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Tomorrow, most of you you will likely make the most important decision of your political careers.
The decision you make has the potential to change forever, the relationship between our state citizens and their governments. It will grow the number of those who will become dependent on a system that has never kept a promise, met efficiency targets, or solved the problems that it was designed to do. It will bind us contractually to a leviathan federal bureaucracy that has inserted itself as not only our caretakers, but now as our keepers; and our masters.
Yet this decision is difficult for some of you?
Some on the fence claim that "other states will get our cut", as if that makes it right to ink a deal with the devil. Some say "this helps our books out", ignoring the fact that its all borrowed money or time. We WILL be paying for it after only a couple years, and given the gimmicks the feds are using to find financing to pay for this temporary buy-off, we see that money source might not be so reliable. Some say that "the hospitals build in the costs of indigent care to paying patients". yet forget to remind us that hospitals have advantages granted by local governments to offset those costs.
Gains from agreeing to this might be a temporarily solvent budget, a few legislative measures considered as part-of-the-deal, or even a bunch of happy big-hospital lobbyists. In the 1800s, FRÉDÉRIC BASTIAT book "the law", described the latter:
"The Fatal Idea of Legal PlunderFeed it.
Providing for unlimited new expansions in safety nets only creates new dependencies. In turn building new provisions for new needs. It demonstrates a distrust in one's fellow man to provide for him or herself. It shows a fear of the unknown result of true independence, like the type exhibited who once upon a time fought against such mechanisms. Indeed, it is growth of government, regular and expected, that now happens nearly without counter action. It grows and consumes like a beast. Anyone can step aside and watch that beast maul its victims without stepping in to distract, scare, or engage.
Yet as long as the beast is loose, it simply becomes more emboldened and finds more victims.
Find courage to face down this beast senators.
Is that there seems to be a market for helping people take advantage of government. An organized effort in fact, that has a sympathetic angle, but still abuses the taxpayer trust in helping those who need help. It goes beyond even the typical unemployment abuse, where a worker remains 'underemployed' to stay eligible, and possibly fails to report the cash jobs.
We have a more insidious abuse in another area; disability.
A website exists to assist those who collect disability payments in maximizing their benefits. Not just assisting in receiving these 'entitlements,' but in gaming the system so that real efforts to escape the dependency are squelched from the beginning. For example:
"Benefits and Work Calculator
And it provides a tool to keep those enrolled in disability plans from overachieving. Including our young and those in school. From even reaching the level of capability that they have.
For the sake of maxing out the cash.
Maura? I hope you read this from time to time.
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End of Liberty?
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There is a different type of business we should be aware of. It has a devastating effect on families and communities alike. Its a particular drug trafficking business.
While it seems that no one "forces" the patrons of this business to sample its wares, the "hook" in the ingredients and the savaging of bank accounts and savings that result from the ingestion of its drug keeps them coming back for more. The never ending cycle once started is near impossible to cure. Ultimately it is quite unavoidable for some.
Consider the consequence.. Take the drug once addicted, and live a relatively benign existence, or refuse the drug and take your chances with a suffering that is both uncomfortable, and potentially deadly. The very worst part of the entire process of habitual obsession and consumption, is that the entire time the user should know it is not natural, and not indigenous to our society, either culturally or otherwise.
At least it has not been until the last 80 years.
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