cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
This was originally published in the Martinsville Daily Press on August 29, 2009:
To Our President and All Members of Congress:
The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke.
Social Security was established in 1935 - you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.
The "War on Poverty" started in 1964 - you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to the "poor"; it hasn't worked.
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - you have had 44 years to get it right; it is broke.
Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - you have had 39 years to get it right; it is broke.
And finally, to set a new record: "Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took good, dependable cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And American taxpayers take a hit for Congress' generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.
So, with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?
The health care system that represents nearly 20% of our economy?
And you want us to believe you can run this and do a competent job based on your past performance?
With all due respect, are you crazy or what?