GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Does the Gooferment have a duty when they “steal” something?

D.C. woman leaves town to help mother, returns home to destroyed Jeep
By Matt Delaney – The Washington Times – Thursday, June 23, 2022

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A D.C. resident received an unwelcome surprise when she returned home after spending months away: her Jeep had been destroyed.

Susan Hekhuis left the area at the end of February to take care of her elderly mother, who had broken her leg. But when Ms. Hekhuis sent a friend to check on her Jeep a few weeks ago, that’s when her sorry tale began, Washington NBC TV affiliate WRC-4 reported.

“There I am trying to take care of my mom and do my job and take care of a million other things, and the last thing on my mind was that you towed my car and destroyed it,” she said.

News4 reported that D.C.’s Department of Public Works had towed Ms. Hekhuis’ vehicle from its original spot on Calvert Street NW since it was along the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon route.

The only problem is that the Jeep was towed to Connecticut Avenue NW, where street parking isn’t allowed during rush hour. The car racked up five tickets in two weeks, causing it to get towed again, this time to DPW’s impound lot in Blue Plains.

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Sounds like the D.C.’s Department of Public Works owes her a new car and an apology.

When they towed her car, doesn’t that mean they have a duty to protect that asset until it’s returned to its rightful owner.

Sounds like a Fifth Amendment claim.



HEALTH: The current “system” is unsustainable; the answer is NOT Gooferment “healthcare”

The Truth Regarding Health Care
By Keith R. Jackson, M.D.

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There already exist many programs for the poor and uninsured. These could be streamlined and sensibly expanded. What would classify as a necessary addition to the equation would be possible assistance with deductibles and expansion of catastrophic insurance policies for the rest of us. Improving the portability of Health Savings Accounts, making them easier to understand and obtain, would address the former. A creative solution merging government assistance with HSAs and catastrophic insurance policies could go a long way toward appeasing both sides, even though they would scream that this “solution” is wrong. One avenue for saving is the cost of administration of the health care dollar. Private insurers’ administrative costs are surprisingly much higher than the government’s. There must be a “happy medium” there, with less bureaucracy in the former and more effective administration in the latter.

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I think you can look at ANY Gooferment program and see a disaster.

As a first step, the current deductibility problem (i.e., healthcare expense is deductible to employers but not employees) has to be SOLVED.

Then let that work itself out by removing the Gooferment from the “health care system”.