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Well, I just picked up my Sunday morning mail. Yes, it was actually Saturday’s mail, but I digress. There’s almost usually nothing that I look forward to about getting the mail, and this morning is just one prime example of the many wonderful surprises awaiting most of us.
The electric bill. Yippee…
Now I don’t know where you live, but lately in Missouri it has been hotter than the flames surrounding Obama’s Healthcare Proposal. So, of course I was curious to see how much more I might have to pay the electric company than usual considering the air conditioning has been running non-stop (kind of like the federal deficit).
Actually, the bill was lower than I might have guessed by about $70.00 compared to winter rates and $10.00 less than last month. This was a pleasant surprise considering we run the ceiling fans most of the time also. (But I’ve heard that ceiling fans help lower the cost of air conditioning a bit.) And then I thought about the savings that I expected when I changed every single light bulb in my home to extremely expensive energy efficient light bulbs. Maybe I’m doing something right. Right?
Then I read this in the electric company’s newsletter:
“[W]e recognize that this is a challenging time…” Well, thank you. That makes me feel not at all better.
“… this [16%] rate increase will help….” Help what? Help me?
“… help KCP&L pay for environmental investments… and allow us to meet federal environmental mandates.” Oh, I see. The new rate increase will help the electric company pass the costs to me.
Lesson: EVERY TIME the federal government MANDATES something to energy corporations, insurance companies, healthcare providers, or even educators, YOU and I are the ones who get the privilege of paying for ALL OF IT.
This is precisely why the President’s current policies are so aggravating: that despite his “Ivy League” education, his basic economic understanding is that money grows on trees. (That’s the technical term for his fiscal policies.) Or at least he truly believes that the federal government can create wealth by printing more money and leverage the expected output of future generations yet unborn by continuing to charge the giant Red China credit card.
And what ever happened to the President’s promise to not raise taxes on the middle and lower class to help me? Federal mandates are just another type of sneaky tax — they just come around and in through the back door (or in this case my mailbox).
Apparently, I have been helping myself just fine. My electric bill was lower than expected. I was saving energy and saving money. But thanks to the government’s “help” I will now be experiencing a 16% increase in my electric bill despite all my attempts to lower it. Thank you big government — I couldn’t have done it without you.
And for what it’s worth, the government cannot promise something for nothing. Healthcare — whatever its final form — will never be free. “Rich” people and the businesses run by them will not be paying for government programs or mandates. You and I will be paying for them one way or another. The costs are ultimately passed down to the end-user, the consumer, and the very citizens the government proclaims to “help”.
I suppose Biden himself could also be a bit of crisis for Sen. Obama’s campaign. Why so many people are willing to overlook the fact that Obama is the least prepared and most inexperienced presidential candidate in modern times is a quandary. And why people think he can fix the economy when he has never actually even run a business or even a city government is remarkable.
This is not some fairy tale story with a happy ending if Sen. Obama is elected. No. This is as serious as it gets. The person elected will be responsible not only for our economy but also for our security and position in the world. Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine and Venezuela with all their problems do not disappear with an inspiring speech or campaign promise. I think Biden understands that. I think voters understand that too, but we ignore it to our peril.
“Live free or die!” is one of our nation’s storied mottoes, yet America is on the precipice of trading freedom with its uncertainties and endless opportunities for the mediocre “safety” of massive government programs funded with your money to fix all of our problems. Obama is attempting to buy votes with the promise of tax rebate checks for millions of people who don’t even pay any Federal income taxes. I grant that McCain is not the best example of conservative economic prowess, but Obama is much worse and intentionally so. We forget that government created these problems in the first place. Over-taxing success and feeding more money to government solves nothing and kills jobs.
In addition, we are about to tell the world whether they can “test” our resolve or not. Obama has consistently demonstrated his willingness to back down from a necessary fight. And he’s been dead wrong. If Obama had been President these past four years, Iraq would be lost. Gone would be the chance at a stable democracy and the new opportunity for women’s rights in the Middle East. In fact, if Obama had been President eight years ago, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today. And so what Obama represents to me is quite simple—less freedom here and abroad and more fear. Don’t take my word for it, just ask Obama’s VP.