Star Parker

My colleague had an appointment with his dentist that afternoon and related the incident to him. The dentist replied that he'd been using Federal Express to overnight back and forth to his laboratory in Minnesota for 25 years and that there never had been one screw up. And, noted the dentist, each day following September 11, 2001 -- when airports across the nation were closed -- all his FedEx overnight deliveries arrived on time.

Senator Tom Coburn, also a physician, wrote recently how he saved a patient's life by identifying a cancer using a procedure that most likely would not have been permitted under the government health care bureaucracy we are about to have.

Senator Coburn has supplied us with important intelligence. Americans should know that the government rationed health care we're about to get will "not only reduce the quality of life, but their life spans as well."

So, let's connect the dots.

America's unique success comes from freedom and limited government. Government's responsibilities are laid out clearly in our constitution, which we choose to ignore.

National security is a job of government. Designing health insurance policies and forcing private citizens to buy them, running car companies, bailing out banks, and subsidizing homeowners who can't pay their mortgages, is not.

We can't function if no one understands what their job and responsibility is. And here, Mr. Obama, the buck indeed stops with you.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.