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Progressive costs

Are you surprised that less than half of our population favors ObamaCare? Isn't providing citizens with subsidized health care a good thing?

The government of our Founding Fathers believed that our federal government's purpose should be limited to protecting our freedoms and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Progressives, starting with Woodrow Wilson, on the other hand, believe in expanding and empowering the federal government to regulate human activities by treating human desires as needs, resulting in a government program for every problem.

This would be a lofty goal if our country could afford all of these programs without destroying the U.S. economy and the savings and incomes of its tax-paying citizens.

Progressives, like President Obama, believe in sharing the wealth and cannot say how big the welfare state should be but always say it should be bigger than it currently is.

Is it fair, or even feasible, to require our neighbor who works for a living to be mandated by his government to pay for others' health care, especially if doing so further wounds an economy that is already hemorrhaging?

I'm afraid that the enormous costs of ObamaCare will eventually push our country over the economic precipice beyond which we might not be able to recover.

As British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money.”

Ron Raymond

Buffalo Township

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