September 27, 2007

"There Is A Sucker Born Every Minute" And 44% Of Them Just Took Part In The Rasmussen Poll

David Hannum (the last "owner" of the Cardiff Giant) probably said it best: "There's a sucker born every minute," although it (the saying) is almost always attributed to P.T. Barnum.

Now the Democrats have taken that saying to the hilt demanding "free health care" for America. In fact, the latest Rasmussen poll notes that 44% of Americans think that health care ought to be free for everyone:

Forty-four percent (44%) of American adults say that health care services should be made available for free to all Americans. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% disagree and 17% are not sure.

The "free health care" hysteria is sweeping the nation because, after all, it's FREE... yippie, free health care. That mean's no one has to worry at all about their personal habits, want to smoke? Sure, no problem. Eat like a pig and get obese and get heart disease? You betcha! Because after all, the government will take care of you if you get sick!

OK, now comes reality. With that free health care who will pay for the surgical suite that the hospital provides for your quadruple bypass surgery? Who will pay for the Surgeon? How about the medicines, oxygen and medical care while you are in intensive care following surgery? Who pays for the cardio-rehabilitation afterwards? Who pays for the doctor visits, the immunizations, the emergency room visit becuse you were in an accident caused by some fool drunken driver? What's that you say? The government? Well, where the hell do they get the money for that? Ohhh, Taxes.

And who do you suppose pays those taxes? You? Me? Your great, great grandchildren if you have any? OK so it's not free, you pay for it with taxes. And because the middleman in this is the Government, for every dollar you pay for "Free Health Care" you only get back, what eighty-three cents? If that much!

There is another calculation we need to discuss here, what does health care in this country cost and why? Total spending was $2 TRILLION in 2005, or $6,700 per person. So, if you have a family of four, your taxes will go up an average of say $27,000.00. No harm you say? Got that kind of dough? Well, don't forget that the top 50% of working folk pay 96% (roughly) of taxes. And don't even talk to me about "corporate taxes" those are passed on to the consumer in the price of goods and services. So, that means half the workers will pay most of the health care costs of the other half.

Well, that's no bueno. OK, let's "soak the rich." After all, that is what the Democrats keep telling us, "make them pay their 'fair' share." How long do you suppose it will take for burdensome health care taxes to drive the rich either out of business or out of the country? A week? A month? Two years? And who will pay for it then?

The Democrats are excellent at selling the "Free Lunch" but you just gotta remember Hannum's saying: "There's a SUCKER born every minute." And I know who 44% of them are.

Posted by GM Roper at September 27, 2007 02:00 PM

As you point out, nothing is free.

It would be a tremendous help to me if I could deduct the cost of my health insurance from my income taxes. If I could deduct my prescriptions on top of that it'd be even better. But they want to provide "free" health insurance and raise my taxes.

Posted by DADvocate at September 28, 2007 04:54 AM

48% of the country does not pay federal income tax. I think we're seeing some overlap, here.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at September 29, 2007 08:01 PM

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