About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

De-Fund Healthcare - De-Fang The Dragon

Below is a letter written by a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net to his Congressman Leonard Lance regarding Congress controlling the purse strings by refusing to fund the various programs that the healthcare bill created.  Of course this is not possible before 2011 & is the most important reason why we need a new majority elected in November in @ least one House of Congress.  Carol wonders if this new majority would have the courage to do something like this.
The great Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow @ The Hoover Institution @ Stanford, summed up the healthcare matter as follows: "The bill was not really about medicine; after all, a moderately priced, relatively small federal program could offer the poorer not now insured, presently not on Medicare or state programs like Medicaid or Medical, a base medical plan..."  And of course I wrapped up a recent posting as follows: "So out of the so-called 47 million uninsured Americans, 10 million aren't American, 9 million are insured, & 17 million are young and healthy & choose not to have insurance. If the federal government wants to get into this why not just have a program to help the 8.2 million to 13.9 million people who really could use the help?"  The 8.2 to 13.9 million who could really use the help is what is referred to in the letter below as the "3%... hard-core uninsured."  
Dear Congressman Lance,

I heard a good suggestion (credit goes to Dick Morris) about Healthcare that I would like to pass on to you. While it is unlikely that Congress will be able to repeal the Obama healthcare bill next year and override a Presidential veto, Congress does have control of the purse strings.

As one who shares your study of history, I can point out that Parliament, in 17th century England, found a way to make King Charles listen. As did Parliament, you can refuse to fund the programs that the healthcare statute creates. You may recall that, when King Charles tried to circumvent Parliament by looking to ship money, he lost his head. I am not suggesting that as a 21st century remedy!

But de-funding healthcare is a way to de-fang the dragon. This dragon threatens to give away our future for the benefit of perhaps 3% of the population that is hard-core uninsured. Sensible measures, instead, to control medical costs are the first step on the way to solving the real problem.

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