If you’ve been involved in politics in the last nine months or so, you have almost certainly seen the purple logo of the half donkey/half elephant of the group Divided We Fail. As listed on their website, their mission is “we believe that:
* All Americans should have access to affordable health care, including prescription drugs, and these costs should not burden future generations.
* Wellness and prevention efforts, including changes in personal behavior such as diet and exercise, should be top national priorities.
* Americans should have choices when it comes to long-term care – allowing them to maintain their independence at home or in their communities with expanded and affordable financing options.
* Our children and grandchildren should have an adequate quality of life when they retire. Social Security must be strengthened without burdening future generations.
* Workers should be provided with financial incentives to save, should have access to effective retirement plans, and should be able to keep working and contributing to society regardless of age.
* Americans of all ages should have access to tools to help manage their finances, and save for the future and better, easy to understand information to help them increase their financial literacy and manage their money wisely.”
Now I admit that these goals sound nice. I mean who wouldn’t want everyone to have affordable healthcare and suitable retirement? Heck, going one further I would certainly like a check in the mail that covers all my needs every day, but wait…there are a number of nagging questions. Who pays for it? And what do I have to give up in order to get such a benefit? The problem comes with implementation. As they have lobbied every member of Congress for support that means that they are seeking oversight and increased power for the federal government. As a believer of limited government and the private sector, such suggestions are appalling. If you truly want some sort of socialist utopia where the government controls every facet of your life from birth to death, I hear that many of the Scandinavian countries have such programs in place. Why don’t you try living there for a while? Although ignored consistently, our Constitution doesn’t grant the federal government such power. Doesn’t the AARP (who has created Divided We Fail) know that simple truth? Do they want to drag us one step closer to the nanny state? Can’t we still be allowed to succeed or fail based upon our own decisions and merit?
Looking through the list of Congressmen and women who have signed on to this pledge, http://www.aarp.org/issues/dividedwefail/about_issues/congressional_pledge.html you will notice that the majority are Democrats or Pseudo-Republicans. Fortunately a majority of Virginia’s representatives have not signed this pledge of support. Now I could be wrong, as there are several limited government conservatives who have signed up or have given letters of support like Rep. Scott Garrett of NJ or Rep. Paul Broun of GA, but this movement does give me considerable concern. If my understanding is correct, which I’m fairly certain is the case, then I hope we do remain divided so that this group does fail.