Apr 02

Update 3/31/2010

Hello, Friends,

There are two important matters of this message.

First, another Republican candidate has made public statements that regarding the recent financial crisis, no one sounded the alarm as loud as he did.  His statement is wholly false!  In 1994 and 1995, I filed four federal lawsuits, two of them against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, one against the Securities and Exchange Commission and one against the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, among other matters.

It is of further interest that the lawsuit filed against the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA: with named defendants including the Office of the Attorney General) is discussed in my letter of January 9, 2010 to Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal.  Other focus of several developing interrelated themes is the mention in that letter of a separate letter sent to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (the one who was Attorney General in the late 1980's, was a Yale Law School classmate of Mr. Blumenthal, and also a mentor and colleague of Mr. Blumenthal) in October of 1997.  Thus,  I sounded the alarm early and vigorously!

Second, there is cause to review the recent Congressional action on health care reform.  In short, the bill is a serious, inefficient overreaching of Congressional powers.  It is very similar to the health care plan instituted in Massachusetts under Gov. Romney.  The resulting central planning in Massachusetts has led to massive costs such that current Gov. Deval Patrick is talking about price controls.  I am concerned that with all the current Congressional effort, additional regulation and costs, considering also the projected portion of population coverage increases from 83% to 95%, that with an estimated cost over ten years of $940 billion (that also when for the existing levels of government deficit and debt and the various domestic and international implications are such that our nation cannot afford such additional expenses), the net gain from the plan will be considerable less than the major costs.  As I have been saying, there are more efficient and cost-effective ways of satisfying proper objectives .  Idaho and Florida lead twelve states that are presenting court challenges to the legislation and Virginia has passed a law affirming citizen rights to decline to buy health care insurance.  Also, I have been encouraged by the positions stated by Arizona Senator John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudolf Giuliani that we need to get Republicans elected in November in order to present a substitute health care reform, one which retains some good elements of the existing legislation and replaces or removes the objectionable portions.

In some ways, I may be a poster-child (or poster-person) of the significance of intrusive and overreaching government regulation.  For matters which should be apparent from the information available at the campaign website, it should be clear that for the impacts of yet unaddressed matters of dysfunctional state government, I have lived a distressed personal situation since 1985.  In this situation, I have not had health care insurance since 1985.  However, early during that period, I took the view that as God had allowed me to be in such a situation, I expected that He would protect me.  Since 1985, I estimate that I have paid annually for medical and dental expenses an average of $250 (with the exception being 1993 when I needed reconstructive facial surgery for the curious assault which is mentioned in my letter of October 1997 to Sen. Lieberman; available at the website).  So for the 25 years since 1985, I have paid an estimated $6,250 in regular medical costs.  If we include the $5,000 for the reconstructive surgery, then we arrive at an estimated total of $11,250.  On the other hand, if I had obtained private health insurance, I estimate over the 25 year period an average monthly cost for premiums of $500 (not to include deductibles).  Over the entire period, that comes to $150,000.  The existing legislation doesn't really address the cost factors.  Rather, it attempts to spread the coverage around, that without addressing a more fundamental issue of the need for judicial reform, a matter which could likely increase the portion of Americans covered in a manner that would be more effective than the existing legislation.

It is time to consider the 9th Amendment rights that are reserved for the people.  The case of Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 25 S.Ct. 358 (1905) develops this well.  The case deals with a challenge on the basis of the federal Constitution of a state law.  The case affirms that "[t]here is, of course, a sphere within which the individual may assert the supremacy of his own will, and rightfully dispute the authority of any human government, -- especially of any free government existing under a written constitution, to interfere with the exercise of that will" (at p. 362).

I also refer to the book Whatever Happened to America? by John Christian Ryter (2001, Hallberg Publishing Corporation, Tampa, Florida).  On page 98, he makes a very important statement:

"In Europe, the rights of the people come from the largese of the government.  The United States is the only country in which the 'rights' of the government are granted by the people, with the superior rights of the people coming directly from God."

Friends, we have some very crucial matters to deal with and present opportunities to do so!

God is good!

Ethan Book
Telephone (203) 943-0045

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