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October 27, 2010

State Questions 756 and 757

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State Question 756

SQ 756 is a direct slap at the federal government passing national healthcare legislation that mandates participation. SQ 756 prohibits forcing a person or an employer from taking part in any federalized healthcare plan and prohibits forcing a health care facility provider to provide treatment in a healthcare system.

We’ve come a long way as a nation - and not in a good direction - when the federal government forces us to buy something. Our Founders were keen on liberty and fashioned our Constitution with as many safeguards as they could to ensure it. They were not interested in what the government could do for its citizenry. Their intent was to keep government as much as possible out of the lives of its citizenry.

Our current administration and Congress have decided we cannot take care of ourselves, that they are better at it than we are. This line of thinking goes under another name, i.e. socialism.

Some argue that we have been headed down this path a long time and it started with implementing an income tax (no, we didn’t always have one), Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They have a point. But that doesn’t mean we should allow the next step in a process that has already gone too far to continue to the next level.

We should do everything we can to stop it now and if that includes approving SQ 756, so be it.

SQ 757

If passed, State Question 757 will increase the amount of surplus revenue that will be allowed to go into the Rainy Day Fund from 10 percent to 15 percent of the previous year’s income. It doesn’t force an increase; it allows legislators the option. We see no reason to oppose this idea.

 — Loné Beasley

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