Sometimes it is a Matter of Priorities

I have been reading posts at other sites that are, shall we say, opposed to President Bush. Actually, most of them hate him. I have been having this running battle with Adam at Lost Adam. He wrote some things and in one of my last posts I responded to the unfounded and illogical statements he made. He responded in kind. The problem is he failed to reference what I wrote so if you read just his post it makes it look like he is addressing things I did not say. It also allows one to be misled. Be that as it may I have to respond to some things he wrote. I will put the quotes in so I do not mislead you.

Again, I know where the government money comes from. I think the government should take away from us, and we should be willing to give up that amount, so that it can go to the poor and the homeless, so that it can go to those with no medical care or life insurance. I can’t stomach the idea that we are in some great nation when we have so many homeless people dying every day on the streets, or when we have so many people (including myself) without proper medical care. It’s just gross and when the Republicans talk about this subject they treat it as if liberals just want the government to support us so we don’t have to work for our living. No, we want the government to support those who need help.

I do not understand this idea that the government should take away from us and that we should be willing to give. I pay my taxes like most Americans but I do feel that as a taxpayer I have a right to know how the money is being spent. We have social programs and they are corrupt. There are people who live off the government and have no incentive to go out and earn a living. The busiest times at liquor stores is the day welfare checks are delivered. The government should better control how our money is used. There is no accountability and therein lies the problem.

The idea that we have all these homeless people dying on the streets makes it sound like they are dropping like flies. I will admit there are homeless people in the streets. Most of them are there of their own free will. Many have mental health issues but since the liberals made it a crime to put them in institutions then they are allowed out on the streets. I feel badly for them but all the money in the world will not help them if they spend it on drugs or booze and refuse to live indoors. More people are killed by gun violence. I don’t want to hear the crap about gun control either. There are 20,000 gun laws on the books. The reason gun crimes occur is that criminals do not obey the law. Now people like Adam will tell you that only the militia is allowed to have guns. Those doing the killing are part of the militia of this country as defined in Title 10 United States Code. Banning all guns will not stop crime. Cocaine is illegal except for its use in medicine. People buy it and use it everyday. Why? Because they are criminals.

Adam says he does not have adequate insurance. I can understand this. In my career I have met many people who are underinsured. They say that they can not afford additional insurance (if any at all). Yet, many of these folks are driving new model cars that cost a fortune each month. I have taken care of people who come to the ER for their blood pressure medicine because it is too expensive at $90 per month. These same people smoke 3 packs of cigarettes a day. I have seen people who come to the ER for a minor problem because they did not want to wait for an appointment. Then they do not pay the bill because it is too high or their insurance will not cover a non-emergent visit. If you have a nice entertainment system, a computer with all the bells and whistles and a fancy car then you decided that health insurance was not as important to you as those other things. Of course, one can join the military, they get health insurance as a job benefit. We have John Edwards suing the hell out of doctors for pseudoscience. He makes terrific claims based on unproven science and gets juries to award huge amounts of money. These costs need to be made up somewhere. If you own a plumbing company and the supplier raises the cost of copper tubing you pass that cost on to the consumer. Doctors are no different. Now don’t get me wrong, if they are negligent they need to pay for it. But most of these are frivolous and are designed to make trial lawyers rich.

I don’t want the government to support those who do not work. I want the government to help them get a job and earn a living. You get more of what you subsidize. If you pay people not to work, more of them will not work.

I feel badly for people who live paycheck to paycheck or are unemployed. I think before the government is fast and free with the money it extorts from me there should be some accountability. As for other things, they are not a guarantee. People have to work for them and make sacrifices. As hard as that is to do in this instant gratification society, I think it will build strong character.



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