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I'm Sick and Tired...
By Michael Fredrickson

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@fortbendstar.com.


I am sick and tired of these hypocritical Democrats in the senate, and the house and I’m fed up with this tax, borrow and spending President.

RINOs that voted for Obama because George W. Bush spent too much, but still support this President have lost all credibility. I am so glad we have a congressman, Pete Olson, that refused to support this over reaching health care measure; the same way the majority of American voters opposed this European-styled government health care takeover.

As more voters learned the truth about this bill, the more the polls showed the majority of voters disapproved of the legislation. According to Olson, the bill “increases taxes by $569.2 billion over 10 years and includes $528.5 billion in cuts to Medicare, cutting benefits and raising premiums on seniors.”

Olson also pointed out that, “this bill will cost the state of Texas an estimated $24 billion in new unfunded mandates for Medicaid spending over the next 10 years.” This will mean state taxes will increase for everyone reading this.

While some Democrats that voted for the bill admit that it was “far from perfect,” they just couldn’t resist this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote for this takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

In Olson’s public announcement, he reminded voters of the often-wrong estimates of the costs of a government program.

“In 1965, Congress said Medicare would cost $9 billion by 1990 when it actually cost $67 billion or seven times more than predicted,” Olson said.
Not only do these Democrats that voted for this bill claim revenue neutrality, but they also claim it will reduce the federal deficit by $140 billion over the next 10 years. So, according to Democrats over 30 million uninsured Americans will get health insurance coverage and no person can be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions and our health insurance bills are going to decrease and the deficit will be lowered?

“This bill will place a new tax on certain health plans of middle class families and force small businesses and individuals to pay a penalty if they cannot afford to purchase health insurance,” Olson said. IRS agents will be in charge of verifying if you have acceptable health care coverage and will have the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2% of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage” and they will be able to confiscate your tax refund if you do not comply (who will get a tax refund after a couple more years of Democrats in congress).

Let me see, when we get a car inspection or buy our license plate we have to show proof of auto liability coverage. I guess that means that when we send our tax return to the IRS, we will have to send them proof of health insurance coverage in addition to any and all of your children even if they are 20 years old and don’t live with you.

Where in the U.S. Constitution does it give the federal government that authority? Never in the history of our country has the federal government had the authority to force you to buy a product (health insurance) in order to exist as a citizen of this great country.

By the way, the only bi-partisanship regarding this bill was the 34 Democrats that opposed it along with 178 Republicans. Remember, I told you a year ago that everybody that pays income taxes will pay more in taxes under this President and the Democrats in the Congress. Not just those making $250,000 or more.

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