Terry Paulson

The Democrats have won the most recent battle in the great American experiment. One must admit that their 219-212 margin victory for government-controlled healthcare proved to be an impressive score, but the game is early in the second quarter of President Obama’s term. The false assumptions, punitive taxes, and special deals used to fuel this “reconciliation” end run will now be visible for all to see and experience. The benefits won’t come for years, but the impact on our economy, our taxes and our lives will come much quicker.

For those of you who fought the good fight to turn back this assault on American freedom and founding principles, don’t give in to your anger. It’s time to channel your frustration into purposeful action. As Winston Churchill said, “With defeat, defiance.” It’s time to take back Washington and Sacramento. Losers don’t legislate!

Turn your disappointment into purposeful action and iron resolve to defeat those who voted for this ill-conceived and expensive plan. After all, President Obama’s year has had many setbacks. The Republicans have taken most early special elections including Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.

Our founding fathers built into the Constitution a course-correction mechanism. The mid-term elections allow voters to send a powerful message to an administration. Thankfully, America isn't a movie limited to one act by Congress. America is more like a proud, long-playing soap opera with tragedies, victories and built-in dissension where extreme political choices receive deserved feedback from voters every two years.

But why is this Democratic “victory” such a financial disaster? When the government gives something of value away for free, the number of takers explodes! Megan McArdle from Atlantic was quoted in the New York Times, “The CBO process has now been so thoroughly gamed that it’s useless.” Even CBO Director Doug Elmendorf confessed, “The agency has not thoroughly examined the reconciliation proposal to verify its consistency with the previous draft. This estimate is therefore preliminary….”

A well-documented report from Freedom Works’ Matthew Clemente summarizes the government’s ability to project the cost of their lavish entitlements. When Medicare was instituted in 1965, there was no CBO, but the House Ways and Means analysts predicted it would cost $12 billion in 1990. They were wrong by a staggering factor of 10 with actual spending topping $110 billion. They estimated that Medicare Part A, the hospital insurance part of the Medicare program, would cost $9 billion in 1990. The actual cost in 1990 was $67 billion.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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