Entitlements like heroin: Once started hard to stop


Paul Miller

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Virginia governor’s race was lost, according to experts, because of health care. When polled, health care was more important to voters than jobs, the economy and immigration.

The Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate had said in 2010 that if they had control of the House they would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nothing happened, however, because we all know that then-President Barack Obama would have vetoed the legislation.

Then these same Republicans said if they controlled both the House and Senate they would repeal the ACA. In 2016 voters gave the Republicans everything: the House, the Senate and the White House — and still they have not repealed the ACA.

Why? The reason is simple. The left, including the Obama administration, have turned America into an entitlement state where many Americans would rather do nothing and collect from the government than work to earn a living. Sounds appealing: staying at home every day, lying around and doing nothing and getting paid for it.

Columnist Pat Buchanan wrote a column several years ago that stated that repeal of the ACA would be political suicide because once the citizenry starts receiving free stuff — entitlements — taking it away is political suicide. Had the Republicans in Washington understood this they would have campaigned on improving the ACA and not promised America to repeal it. The Republicans in Washington are either too stupid to realize this or they are closet liberals and never intended to repeal the ACA in the first place. In other words, they were lying to the citizenry to get votes. After all, lying has worked for the left for years. I believe they’re closet liberals.

The left wants an entitlement state. That way, the millions receiving entitlements will keep voting for Democrats so as not to lose the entitlements they have and potentially receive more. Entitlements are like heroin: hard to stop after your first fix.

Paul Miller

Elizabeth City