Oh I’d love to write a cheerful post, but I find this difficult. Like many, I am distressed with the stalemate in Washington, but I blame Democrats and Republicans alike for the impasse. I mean, come on…how long can the government keep on growing with endless spending and increases in benefits for all? And do we really think we can cure this accounting problem over night?
The answers are there of course. We must reign in government spending and growth of the bureaucracy as JFK suggested and Eisenhower before him, and the founders as far back as 1781. And we must get out of the problems the same way we got into them…one step at a time or leave our kids nothing but the ashes of a failed Republic.
The measures we take must be serious and steady..half measures avail us nothing. Like it or lump it, those are the answers. We either bite the bullet and reign in government expansion and spending, or watch the whole thing come tumbling down.You might not like what Paul Ryan has to say, who does, but anyone who has ever balanced a budget knows he is onto something.
A Granny myself as well as a retired demographer, I know Social Security is NOT the problem and Paul has said so. But medical spending in its various forms is a huge and growing problem. And I write this having had more than a share of tax dollars spent on me for medical care over the past year.
Perhaps more of this expense should have been covered by my health insurance company. Yes, I have a policy for which I lay out a chunk of $$ every month and have done so for several decades. Shockingly, as soon as I turned 65 my health insurance company turned me over to Medicare. Why? How did they get out of the deal we had? Oh yes, they are still around to cover my prescription drugs and some 20% of my tab or the ‘copay’, but is that a fair share for a ‘for-profit’ company?
Looking for the Sunshine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Meanwhile, I am coping with recovery and happy to see the sun which encouraged my morning walk with my dog. My new therapist tells me I am in the top 5% of cases (hip joint replacement) recovering from this surgery. Yes, my hip is doing well. My knee, the only reason I need a cane, is also recovering from the secondary abuse of surgery on my hip, and my bowels from the anesthesia followed by pain medication which virtually shut them down. One day at a time.