federal educational system that seems designed to churn out millions of ignorant automatons lacking any sense of pride in their own country or knowledge of it’s true history, or the ability and desire for critical thought and reasoned discourse.

 

It may be impossible to identify the tipping point, but it is evident that we have already gone over the edge.  The citizens of the United States of America have elected the most liberal, leftist President in its history: a man who has stated publicly that he believes the Constitution, upon which this nation was founded and which he will swear to uphold and defend, is fundamentally flawed; a man who has a long history of willing association with unapologetic terrorists, communists, racists and anti-America activists; a man who is more concerned with our nation’s reputation in the world than with its security and sovereignty.

 

In addition to this, we have ignored the dismal failure, impotence and negligence of the Democrat-controlled Congress of the last two years, which not only has the lowest public approval rating of any Congress in the history of the nation, but which also is indisputably responsible for the recent sub-prime mortgage fiasco that has devastated the national economy.  What’s worse is that Americans, now drunk on government give-aways and eager for the promise of more, have strengthened Democrat control of both houses of Congress, in conjunction with the election of a far-left Democrat President, so that there is now little, if any, restriction on liberals and their socialist/fascist agenda. 

 

That anyone as radically leftist as Obama even made it through the political primary, let alone to win the Presidency; or that someone as dishonest and unethical as former comedian Al Franken can be in a close race for the Senate (Minnesota), is clear evidence of America’s philosophical transformation and decline.  

 

I am deeply grieved at the loss of the fundamental principles of our great and divinely blessed nation, and mourn the likelihood that our greatest days are behind us.  I have no confidence that this condition will be reversed (even if McCain were our next President).  We’ve gone too far.  Sadly, it is probably only a matter of time before our liberty and prosperity and preeminence in the world fade away completely, and America joins the ranks of other once-great nations on history’s list of has-beens.

 

Todd K. Weber

November 5, 2008

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