Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Bed Made Of Straw

I have been inundated with an overwhelming workload the past two days. For this reason, I haven't had much time to analyze the obvious repercussions that will follow the passage and signing of one of the worst laws to ever get manure shoveled out of the halls of Congress and onto the heads of the American people.

Evidently, Victor Davis Hanson has time to sort it out and did so quite well in this essay. It is long....but well worth the time it takes to read it.

Like Mr Hanson and a host of others, I am one of those people who truly believe that this bill is not about healthcare coverage for the poor, anymore than cap and trade is about preserving the environment. It is about increasing power, control, and the authority of the federal government over the American people. It accomplishes this by increasing the dependency of the people upon said government, just like many other programs forced upon us by the nanny state.

Now, the Leftist technocratic robots (who cannot form a remotely intelligent opinion outside of the socialist/statist box) will have us all believe that we are racists, as well as selfish and greedy jerks who care nothing about the poor. They will have us believe that we are insensitive and that we want people to fail, so we can capitalize on their misfortunes.

One only needs to read this piece of garbage to see that this is a bitter, hateful, and malicious bunch of hacks who engineered this trash into law. Instead of humility and gratitude, they seek to destroy people who merely do not agree with their socialist ideology.

As I sit here and ponder the future outcome of this massive wholesale trashing of the American people's rights and institutions, one thing is clear and will certainly come to pass:

The Democrats will lose big this November and the shoe will once again be on the other foot.

Now that the bar has been lowered to include the blatant disregard of the will of the majority of the American people, there will be a time, when they will live according to that same disregard -- when they once again are in the minority. And when that time comes to pass for all to see, please remember something:

They made their bed and they will be required to lay in it.

13 comments:

Greg said...

I don't really see this as a massive gov't takeover. It's really just a cynical attempt by Obama and others to mark their place in history. It's more reaming of the middle class, b/c of course, as usual, the middle class will foot the bill for those whose health insurance will be subsidized. No one's premiums will go down. Instead, with more people with health problems entering the pool, and with new coverage mandates, insurance co's have a perfect excuse to raise rates. That's what happened in Mass. We have the highest rates in the country. Also, as happened here, many families will do the math and discover that, even if they are getting a gov't subsidy, they still can't afford insurance and paying the fine will be much cheaper than complying with the mandate to purchase. The bill does nothing to address the real problem: the cost of insurance. In fact, it exacerbates the problem. [sigh]

LASunsett said...

//I don't really see this as a massive gov't takeover.//

It depends on what your definition of massive is. If it is the public option, then you are right. It is not massive. But when you fully measure the breadth and length of the ramifications of this massive bill and the expense that it will put on the shoulders of the American people, you might want to rethink that line of thought.

Once you realize that the relationship between doctor and patient has been affected by wholesale meddling from government guidelines, then you may want to reconsider that statement.

Once you read key parts of the bill that just passed and was signed by Obama, once you see that wording in said passages are extremely vague and open to interpretation, then you may see why we who work our asses off in the healthcare industry are not comfortable with this bill and see it differently. You will see plainly where the government will use this vague language to exploit and interject itself into the doctor patient relationship more than is necessary.

Once you have done this, then add the rest of your criticism (which I think is valid) and then you will see why I think this is one of the most devastating pieces of legislation to ever come out of the sausage factory.

Anonymous said...

Anytime someone takes the United States Constitution and runs it through a shredder, it is a massive takeover. The purpose of our Constitution is to protect us from government. The purpose of the Constitution is to limit government to those things enumerated by our founding fathers; and those things not enumerated by the founding fathers, are reserved to the states and to the people.

Now it would seem to me if anyone can understand this concept, it should be a lawyer. What must we conclude, therefore, when an attorney—, one who understands the law, thinks that this health care bill does not represent a massive subjugation of our God-given right to liberty? Is this actually an indictment against our failed educational system? Does this appear to explain why our elected representatives (all of whom are attorneys) don’t seem to get it?

Mustang Sends

Mary Ellen said...

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and saw a small bit of an interview with Chris Matthews (ewww!) as he was talking to one of the State's Attorney Generals about the law suits against the mandates in this bill. Anyway, tickle-me-chris was, of course, using an analogy that went something like this "if a black guy goes into a diner and wants an cup of coffee and he's told that he can't have one because he's black, then a mandate is necessary, right?" "So, mandates, to make sure everyone gets health insurance is lawful."

He had to do some real twisting and turning to make his point in a way that dubbed anyone who fought this bill was a racist, but that's their game. I'll look around and see if I can find a video of this interview.

LASunsett said...

//He had to do some real twisting and turning to make his point in a way that dubbed anyone who fought this bill was a racist, but that's their game.//

Exactly...it's been this way since the campaign. Racebaiting got him in and now racebaiting is the only argument they can use to justify some of the most horrendous decisions made in this nation's history.

Mary Ellen said...

And isn't it lovely that the lawmakers are all exempt from the insurance mandate? What's good for the goose is exempt for the gander.

A.C. McCloud said...

I may not be the biggest 'glass half full guy', but I have no confidence the right is going to re-take Congress this fall based on the media's ability to spin news. They smeared the entire Washington Tea Party based on a few unsubstantiated reports, and the rest of the dog pack followed on command.

LASunsett said...

//I may not be the biggest 'glass half full guy', but I have no confidence the right is going to re-take Congress this fall based on the media's ability to spin news.//

Who would have ever thought the seat held by Ted Kennedy would have been won by a Republican?

And.....only 53% pct of the electorate voted for Obama many of them were independents who are now soured on his performance. If history is any guide, they will take it out on Congress.

You may be right, but do not underestimate the power of an angry electorate. It may take some work and it may not be easy. But to give it no chance would seemingly indicate that it is hopeless. If that is the message we give, people will become discouraged and stay home.

Greg said...

Mustang, unfortunately, there's no longer much left of 'substantive due process.' I don't think the individual rights argument is going to work. The Supreme Court isn't likely to find there is a fundamental right to be uninsured, much as I wish it would.

In addition, the argument that Congress has exceeded the enumerated federal powers doesn't look likely to succeed b/c Congress has the plenary power to tax or not tax income. The Democrats' lawyers were not stupid, so they crafted the mandate as a tax regulation. It will almost certainly be upheld.

The federal gov't, unfortunately, has garnered a lot of power over the last 100 years. This type of law doesn't really shock me b/c the federal gov't has been getting away with it for so long.

Anonymous said...

Greg, this is exactly why we (the people) must insist through our state legislatures that the States reassert their sovereignty. Do this, we can remain free. Do it not, and we will be enslaved by oppressive central government.

Mustang

A.C. McCloud said...

You may be right, but do not underestimate the power of an angry electorate. It may take some work and it may not be easy. But to give it no chance would seemingly indicate that it is hopeless. If that is the message we give, people will become discouraged and stay home.

I'm not giving it no chance, it's got a good chance. Just can't see it as a lock as some do based on the chicanery of the past few days. 'Whatever it takes' should have been Obama's campaign motto.

Anonymous said...

Plugged (piggy backed) within this piece of garbage is the "government takeover of the student loan industry". I propose that you think about the people at Sallie Mae, Nelnet and other student loan providers that will lose their jobs! Then ask yourself, what does the government running student loans have to do with Health Care???

I don't think it gets any more MASSIVE than that. JMHO

HAM

Greg said...

this is exactly why we (the people) must insist through our state legislatures that the States reassert their sovereignty.

the best way to accomplish this is through elections. we need to focus on finding good candidates who are committed to preserving individual and states rights, and who work for the middle class.