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  • Gonzalo Leon

    07/22/2013 02:48 PM

    I do not believe that health care is a legitimate concern of the government. However, let us assume for the sake of the debate about ObamaCare that the federal government does have a legitimate concern in this matter.

    So, with that in mind, what would be the best way for the federal government to provide assistance to those in needs?

    The system as ObamaCare is predicated in the government interfering within the market place we so strongly need to keep independent of government influences. ObamaCare aims at having the government stick its fingers into the pie that belongs to the individuals in conjunction with their providers. This is the wrong way to go about it.

    What is the right way?

    We already have a program that does it in the right way. It is the nutritional program known as "food stamps", more appropriately called SNAP.

    This program gives the recipients a monthly stipend via a debit card that has to be spent on food. In that way the government helps the poor and needy instead of getting their hands all over the place.

    Would it be more appropriate to establish a similar program for health care? Give each person $300 a month. If they do not use it, the money sits in their account and will stay there until the person passes away, at which time, the unused funds go back to the government.

    The same could be done with education.

    And furthermore, everybody that is a citizen or permanent resident would be entitled to it regardless of need. Under those circumstances people would not try to stay at home and not work. Thus, it takes away the incentive to not work. After all, why would someone take a low paying job if they can get more in benefits than they can make working.

  • Gonzalo Leon

    07/22/2013 02:35 PM

    From the late 60s all the way to the early 90s, I have been stopped by cops in more occasions than I can count. Also one time, when I was already in my 40s, I was harassed by a neighborhood watch who did not just look at me from the distance but actually shouted at me from behind the wheel of his car and doubled back a few minutes later to check me out.

    I am white, tall, medium brown hair. The only reasons I can see for all this annoying harassment is that for most of my adult life I have had a beard and above average length hair. But why did this harassment stop when I was somewhere in my mid-forties. I guess I started to look to old to be a young trouble maker. Although I very vehemently protested in several occasions no one made any effort to fight me and no cop tried to arrest me; much less I never threated anybody with physical injury or did so, although, in a couple of occasions, I did curse.

  • victoria DeBlase

    07/20/2013 08:52 PM

    I understand the President recalling locks being activated on cars when he passed and other things he felt were because he is black.
    I wonder, was he wearing a hoodie and walking around in the middle of the night?
    I automatically lock my doors when I see someone who is disheveled, dressed wierdly, chanting, waving his arms, walking somewhere he/she should not be- no matter what color or sex they are. It is self protection.
    EVERYONE in the world has experienced some kind of prejudice. For me it was--
    I was too young, I was a girl, I was a woman (everyone knows they can't bother their pretty little heads about important stuff), because I was Italian American, because I was Catholic, because I am overweight, and most recently, because I am old. Get over it. Stop waiting for the perfect world. Pick up your feet and get to work. Apparently that is what Obama did!
    Why doesn't he talk about this?

    And while I am on this jag, does he ever think about how many white people died in the civil war for black freedom, how many whites marched to get civil rights for black people, how many white people voted for him?
    I am so disappointed in him, He has missed his opportunity to be a great president and a leader for all Americans, not only black Americans. Too sad.

  • Frank Dentice

    07/20/2013 08:47 PM

    With Detroit going broke, why are we giving Billons of OUR money to other countries?

  • K Mosley

    07/20/2013 02:27 PM

    In M.E. Bradford’s book, Founding Fathers, James Madison argued that the watchfulness and influence of the states would protect the purity of the government. To exercise this theory, Madison wrote the Virginia Resolutions of 1798 (also adopted by Kentucky) as resistance to unconstitutional acts (namely the Alien and Sedition Acts) of the Adams administration. We need states to formally nullify ObamaCare.

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