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It again falls to, ‘Go with the least worst’

Ross L. Talbott
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

These are truly interesting times. I have never in my life, seen so many people seriously apprehensive about the future of our country.

In about one lifetime we have gone from homesteading, to what is now a complex process of applications, hearings and permits to do just about anything.

Our elected officials on the state and national level have ceased to be representative and become part of the Oligarchy.

These representatives pass bills that are often great sounding on the surface but are full of deception. For instance, all of the riders that are slipped in for the benefit special interests and constituents, these are rarely mentioned and usually have nothing to do with the main legislation.

The second thing that happens is that a good program, after it is put in place, is usually modified over a period of time. A prime example is Social Security. Several provisions of the original bill as introduced under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) made the bill acceptable.

First of all, it was supposed to be completely voluntary. Those voluntary participants would only pay 1% of the first $1,400.00 of annual income. That payment would be deductible for income tax purposes. It would be put into a trust fund used only for the retirement program. Finally, the annuity payments would never be taxed as income. This all really sounded good to me and it was supposed to be self-sustaining after only a few years.

However, consider what has happened. In 1958, a democratically controlled congress put it in the general fund so they could spend it on whatever. Then congress eliminated all tax deductions for FICA withholding and to add further injury to insult they started taxing the annuity payments. Finally, under President Jimmy Carter (D), they decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants.

Today’s Social Security bears little resemblance to the original plan. Our politicians have turned it into a huge source of tax revenue which it was never intended to be. They have simultaneously and substantially reduced its benefit to retirees.

My point is just this: No matter how well intentioned and how well it is written, can you trust future politicians with a health care program? Will it always be administered fairly or will it be modified to bless special interests? Will we have an increasing tax load to pay for it? Will it devolve into preferential treatment? Can you trust government to spend your money efficiently? Are your politicians willing to live under the same programs that they impose on us? Based on the record of the Social Security program and really every other government run operation, the answers to all of the above are really obvious.

Since human beings at all levels tend to be self-centered, greedy, devious and dishonest, I must say that both private industry and government will fall short of perfection.

I guess it falls to, as my brother would say, “Go with the least worst.”

I believe in personal responsibility. We should all get to learn from and live with the decisions we make and the actions we take. A Nanny government will only weaken our nation.

The only laws that never change and are never modified, are the laws of God. Mankind may require them, ignore them or amend them but they will never change and ultimately the penalty will be paid.

Ronald Reagan said, “I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U. S. Congress.”

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