Three different times in one month a client came to me for help with Medicare related medical bill problems. The amounts were small, medium, and large. It doesn’t matter. He was our client. We know that the Medicare system is not perfect. When mistakes happen and problems occur, we do our best to protect our senior citizen clients from financial harm.
I recently received a letter from a woman complaining of Medicare Part D and its required penalties for late enrollers. After many years as a medical bill troubleshooter, personally, I have concluded that the Medicare system never was established to help senior citizens. Instead, I believe that it was established to enrich government contractors–including government employees.
Last week I listed the first three reasons why I lean libertarian. First, centralized power in government corrupts. Less government power means less government corruption by special interests. Second, controlling another person’s life through force is inherently wrong. Third, government-supplied security is an illusion. By its nature, government cannot function in that role.
If you are tired of the continual government corruption and the senseless rules and spending, most of which fail to avoid mishaps, you may want to rethink your political philosophy. This isn’t a choice between good government and bad government. Much of government by its very nature does more harm than good.
Starting October 1, price controls were set by law on debit card swipe fees. Such populist well-intentioned legislation reduces economic freedom and slows economic growth. This situation has nothing to do with capitalism and everything to do with socialism. It seeks a state-directed and regulated economy serving the supposedly greater good of the nation. Such national socialism with the state seeking to control the economy is correctly called fascism.
Wave after wave of government moratoriums on foreclosure of bad home loans since 2008 has stalled the natural market flow and forestalled recovery. As Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson says, “Government needs to get out of the way once and for all and allow this process to work itself out.”
Have you seen the latest from Gallup on the sentiment of Americans toward their government? You should. That outrage we saw boil over with the advent of the Tea Party movement? It hasn’t gone away…and it’s only getting hotter. In addition to historic dissatisfaction with government (81%), the survey found that most Americans have no confidence in their elected leaders, believe government wastes most of their hard-earned money, and that government has become so large that it is a threat to freedom.
Republicans railed against the Obama Administration’s proposal to push the national debt to more than $26 trillion and the budget to $5.7 trillion by 2021. Yet, when the time came to put their own budget on the table, the best House Republicans could produce was a proposal by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan where the debt still spirals up to $23 trillion, and the budget to $4.7 trillion. The annual deficit would only be cut to $391 billion by 2021.But why?
If your bank made you wait longer to withdraw your savings, or cut your interest rate, would you put up with that? If not, why would you tolerate it from your government? If Americans prefer getting negative returns on what they pay in order to save an unworkable government system, we deserve the mediocre, second rate nation we are becoming. But I don’t think most want this. It’s why we need politicians with the courage to tell the truth and citizens with the courage to be free.
Florida’s young Republican Sen. Marco Rubio recently gave an important speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in California that has set off the liberal talking-head universe. He had the temerity to suggest that the huge growth in government’s role in American life over the last century “actually weakened us as a people.” The resulting onslaught from liberal blogs and cable hosts comes as no surprise because Rubio directly took on the idol at which liberals worship — Big Government.
Is there any one political or economic system that God wants everyone to follow? I do not believe God has ordained any one type of government or economy as the divinely ordained path. However when one examines the principles which God favors, there are political and economic systems which are closer to God’s character, and some that are farther away from God’s standards. So which are they?
An executive order (E.O.) is a direct mandate from the President that is implemented by the Executive branch. It has the full force of law and can be enacted immediately. If that thought scares you, congratulations, you have a functioning brain. In our nation of checks and balances, we need to start making sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed in these executive orders, otherwise we could end up blindsided with a rule that we have no control over, but that has full control over us.
Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program that was made law in 2003, is not so great. Enormous amounts of publicity, news articles, and claims were made that this would help senior citizens with prescription drug care costs. But, when it first went into effect, our office had dozens of senior citizen clients claiming that they were paying more for prescription drugs under the new law than before the law.
Farm life is different than most ways of life these days. It’s a tough life that requires the children from an early age to help get things done and make the bottom line. But now, thanks to your meddling, way-over-the-edge-of-the-Constitution government, it may soon be a lot harder on farm families to meet the bottom line…and put some out of business altogether. And it seems to stem from an attempt to implement UN environmental regulations on a local level.
President Barack Obama has dreamed up some new mileage standards for our nation’s auto makers. Manufacturers will undoubtedly meet these socialist utopian standards in the same fashion they’ve been doing so since the 1970s when the federal government entitled itself to meddle in the affairs of private business: the auto industry will produce even cheaper, crappier, flimsier vehicles than before.
Fixing a problem among the Veterans Administration, the Medicare system, and an insurance company to make sure that the VA, Medicare, and the Medicare supplement insurance policy all pay the correct amount on a medical bill is an ordeal. There is a much easier way: Ask a Congressman or Senator to help. Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate can get the cooperation of the VA and Medicare systems to correct a medical billing error. They have the power to fix these problems, and if there is systemic failure, they need to know about it.
A life of government guarantees and controls is not a formula for building wealth. Freedom and capital markets are. Blacks need to decide which they want. And entrepreneurship must become part of black culture. Blacks need to get that poor people are not poor because rich people or rich. The formula for more black wealth: less government, more ownership and initiative.
You may have seen this in your inbox at some time or another. I know I’ve seen it at least a time or two before it came in again yesterday. A lot of these emails I get from people, I delete them with hardly more than a glance. But this one really caught my eye afresh, maybe because I am so sick and tired of these elitist idiots in Washington D.C. who think they know infinitely so much more than everyone else, that we peons and serfs out here in flyover country just don’t understand like they do why it is so important to spend trillions of dollars we don’t have on things our government shouldn’t be doing–and obviously does a pathetically poor job of doing anyway.