There are some in today’s world who believe that the government should support, feed, clothe, and take care of the medical needs of its citizens. They have been led to believe that the government owes them this. What some have forgotten is that we live in a Democratic form of government with freedom of choice. That means you can work at any job you want to and go as high as you want to. You can go as high as you want to in the academic world and obtain any and as many degrees as you want. We have more OPPORTUNITIES in this country than in any other country in the world — and we bellyache more. It is kind of like an old uncle of mine used to say in a teasing way to the waitress taking his breakfast order. I want one egg scrambled and one egg sunny side up, and when she brought his order, he would say you scrambled the wrong egg.

There have been other countries that have tried socialized programs that hand out freebies to any and everyone. These countries have all failed sooner or later. When the government is giving “Handouts” with one hand they are “picking” your pocket with the other. As the old saying goes, “There is no Free Lunch.” You pay with losing the freedom of choice.

Canada has socialized medicine and they have waiting lists of over two years for surgery and other medical procedures. They are coming into the United States for medical care because they can’t get it in Canada.

Yes, I understand what it costs to raise children without medical insurance. I raised five children during the 1960s and 1970s on less than $10,000 per year income, with no insurance, no handouts from the government, or anyone. I worked hard and my wife had a daycare for children in our home. My three boys got out and got jobs after school and worked to earn their spending money and money for clothes. The two girls helped their mother in her day care operation. My wife was suffering from a rare Auto-Immune Disease and was unable to go some days. She later died at the age of 48 in 1989 after the children were all grown. I don’t regret a single hour I worked to earn a living, because since I earned it I had the freedom of choice on how to spend it.

Freedom isn’t free. It took bloodshed, bravery, honor, and belief in God to bring freedom to this country and that is the only thing that will keep us free. We have radical religions that have vowed to eliminate us from the face of the earth. We either stand and fight on their grounds or we turn and run. As for me I choose to fight for my freedoms and my country, the United States of America.

May God Bless,

Vernon R. Sneed