Friday, August 7, 2009

Just for fun: St. Reagan & Medicare

The doctor begins to lose freedom. . . . First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then doctors aren’t equally di­vided geographically. So a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him, you can't live in that town. They already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it's only a short step to dictating where he will go. . . . All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man's working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it's a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your son won't decide, when he's in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do.
And if you don't do this
[write your Representative opposing Medicare] and if I don't do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free.
This is St. Reagan in 1961, opposing Congressional passage of Medicare.

Why does this sound so familiar TODAY?

One of the most successful, most popular Government programs was opposed in 1961 using exactly the same scare tactics being employed today!
Well, the opposition are "conservatives"! - Might as well 'conserve' the arguments, too - makes thinking unnecessary!

Would Boehner & McConnell advocate abolishing laws governing child labor, workplace safety, the 40-hr-workweek, and the minimum wage?
- Just go back to the pure, unbridled capitalism of the 1800s?
... Maybe they would.
Let's find out.

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