Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE — On this speck of dust that is mostly rock, we float around a single star solar system on the edge of a galaxy we refer to as the Milky Way. And from this vantage point we cannot turn time backwards.
Somewhere in the vast universe, someone may have learned to go back in time. We have the mathematical table that says it can be done, but the amount of energy needed, the kind of spaceship, or protective convenience, we do not have.
What we have is an out-of- step Congress.
Every time the Speaker of the House stands up to tell us what is wrong with the country, it sounds like 1865 all over again … the southern senators and representatives standing up in the halls of Congress telling us why slavery should be allowed.
Many people believed it. It would take a civil war that killed more than half a million people to prove the theory wrong. We cannot stop the progress of time. Some things are going to be regardless of how we like or dislike them. It may not be progress to everyone, but it is progress because it is moving forward. And whether you want to believe or disbelieve doesn’t really matter. Some things are inevitable.
We’re going to have some kind of governmental assistance in our health care. Like it, or hate it, it is going to happen. Perhaps the greatest reason for it to be happening is, until the most recent national healthcare law, we were the only country of western civilization industrialized with money that didn’t have help for citizens who need medical attention. I’m not counting the Medicare programs because it was only a partial amount of assistance.
Of all the industrialized nations, the ranking of the United States in health care is only 36th in the world. I do not know, and I know many, a single Canadian who would give up their medical services for some other non-governmental assisted program.
I have a doctor who came to this country from India, a good man and a good doctor. But doctors come to America from all over the world for many reasons, including a better way of life and the opportunity is here for more money. The large structure of the national government will not get smaller. It will, most likely, get bigger. You cannot have the third largest country in the world with a very small, hands-off government.
This large country with a crumbling infrastructure (interstate system, bridges, and the like), needs looking after. The states have proven inefficient to the task of having a fair government for all the people and meeting the needs of the aforementioned problems.
Perhaps the weight of a population, its changing demographics, and its ravenous needs will help the members of Congress learn that you cannot go backwards. The obstructionists who cry out for no taxes not only do not understand history, they do not understand the needs of this very large nation.
Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.