Yesterday the House of Representatives unveiled their official version of the health care bill and it is projected to cost around 1 trillion dollars over the next ten years. It is hard for us to imagine what 1 trillion dollars would even look like. It's enough money to pay the mortgages of every home owner in the United States for 14 months. It is a "1" followed by 12 zeroes. I don't want to ruin your Friday but consider the cash for clunkers program as an overlay for how government spending typically works out. Let's be kind and say they only miss this projection by a factor of three instead of five and calculators would begin melting all over the planet. I've never said that we didn't need reform in our nation's health care system. I think it is ludicrous that we do not have insurance competition across state lines but every state has its own insurance commission and its own bureaucracy, therefore, common sense reforms are ruled out of order before we can even get started.
Supposedly the recession has now officially ended because of an uptick in financial growth for the last quarter. The people I talk to every day have not been officially invited to any celebrations since they continue to lay people off and don't have a clue as to where their business is going next year. The millions of unemployed certainly are not excited about a growth number based almost entirely on printed money spent by our government that has not produced any prospects for them or their families. I will admit that President Obama inherited a mess from the previous administration and that's how our system works. At some point and time the new folks are going to have to stop blaming everyone other than themselves and stand up and be counted as those chosen to lead. Using this difficult time to implement a government take over of our way of life is the greatest threat we have faced in my lifetime. The other evening I heard folks calling into a radio program where they were expressing their disappointment in the vote they had cast for our current President. Most said they had bought into his theme of hope and change but now having seen what this means, they wished they could have a 'do over'. That 'do over' won't come until another three years but we can seek God's help and return to Him as the true Leader of each of our lives. That would be a powerful response in seeing America return to her roots! Amen. Have a great Saturday and Lord's Day Sunday and I will try to have something more cheerful to write about next Monday. ..........More later.