Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 13, 2013

Nov. 13, 2013: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Will gifts from gov’t lead to a collapse?

Alexander Tyler, a history professor at the University of Edinburgh, said the following in 1887:

“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy.”

Time and circumstances will determine if the professor’s words are a prophesy for American democracy.

Dick Allen


Attention Congress: Time to go home

After watching the last several months of the Washington fall lineup and the votes leading up to a possible default, I am reminded of the governing arrogance that has taken root in the halls of Washington these days, and yes, my friends ... I got me some Roundup.

As a child my earliest experiences of politics surprisingly showed people working together. I was 10 and volunteering for a local prosecutor.

My mother dropped me off at 9 a.m. for doughnuts and coffee! Then the “other guy” running for prosecutor stopped by, because he knew a few of the kids also working that day. He told a few jokes. Forgotten are his lines, surprisingly l still remember laughing. Next, we stacked some pamphlets and handbills into piles while eating pizza. I loved elections! Later in the day, we walked through a neighborhood passing out rubber-banded bundles. We kids laughed because the “other guy” gave me some envelops to pass out as well, and my friend’s mom told us it was “OK.”

This first experience still guides my beliefs today, that governing is about making things better, and to make things better, you learn to get along.

Admittedly, I do not understand Republican efforts to overturn vetted law. But even in my ignorance, I deplore the flippant attitudes and waste of taxpayer funds in the race to do so.

Stopping all other duties of their grand office to parade throughout Washington, and for what ... to defund Obamacare. A law by all admittance and by its own design is focused on helping those least, last and lost. On my Christian principles alone, I supported this great cause coming to fruition.

Now to find out, the political stunt orchestrated by Republicans in the House has cost our economy an estimated $24 billion in lost revenues. Sorry, but my gentleman candor is beginning to wear thin. I can hear Lady Liberty now ... taking your marbles and going home, while you shut down government and threaten to default on American financial security does not cut it in this house anymore! Go to your room. Children, you’re grounded.

When looking at this health care debate, I am reminded of a favorite anecdote: “What you lose on the popcorn, you will make up on the peanuts.” I say to all politicos in the audience: The show is over, the Supreme Court said so! Now grab the peanuts!

As a resident with great vision for Indiana, I am disappointed in the lack of state leadership on the implementation of the new federal law. Given the importance of health service delivery and biotechnology research to local economies, state leaders are making a mistake by not embracing the Indiana expansions under the act. Governors, insurers and providers need to be focused on both economic and social interests and create the best health care opportunities for their residents.

Machiavelli harped a healthy workforce is a good economic asset. So I challenge Republican leaders across America to take up the torch and create healthy lifestyles. Be part of the initiative and foster the well-being of your citizens. Make healing your No. 1 priority in office.

This is a great time in American progress. All elected can embrace the opportunity and usher in a new era of benevolence. How we care for our sick will be judged by history, as well as by our maker. So on the topic of Indiana health, I am reminded of a quote from Galatians, “Let us not be weary in doing well, for in due season we shall reap.”

Darin Griesey