This was posted by my friend Tonya and I am passing it on.

“The Perfect Solution to Senior Health Care: While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you ‘re a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can’t afford to take care of you anymore. You don’t need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let’s take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon. So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 4 bullets.. You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need! New teeth, great! Need glasses, no problem. New hip, knee, kidney, lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income tax. I really think we have found a Perfect Solution! I can’t take credit for this. It came to me in email. Unknown Author.”

Begin the comments by Esther Petersen:

I am in no way saying you actually SHOULD shoot anyone. What I am saying is that is SAD beyond belief that prisoners get better care than the government wants the rest of us to have. The exception to that, of course, is those self-same Senators and Congressmen who DO get the benefit of GREAT healthcare on THEIR very own little plan. Hmmm, the legislators and the prisoners get great healthcare. Maybe they are more alike than we all realize?

This is a funny yet sadly true commentary concerning the current mentality in this country. How pathetic is it that we are even worried about the state of healthcare for our seniors? Why should they be the FIRST to feel the chopping block effects of reduced service? We are talking about the generation the fought WW2 and rebuilt the world. We are talking about the generation who worked hard, without the “benefits” of all the social programs produced by the New Deal, provided for themselves and their families. Why are we so intent on undermining their value now? Let me tell you what a “Government run option” is like for seniors.

My Grandfather fought in WW2. He was one of those brave men who put his life on the line for the freedoms of this country and he witnessed horrific things because of that. He came home a damaged man, but there were no safety nets in the medical community to deal with the psychological damage that soldiers like him suffered so he, and his family, had to deal with it on their own. It was hard on all of them. Then there reached a time where we in the family began to grow concerned about his mental and physical health due to the ravages of age. Well, one day, the neighbor called my uncle because Granddaddy was crawling on his hands and knees across a busy road to check his mail. When my Uncle got there, Granddaddy was insistent that he was avoiding the German snipers hiding in the non-existent trees behind his house just waiting to kill him. Guess what happened when my Dad and Uncles tried to get him admitted into the VA nursing home out of all our great concern for the health of both he and our Grandmother? He was turned away because he was not in bad enough shape. That is correct. The man was crawling across a busy street because he thought he was back on a battle field in WW2, but he was not bad enough to make use of the services he EARNED by fighting for this country. Instead, his country was far more concerned with providing the welfare checks and food stamps to the single mom who refused to act responsibly for her sexuality. Instead the government was more concerned with building airports and bridges for tiny communities out in the middle of no where because they were represented by powerful Senators who love pork. Instead the government was far more interested in studying the habits of migratory animals. The government thought things like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were more important than funding the VA. The government thought that pumping money into Fannie and Freddie was better than carrying for the Veterans of this country. THAT is what the GOVERNMENT does to things like healthcare. They “level” the playing field to the point that the RESPONSIBLE people of society not only pay the actual tab through tax dollars, they also “pay” the price by having to get in line behind those who DO NOT live a responsible life. This is egregious and it is time for the American constituency to stand up and say “We are done, we have had enough”. Whether it be a Democrat or a Republican making these types of decisions is not the point. The point is that we as the citizens MUST take responsibility for this country and we MUST start voting out these people who spend our money like it is coming from a bottomless pit. The responsible people of this country are being asked to carry a bigger load every year, yet when we need something… isn’t there. That is not right.

My Grandaddy passed away in Feb. 2008, still waiting on the VA to kick in with the money he was suppose to recieve. His widow, who is completely unable to care for herself is STILL waiting on the VA; government efficiency as it finest.

Find a primary in your district. Get behind a person who believes that the government is there to protect your freedom rather than run your life, and WORK HARD to get that person elected. Send Washington the ONLY message they understand…….FIRE THEM.

Esther Petersen