Letters to the Editor
Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:58 am
Most of us get dizzy, nauseous and confused when our federal government talks about so many billion or trillion dollars for this or that. One way to put these huge amounts of money in perspective is to break these amounts of money down to how much per county.
There are approximately 3,100 counties in the U.S. so dividing one of the big numbers by 3,100 gives us a much better perspective of just how much money is being talked about. I’ll use this simple calculation a little further along in my rant.
The president of I.B.M. made the Obama administration an offer for a system at no cost to our government that they claimed would save our government $900 billion in Medicare fraud. The Obama administration turned the president of I.B.M. down on the offer. I don’t have words to describe the level of my confusion. Does the Obama administration like Medicare fraud?
Now let’s put this amount of money into perspective. First of all it is equivalent of more than 1/3 an entire year’s revenue of our federal government.
However, let’s break it down per county and see what the average county would save. We have to do some round off because my Chinese calculator is sadly lacking in the number of digits necessary for a down to the penny number. Actually we need a drum roll for the announcement of the result of what the savings would be for the average county but here it is dear reader – $293 million per county.
If our government’s refusal to take advantage of such an amount of savings by reducing Medicare fraud burns your toast call your senators. Call Sen.Bob Corker 1-202-224-3344 and Sen.Lamar Alexander 1-202-224-4944.
Gibson County Patriots
I present to the public and Washington politicians reforms that can save time and money for people seeking elections.
All primaries should be scheduled on one day for every party like the general election. Terms for congresspersons raised to 4 years; terms for senators reduced to four years with general elections held along with presidential elections.
Every state should hold primaries and elections for governors and legislators at the same time as primaries and general elections for national offices.
Such changes will mean elections would be held only on two days rather than spread out, eliminating mid-term elections which eliminates early primaries influencing the outcome of primaries, etc.
Predictions by pollsters need to be banned until elections are over in all the states because people in the Western states lose interest in going to the polls knowing the outcome based on such predictions.
Most important, people will not be bored frequently going to cast votes which causes people not to go to vote, which is so evident from low voter turn-out in mid-term elections.
Dr. M.K. Jain