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Individuals versus Institutions in U.S. Healthcare Debate

With the surprising results of the latest election cycle, where Republicans won the New Jersey governorship (beating incumbent Jon Corzine), perhaps some voters are getting a bit more suspicious of President Barack Obama's message of change. Perhaps some are beginning to wonder if change is always good, even when you don't know what the change is going to be. Many of the proposals we've been hearing lately from Washington are downright scary.

Massachusetts' Unfair Taxes and Mandates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken many steps that have foreseeable results that are detrimental to the citizens and businesses in the state, yet our leaders seem oblivious to the logical results from those actions. Our politicians don't care when they make decisions that have a net-negative effect, so long as their constituencies are protected.

The issue we are all paying for now is the increase in the state's sales tax, from 5% to 6.25 - 7%. This is a 25% - 40% increase and is going to prove detrimental to all of us, directly or indirectly.

Government Spending Run Amok - Part Two

PART TWO: Government-employee unions are initially to blame; secondary blame goes to voters.

Massachusetts is leading the nation in its support for the Democratic Party and President Obama. And these guys are endorsed and supported by labor unions, which in the public sector are paid for by the government using tax dollars. These generous salary and benefit increases are obviously payback for their electoral support.

Government Spending Run Amok - Part One

PART ONE: Unbelievable deficits and obligations.

There was an eye-opening article in the Wall Street Journal this past week (9/5/09, p A11), entited "Warning: The Deficits Are Coming!" (with shades of Paul Revere warning about the British invasion....) The alarm is being rung by David Walker, an economist and former head of the General Accounting Office (GAO) under President Clinton, who was responsible for auditing the government's books. He now works for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which educates the public about the need for fiscal prudence.

First Blog

Welcome to the Acton Forum! I am happy to introduce our new "Blog" feature.
This will allow residents who have something to say to write about it and