Crisis - Really?
Mike Abrams, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Medical Society
It's almost more than a sane person should be asked to shoulder. The economic crisis, the international crisis, the health care crisis, the environmental crisis, crisis in education, corrections, community infrastructure - the list of crises is endless.
I have followed the news of the big three automakers as best I can, and for the life of me I can't figure out how I feel about the bailout. There's a large part of me that wants to say "a pox on your house." Inflated salaries and benefits should not be rewarded with taxpayer life rafts when the house of cards does what houses of cards inevitably do - crash down. I have grown weary of auto titans blaming the cost of cars on you. How many times have we heard the tired statistic blaming x-thousand dollars of every car's price on health care? Do you think it might be a function of the irresponsible health benefits packages they have negotiated with labor? Hmmm.
But I have to admit that failure to do anything does make me a bit nervous. My suspicion is that, if the government does nothing, something better will rise from the ashes. But I wish I had more than a hunch!
When I follow news I will often wonder how I'd vote if I sat in Congress (an unlikely scenario!). On this issue I frankly can't decide.
If you have an opinion, or even a hunch, add your comment and share with other readers. Until then, I'll watch what happens and pray our elected leaders have wisdom.