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October 22, 2013

No Rack-and-Ruin in Sight

Harry M. Covert

Now that the sky didn't fall everybody can get back to eating fried chicken, chicken and dumplings and mashed potatoes and gravy.

 

All that is allegedly wrong with the nation isn't really so bad after all.

 

There are still some communities who're making news they would like to secede from the country. Stories have come from Western Maryland, the Lone Star State, maybe around Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and maybe in Kentucky just to name a few.

 

The latter is certainly bunk, idiocy and foolishness. First and foremost these areas in no way could support themselves or function as individual governments.

 

Fear mongering is an active ingredient to raising money, electioneering, fooling the people and taking on power. Sad, but indeed true. The nation is not collapsing, except in the minds of a few.

 

Despite things that need fixing, the USA has an annual $16.6 trillion gross domestic product. That's a lot of ones, fives, 20s and 100s.

 

The business of the Affordable Care Act may need a lot of fixing. It's nothing new. Many politicians, bloggers and know-it-all broadcasting giants keep ragging on about how individual health care is leading the country to rack and ruin. Not so. This wrangling has gone on for over a century and the current occupant seems to have made it happen.

 

Research shows that the Republican and Democrat Roosevelts – Teddy and FDR – lost out in their insurance efforts. Harry S Truman followed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy were thwarted in their bids, too.

 

Lyndon Johnson battled through for Medicare and Medicaid. Along came Mr. Nixon, the Bushes and Mr. Clinton. They couldn't do it either.

 

There are still others out there who think FDR's Social Security program was bad for the nation. Every American should be thankful for this.

 

Let's be frank. What's good for the people is what's good for the nation. Going to the zoos and national parks are wonderful; visiting national monuments are blessings. The ultimate rudeness of a Texas congressman berating a U.S. Park Service ranger is out of step with common courtesy and dignity and must not be ignored.

 

But, the vast majority of Americans take advantage of Social Security in its various forms. This is great for the nation, too.

 

Closing down the government was a temper tantrum that could have had devastating effects at home and around the world. The bogeyman is not healthcare for everyone. The ogre is simply not wanting to help those who can't help themselves.

 

In no stretch of the imagination is the U. S. a third world nation. It is a nation of healthy, wealthy and wise people. There are degrees of wealth but few in poverty.

 

If there is any doubt, look around the communities. Ever see a horse-drawn car? Ever see a child walking to school? Ever see people looking in sidewalk trash cans for food? Ever see hungry people in jail? How about ramshackle schools? Not a chance.

 

The Chicken Little politicians are truly no more than hucksters, sheep in sheep’s clothing, double-talkers and con artists.

 

Most everyone recently has heard of Winston Churchill's comment:

 

"Americans always do the right thing after they've tried everything else."

 

The classic though comes from Damon Runyan's character Sky Masterson speaking to his son:

 

"One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider."

 

And, that is the state of politics today.

 

hmcovert@thecovertletter.com

 



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