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Steve Lunetta: Prescriptions to fix the government

Posted: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Some of you may know that my wonderful bride recently enjoyed an extended stay in a number of hospitals. Her grand tour included Henry Mayo, California Rehab, Valley Presbyterian, Holy Cross and USC’s Keck Medical Center.

She can tell you who has the best food (USC), most professional staff (Holy Cross), and most improved service (Henry Mayo).

My experience was a bit different. Most of the medical staff that I encountered thought that solving her problems involved more medication. That seems to be the trend these days. If you can’t figure out patients’ problems in less than 5 minutes, give a prescription and send them on their way.

In the middle of her sojourn, my wife was up to 17 separate meds on her treatment list. 17. The woman was so overmedicated that she could not walk. I began to start pointing out that the increased meds were not making her better — only worse.

Fortunately, some smart doctors at USC figured this out and began eliminating the chemicals. My wife came back, she is on the path to recovery, and I am very grateful to USC (this is very hard for a UCLA fan to say: Fight on).

How many times in life is this same story repeated? People continue to make the same mistakes over and over and hope that the outcome will be different. In Trish’s case, more meds were making her sicker. So, what is the answer? To most doctors I met, it was more meds.

The same is true in politics. We have had four years of failed policies, broken promises and flat-out poor decision-making. Our economy is stagnate, our people unemployed, and our spending out of control.

We want more of the same?

President Obama and, for that matter, Gov. Jerry Brown want to burden us with increased taxes in a depressed economy. What? This makes absolutely no sense.

If the economy is depressed, cut taxes and decrease the regulatory burden on business. Allow corporations to save and invest. This creates employment, more consumers and more taxpayers. The economy grows and hope is created.

But instead, Democrats want to continue the same tax-and-spend policies that got us into this mess.

I just got done watching the vice presidential debate. Besides the mocking, condescending and arrogant attitude of Joe Biden, I was struck by the same paradigm as Trish’s medical issue.

When Congressman Paul Ryan outlined new ideas for entitlement reform and economic recovery, Biden attacked those ideas by laughing and mocking.

Biden and Obama will keep doing the same things — promise you the Earth, moon and stars with no way of paying for it while attacking any hint of fiscal responsibility and common sense. They will buy you off and then scare you.

Ryan was correct in saying that if you can’t run on your record, just scare the voters about the other guys. Biden did that all through the debate.

Let’s be honest. Is our nation better off now than it was four years ago? Biden tried to distract us all from the obvious answer — No.

As an aside, the abortion question was particularly interesting. Mr. Ryan said that his personal beliefs and policy decisions are consistent. He is correct. The vice president, however, had to give the same old confusing line about “I keep my personal beliefs separate from my public actions.”

There is another word for that, Mr. Biden. It’s called “hypocrisy.”

I was particularly confused by the questions regarding Iran. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Iran is building a bomb. Old Joe kept saying that they don’t have anything to put it into, therefore, it’s not a bomb.

Someone should tell him that the technology to build a nuke can be found on the Internet. Or, a physics grad student can work it out in a couple months. It only takes a little explosives and some very fast fuses.

The administration’s policies have done little to curb Iran’s nuclear appetite. And it’s just a matter of time before we are forced to do something about it.

So there we have it. The same package of bad thinking, poor policy and failed leadership that has mired our nation for the past four years. Or we can try something new that holds the promise of recovery and healing.

You decide.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is really frightened of the words “President Biden.” Anyone else? He can be reached at


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