posted on 20 August 2016
by Michael Haltman
Ronald Reagan: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
Conclusion First: I offer the conclusion first because if for some reason you stop reading here, it is an important lesson to understand! So here it is:
Regardless of political party affiliation listen less to what the politicians running for office is promising, and more to whether what they promise is actually viable or economically feasible!
Back to the premise of this article as most likely know the phrase above were Reagan's nine most terrifying words in the English language.
Terrifying because politicians will utter that phrase or one much like it to people who truly want to believe that what the person is telling them will actually come to fruition in the way that they describe.
That in some way some deficiency or deficiencies in their lives will be made better by the 'savior' in front of them who tells you that to accomplish these things he or she merely needs to be elected or reelected to office.
But what the politicians know that they can never let the voter know, is that the promises made are all likely a fools errand.
That in any world that exists beyond the walls of the political elites in Washington or in state capitals, whatever proposal they are laying out has little to no chance to be successful and likely is not fiscally achievable!
But the actual potential success or cost of the program, for whatever politician is speaking about it, is in many ways irrelevant and secondary to their immediate task at hand.
This is because in the end they will ultimately not be responsible or accountable for either. The taxpayers will!
In actuality and to more completely get down to the root of Ronald Reagan's phrase, what a politician really is saying by uttering words about 'leveling the playing field' or helping 'Main Street' and the 'struggling middle class', 9 out of 10 times means the following:
The Politicians Playbook: It's Not What They Say It's What They Mean!
And ,when all is said and done and I've been elected, I will do one of two things:
Case Study: Obamacare
What brings me to write this commentary is the fact that Aetna announced this week it will be the latest insurer to drop out of Obamacare because the financial model that was put into place could never have worked unless the government was offering huge subsidies to insure that it did. Or, unless business consolidation made a company's cost structure more efficient.
For the American people Obamacare was supposed to result in premiums falling or at the very least remaining steady. We were supposed to be able to keep our doctors if we wanted to keep our doctors or if not have a great selection to choose from. And at the same time 30 million additional people who were uninsured were now going to be insured.
Further, as part of Obamacare the health insurers had to accept everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions, cover procedures that may or may not be needed by the insured all while the healthy young were projected to enroll in order to help pay for it all.
Finally the individual taxpayer and businesses would bear the burden to make sure that it all fiscally worked.
The Smoke and Mirrors
Unfortunately, when it comes to government programs like Obamacare, fiscal and common sense realities have collided with the fantasy world that so many of our politicians live in! Some of the problems have included:
Bottom-line? Regardless of political party affiliation you must listen less to what the politicians running for office promises, and look more at whether what they promise is either viable or economically feasible!
And then do your work without relying on others to do it for you to choose who you think will be the best leader for our country!
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