- - Thursday, November 7, 2013

When the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001, it was not long before progressives and liberals claimed that it was unconstitutional. Often they said things such as “George W. Bush is not my president.” Now, among massive protests and clear incompetence of government, this same political group claims the Obamacare is “the law of the land,” and we are all subject to it, no matter our stance on the issue.

In 1920, as economies adjusted to the post-World War I climate, the world experienced an economic depression. In the United States, in the wake of hundreds of thousands of soldiers returning home and an economy geared toward wartime production, our government basically did nothing to “help” the American people. There were no unemployment benefits, no benefits for returning veterans, no food stamps, etc. Yet this depression ended after 18 months, and we entered the Roaring ‘20s, one of the most economically prosperous times in U.S. history. The government of Great Britain basically took over the economy in the face of this depression and established all the social-welfare programs listed above. Great Britain did not rise out of this depression until 1946, the end of what we now call the Great Depression.

In the late 1920s, at the pressuring of progressives, President Hoover launched massive numbers of federal programs to fight homelessness and poverty. Following the introduction of these programs, the United States fell into the Great Depression along with the rest of the world. What was our government’s response this time? President Roosevelt instituted the largest government intervention into the private lives of citizens ever attempted by a U.S. president, even more so than Hoover. Economists Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian have said that had Roosevelt instead taken a long vacation and done nothing, we would have recovered from the Great Depression by 1936.

So now I ask you, what is going to be the effect of our government taking over the health care industry?

JARET ROMANO

Fairfax