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Stop taxing so we can save

Posted: May 30, 2009 7:15 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.

We just returned from an Alaskan cruise.

One of our excursions was on a tour bus in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

What an absolutely beautiful place. On our bus, there was one question everyone, mostly U.S. citizens, asked.

How do you like the free health care?

One Canadian’s answer was short, but his tone of voice said it all.

You may not pay when you need health care, but by no means is it free, he said.

Then he said it again: Free health care is not free. Tax upon tax pays for their health care.

Getting an appointment for small issues is not that hard, but if you need special testing like MRIs or CAT scans or surgery it can take months to obtain an appointment.

Makes sense that the only money our government can give us is the money we give it.

If you take care of yourself and live a healthy life you will be paying for the folks that choose an alternative life style.

The only memories I have to draw upon are the ones of my childhood, when most people had no health insurance.

Doctors made house calls and hospital stays were something for which you saved. Doctors also let you pay off your bill in payments.

You could save as taxes were only 1 percent of your income. There were no credit cards, so folks had very little debt other than a mortgage.

In the ’30s and ’40s, families were kept small. It was unseemly to have more children than you could afford to raise. We lived healthy, happy lives without weight problems, and most of us graduated from high school.  

In the very early days, family sizes were larger but they grew much of their own food and hunted when they needed meat. All of the children had specific jobs that assisted the entire family.

Another plus was that moms were ingenious in creating meals. They made their own bread and rolls. They made their own soap.

They made their own clothing. These are the people I admire.

I know we cannot go back, but what we can ask for is that our governments, federal and state, stop taxing us so much, so we may be able to save enough to take care of ourselves.

Guess I am just dreaming but the alternative is obvious.

We will all be subservient to our governments. They speak and we jump, because they think we are too stupid to handle our own lives. I, for one, know I am as industrious and inelegant as my forebears.

I don’t need the government to think for me and invest my money. I know I can do a better job.



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