On July 16, 2012, Sherrilyn A. Ifill published an article titled “Can State Leaders do a Good Job” at CNN.com. I contend this article is full of innuendo and devoid of proof backing up many of her statements.
Her argument is in defense of a huge, overpowering central government just because states don’t do what she thinks is right. Of course, she ignores the horrible leadership provided by our illustrious federal leaders over the years.
Her first mistake is quoting the gaff master, then Senator and current VPOTUS Joe Biden, who will say anything just to hear himself talk.
“The reason the federal government got into 90% of the business it got into is that the state[s]…did not do the job.”
As the article progresses, she refers to “doing a good job” as accepting all federal dollars offered, as if they came from some source other than the plunder of its citizens.
She specifically excoriates Gov. Perry of Texas for saying they will not participate in the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid expansion. According to her, it is the government’s fault that 25% of the Texas population does not have health insurance.
I suggest that the health care / health insurance problem is another pain inflicted on Americans by the central government which created the monster. When FDR instigated wage and price controls on the country during WWII, companies needed a means to keep and hire the best employees. They did this by offering expanded benefits which included health insurance. After the war, unions and government employees took this offering as a “right” and demanded healthcare coverage paid for by their employer. Businesses and governments mistakenly did not evaluate the future cost which has led many to bankruptcy – see General Motors and Stockton, CA.Details