Gullible America

by Richard H. Frank

My dear departed mother counseled me that “there was no such thing as a free lunch.”  Her advice is especially true with regard to our government.  Whenever you hear the words “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help you,” keep your hands on your wallet, purse and bank account.

Typically each promise of “help” comes with undisclosed strings.  Take for instance, the highly popular “Cash for Clunker’s” program.  Most people who took advantage of the $4500 tax credit are not aware that this might still be subject to sales tax, depending on where you live.

How about the  First Time Homebuyer Credit?  Hidden in your 2009 Income Tax Filing is a question asking if you took the credit.  If you did, the hidden provision is that you will be required to pay back $500/year in the form of a tax starting with your filing of the 2010 return.

For those Americans in favor of the “Affordable Health Care” legislation now in Congress, beware of unintended consequences.  The claims being made that passage of the bill will extend coverage to 30 million Americans, reduce costs to individuals, improve access to services and not add to the national deficit, are at best misleading and at worst outright lies.  Common sense tells us that coverage cannot be increased without either reducing services for everyone or increasing costs for everyone.  The utopian idea that we can have our “cake and eat it too” is totally unrealistic.  The ex-Governor, Rod Blagojevich, uses an appropriate term to describe such thinking.  Stupid, stupid, stupid!

The old adage to “beware Greeks bearing gifts,” is especially true with regard to our Government’s promises. Bailouts, stimulus and corporate takeovers and out of control spending  continue, all paid for by taxes on our children and grandchildren, foretell the future for a gullible America.  If nothing is done to change the direction of Congress and the President’s agenda to “fundamentally change America,” may I suggest we just “bend over, grab our ankles and hang on” for a very dangerous ride.  I think it is time we all wake up and face reality!

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