Shipwrecks

To the editor,

Recent headlines reinforce the idea that once set in motion, federal programs, even really bad ones, become almost impossible to eliminate or limit.

Although the country continues to be hammered with Obamacare sticker shock, Democrats in Congress refuse to even admit that the program has serious problems while Republicans, hampered by the likes of John McCain on one end of the party and Rand Paul on the other, are unable even to dial back our pain.

Like the ethanol mandate and the federal department of education, we continue to be stuck with it because all federal programs, protected by federal power and self-interest, take on a life of their own.

No matter how irrelevant or toxic the program, somebody always benefits from its expansion.

Given the history of federal programs, it is no surprise that “dissenters” question the wisdom of expanding federal jurisdiction over Lake Michigan.

(Dissenters derail forum on proposed marine sanctuary--Sheboygan Press 9/23/17)

For proponents of a proposed shipwreck “sanctuary” to argue that this federal program will be a partnership to avert a nonexistent shipwreck crisis is like believing that the gingerbread man can safely cross the river on the back of a fox.

Art DeJong

Sheboygan


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Submitted by dpatric2@gmail.com on Fri, 2017-09-29 14:33.
The writer describes Obamacare under the title of “Shipwrecks.” He says…” Although the country continues to be hammered with Obamacare sticker shock, Democrats in Congress refuse to even admit that the program has serious problems while Republicans, hampered by the likes of John McCain on one end of the party and Rand Paul on the other, are unable even to dial back our pain.” If it is a “shipwreck” it is because of the uncertainty felt by the healthcare industry due to Republican shenanigans and sabotaging of Obamacare! The writer forgets “our pain” that was occurring before Obamacare. Our country was facing a healthcare crisis with more people uninsured, underinsured, and dying! And about “believing that the gingerbread man can safely cross the river on the back of a fox. The “fox” is the terrible “repeal and replace” efforts put forth by the Republicans. The “gingerbread man” represent all Americans who would not “safely cross the river” under such plans!
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