An Open Letter to Jon Stewart

Mr. Stewart:

I have long been a fan and though I often disagree with you I admire your sarcastic wit, intelligence, and righteous indignation. Unfortunately I must again disagree with you on a very sensitive subject. I share your disgust with the 9/11 first responders appalling lack of healthcare but I must oppose the bill you have championed.

I must ask some pointed questions. First, where does the Constitution authorize Congress to provide healthcare for heroes? Like much of what the federal government has done since the twentieth century, the authorization simply isn’t there (for more information on this consult Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman, or, better yet, have one or both of the authors on the show!) Why does the government have to do it? You’re quite wealthy, why don’t you, Governor Mike Huckabee, and others set up a fund? You have a legion of followers who would gladly donate. Why do you insist that every problem requires the federal government to fix it?

Setting up a private fund on your own would not only be the right thing to do, but would almost certainly be better than a government alternative. With a private fund (to which I would gladly donate) you could make sure every cent goes to the 9/11 first responders’ health care. Do you really believe that a government fund would not waste giant amounts of money on bureaucratic nonsense? I will point you to Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) who has repeatedly suggested that instead of using taxpayer money for various projects that he and his colleagues personally donate X amount of their own money to it. For some reason they always turn him down, it seems they can only be generous with other people’s money.

I know you can be generous with your own money. Your opposition to extending the Bush tax-cuts seems to indicate that you feel guilty for having made so much money (I don’t know why, you’ve certainly earned it) but what if instead of giving that money to the government to fund the never ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you use it to set up a fund to pay for the first responders’ healthcare? Please lead the way and don’t delay, as you know better than anyone that these people can’t wait any longer!

Spencer Smith
Guest Contributor, CSU San Bernadino

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