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IN April 1994, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., told an Associated Press gathering of West Virginia editors and reporters:
"We're going to push through health care reform, regardless of the views of the American people."
In 2008, just before the election, Rockefeller said fellow Democrat Barack Obama was "the president I've been waiting for all my life."
So here we are, in 2010, and the Democratic majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed into law a 2,309-page bill giving the federal government control over health care in the United States. That's about 18 percent of the U.S. economy.
Democrats have "given" Americans another entitlement program - subsidized health insurance. Taxpayers will do the subsidizing.
Now liberal Democrats seek voters' OK to proceed with the rest of their agenda.
Next: Control of Americans' energy use.
Early versions of the plan included government checks for those Americans who can't pay their electric bills once this "reform" is complete.
But many voters have had enough. They think the nation is on the wrong track.
It has been for a long time.
The Democratic Party has been encouraging dependence on the federal government for decades.
But manifestly, Great Society programs have not produced a great society.
They have instead produced an increasingly dependent one, its strength sapped by a growing entitlement mentality.
We have allowed government to grow itself - and strangle the private sector.
Federal taxpayers now subsidize rent, mortgages, health care, heating bills, food at home, food at school, college educations, agriculture, car companies - you name it.
Federal housing assistance now costs $52 billion a year.
Taxpayers even provide free cell phones for the poor.
And we don't have the money to pay for it all.
Americans now stagger under the combined pressures of a financial crash, 10 percent unemployment and a $13.2 trillion national debt.
Ed Feulner, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, illuminated the growth just of taxpayer-subsidized health care in a recent column: