Letter: The waiting game

Feb. 03, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

To the editor:

Our government has developed a strategy of playing the waiting game when it comes to dealing with critical issues. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, the game is practiced by both sides. The theory is that by waiting until the situation gets so out of hand that we must “adapt” to it, the problem is deemed solved. An example of this tactic is the illegal immigrant issue.

We have known for the past 10 to 15 years that the influx of illegal immigrants was a growing concern, but rather than deal with the issue head on we debated it, ignored it, downplayed it and rationalized it. As a result of our procrastination, or more accurately, our refusal to face the problem head on, we have 17 million illegal aliens in this country.

Now, because there are so many illegal aliens in this country that there is no possible way to reverse the situation, the solution offered by our “leaders” is “Immigration Reform.” Immigration Reform is a euphemism for “we screwed up and don’t have a clue what to do about it” so let’s just make everyone a citizen. Had this and previous administrations taken the appropriate steps needed years ago perhaps the billions spent providing health, welfare and education to those here illegally could be used to provide health services and better education for our citizens.

The next fiasco to hit the citizens of this country as a result of the “waiting game” is the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obama Care. The program, while well intentioned, is a disaster on so many levels. What do Obama and his “handlers” suggest? Rather than admit the flaws and attempt to remedy them we are asked to wait for six months and things will be better. If history has taught us anything when dealing with the government, six months will become a year and a year will become three. The 2,400-page law and the 15,000 pages of regulations will wind up doing far more harm than good, but by playing the “waiting game” the program will become so intertwined in the government bureaucracy that it will be a stone around our neck forever.

The sad fact is that our representatives are unable, or unwilling, to take the necessary action to address any situation that would impact us negatively, choosing instead to let the situation get so far out of hand that our only choice is to “accept it.”

Ron Smith

Lenoir