The First of Probably Several Posts In Which I Rant About Hating Everybody

11 Mar

Politics drives me crazy.  Most of the time, I find myself wanting to slap some sense into both sides of the political spectrum.  Take the current National Debt Crisis, for example.

Our country has been living a lie.  The government has been living far beyond its means, and has now maxed out its credit cards.  The day of reckoning is upon us and it’s time to figure out what to do about it.

Now, I’m no financial guru.  But I do happen to know a little bit about what to do when you’re in a financial crisis.

The answer seems simple.  How do you get out of a debt problem?  Cut expenditures and raise income.  But can anyone  come to this conclusion?  OF COURSE NOT.  Because this is politics.

Let’s talk about Health Care.  Personally, I think socialized health care would be a great idea, and something my family would benefit from tremendously.  Last year we paid about $4,300 and change for health insurance (see, we’re some of the LUCKY ones who have our health insurance subsidized by Jens’ employer).  Over the course of the year, United Health Care paid about the same amount on our behalf to various doctors and hospitals, and then left us holding the bag for about $$9,000+ of additional charges (actually, I’m probably understating that amount).

A few weeks ago, I slipped on the ice and fell down the stairs, injuring my hand.  At one point, I was pretty sure that it was broken.  But I didn’t go to the doctor.  Going to the doctor would have meant being sent to the hospital for x-rays, which cost about $1,200, in addition to the doctor’s visit that I would have had to pay in full because, as of December 2010, my doctor no longer accepts United Health Care.  I would have been responsible for that $1200 also, because  the hospital is in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit against United Health Care for denying valid claims – so they’re not submitting any more claims for a while.

Under a socialized health care system, my family and I could go to the doctor whenever we needed to without worrying about the debacle that is INSURANCE, and … well that seems like a pretty good situation to me.

HOWEVER.  While I think socialized health care is a great idea, you won’t see me pushing for it because FRANKLY, THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD IT.  We can’t afford to pay our own bills, so it would be ludicrous to try to implement something that massive when there is no money to support it.

But that isn’t the way our politicians think.

Democrats, LISTEN UP.  You have been SPOILED and MISLED.  You think a government owes its people certain privileges, which may be true, when the government can afford to grant those privileges. Ours can not.  I’ve been hearing a lot of static lately about the budget cuts proposed by the Republicans, and a lot of whining about things like NPR, poetry festivals, Family planning, and a lot of other programs that truly, a government has no business paying for when it has no money.

I’m not saying these programs aren’t worthwhile.  But they are not a necessary piece of government budgeting and need to have the financial responsibility shifted to the public.

People, we are going to have to CUT STUFF.  It’s hard.  I get that.  Nobody wants to deal with having LESS MONEY around.  But it’s a necessity unless you want to drive this country into the ground.

I’m going to continue this a bit later because I have to go pick up my kids.

But REPUBLICANS.  You’re next.  I’m tired of watching a party masquerade under the guise of fiscal responsibility, yet continue to push insane and egregious agendas that drown “responsibility” in the mud and then step on it for good measure.

  1. Paige

    March 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    You’re absolutely right. We can’t afford everything that we would like right now, and I have huge problems with the fact that many Democrats are willing to say that we deserve it, but not willing to call out both federal and state officials who are making more and more tax breaks to corporations and the highest income tax brackets. (And there’s some rationale for making corporate tax breaks that allow for more hiring, but so far, the stats I’m seeing suggest that the income gap is increasing more than the number of jobs.

    But you’re right. Things need to be cut.

  2. Why I Hate Everybody Rant: Part II « Go Ask Your Dad

    March 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    […] Now, where were we?  Ah yes, I have already covered the part where I think Democrats are whiny, spoiled and fiscally incompetent. […]

  3. Grandpa

    March 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Well thought out – However, I am afraid to read the next Rant!!