Throw Money At It

A lot of times, the easiest solution to a problem is to throw money at it. — Anon.

The late great “Big Hog” Ketcher used to say when he heard about a massive government fraud, “I either want it stopped, or I want in on it.” I know our economy is struggling, people are hurting, and we need more protective gear, tests, and most importantly a vaccine, but when I read where all the money Congress and the Administration has allocated is really going, I wonder if Congress hasn’t just decided to “throw money at it” rather than to give our problems thought and vision.

Wouldn’t this be a perfect time to ask, “Is there a better way.” These type questions could be posed about our healthcare system, our educational systems, our crumbling infrastructure, and many more issues that affect people’s lives. Do we hear anyone saying, “In these days and times we must all sacrifice, and if we do it will be our finest hour.”

Now, I admit there is a little Henry Ketcher in me who wants to say, “If you are throwing money away, throw a little bit my way.” But that’s our problem. We should be looking around and asking “who really needs help, and what does that help entail.” If it is money, find a way to provide money, but I suspect for many of today’s issues, money is simply the least expensive solution.

If our leadership won’t do the hard work called for, then it is up to us to quit throwing money at the hard calls and dilemmas we face.

How about that for something to think about this weekend. W.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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  1. “Thought” and “vision” are the operative words here, Webb. Granted, we are in the middle of a crisis, and Congress had to act fast. But if they don’t see—at least—that this crisis is pointing up the need for universal healthcare, then the men and women in Congress don’t seem capable of thought and vision. I hope universal healthcare will be one of the “good” by-products coming out of this pandemic.

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