Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
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Symbolism vs. substance


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It’s too bad the mainstream media has so much invested in the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. That investment has caused them to fail at their real responsibility of bringing the truth about government to the people.

There are those like Chris Matthews who have drunk so much of the Obama Kool-Aid that they are beyond any rehabilitation efforts.

The president is gifted in his reading from a teleprompter and telling the public what they want to hear while promising them nirvana is just over the horizon.

There will they find peace and contentment as the nanny state provides for their needs. Trouble is we will never reach that horizon and sooner or later the “victims” of our society begin to doubt the leader.

There is no need to go over the promises that were made and not kept by this administration, but there are a handful, starting with “I will cut the deficit in half in my first term in office.” Not only has he not done it but he has increased it to almost $17 trillion.

That’s what I am saying about telling people what they want to hear but not delivering on his promises. The president’s push to socialize our medical care begins with the Affordable Health Care Act, which is anything but affordable. The thousands of pages of new regulations will overwhelm the people who are trying to deliver top-quality health care.

Remember the claim that those under certain income levels would get a subsidy to buy health care? Well, that is after you fill out a 61-page questionnaire. How many of our low-information voters will stand a chance at filling that out?

The government was supposed to have the health exchanges in place as “Obamacare” was to be fully implemented in 2014. It only proves once again that the inefficiency of the bureaucratic government keeps it from doing a good job.

Switching gears for a moment, let’s talk about the president and some other elected official giving up a portion of their government pay. The president has offered to take 5 percent less from the treasury for the rest of the year.

He gets paid $400,000 a year and once again we have symbolism over substance. If he really wanted to help the plight of the federal workers he claims to support, how about a few less flights on Air Force One to fundraise or play golf with celebrities.

That could save millions of dollars as would the curtailing of the lavish parties at the people’s house that are just opportunities to rub elbows with the rich and famous.

America wake up before you find yourself in a country that looks nothing like the U.S.A. but more like a foreign social experiment that has failed wherever it was implemented.  


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.

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