The crisis in health care is not here yet, but if the current bill is passed, it will be.
In order to pay for what would become a vast, new federal entitlement, taxes will be raised. Few care now that the "rich" will be soaked, but they eventually will care when everyone who earns more than the median income becomes "the rich" and is forced to "contribute" to the scheme.
They will care when businesses die because of various taxes to fund the entitlement and to pay for the ludicrous cap-and-trade bill. Unemployment of 10 percent will be a happy memory.
It is obvious health-care rationing would be coming. Tom Daschle, the disgraced tax cheat and Obama's first choice for head of Health and Human Services, said seniors should be more accepting of conditions that come with age instead of treating them. Really. Certainly end-of-life counseling will be generously funded in the administration's health-care paradigm.
Other crises are extant now. Our borders are little but sieves that admit virtually any illegal alien or terrorist. They, then, become eligible for many of the rights and privileges of citizens.
Congress rushed through a $750 billion stimulus bill members admitted they had not even read. Deficits in the trillions are a certainty.
Do they know that one thousand trillion is a quadrillion?
They should be planning. The crises mount. However, it won't be a crisis but a cataclysm when North Korea and Iran soon acquire nuclear weapons and a missile-delivery system capable of hitting the United States. This will make health-care problems, illegal immigration and multitrillion dollar deficits seem rather passé.
After Obama's inappropriate and inane comments about the Cambridge police, his attempt to diffuse his personal crisis led to the beer summit in the White House rose garden. Continuing with this idea, perhaps he will invite Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for pretzels and a brew. I am certain they would work something out.
Michael Lubin, Durango