Here's a neat little story about John Edwards' plan for universal health care.
He says that under his plan, every American would get health insurance, including dental and vision, and would be subject to mandatory doctor visits to ascertain health.
It's a nice idea -- if you're giving someone health care, the point is to keep them healthy, so you should make sure they get checked out.
Now for the bad part: His plan would cost up to $120 billion a year.
He says he'd get that money by ending Bush's tax cuts for people that make more than $200,000 per year.
It's a nice line, but there's no way that just the added tax revenue from those folks is going to gather $120 billion.
So, basically what you're left with is another Democrat proposing another way to take your money and make you pay for someone else's stuff.
All the Dems keep whining about the 40 million uninsured people in this country, and how we're supposed to feel terrible about the number of uninsured children.
But what about those 40 million people? Are they all poor? How many of those people elect to have other luxuries instead of health insurance?
Here you go: I lived in front of a housing project -- I saw "poor" people who got money from the government for their rent, money from the government for their food, money from the government for their illegitimate children ... toys for the kids at Christmas, turkey dinners for Thanksgiving ... yet somehow, these "poor" people managed to have satellite TV, cars with shiny rims, designer clothes and jewelry, and drugs and alcohol.
So, excuse me if I'm in no rush to give anyone anything. The only way I would support universal health care is if the government, before handing out the health insurance ID cards, gets rid of the nanny state we're in and makes sure people living on the dole have their priorities in order.
As far as I'm concerned, the only way you should get any money for food, shelter or anything is if you have at least 1 job, if not 2, and have already spent ALL your money on food and shelter and are still coming up short.
Face it, if you get a dime from the government, you should have the bare necessities only, and if you want more, work for it. If you work for it and still can't afford the luxuries, work harder, or lower your standards.
But, for Pete's sake, stop taking my money and giving it to other people.