Larry Veatch: Is this really a 'good deal' for the taxpayers?

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.

In reference to the Sun’s Nov. 27th article “Report: Health law a good deal for the states,” a couple of points might help illustrate what some of us are feeling.

The article stated: “But the analysis found that states will pay just $76 billion of that (Medicaid costs), a combined share of roughly 7 percent. The feds will pay the other $952 billion.” What difference would it have made in how readers responded to the article if the statement had read, “But the analysis found that the taxpayers will pay $76 billion of that through the state…(and) the taxpayers will pay the other $952 billion through the federal government.”

The state and the federal governments have no funds to give that do not come from you and me. The concept of limited government has served us well, but suffers under a system that has come to involve a class of people (politicians and bureaucrats) fostered by a process that rewards them for taking care of many who could care for themselves.

A key component to satisfaction in life is being able to take care of oneself, which leads to the second point. What if the $76 billion and $952 billion were left in the hands of people to improve their own lives and the lives of other people. If those funds were available to help people be interdependent, the government would not need to take care of so many citizens.

The government could focus on protecting rights and not on the wellbeing of people. You cannot give someone a sense of pride, they have to earn it. Taking care of people restricts their opportunity for self-reliance and self-esteem. Society’s goal should be providing opportunity. Government can redistribute wealth, but it cannot redistribute a sense of pride.

Channeling money through government is depriving more and more people of the opportunity to take care of themselves. What people truly desire is opportunity not charity. Some people need charity, but promoting and using the dependency of more and more citizens on government is cruel. It is demoralizing to see citizens being used by bureaucrats for their own self-interests. Government would better serve people by focusing on providing them an environment for opportunity; the model that made this country great.

Larry Veatch,


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