Well There You Go Again!

In an attempt to help resolve the opioid epidemic, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick wants to soak the taxpayer to fund programs that don’t work.  

One of the places Fitzpatrick wants to dump taxpayer money is the centers for disease control. http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/  

Calling drug abuse a disease does not help in this matter.  Calling drug addiction a disease is a marketing tool used by snake oil salesmen. Critics of the disease theory, as reported on Wikipedia, say the disease theory, which is applied to drug and alcohol abuse “exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.”    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism             

Drug addiction is a morally bad choice. Faith-based initiatives, by getting to the root of the problem of addiction, sin, will help solve the drug epidemic, which is basically a symptom of the spiritual bankruptcy in our country today. 

Awhile back, President Trump said taxpayer money will only go to those organizations that fight the drug epidemic that have initiatives that work. The Riverfront Coalition in New Jersey is one such organization that received funding. A friend of mine, a woman of faith, and a youth leader at the City of Refuge Fellowship Church, is part of The Riverfront Coalition, which works with the youth to help prevent them from going down the wrong path, doing things such as drug and alcohol addiction. https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/congressman-macarthur-riverfront-coalition-local-officials-advocates-praise-federal-grant-south-jersey-combat-opioid-crisis/ 

Another organization to which I connected is Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) in Bucks County, PA. Since I’ve been attending their conquering addiction ministry, coffeehouses, and other events, many of which is a de facto network of CLPRM, I’ve seen how this faith-based organization helps people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction. Through Jesus and Biblical counsel, they are redeemed.  http://www.clprm.org/ 

Throwing taxpayer money down the rathole will not resolve the opioid crisis. Using resources, money judiciously with programs that work will. Money thrown down the rathole can be better used with organizations such as CLPRM.  Problems such as addictions should not be a government function. As was the case when President Grover Cleveland vetoed a government bailout to save Texas farms after a drought, we don’t need the government to resolve the drug epidemic. Cleveland instead encouraged his fellow Americans to help each other out. And they did, shelling out much more than congress demanded from taxpayers.  

“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”  -Ronald Reagan 

Fighting the drug epidemic should be a case of neighbor helping neighbor, where caring Christians share one another’s burdens and gently restore people with problems, which is not a disease in this case but rooted in sin. People can be redeemed!  

Of Small Minds and Big Government

Glenn Beck took the words out of my mouth with his book title “Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government.” You only have to look back to the 1920s and 30s, during the reign of big government progressives to see what a government that claims it can care for citizens better than they can take care of themselves produces. Average working men and their families became homeless and had to hop trains and ride in jalopies to find food and work.  

The train hoppers became known as hobos – a derogatory name for men ruined by the government who were looking for work and were looked down on, as the homeless are today. The homeless can be broken down into three categories:  

  • Hobos, who were out of work but who are looking for work 
  • Tramps, who don’t want to work but travel from place to place looking for handouts 
  • Bums, who are too lazy even to travel and are looking for handouts 

One of the big government initiatives under President FDR’s New Raw Deal was socialist security. Like a bad addiction, this progressive intrusion continues to mess with our freedoms. The mantra is that government knows best.  

I found out by chance that when you turn 65, socialist security automatically steals money out of your social security payment, a fund for which the government confiscated money out of your paycheck as soon as you started working. I just happened to check my bank account and found my social security short more than $100 and found that the government confiscated it for Medicare. I had no way of knowing. The government mentality is that we don’t need to know, and like the 50s sit com, father knows best. 

After I found the government was pilfering money from my social security payments, I called Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office. An aide from his office emailed me a privacy form, which I had to sign before the congressman could help me. I couldn’t sign online. Unlike the policy of former PA governor Tom Ridge, who created an online signature a legal signature, this was not the case with Fitzpatrick’s office. I don’t have a working printer, so the aide mailed the form to me. It took about a week to get it to me. The aide said he was concerned I wouldn’t lose my Veteran’s medical coverage if I opted out of Medicare and advised me to call the VA to find out what kind of insurance the VA provides.  

The VA said the aid should have known what kind of VA insurance I had, and explained that the SS deductions are automatic and that I have to opt out of it.  

I tried to opt out online but couldn’t figure out how. When I asked for help from the SS site’s chat line, I just got a battery of articles that had nothing to do with opting out of Medicare. After being unable to reach anyone by phone, I decided to stop in the local social security office.  Fortunately, it wasn’t crowded and the clerk there was efficient. I took time off between meals at the nursing home where I feed my friend who has terminal (God has the final say) brain cancer.  

The SS clerk was efficient but my dealings with him was Kafkaesque. For those of you in Doylestown, characteristic or reminiscent of the oppressive or nightmarish qualities of Franz Kafka’s fictional world:  

A Kafkaesque bureaucratic office.” 

I had to sign a form and explain why I didn’t want Medicare. I wrote that I have VA coverage and don’t need or want it, and added that social security did not have my consent. The now officious clerk in this Kafkaesque bureaucratic office augustly told me that consent is irrelevant. When I told him this was stupid, he said that stupid has nothing to do with it and that it’s automatic to protect people…  I told him I don’t need the government’s protection and called this a nanny state. If he were that robot on the 60’s sci-fi series, he would have said “this does not compute” He did that mentally. After he said the pilfering won’t stop until December and explained that’s the way the system works, I said that was stupid. He realized by then I was not a Kool-aide drinker and stopped challenging me.  I conceded that he was a government employee who can’t change the rules. I almost called him a “government hack”, but bit my tongue. I thanked him for his help. 

The SS clerk also tried subtly to talk me out of opting out of Medicare. He mentioned a penalty. It was only after pressed him for specifics that I learned the penalty is if you change your mind and want to sign up for Medicare later. I told him that wasn’t an option for me. 

What I don’t understand is why homeless advocates think the solution to homelessness lies in big government. As I documented in an earlier blog, there is more homelessness in blue, progressive states than in red, conservative areas. 

The Bible speaks against socialism: https://www.garynorth.com/public/department57.cfm 

I agree with John Lock’s philosophy of government. In a nutshell, it’s that the government is a referee and that we the people can take care of our own business, such as retirement and healthcare.