Obama Proves Why Government Run Anything Is Bad

Barack Obama had a town hall meeting and he was discussing the opponents who say that the government will not force insurance companies out of business. He said that UPS and Fedex compete with the Post Office and that they are doing fine. He went on to say that it was the post office that was always having problems.

On its face, this seems to make sense but the analogy is a poor one. UPS and Fedex, by and large, deliver packages. The Post Office delivers packages but its mainstay is delivering letters. Also, the government does not set the rates that UPS and Fedex can carge. If it interfered with them as it intends to do in health care then they would be in trouble. Even if they are somewhat similar, why is it that the Post Office is still in business? More on that later.

Later on Obama said that people needed to know that they were not going to get a system that kept losing money but was continually funded with taxpayer dollars. He said that the government plan would not do that.

But the government continues to fund the Post Office and it loses billions of dollars a year. Taxpayers are always on the hook for the poor showing by the postal service. Additionally, Medicare is a government run plan and it spends more than it takes in even though the government said that this would not happen and that it would cost a lot less than it eventually has. Medicare is a government run plan that has high administrative costs (that are hidden) and is basically out of money. Government is using our tax dollars to pay for this health plan even though it is full of waste and fraud. His claim that government will not continue to fund a poor performing plan by using taxpayer dollars is hollow because government is doing that right now.

Social Security will spend more than it takes in in the next few years. Taxpayers will foot the bill for this through increased taxes and seniors will pay through reduced benefits. This is another government plan that is rapidly reaching the point where it will not meet the standard Obama claims he wants. Good luck trying to get the money that has been paid in because the government has issued bonds for the money and then spent it on other things. There is no money to pay back the money owed on the bonds. They are nothing more than worthless pieces of paper. They are backed by the full faith and credit of the US government but there is not a lot of faith in that entity and we are way over our credit limit.

Obama also mentions the VA. It is not a free health care plan. All veterans paid for the care with their service to our country. Ask any of them about the VA and you will hear the horror stories. The government runs it poorly and the waste of money costs taxpayers. More importantly, it does a disservice to our veterans. Hell, veterans who also have private insurance are screwed in the deal because the VA bills the insurance for something that is supposed to be provided as part of their service (if the medical issue is service connected). This is how they are getting some of the money back and it is wrong.

Obama unwittingly demonstrated why a government run plan is a recipe for disaster. Government is rife with fraud, waste, and abuse. The TARP money has not had proper oversight and there are plenty of stories of stimulus money being wasted. Additionally, the government does not have to worry about running in the red. It can continue to do so and drive private insurance companies out of business. Government will just tax us more and decrease benefits.

Obama can say that his plan will not run private insurance out of business but his own words from the past are a chilling reminder of what he wants. He wants a single payer system and he has stated that it will take time but it will put insurance companies out of business.

I know the left has been defending him and claiming that the words are taken out of context but this is a lie. They are his words and they were presented in context. One item was presented in its entirety and Obama is clear about his intentions.

Once the camel gets its nose under the tent it will be impossible to keep him out. Obama’s plan is the first attack and if it is passed he and his Democrats will work toward a single payer system and by then it will be too late. Government plans do not go away no matter how badly they perform.

Witness Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and throw in the Post Office for good measure. Of course, Congress has the Constitutional authority to establish Post Offices but does this mean that they have to continue on a path that is fiscally irresponsible?

Obama picked a poor comparison and his reminder should give us all pause. We do not need, nor do we want, the government to run our health care.

Government has a track record and it is not a good one.

Big Dog

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9 Responses to “Obama Proves Why Government Run Anything Is Bad”

  1. Blake says:

    It is rather ironic that he would even mention FedEx and UPS, which have been in a fight that the unions instigated, designed to insert more union control over FedEx, which ships mainly by air, and doesn’t do ground shipments as much, and UPS, which is mainly a ground service.
    The Administration has been taking sides in this, hoping to gain the union control for their cronies, who could then have work stoppages to gain concessions easier.

  2. Brett says:

    Not quite accurate, Blake. UPS ships every bit as much via the Air channel, and FedEx is definitely a MAJOR ground shipper. The two companies are darn near equal in both arenas. The President’s statement about UPS & FedEx competing with the USPS were at best ill-advised, and at worst just plain wrong. America was founded on principles that make almost ANY government foray into the private sector both wrong and detrimental to the USA.

    • Blake says:

      It would be accurate to say that FedEx ships more by air than UPS, which is why Barama’s administration is inserting itself into the union conflict between UPS and FedEx- it will be easier to strike for more “benefits” if FedEx is as fractured as they wish. The unions that control the ground aspects of UPS would insert themselves into FedEx’s operations.
      This is having the effect of “propping up” the USPS some, as this argument between the other two serves no one very well.

    • Blake says:

      You should read my post of about three weeks ago, when I addressed the fight between UPS and FedEx. You will see what I mean.

  3. Erasmus B. Stanky says:

    “Government has a track record and it is not a good one.”

    As anyone who was awake between January 2001 and January 2009 knows all too well.

    • Big Dog says:

      The years are changeable. During the Great Depression where Democrats screwed up things. Obama is following that.

      Remember, the economic problems started after Democrats took control of Congress.

      Stanky, you are funny. You are a typical BDS lib who worships Obama. How is Obama’s economy and his unemployment working out for you?

  4. If you want to see why it isn’t a good idea for government to run business, just live in Russia for 5 years. Even now, 20 years after the collapse of communism, corruption is rampant. The purpose of government is to protect our individual freedoms and rights. If it becomes more than that, (which it has) you then run into the danger of the government running much of your life (which is happening now more and more).

    • Blake says:

      That is why we have the Constitution- but in order to stay free, we need to adhere to the letter of the Constitution, not make end runs around it as Hussein and his crew are doing.
      When you lose the Constitution, you lose it all- maybe not all at once, but it begins to slide downhill.