Let's stop all of the moaning regarding our president and the Affordable Health Care Act. Everybody is, has been, or will be a recipient of some federal social welfare scheme. It started with Social Security, passed during the Depression, without a whimper. Why? Because the average age at death in that year was 61. So for the boys on Capitol Hill, it was a no brainer to offer this new social contract for people when they reached the age of 65.
The next so-called government giveaway was the GI Bill, which guaranteed a college education for all those guys coming back from World War II and the Korean War. That government tinkering barely passed Congress in the summer of 1944 -- a year before the war was over. It has been said that, during the lifetime of the average vet, the U.S. Treasury receives two to eight times as much back in income taxes as it paid out to the veteran in GI Bill benefits.
Then, of course, came Medicare and Medicaid. So who's complaining about those giveaways? Not me. And probably not you either. All this stuff takes time to get rolling, and the larger the population, the harder it gets. There are two and a half times as many people in our country today than there were in 1935 so things are going to take longer. How dare anyone sit around and throw stones because, after a month, Obamacare has had some major mess ups. There are going to be a lot more. Get real, everybody.
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