Making Sense Of It All

So it’s official: the healthcare bill is not only going to raise your insurance premiums next year, the cost of care in the long term is going up, not down.  Remember how we were promised over and over that this overhaul was going to cut costs?  And that was one of the reasons it was so urgent: the cost of healthcare was contributing to the bad economy, and we had to fix it right away so the economy would get going again.  (You didn’t fall for that one, did you?)

Conservatives like myself and anyone who wanted to look at the actual bill could see nobody’s costs were going to go down.  In fact, costs would go up so much, many employers would simply drop coverage, leaving their employees needing to buy health insurance from somewhere or be thrown in jail.  (Yeah – that was in there, too.  Surprised?)

I remember debating a friend about socialized healthcare, and  he insisted a government somewhere could create a good system of shared costs and run it effectively.  Though such a system does not exist, he cited what he liked from certain countries in saying that a) We could do better in America, and b) The government should be given more power over the system.  Though I strongly disagree, I could at least see where he was coming from.  And even if his ideas were idealistic, I knew what he was advocating.  The breakdown happened when his ideas on changing the system met the Administration’s plan to change the system.  They looked nothing alike.  But in his mind – and in the minds of many others – the two became the same.  His thought of “we need to do something” translated to “whatever they are doing must be right.”  The rationale became: a) The system needs to change, and b) I know the President wants to change the system, so c) His plan must be good.  Make sense?

Sadly, I saw this happen with many people, most of whom were thinking, intelligent folks.  Because they believed the system needed to be changed, they automatically agreed with the President’s version of change, without really looking into it.  They did not study the specific kind of change the bill would bring.  Because they wanted a change, the bill was automatically good in their eyes.  Though the kind of thing they wanted was nothing like what the bill would create, they shut their eyes, pushed ahead, and criticized those who disagreed.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read some of their comments.  What the defenders of Obamacare said amounted to either, “We have to do something now!” or “Let’s try something different…maybe it will all work out ok.”  None of their arguments dealt with the actual bill.  It was based on blind trust of politicians.  The same ones they consistently say can’t be trusted.  Go figure.

This speaks to a bigger point about how Obama was elected.  The man is an empty suit.  He spoke in platitudes during the campaign and with sweet sounding words of no substance.  And people projected onto him whatever they wanted him to be.  Their ideas and desires, though nothing like what Obama stood for and wanted, in their minds was exactly what he was.  Now, 20 months later, some are beginning to understand and to wake up.  Their country is being snatched away from them.  And now is the time to unite in stopping it.

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Crashing the System

I know, I know, President Obama is not some kind of Marxist thinking man who wants more power than the Constitution grants him, and wants to turn America into a socialist nation.  I know.  Completely far out idea.  But…think crazily with me for a few moments.  Suppose he were.  Suppose someone else was – not even Obama.  How would he go about doing it?  How could he get around the limits of the Constitution and grab almost absolute power?  And how could he fundamentally transform the nation’s governing style into socialism or even communism?  Short of some kind of military coup – let’s rule that one out – how else could he do it?  Well, perhaps the easiest and most predictable way for such a man to be successful would be to crash the economic system.  Bring the whole thing down and you make the people utterly powerless.  Make the people to become helpless and you make them cry out for someone, anyone to fix the mess.  In such a time of desperation, the people would gladly surrender any number of their liberties in exchange for a promise of making things better.  And that is exactly how dictators rise.  A dictator promises the people he will take care of them.  He will fix things and in fact, make them better than they ever were.  He will put an end to unfairness.  No longer will any employer take advantage of them.  And because of their absolute power over the economy, the dictator can promise any number of grand and glorious things that he will never deliver.  And the people will have no way to stop him since they have given up their rights to remove him from power.

I know…crazy, right?  Someone like Barack Obama would never have anything of the sort in mind.  Ridiculous.  Sure, he was mentored by communists like Frank Marshall Davis and Marxists like his pastor of 20 years.  But come on, seriously?  If someone were serious about crashing the economy, they could be doing things that are obviously stupid for anyone who actually wants to help a hurting economy.  Things like spending so much money that the national debt would almost double in a very short time.  Things like shutting down companies, and even industries to put people out of work on a wide scale.  He could create more and more government bureaucracies that feed on taxpayer money.  Then he could raise taxes and keep even more people out of work and from spending.  If he were actually serious about grabbing so much power, he could take over companies and have the government run them.  Oh, and he could even appoint people to his service that he could give massive amounts of power to, who were unelected and unconfirmed by Congress, who would be unaccountable to the people, and only to him.  How about this:  He could have Congress pass a bill that would in effect put the government in charge of the whole healthcare system, a bill designed to put the private insurance business out of business, and make everyone dependent on the government for their healthcare, and in the process put even more people out of work.

I mean really, can anyone think of something more absurd?  It…uh…I mean…umm…Hmmm….Seems he’s done every one of those things.  But he can’t want that ; he promised hope and…change.  Did anyone stop to ask him what kind of change?

Middle Class Tax Cuts? What Tax Cuts?

It’s important to understand the type of people we’re dealing with in Washington.  Many of them are dishonest.  And over the last nine years we heard several of them constantly talking about the Bush “tax cuts for the rich.”  Remember that?  The democrats hammered away with the mallet of class warfare, trying to convince us that republicans were destroying the economy because they only cared about the rich.  Every time I heard that phrase I became angry, because I knew that everyone who paid taxes got a tax cut.  I was struggling to make ends meet at the time, and the extra I saved because of those tax cuts was much needed.  Naturally those who paid more in taxes got to keep a greater amount, but to hear the left tell it, only the rich got tax cuts.  In fact, a google search of “tax cuts for the rich” yields over 14 million hits.

But now, all of a sudden, the White House is talking about extending the tax cuts for the middle class, that were set to expire (along with the tax cuts for the “rich”) at the end of this year.  Now wait a minute.  What tax cuts for the middle class?  You spent nearly a decade telling us in so many words that the middle class didn’t get a tax break – it was only the rich.  Now you say they have benefited all along?

Furthermore, Obama and the democrats are in a tough spot because they said repeatedly that these tax cuts were what got us into this economic mess. Now, faced with what to do about a struggling economy, they are talking about extending them?  Hmm…

Could it be that they have just been plain dishonest this whole time?  Could it be that they have tried to convince us that keeping more of our hard-earned money was actually a bad thing, because someone else got to keep more of theirs?  Look closely and you’ll see the nasty side of politics, where deception, partial information, and catch phrases rule the day.  And I hope you’ll begin to be skeptical of those in power and how much power they amass.