I had an epiphany a couple of weeks ago. (A secondary meaning is “a flash of insight”. I’ve been reading the Thesaurus again!)
I went to Congressman John Carter’s town hall meeting a couple of weeks ago. He asked for suggested ‘solutions” to “problems”. Naturally, to find a solution, you must first define the problem.
The meeting opened with Congressman Carter talking about deficit spending. He painted a pretty grim picture, although I don’t remember if he told of the gigantic debt coming due to the unfunded entitlement programs; e.g. Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security. If not, he understated the problem by at least 50%.
The audience stated other problems, including: High taxes, a tax code that distorts the market, unworkable and burdensome regulations, unfunded mandates, and others.
My contribution was the high cost of medical care. The bulk of medical care has gotten much more expensive and the delivery of that service has gotten worse. However, there are two types of surgical procedures that have gotten better and cheaper over the years. If you could divine their common secret, you could translate that secret to the broader medical care business. The two types of surgical procedures? Eye surgery such as LASIK and cosmetic plastic surgery. The common secret? They are strictly free market. Neither the government nor insurance covers them.
While the conversations were continuing, I had my epiphany, right there in front of dozens of people. Of all the problems that we were talking about, each and every one had been caused by Congress!
The solution that I came up with? That Congress gets out-of-the-way! I am afraid that Congressman Carter took my comments as a personal slight. I regret that; I like Congressman Carter. I offered to be a full-time volunteer for him before I became County Party Treasurer and precinct chair. He is not Congress; he is only a part of it and not responsible for all the damn fool things they have done.
And boy, or boy, have they done some real damn fool things. See here for the ultimate reason we had the global financial crash in 2008. It continues to this day.
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)