To the Editor: BG man: 'Country has gone mad'
Written by John Randall   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 09:41
When Medicare was enacted in 1967, the projected tab by 1990 was $12 billion. The actual cost was $110 billion-over nine times the estimate. Similarly, Medicaid was projected to cost a modest $1 billion annually, but instead runs around $280 billion. By some estimates, as many as 12% of Medicare claims are fraudulent. That means 1 in 8 claims are bogus, and the taxpayer picks up the bill for the irresponsible, dishonest, and incompetent.
Anyone who believes the government can bring down health-care costs (or run anything efficiently) is either lying, naive, or insane. I'm not sure these people should vote, operate machinery, or use sharp scissors. They are a danger to themselves and others.
In fiscal 2009, the national debt went from 41% of Gross Domestic Product to 53%. By 2018, the debt is projected to be a whopping 85% of GDP. Marxists (progressives, if you like) seem immune to the truth that there are only a limited number of so-called 'rich' people you can squeeze before they get disgusted and quit: quit buying, quit investing, quit hiring.
The current and projected levels of taxation and federal mandates tend to discourage even the most enterprising from starting or expanding their businesses. Good intentions, wishful thinking, and misplaced compassion can't pay the bills. Running the federal printing presses 24/7 only exacerbates the problem.
We are committing national suicide by ignoring common sense and historical evidence. Private enterprise, personal responsibility, low taxes, and small government are the keys to national success. I have no idea where Mr. Obama was born, but I know he isn't one of us. I think neither are those who continue to support his anti-American follies. This country has gone mad.
John Randall
Bowling Green

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