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General News and Politics
By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona
Current news and political discussion
Wednesday, December 26, 2012


 The Barbershop

Cynthia Malla, of Clarkdale, AZ ("Connecticut shooting no surprise", Camp Verde Bugle, Perspective, 12/26/12) made an interesting statement, "...we've allowed our government to cut funding for mental health until it's pretty much non-existent..." That's not exactly accurate. While action on mental health issues is on our "wish list" of goodies we demand of our ever-expanding government, it certainly has not been a priority. We, essentially, tell our lawmakers to give us more and more "stuff" or we will not vote for them. They, in turn, cut the healthcare-pie into smaller and smaller pieces in order to cover all the demands. Even though that pie is growing unsustainably (because there simply aren't enough dollars existing to tax high enough to cover the growth), we refuse to prioritize our "list". Instead, we demand healthcare for millions who, with a change of lifestyle (such as young people who rather have a new car, a nicer apartment and who are healthy), could afford their own insurance. We refuse to demand tort reform to drive out frivolous lawsuits so doctors could lower their overhead and prices (the trial-lawyer lobby pays off more politicians than any other in Washington). We refuse to demand competition across the board by lowering the barriers (erected by the big-insurance company lobby as payment for their political donations) across state lines that would reduce premiums.

We allow our politicians, the vast majority of whom view their first priority as re-election, to demonize those who make all the goodies possible - the job builders. We let them tell us that they could give us all we demand if we just give them those next 2, 4 or 6 years to "fix the system." They tell us, and we grasp at it, that the "other guy", if he weren't so selfish, should just be willing to give a little more and it would cure all our ills. We allow ourselves to believe that there really is a "free lunch." We ask for more, not results. When a government program fails it is not ended, another is simply added. We ask for more, not reform. When our kids can't read, when they drop out and can't find a job we demand financial support instead of accountability. Most of the homeless on our streets are addicted or mentally ill. We choose to look past them into the store window full of more "goodies."

In short, it is not the politicians who are to blame. They are trying mightily to give us everything we demand by taking it from a smaller and smaller population that is actually paying the tab. Look in the mirror. Better yet, just look to Europe, the riots and strikes, and you will see what happens when the "pie" is gone and the fight starts for the crumbs.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Red Jac

Mr. Barber – you said Ms Malla’s statement "...we've allowed our government to cut funding for mental health until it's pretty much non-existent..." was not quite accurate.

Does memory fail? Pres. Reagan in the 1st 30 days of office cut funding to the National Institute of Mental Health and in 1982 cut funding to the Mental Health Systems Act (which was created to fund treatment for mentally ill,) then had Health & Human Services cut the number of people on social security for mental disability by 335,000 by tightening qualifications and block granting funds to the states. Since then, government support for mental health treatment has been severely underfunded, leaving many families little to no option for treatment for mental illness of family members.

I assume you wish to thank Pres. Reagan for his short-sighted thinking on this.

Of course we could adopt your approach – do nothing - and just wait for another mentally ill person to shoot-up a school or event – and then just shoot them.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ MJ

You said the, " more largess from the gubmint wit' my money ...
HaHaHaHaHaHaHa "

Your money? How typical of a Tea Bagger to consider the assets of others to be YOURS!

Are we to infer from your inner city ebonics slang (gubmint wit') that you aren't an old Tea Bagger whose only concern is for himself? If you keep that tea hot enough you can dunk your dry white toast in it and maybe make it palatable 'nuf fer even u! That dry white toast can make you choke iffen u dont dunk it!


Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: M J

This post will bring the howling and squeeeeling liberal horde out.
I can't wait for more posts like mary janes hahahahha I LOVE watching liberal heads explode
→ Side note ... sayyyyyyy what ever happened to that Volt car .... U know ... the one barry said was gonna' be a game changer ..... U know - the car that was gonna' save our economy and solve the "global warming" problem .... the car us taxpayers have to bribe folks to buy ... more largess from the gubmint wit' my money ...

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Big Surprise

What a burden it must be for Mr. Barber to know everything about anything, but especially about politics and what is right for the entire population. He must keep his computer "sizzling" with his gems for not only the local papers but he somehow gets articles in the Arizona Republic. Shows how desperate they are for opinions.

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Such is the typical 'Tea Bagger" response to everything 'I've got mine, so the rest of you can go to hell!'! Gutting 'future' Social Security and Medicare is a great idea, as long as it doesn't affect me!

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