sábado, 19 de septiembre de 2009

Glenn Beck's Common Sense (I)

Como decía en una entrada anterior, he leído el panfleto que ha escrito este periodista / activista "libertarian" (defensor de los valores de la República y de los padres fundadores de los EE.UU.) y cuyo título hace referencia al famoso panfleto de Thomas Paine.

"The lecherous politicians who lied us about funding Social Security and Medicare are the same ones who are now trumpeting "free" universal health care. And instead of pointing at their track record and laughing hysterically, we sit by and listen receptively, as though this time might somehow be different.
When politicians want money, they traditionally write a bill that provides lots of overly optimistic details about the particular program they want to fund.
Common sense should tell us that, given our experience with the Social Security Trust Fund, the very notion of another "reserve fund" is absolute insanity. What business owner could tell his employees that he is going to start a helath care plan, require employees to pay into it, and collect their monthly premiums, all without ever telling them where the moeny was going or what the benefits or exclusions would apply to the plan? That employer would be in jail.
How many of us would make a down payment on a car that we didn't test drive or a home we didn't know anything about? But that's exactly what the lunatics running Washington are now proposing while simultaneously lying us about the solvency of our Social Security and Medicare prgrams. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me for seventy years and bill me $100 trillion while I sit by and accept more of the same? Then shame on all of us for being ignorant and powerless Americans.

If we fail to speak up and speak out against this madness then we should be prepared to accept everything we get. Samuel Adams said that those who prefer the "tranquility of servitude" had best be prepared to "crouch down and lick the hands that feed you". That advice is as relevant today as it was back then. And so are his closing words: "May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!"

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