Once again, our elected non-representational representatives decided to politically save themselves over the interests of the American People. And exactly how did they do that? Take this cartoon from Michael Ramirez:
Instead of making the hard decisions to reduce spending and pass a viable budget, our Congresscritters made the decision not to limit their spending to something sustainable, but instead gave themselves a blank check for the next 90 days.
Please note that I am disgusted with both Houses of Congress and the Political Parties that comprise them as well as the President.
This is déjà vu all over again. I’ve noted this in previous posts (here and here) that our political “leaders” (and I use that term sarcastically) are totally clueless in the realm of finance and fiscal responsibility. Indeed, they seem ignorant in their understanding and adherence to their Constitutional responsibilities to the United States (like passing a budget of which they have not done in around five years). But then again, the American People don’t seem to be too keen on what their responsibilities are as Citizens of this country, so we get what we elect.
What we, the People, now have are self-serving bumblers who are more concerned about political power than serving the People. There are exceptions, but they are being touted as rabble rousers and anarchists by the “established politicians.”
Excuse me, but aren’t the “established politicians” the ones that have gotten the country in the mess it’s in?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare) is the perfect example of the insanity that the politicians have foisted upon the American People that is a disaster from it’s inception. Let’s just see some of the disasters and problems:
- A broken website that does not allow near the number of people to enroll that need to in order to avoid penalties. Roughly 4 months to sign up potentially 300,000,000 people is not viable with the website working like it is now (And by the way, that malfunctioning website was built with almost $500,000,000 of taxpayer money.)
- The penalty for not having an approved healthcare plan is either $95 or 1 percent of your income, whichever is higher. You do the math on your own income.
- Businesses cutting back the number of hours their part-time employees can work to avoid the business penalties. Definitely hurts the people that the law was targeted to help in the first place
- Reduction of benefits from established health insurance plans with higher costs.
- Finding out that if you like your health plan, you probably won’t be able to keep or afford it.
- Multiple exemptions and loopholes for the politically connected (including Congress) which are in direct violation of the Act.
- Delaying the employer contribution mandate (also in violation), but enforcing the taxpayer contribution.
- The laws are so complicated that “navigators” with minimal training and almost no background checks are needed to help people with figuring out how the laws affect them (and said navigators have access to your personal information).
- There are few checks against fraud.
- And the list goes on…
Personally, I believe that ObamaCare should go the way of Prohibition…
Just like Prohibition, ObamaCare promised from its onset to change the world: It would provide universal health-insurance coverage at a lower cost without any reduction in coverage choices or quality care, and all of it easily accessed through a government website.
So far it has been nothing short of a disaster.
The bottom line is that Congress cannot continue to rack up bottomless debt upon the American People – the end will come sooner or later. The reduction of the United States credit rating is only an indication that things are getting worse, not better.
Raising taxes isn’t the solution, and neither is raising debt ceilings to further burden future generations of Americans. Curbing governmental spending on BS entitlements, government bureaucracy, failed social experiments, and foreign aid to unfriendly countries is.
If our elected leaders refuse to lead this country down a fiscally responsible path, then it is up to the American People to replace them with people who will lead this country back to where it needs to be – strong, debt-free, and solvent.