Fifty percent of US has policy myopia
America today is being ravaged by an epidemic of myopia. Better known as nearsightedness, recent polls show that nearly 50 percent of our population is affected. Myopia is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Recent letters in the Journal supporting Obamacare and bashing the Tea Party and Republicans are examples of myopia.
Victims of myopia have no trouble accepting the false promises of Obama and Democrats that they will be able to keep their current insurance and insurance will be cheaper but they have problems seeing the reality that as many as 16 million Americans will lose their current insurance and the available plans will be 30, 40 or 50 percent more expensive. The fact that Obamacare robs them of their freedom of choice over their medical care is lost in the distance somewhere.
Victims of myopia support continuing the current social programs without change when these same programs are generating warnings from most fiscal experts that we are on an “unsustainable path.” This train we all are on is going to run out of track and wreck if something is not done soon but myopia blinds people to that fact. The current administration has increased our total public debt by 60 percent in five years to $17 trillion and that debt is increasing by nearly $1 trillion each year. Unfunded liabilities increase this debt to $205 trillion – 12 times the size of the U. S. economy. We have a record of over 90 million American workers unemployed and dependent on government support. An astounding 49.2 percent of Americans are receiving some form of support from the government. If your myopia is keeping you from seeing that this can not continue you need an immediate appointment with your optometrist.
I was raised on the principle that we should leave this world a better place for our children. Leaving them buried under the debt we have accumulated due to our excesses and limited future opportunities that we have enjoyed is a sin that our generation will have to answer for. If myopia is obscuring your distant vision, you need to get it treated before bankruptcy brings an abrupt end to the benefits you cherish and leaves your children in poverty.