GOP – The Word They Won’t Use

Much has been made recently in the news media about the proposed health care bill. There are certainly legitimate concerns with it that have been brought to light by members of the Republican Party. Some of those include the costs to taxpayers and it’s effect on the federal deficit. Other concerns include the effect of mandating health coverage on small businesses. Will the small businesses be able to pay to cover employees when their revenues are not as large as some of the major corporations? In some of the proposals they can be fined for not offering coverage to their employees. In all of the articles that I have read regarding this topic, none have mentioned what is truly going on here.

There is one word that is being avoided like the plague. That is Socialism. My question is why won’t our elected members of the Republican Party stand up and call this for what it truly is. Is it because they face political consequences because of standing up against this President and his socialist ideas? This is a President that is trying to control our lives in a way never before seen.

We have already witnessed it in proposals being put forth to control executives pay in the banking industry. It is my belief that executives pay should be proportional to what other subordinates are earning. However for the federal government to put together a body or to allow the FDIC to monitor pay for all of the banking institutions just doesn’t make sense to me.

The automotive industry has already benefited from a federal bailout. While this was a positive development for the car dealers, it didn’t do anything for the other businesses that are facing closure and bankruptcy as a result of the economic times. The Obama Administration has singled out the auto industry and provided the funding to keep them afloat while allowing other things to fail. I am of the opinion that the underlying cause of the auto industry decline is primarily because of their own doing. They were paying wages that were simply unsustainable. The Government used taxpayer money to interject control in this struggling industry.

We are seeing it with the health care legislation that is being put forth. I agree that health care reform and tort reform are necessary. There are far too many Americans going without coverage because of inability to pay for it. I believe it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that Americans have access to coverage and better health care. This could have been easily achieved by the proposal that Senator John McCain put forth back during the campaign. The Government could provide each American citizen with a set amount of money to go out and purchase the plan of their choosing. That eliminates any freedom being taken away and at the same time provides the important coverage that is so badly needed.

The freedom of press is now potentially under attack. President Obama has stated publicly that he is open to considering a federal bailout of the newspaper industry. If this is allowed to occur, the Government would then, as a result, have the ability to freely control what is being printed in the news.

My concern with our elected Republican leaders is a valid one. They are voicing some displeasure with policies that are being implemented, however they are not addressing the larger issue here. We are slowly turning into a Socialist nation. The signs are all around. It is very important that we have Republicans in office that are willing to stand up against these statist ideals and call them for what they are. While it is important to single out areas of disagreement, it is equally important to see the overall picture of what is happening in the world around us.

Mitt Romney and The Health Care Debate

Several people are speaking out against President Obama’s current health care proposal. One of those folks happens to be former Governor of Massachutes Mitt Romney. Now just for a refresher, President Obama has favored a plan that provides coverage for all Americans. He has proposed a public option where the government would serve as a competitor to the current private system. All of which has been opposed by Mr. Romney. However a close examination of his career as Governor reveals that he too not only proposed but signed into law a reform bill that required all residents to buy health insurance coverage.

There were punishments for residents that elected not to purchase health care coverage. Many would face the loss of their personal income tax exemption. This exemption was worth $219. The exemption increases monthly and is based on half the cost of health insurance coverage. There were some changes enacted to the proposal. The most controversial change was the addition of a provision which requires firms with 11 or more workers that do not provide “fair and reasonable” health coverage to their workers to pay an annual penalty. This contribution, initially $295 annually per worker, is intended to equalize the free care pool charges imposed on employers who do and do not cover their workers.

Does this sound familiar? It should because it is essentially the same form of health care reform that President Obama is proposing. It begs to question why Mr. Romney is now proposing much the same reform that he enacted while Governor in Massachutes in 2006.