Hush! If you listen carefully in our government’s hallowed halls you might just hear the
next stanza of the “star spangled bandits’” theme song, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a
That iconic line characterized mythical Wellington Wimpy, a Depression era “Popeye”
cartoon character. Originally a major player, readers tired of his intellectualism, shadiness and
windy rhetoric so he remains representative today of a tired “play now, pay later” scam.
Interestingly, windbag Wimpy inspired a real world self-named chain of restaurants in none
other than the “Sizzler of Socialism”, Great Britain. Life imitates art, eh?
So, does conniving and confusing to consume today that which you can’t pay for now or
ever, sound familiar?
Think back to the Health Care bill debacle. Don’t worry if you can’t remember much;
such “agida” always keeps coming back. Savings that this inscrutable monster bill was supposed
to produce are already sliding right by the media slicker than a politician bathed in Brylcreme.
Not surprisingly, its impossible largesse reveals that many of our statesmen possess intellect
and integrity of Lilliputian proportion excelling only at ignoring and incensing an increasingly
So now what happened? On June 25th, Congress reversed the planned and scheduled
nearly 25% scheduled Medicare cuts in physician payments. These are the cuts that were
already counted on and sold to the public as crucial savings from the bill.
Of course this happened. Legislators, having painted themselves into a corner, faced
either igniting an irreversible crisis in health care access and quality, or costs’ skyrocketing out
of control as our intrusive government continues to breed a new American, enfeebled by
entitlement and increasingly ill educated and non productive. Add in the tinder of expiring Bush
tax cuts which hit everyone January 01 and accelerate that cash burn with typical Medicare and
Medicaid 8-9% inflation and it’s time for that next stanza of the “star spangled bandits’” theme
So do not be surprised if the bi partisan deficit Divas, who can expect little realistic
change of course by the administration, offer us all a little VAT to supplement the menu of
preprogrammed across the board tax hikes. Wonderful; consumers and corporations will then
continue to sit on the sidelines fearing whatever next “play now-pay forever” increasingly intrusive government scheme is coming, such as “Crap and Charade”
This will not stop until the attempted reengineering of America based on wrongheaded
intellectual arguments about the nature of man no longer rule the land. I do not doubt the
resolve and sincerity of folks who think governments can and must legislate some utopian ideal;
I fear it. High minded attempts to adjust outcome in advance, rather than access to equal
opportunity, end poorly with morally unsavory consequences and hypocrisy.
We, the people, must stop this nonsense. Every burger made, served and unpaid builds
expectations, brings sustainable nutrition to none and in time weakens all. Ignorance and
uninformed anger are no excuse to not know what’s being served to you by those whose job it
is to serve. Have we really reached the point where we treat two years of unemployment
insurance entitlement as our head Chef’s Pièce de résistance worthy of Rose Garden pomp and
We the people must get engaged in whatever legal and balanced way and the
distracting manipulative race baiting and name calling on all sides must stop. For example, The
Tea Party movement is an undeniable symptom, not a disease.
Stop the spending, supplemental VAT will never be removed. Do not let the present tax
cuts expire. Stimulate business with aggressive tax policy not unemployment insurance. Do not
let Cap and Trade see the light of day and for God’s sake, stop “wimping out”. Customers do
not order what they cannot pay for and they drive the menu, not the other way around
Dr Kevin Ryan is a retired colonel,
physician, musician and author
who lives in Fairfield. Reach him
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