The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 – the government’s had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it can't compete with private sector FedEx and UPS services.
Social Security was established in 1935 – the government’s had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938 – the government’s had 71 years to get it right; it is broke. Freddie Mac was established in 1970 – the government’s had 39 years to get it right; it is broke. Together Fannie and Freddie have now led the entire world into the worst economic collapse in 80 years.
The War on Poverty was started in 1964 – the government’s had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our hard earned money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 – the government’s had 44 years to get it right; they are both broke; and now our government dares to mention them as models for all US health care?
AMTRAK was established in 1970 – the government’s had 39 years to get it right; last year they bailed it out as it continues to run at a loss!
There are plenty of other examples, but let’s fast forward. This year, a trillion dollars was committed in the massive political payoff called the Stimulus Bill of 2009; it shows NO sign of working; it's been used to increase the size of governments across America, and raise government salaries while the rest of us suffer from economic hardships. It has yet to create a single new private sector job.
"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in days - - after 80% of the cars purchased turned out to be produced by foreign companies, and dealers nationwide are buried under bureaucratic paperwork demanded by a government that is not yet paying them what was promised.
So our government, with a 100% failure rate and a record of turning every "service" into disaster, is asking to run or even set policies for America's health care system - - 17% of our economy?
Maybe each of us has a personal responsibility to let others in on this brilliant record before 2010, and then help remove from office those who are voting to destroy our much more successful free market system. It’s not perfect, but consistently better than the government option.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN of the above, but it sort of says it all, doesn't it?
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” - WINSTON CHURCHILL