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Medicaid in Virginia: More of the Same

42,000 applications stalled in Virginia Medicaid limbo

Ladies and gentlemen, Virginia has handed over the State Government to progressives (aka liberals, aka statists) and the result is apparently no different in Virginia than in Washington D.C. How can Virginia afford 42,000 more medicaid applications? We’ve neither the money nor infrastructure in place to handle the burden already bearing down on us. We cannot keep expanding programs, filtered through inefficient apparatus, without any expectation of efficacy.

I’d love to pound the table and tell you the solution Virginia; but I cannot, because we’ve already done this to ourselves. Our current General Assembly has as much interest in fighting the Governor and the President as they do in restoring fiscal responsibility to Richmond. However, if you are baffled by our States’ direction, then all I can offer you is this:

Senators in the General Assembly (with phone numbers)

House of Delegates in the General Assembly (with phone numbers).

Don’t know who your representatives are? Click here.

In the future, I would suggest a much broader presence of the Tea Party (of Constitutionalists, Conservatives, and Libertarians) in these local elections. At the end of the day, I’m sorry, but we’re going to bankrupt this state for no serious reason.

Going forward our argument should be this: Yes, we understand that you care about poverty, sickness, and tragedy. Yes, we know you think government should do something about it. No, the government cannot and will not succeed in helping the people you want to help, because the Progressive doesn’t care about individuals, she cares about government. The Progressive discovers an issue of concern to the masses, she then explains to the masses how horrible the problem really is, she assigns blame to “the wealthy”, to “racism”, or to “the Republican Party”. This 10 billion dollar issue ends up generating a 600 billion dollar solution, some forty or fifty percent falling on the States (whose state legislators never voted for it, but will have to budget around it). Then the Republicans, every once in a blue moon, take a stand and say, “No! This is reckless and fiscally impossible”. Then its a chorus of, “Why do you hate the poor? Why do you hate the sick? You’re a bigot and racist and we can just tell that you don’t like puppies!”. Then the Republicans shrink from the sight and sound of battle, into conferences where they figure out how to make this inevitably doomed piece of insane legislation somehow work for them, back home, in their state.

You see, our argument should be that this is insane. I mean, truly, outside of the realm of reason and logic, predicated on premises never tested, verified, or probably even considered! The Progressive is inept, has proven themselves to be so, and therefore any rational person should oppose them. So, we say, We are tired of 10 billion dollar problems costing 600 billion in government legislation, in increasing regulations and taxes and culminating in more government jobs and less prosperity for the rest of us. The Progressive is inept. Big Government is a catastrophe and anyone that supports these insane programs is essentially, suicidal.

I don’t care why you support it. I don’t care why you think we oppose it. We are the rational ones and we are not going to let you ruin our State or our Country. Now please, move aside.  That should be our mantra. That is the lesson we should take from all of this.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

6 Responses to “Medicaid in Virginia: More of the Same”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    We can’t afford healthcare in the USA??????

    Well, why can the other 32 industrialized countries in the world afford healthcare, and it is only us here in the USA who cannot?

    What about the double digit annual increases in the cost of healthcare BEFORE ObamaCare?

    Virginia accepts federal money for roads, does it not? If Virginia accepts money from the Feds for other things, why not ObamaCare? Republican Politics, (money) plain and simple.

    Like your kool aide drinking counterparts, you have no answer for anything. Just follow the real leaders of the Republican Party, (hate radio) to more of the Bush admin type destruction of the middle-class!

    • Jack Lee

      The U.S. Federal government can’t afford b/c it is BROKE! Remember the $18,000,000,000,000 debt? Almost half of which was created by Obama! You keep begging for more b/c you must not have any children who are going to have to pay it back to China + interest.

      The 32 countries you speak of can’t afford it either, they are also broke and that’s why it is a horrible system.

      Yes, VA does accept the Fed gov’ts $$$$ and it’s called a bribe b/c it allows them to control about 60% of the VA Budget. Therefore, most of the bribe goes to Northern VA to buy votes and u r ok w/ this?

      Classic Alinsky, make your points and then blame and call the other side names just in case someone exposes the truth.

    • Gene, I’ve been meaning to write an article on the success of Northern European Socialism for some time now, but I doubt many of my friends would want to read it. That said, your comment gives me an opportunity to touch on a few great points!

      First, small European States with tiny populations, nearly no military expense, and excellent GDP to Population ratios, can actually pull off modern versions of socialism without too many ill effects. Believe me, I wouldn’t mind living in Norway or Denmark or Sweden. But remember, they accept almost NO immigration. Transportation is extremely inexpensive because people do not have to travel for work. There are folks in the United States for travel distances to work that exceed border to border distances within many northern european counties. The United States is very much like Russia and China and Brazil, moving resources around long distances, running wires and cables for miles through uninhabited land connecting the populations. This is an innately expensive country. Everything is going to cost more here, because we seek connectivity, but are very much far apart, city to city, town to town. This is not so in Europe.

      Even a tiny island like the United Kingdom has run into tremendous difficulty with their national health care systems. Australia, a coastal nation, struggles terribly. I know that the AP doesn’t report it that way, but look into it, you’ll see what I’m talking about even if you don’t agree with my conclusions.

      Socialism cannot work in a federalist society, especially one as large as ours. For our land mass, we have a relatively small population. Which means that everything has to travel great distances and generates higher costs. The only thing that makes living in America affordable is… was… the capitalist system, driving down costs and promoting efficiencies.

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    “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.– Thomas Jefferson

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”– Thomas Jefferson

    ” In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle stand like a rock ”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher

    “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have
    this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more
    glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine

    “Corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. Noah Webster

    “If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and
    happiness, it must be because the citizens elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” Noah Webster

    “A government can only give you what it takes from someone else.” Thomas Jefferson


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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