LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Accountability and individual responsibility

To Mr. Clemens, reference his letter of Aug. 8, “Progressive social policies promote the common good,” thank you for taking the time to read, digest, and comment on the two articles I submitted. I can assure you that I am not disillusioned, but rather quite pragmatic.

Sadly, I take everything I hear on any news channel or broadcast, or read in a paper, with a grain of salt. It is obvious that we disagree, and to be honest, I think progressivism is a dangerous form of government. The mindset that we have to keep helping people by providing more and more government programs begs the question, what about individual accountability and responsibility.

Mr. Trump was elected because he vowed to “drain the swamp.” I believe the swamp, that has always been Washington, is that class of elite politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who lost their power and money last November. The swamp cannot come to terms with the fact that an outsider was elected by the American public. Just reference the latest comments by Sen. McConnell.

Why did three Republican senators kill the chance of health care reform? They voted multiple times for reform when they knew Obama would veto, so why vote no now? Ask the people of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin and you will get the answer to why Hillary is not sitting in the Oval Office.

To that end, the special counsel is truly a joke. How many Russians voted in those states or any state? The Russians have always meddled in our politics. We do the same with theirs. There was no collusion; however, the Democrats kept beating the drum, got some of their Republican colleagues to agree and bingo, we have a special counsel.

I do have the full faith in our Treasury — that’s the only reason why a dollar buys a dollar’s worth of goods and services. However, the bonds sitting in Social Security and Medicare will one day have to be redeemed for cash. Imagine getting your Social Security deposit in the form of a bond and then going to Acme and paying for your groceries with that bond. Do you think Acme will accept that bond, or for that matter, would you? If 2037 is correct, what happens then? How many bonds will have to be redeemed, or will we be at a point where more must be issued?

2008 was an absolute fiasco. Greed ruled the day, millions suffered, and many are still suffering. However, 2008 highlights a very frightening fact: the absolute lack of financial literacy on the part of millions. The sad part is that very little has or is being done in our educational system, or anywhere else, to address that lack of knowledge. Hell, we don’t even teach kids to write their signature anymore.

The only term limit in our three branch system of government is the presidency. You are nominated and voted to sit on the Supreme Court for life, with Congress running for reelection as required. Running for reelection cannot be construed as a term.

I would offer Delaware as an example. We have a select group of individuals who play musical chairs with our elections. Last year they allowed a newcomer, same political philosophy, with the intent of making Delaware a sanctuary state. NO. Where is the new blood with differing thoughts about how our government should operate?

The governor recently held a forum with small business owners in Camden. When asked an honest question on his thoughts about “prevailing wage,” he responded, “…he did not believe a lot of legislators fully understood the subject.” Really.

Prevailing wage is nothing more than a welfare program for skilled craftsman!! As long as this state is ruled by one county and this select group of individuals, nothing will change.

Student debt is an unintended consequence of an extremely poor progressive policy decision enacted by the swamp. The minute Congress opened up federal loan lending to the banking industry student debt started to rise. That debt is now at $1.4 trillion, much of which will never be repaid.

I am a strong proponent of education — get as much as you can. However, this progressive policy has caused the cost of a college education to become extremely expensive, putting it out of the reach of many, without borrowing tens of thousands of dollars.

Again, using Delaware as an example, the tuition for an in state student at the University of Delaware (UD) is approximately $12,000, which is 69 percent higher than the national average for a public four-year school. When you add in all the costs to attend for a year, it’s approximately $27,000 per year.

According to an audit by KPMG, the university received $118.7 million from the state of Delaware for the year ending June 2016. We need to truly understand the concept of progressivism and the pitfalls it creates.

I believe we need programs to help those in need, but when those programs become a way of life versus a way to make a better life, something is terribly wrong. The government will never be able to provide an individual or family more than poverty level subsistence. That has led progressives to push for a $15/hour minimum wage.

Economically that would be disastrous. The wage paid by an employer must be consistent with the economic value of the position to the individual business. To say that every job in a business must start at $15/hour is ludicrous. People are losing their jobs in Seattle where the minimum wage is $15/hour.

Now that the Republicans have killed health insurance reform, the cost of getting insurance and then health care is going to skyrocket. We had a system, it wasn’t perfect, but with a few tweaks, it could have been much, much better.

We should be able to purchase health insurance across state lines and we need to address the incredibly high cost of prescription drugs. Those in the swamp could have made those two changes, but the lobbying organizations for the insurance company’s and the pharmaceutical industry along with a socialist president and his party designed a new system that’s had nothing but problems since its inception. Now, it’s on the verge of collapse. What happens to the American public then?

Let Chuck, Nancy, Chris, Tom, John and Lisa answer the concerns of Americans who might potentially die.

By now I guess you’ve figured out that I am very worried about the future of this country. The inability of our elected representatives to work together, the language they use to explain their disparate policies, the prevailing concept by many that they are entitled, our crumbling educational system, the national debt, the fiasco with health care, and not least of all, the current external threats to our nation, makes me wonder about the sincerity of words used by ANY politician.

As more and more “progressive” policies are implemented, people will feel more and more entitled. I believe that is a slippery slope from which there is no return. Help those in need, but be wary when that help becomes a way of life.

Frank Daniels
Col. (Retired) USAR

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