Friday, December 20, 2013
Why do some write letters reminding me of 7-year olds shouting at one another in a schoolyard?
Why don’t Republicans put up for public discussion their ideas about our medical insurance program instead of complaining about the Afordable Care Act?
Are Republicans afraid of discussing their ideas? Do they avoid criticism by saying nothing. Republicans should explain and discuss their ideas on social issues openly.
Why do we pay our federal representatives so much for so little work? How many House members actually do anything useful? They seem to be required to spend time “dialing for dollars.” Apparently they worked an average of about 942 hours last year. This puts their salary above $185 per hour, not counting benefits.
Why is Mitch McConnell still minority leader? He proclaimed his sole task was to make Obama a one-term president. He failed. He should be fired.
Why proclaim that the U.S. is a Christian nation when we seldom discuss the poor and the disadvantaged. We express greed in, “I want more.” The Book of Matthew is all about charity — the idea of giving without expecting anything in return. It also makes some pithy comments about the wealthy.
Why do we listen to complaints about Obama lying? All presidents have lied, and Bush’s lies cost over 4,500 military deaths and trillions of dollars in costs including years of medical care for those who agreed to fight an unnecessary “war.” Nixon, Johnson, Clinton and Kennedy all lied, while Reagan pleaded ignorance (easy to believe). It seems only Carter didn’t.
Why is talking bad and making war good? It seems that diplomacy is wimpish whereas intimidating others through military force is manly.
Why does everyone moan about income distribution? Insurance is nothing but income redistribution — from those who never need it, to insurance companies and those who do need it. How many collect on auto, home and unemployment insurance? If you have, then you have benefitted from income redistribution. Would you deposit money in a bank without FDIC?
Finally, has anyone ever considered that the way to reduce government is to make us very aware of its costs by actually paying enough taxes to balance our budget? If we all had to pay the real costs of government, rather than run deficits, it might incite us all to ask for less government.