How is it that some of our Christian leaders want to abolish the Obama health care plan that will help all American people, and on the same TV program they ask all of us to make a donation to help the children in other countries? All I hear from the Republicans is “start over.” The Republicans had eight years to do something about health care. They chose to do nothing about it and health care skyrocketed out of sight along with oil and everything else. I know they call the Obama health plan “socialism.” Tell me, what is the federal income tax system? Don’t we all pay for that? Is that socialism?
Maybe it is because the wealthy and large corporations do not pay their share, yet they have lobbyists in Congress lobbying for what they want. You and I do not have anyone lobbying for what we the people, of the people, and by the people want. So we are at the mercy of these large corporations ruling our government. That type of government I do fear.
However, America is said to be a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. Why would we fear a government like that? If we, the so-called Christian people, believe in tithing, did the Lord God say the poor should pay 10 percent and the rich pay 5 percent? No, not at all. He did not find it robbery that both should pay the same. Look what has happened in the oil industry with no government control. Everything is out of control. And we have some Republicans right here in our area saying let oil seek its own level. All I can say is, what a disgrace to the working men and women of America.
So when you say keep the government out of everything, you are saying that these large corporations do what they want to do. So to me, we must have government control that is of the people. Let us take a look at elections over two years. That would go a long way in supporting a health care system. Also, why should we lose our health care just because we are terminated from the work force? Take a look at Germany, they have had a health care system for over 40 years. They also only work a 7-hour day; we Americans work an 8-hour day. Why not use that extra hour each day for health care? Or shall we concede that Germany can utilize their financing better than America?
Also, we are told that these other oil-producing nations share very little with the poor. Frankly, I see very little difference in our oil-producing companies. They are certainly robbing America.
BILL G. KIRKPATRICK