In this ongoing series with
economist Mike Folkerth, www.kingofsimple.com , and author of The Biggest Lie Ever Believed, he writes, “Healthcare Reform?
Or Another Round of Kick the Can?
Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher who visited America in the mid-1800’s summed up today’s national leadership very succinctly: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Additionally, he defined the difference between democracy and socialism:
‘Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
“Good Morning to all of you surviving Middle Class; your King of Simple News is on the air,” said Folkerth. “While I would like to talk about nearly anything other than healthcare, we need to have a short discussion regarding what happened last night. It was ugly and the consequences go far deeper than healthcare.
“I’ll set the stage for today’s discussion with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The quote actually comes from the bible, Mathew 12:25 “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”
“During the war of 1812 a similar line had been spoken in a letter from Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren. In remarking about the war she goes on to say: “….A house divided upon itself - and upon that foundation do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us.”
“Last night, we witnessed the worst of all worlds, a house divided against itself, and the people are solidly divided against the house.
“Our enemies today seem to be within, created by the great divisions among the people, among the states, and among our elected officials. This unfortunate situation has its roots in the turmoil that is being wrought by a failing economic foundation. Rather than deal with the painful cause, we continue to focus on the symptoms.
“Our president recently said, “If this healthcare reform is not passed, the federal government will go bankrupt.” I stated the same in my book saying that healthcare is the second largest problem in America, right next “to grow is the answer.”
“My solutions for medical care has never included a federal government takeover. After all, our federal government is in charge of nearly every failed system in America and in case you haven’t noticed, they are currently $12 trillion in the hole and promising a $20 trillion deficit in years to come. Merry Christmas.
“As our system continues to fail, the folks in charge flail at the closest and most poisonous snakes first. When the banks began to fail, the flailing was fast and furious to prop up that broken piece of the foundation. When the auto makers began to fail, when AIG began to fail, as unemployment insurance began to fail, as Fannie and Freddie began to fail, the flailing by our leadership took on the fervor of a whirling dervish. Each time, coming up with yet another hair-brained scheme comprised of actions that are best described as kick-the-can.
“At some point, on the final kick, the can will simply disappear over a cliff and fall into a black abyss and the game will end.
“On the back of my book, the following appears: “In 2008, the oldest of America’s 78 million baby boomers will begin the largest and longest mass retirement in U.S. history. Government has known for more than 40 years that financially, it won’t work! It is often referred to as ‘the dirty little secret that everyone in Washington knows’ (and prays that you don’t). The economic growth necessary to support this mass retirement is mathematically impossible.”
“And so it is; mathematically impossible. As we hear the calls to reform the financial system, the healthcare system, the insurance system, the educational system, the Social Security system, the Medicare system, the welfare system, and nearly every other system; one has to ask; why?
“In a free nation that has existed for 234 years and one that provides free public education and easy access to higher education; why is it suddenly necessary to reform all of our systems? With all of that education, why didn’t someone see this coming? Think long and hard about that question folks as it represents the storied secret to the universe.
“It’s obviously because our most important systems are failing simultaneously…but why, why after 234 years?
“Most of you know the answer, so let me hear from you and in all sincerity, get out there and have a good day, we’re gonna win in the end by adopting a lifestyle based in low debt and simple pleasures.” Visit Folkert at www.kingofsimple.com
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715