–Letter from John McCain: 3/22/10

An alternative to popular faith

I just received this letter from Senator John McCain. I am reprinting it here, because I want it to become a permanent memorial to an “I’ve got mine, so don’t ask me to share” mindset. Through the years, I have tended to vote Republican, but this letter makes me ashamed of it.

“Late last night, the Democrats in the House of Representatives passed their massive government takeover of our health care system. (Specifically, what makes it a “takeover?”)

“This bill is terribly wrong for America and I call on you to join with me to challenge this bill in every way we can. The fact remains that by a two-to-one margin, Americans do not want this bill to become law.” (Two to one? Have you ever seen this phony research?)

“On Saturday, I held town hall meetings in Arizona and we could not find one person who liked this bill.” (Really? Not even one person?)

“It’s shameful that the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats have chosen to ignore the citizens of America.” (Is ignoring the citizens of America similar to allowing 30 million to go without insurance?)

“I believe the will of the people will be reflected sooner or later. The Democrats will learn in November, that when you go against the wishes of the American people, you pay a steep and heavy price. Americans will not be silenced on this matter and I will continue to lead this fight each and every day. I assure you I am not quitting our fight. I believe we must repeal this bill immediately.

“I am currently working in every way possible on your behalf to accomplish this. However, I am facing a tough reelection campaign. If I am not reelected this year, I cannot fight for our shared values in the Senate. That’s why your immediate donation of any amount is so critical.” (Aha, now we understand. It’s all politics. Along with 100% of the Republican party, you decided that your political survival depends on voting “No,” for anything the Democrats propose. Imagine: Not a single Republican voted against the party line. Not one.)

“Your urgent support will enable me to continue our fight against this terrible bill. Through tax increases and expensive burdens on small businesses (False. It will cut costs for small business and poorer people, though it may raise costs for large business and the wealthy, a definite flaw), “this bill will bankrupt our great nation” (a fiscal impossibility, but don’t bother him with facts while he’s begging for money.)

“And while the inside-the-beltway Democrats are celebrating with champagne at the White House, anger is building outside the beltway. I need your immediate help to send a message to these Washington Democrats. I ask that you take a moment today to make a generous contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more to ensure I may continue fighting on your behalf.”

(Better we give money to the poor uninsured, than to a senator who already has the best health insurance plan in the world, but doesn’t want the less fortunate to share.)

“I assure you that I will continue to challenge this bill in every way I can and will work to repeal it as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support.


John McCain

P.S. For the first time in American history, a major piece of legislation has been passed without bipartisan support.” (When was bipartisan support even possible?)

“The fact remains, the American public does not want this massive government-run health care takeover. I am working to repeal the bill but I need your support to continue my service in the U.S. Senate. I am facing a tough reelection campaign and your immediate donation of $25 or more will enable me to continue fighting. Please follow this link to make your urgent donation. Thank you.” (How about giving up your own Cadillac health care and pension plans, as a start?)

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

2 thoughts on “–Letter from John McCain: 3/22/10

  1. I agree that this is a disgrace to anyone who would write such a letter, but I think you could have done a better job lampooning McCain’s plea.

    In any case, you speak of “allowing 30 million Americans to go without insurance” as if this is an inalienable right. This could easily be remedied by providing them with an infinite-deductible policy. Viola, they have insurance. Doesn’t do them any good, but now you can’t complain.

    If, on the other hand, you wanted to provide them with high-quality health care that was paid for by the government, things would turn out a little different. Providing just one person with cradle-to-grave care at the highest level requires a huge amount of labor and resources. Where do these resources come from? While the government may be able to create money out of thin air, it cannot create *production* so easily.

    Ok, well, let’s just provide reasonably adequate care to everyone. Not a “cadillac” policy, but just enough so that no one complains. Where is this line drawn? Who draws it? I suggest reading F.A. Hayek’s _The Road to Serfdom_ for anyone interested in pursuing this line of reasoning.

    You’re right Rodger, the world of government finance is a fantasy world with no rules. But unfortunately the rest of us have to adhere to the rules of the real world, in which real inputs create real production. You can’t transpose the fantasy world of government finance onto the rest of us without real consequences.


    1. You said, “Providing just one person with cradle-to-grave care at the highest level requires a huge amount of labor and resources. Where do these resources come from? While the government may be able to create money out of thin air, it cannot create *production* so easily

      “Cradle to grave” . . . “highest level.” Are you setting up a straw man?

      Is it your opinion that given sufficient money, the United States is unable to create the labor and resources to care for an additional 30 million people, i.e 10% of the U.S. population?

      Consider that the vast majority of the 30 million already receive some health care by going to the emergency room, and you may need at most a 2%-3% increase in U.S. health care capacity. You don’t think additional money can buy that?

      What’s your program?

      Rodger Malcolm Mitchell


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