Big Christmas Presents from the State

Christmas is a big deal for America.  Even the government has big gifts for its citizens.  Like how December 23, 1913 changed the course for America and the world.  President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act, transferring constitutional power from Congress to coin money to the secretive Federal Reserve bank.  On December 24, 2009, Christmas Eve, the Senate gave America a health care package that even they hadn’t seen yet because most lawmakers didn’t read the 2000 pages of the bill.  Amazing!  Those presents were not on my wish list!  Over the course of my life I have watched the price of candy bars inflate from $0.10 to $1.00 a bar.  I have happy memories of riding my bicycle to the local pharmacy’s candy counter with $0.65.  I had a difficult time filling my bag with all kinds of colorful, chocolatey and chewy candies.  It is sad today how $1.00 will barely buy a chocolate bar.  And the quality of the chocolate bar is far less than the many I consumed as a child!  Today, most are full of genetically engineered sugar beets and ingredients that were not in my chocolate bar a generation ago!  Since 2009 our health care premiums have increased by 50%.  My doctor used to practice medicine in a nice office with a nice nurse and an office assistant.  Today, I go to a group practice in a large building where I feel like one of the herd in a CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) factory.  Like the Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping song says, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas but I think, I’ll miss this one this year…”

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