Let us not be fooled by another frequently used code word for empty political promises used by both Democrats and Republicans – comprehensive. Congress passed a so - called comprehensive solution in 1965 called the Medicare program. Mandatory entitlement spending on Medicare alone is now projected in the tens of trillions, which has destined that program for bankruptcy. The same fate awaits Social Security, another comprehensive program.
Comprehensive – read, mandatory – health care coverage will forever break the economy's back. For those who are swallowing the rhetoric that Congressman Pete Stark's (D-CA) Americare plan is a health care panacea, it is little more than 1993’s HillaryCare debacle dressed up with lipstick and a ribbon.
Many citizens are so understandably frustrated with both political parties that they want change, even if they do not know what that change will bring. I hope the voting public snaps out of this irrational exuberance before it is too late. If the common sense conservative members of Congress and the public fail to prevent the Democratic leadership from tampering with our robust free -market economy and creating even bigger government, we will cross the threshold from a proud republic to a socialist society.
In 1787 at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."
We will not keep and maintain our proud republic if control of Congress and the presidency is ceded to a political party whose ideology is nationalization of our economic structures, based on contempt for individual freedoms and liberties. That ideology is fundamentally no different than that of the monarchs, fascists, socialists and communists we have fought in order to protect the vision of our constitution's framers.
Whenever a liberal speaks, read between the lines of his or her rhetoric. You will not hear a common sense solution or a new direction. You will find a road map back to the dark ages.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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