Healthcare, the Marine, and the facts
January 17, 2010
Perhaps you’ve seen this email, purportedly from a retired Marine. A friend send it to me, thinking I would think it was cool. Instead, its self-righteous attitude, its distortion of the facts, and its downright lies (check out the claim that we spend $1 trillion a year on anti-poverty programs!) made me livid. There is nothing positive in this email, and little that is fact, but you can bet that it is being passed around and believed.
So why am I passing it around myself? Because I don’t have this guy’s email address, and don’t have the addresses of those he sent it to and those they sent it to. Of course I realize that any reply is just spitting in the wind.
The email, with my rejoinders in brackets.
To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,
It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:
[Great start, eh? Whereas he himself is of course not corrupt and not a moron – or so he implies.]
The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
[As though in all that time the USPS has never been “right”? The USPS has been functioning since 1775, changing with the times and surviving.]
Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
[Social Security has been functioning since 1935, and as a result this country abolished poorhouses (and, until Ronald Reagan, didn’t have street people, either).]
Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
[I don’t know anything about what’s right or wrong about Fannie Mae.]
War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.
[Do you really suppose that the war on poverty takes as much every year – or even every century? – as a trillion dollars? That’s the estimated cost of the war in Iraq that was so fabulously necessary and successful. You think the war on poverty (which we lost long ago) cost as much every year as the war in Iraq did in total?
[Beyond that, this guy, who spent his life in secured federal employment, shielded from the uncertainties of the civilian economy, doesn’t seem to have a clue what the War on Poverty did right or wrong. He has no clue and probably doesn’t care about the benefits of food stamps, AFDC, head start, nutritional programs for kids whose parents are drunks or druggies etc.]
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965.. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
[Two generations of people benefited from both programs. As a member of the armed services, he has had guaranteed government medical care all his adult life, and so has his family. But evidently he doesn’t want civilians to have it.]
Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
[I don’t know anything about what’s right or wrong about Freddie Mac.]
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
[I have no idea what DOE does, but I do know that efficiency improvement and the development of alternative energy are the keys to energy independence, and resistance to both comes not from the DOE but from the kind of entrenched special interests who periodically mount this kind of campaign against anything government does or tries to do.]
You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.
[Sure. Nothing the government does ever works. Notice any mention of our squandering billions, hundreds of billions, trillions, on “defense”? Notice any recognition that military-related expenses cripple our economy, cripple the federal budget, and (as Eisenhower pointed out in 1953) steal from our ability to meet real needs?]
AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??
[Ask him if he is okay with us withdrawing the medical benefits that veterans and their families get.]
Paul S. Laskodi
[If you know Mr. Laskodi, give him my best wishes for an early recovery.]