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Uncle Earl speaks

Posted: August 7, 2009 2:58 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Dear Steve, this is your Uncle Earl responding to your article on health care (Steve Lunetta, "Health care conundrums," The Signal, Opinion, July 27).

You say you are torn when you start your article and you end by saying you are torn. You should have asked your uncle for some help.

Nevertheless, I feel you did a pretty good job all by yourself. I'm proud of you.

You raise one major question: "Do we trust that a government bureaucracy will be any more efficient than the current insurance system?

Fraud and waste are the hallmarks of many government programs including Medicare and Medicaid."

My answer, my dear nephew, is simply this: Does a bear go to the bathroom in the woods? Of course, the government does not know of any other way to operate.

Also, sonny boy, I thought I taught you to be cautious of salesmen who pressure too hard and push too fast.

When they do this there is always a motive other than what you might think.

We are confronted with a person of unusual persuasion and when you couple that to 46 million Americans without health insurance, what do you get besides a big debt? How about a lot of votes!

If someone wants to stay in power for a long time, all he has to do is make this come true.

It doesn't matter where the money comes from as long as he is not paying it. Let the House and Senate figure it out. This is why our Congressmen and Senators have to be told.

We know where Buck McKeon stands on the issue, but what about all the others?

Steve, my boy, your article is well worth reading. You have the makings of a good public servant. However, there is one thing I never taught you: how to lie. So don't run for office just yet.

I'll try to give you some lessons. In fact, I am living a lie right now. Yes, my name is Earl, but I am an imposter. I am not your uncle but would like to have you for a nephew.

I am soon to be 91 years of age and have never been more worried for my country than I am right now.

To use the president's terminology, there are too many people in high places "acting stupidly."


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