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Would you trust Uncle Sam with health care?
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Regarding the health care debacle that the government is trying to ram down our throats, one should consider the lessons of history:

The Postal Service was established in 1775 — they’ve had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it can’t compete with private sector Fed-Ex and UPS services.

Social Security was established in 1935 - they’ve had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 — they’ve had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 — they’ve had 39 years to get it right; it is broke.  FYI: together Fannie and Freddie have now led the entire world into the worst economic collapse in 80 years.

The War on Poverty was started in 1964 — they’ve had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our hard-earned money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 — they’ve had 44 years to get it right; they are both broke; and now our government dares to mention them as models for all US health care.

AMTRAK was established in 1970 — they’ve had 39 years to get it right; last year they bailed it out again as it continues to run at a loss! It is more than broke.

This year, a trillion dollars was committed in the massive political payoff called the Stimulus Bill of 2009; it shows NO sign of working; it’s been used to increase the size of governments across America, and raise government salaries while the rest of us suffer from economic hardships.  It has yet to create a single new private sector job.

Our national debt projections (approaching $10 trillion) have increased 400% in the last six months.

“Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009, went broke in 2009 — after 80% of the cars purchased turned out to be produced by foreign companies, and dealers nationwide are buried under bureaucratic paperwork demanded by a government that is not yet paying them what was promised.

So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that each and every “service” shoved down our throats by an over-reaching government turns into disaster, how could any informed, thinking American trust our government to run or even set policies for America’s health care system - 17% of our economy?. Obviously only a brainwashed liberal with another agenda or a total fool.

Each of us has a personal responsibility to make every voter aware of this dismal record. In 2010 we must remove from office those who vote to destroy our free enterprise system and mortgage our grandchildren’s future.
Speak out and stop this outrage...avoid this cataclysmic event...

Yes, we need to find a way to fix the real problems, portability, catastrophic illness and other problems on which there exists a consensus.

But, we cannot allow the liberals to use this as an opportunity to throw the babies out with the bath water.

In 1948, Norman Thomas, who was a U.S. Socialist Party Presidential candidate said: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
On the other hand, Winston  Churchill said: “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”.

Think about that and the above information and make your plans on who or how you will vote the next election.
Warren “Al”  Barth
Sept. 1, 2009