Not since 1908, when Winston Churchill (then president of the Board of Trade) pressed the British Parliament to build six Dreadnoughts to modernize England’s Navy, have we seen such a "curious and characteristic solution” as we now have proposed in President Obama’s forced health care package, which would transfer health care decisions (a sixth of our economy) to Washington bureaucrats.
Militants in the British cabinet demanded six keels. Supported by two radical members of Parliament, Prime Minister H.H. Asquith compromised on "four keels now and four later if the German naval program made it absolutely necessary.” It did! Churchill wrote, "In the end a curious and characteristic solution was reached. The admiralty demanded six ships, the economists offered four and (Parliament) finally compromised on eight.”
Today, the administration and the liberal Democratic Congress demand what may well result in over $1.5 trillion to "fix” what’s the best health care system in the world. Remember that in 2009 Obama passed a second stimulus package to augment the first that failed to create the jobs promised. And almost two years after the first "stimulus” package failed, more then 6 million jobs have been lost.
Certainly, the forthcoming Obamacare will prove even more "curious” than the aforementioned act of Parliament. But at least the Brits commissioned eight battleships that gave jobs to English workers and prepared the British Navy for World War I.
America? She inherits a cumulative debt of $14.5 trillion. How’s that for a "solution”?
Bob Devonshire, Mustang
Not entirely accurate
Regarding "Access endeavor” (ScissorTales, March 6): It’s not entirely accurate that Oklahoma’s lawmakers have made "no” indication that they want to open up the state’s ballots to third parties. House Bill 1072, which would help do just that, passed in both chambers of the Legislature last year by a combined vote of 132-5, including unanimous support in the Senate. I’d say that constitutes an interest in passing some level of ballot-access reform.
But would such a change actually constitute "reform”? Even at 3 percent of the last vote for governor, Oklahoma’s signature requirements for third party ballot access would remain one of the highest in the nation, coming into line only with Alabama, also at 3 percent. So perhaps The Oklahoman is correct. Perhaps this shows a reluctance on the part of the Legislature to give third parties anything that resembles fair play.