Health care nationalization passes despite bi-partisan opposition
Posted by aogMonday, 22 March 2010 at 10:05
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Instapundit quotes Ira Stoll
Republicans despondent because they think the bill is a government takeover that is about to ruin the American health care system may want to cheer up. First, if the bill is half as terrible as the Republicans say it is, Americans are going to be so upset about it that they blame the Democrats.
I am not sure I count as a Republican, but I’m not despondent over the legislation itself. I am despondent over the actions of the Democratic Party in getting it passed, and even more so over the expectation that there won’t be much of a price at the ballot box in November. I expect Old Media, like its ideological mentor Pravda to put the blame for any problems on “wreckers” and “GOP obstructionists”. If only the glorious appartchiks of the State were permitted unfettered action the worker’s paradise would arrive!
Megan McArdle claims
Republicans and other opponents of the bill did their job on this; they persuaded the country that they didn’t want this bill. And that mattered basically not at all. If you don’t find that terrifying, let me suggest that you are a Democrat who has not yet contemplated what Republicans might do under similar circumstances. Farewell, Social Security! Au revoir, Medicare! The reason entitlements are hard to repeal is that the Republicans care about getting re-elected. If they didn’t—if they were willing to undertake this sort of suicide mission—then the legislative lock-in you’re counting on wouldn’t exist.
The problem with this claim of symmetry is that Democratic Party voters are far more tolerant of the kind of corruption it takes to get this done. That’s what makes me despondent.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 at 11:15|
…our younger citizens […] will find it easy to accept sweet-talking politicians and their schemes…
Funny, during the 80s it was the WWII generation, the so-called “Greatest”, who were up in arms and even rioting to ensure that they received “wealth redistribution and entitlements”1, and rejecting “hard work and individualism as the road to a good and easy life.”
Was that due to “anti-American/anti-capitalist propaganda in the public schools and the media” during the ‘10s and Roaring Twenties?
Bribery and intimidation are already against the law – as are lying and withholding information.
In some situations. Lying, withholding information, intimidation, and bribery/enrichment are a normal part of human interaction, even if regrettably so. Those activities permeate every sphere of activity: Social, personal, workplace, governing, child-rearing, education… Almost everyone tolerates it, and it’s expected of politicians.
1 One small example, via The Volokh Conspiracy:
[All emph. add.] As Andrea Mitchell observed on ABC News, “the elderly are not against the new benefits – unlimited hospital care, new at-home benefits, prescription drug coverage; they just don’t want to pay for them.”
The turning point came on August 17, 1989, when Dan Rostenkowski, House Ways and Means Chairman and one of the most powerful men in Congress, found himself fleeing a crowd of irate senior citizens protesting the [Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988. The Act provided more extensive hospitalization benefits and prescription drug coverage, but it imposed the costs of that benefit on the elderly.]
Representative Rostenkowski had scheduled a meeting in his home district to hear constituent concerns and speak about the advantages of the Medicare catastrophic coverage act. A crowd of angry senior citizens waved signs protesting the fact they would have to pay more taxes to fund the covered benefit. People shouted “coward,” “recall,” and “impeach” after Representative Rostenkowski refused to speak with them and got in his car. One senior citizen (Leona Kozien) even jumped on the hood of Congressman Rostenkowski’s car to stop him from leaving. […]
Representative Rostenkowski got out of the car and ran a block, chased by the crowd. He was then picked up by his car and whisked away. The incident resulted in front page coverage nationwide. The TV news ran footage of Rostenkowski fleeing from his constituents…
Thursday, 25 March 2010 at 18:35|
For erp: The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World / Skousen, W. Cleon:
For many years in the United States there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers original success formula. This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood. Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times.
In this book, discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years.
I haven’t read it, but I ran across a very positive review of it, and it sounds like it’s right up your alley.
In the 80’s, they were in their fifties and sixties. Are you sure they were rioting?
Burning things and looting? No. But in the above-quoted excerpt, a U.S. Representative who was, at the time, a quite senior, extremely powerful, very important (and monumentally corrupt) member of Congress met with a group of concerned citizens in their 60s and 70s - and they hurled verbal invective at him, physically tried to prevent him from leaving, and chased him down the street.
Except for the lack of tear gas, it sounds a lot like anarchists at a meeting of the World Trade Organization.
We are becoming more and more a nation of pirates (take what you can, give nothing back). Not a good foundation for civilization.
I too have a pirate mentality. But, like you, I was very reluctantly driven to it by the [many extremely coarse and vulgar expletives] blatant and brazen daylight theft of TRILLIONS of taxpayer dollars by society’s elites - while the authorities have done nothing. NOTHING. (Except for when they’ve aided and abetted, or simply turned pirate themselves.) And America’s middle class seems content to sit placidly by, or dither, when at the very least they ought to be filling stadiums with Tea Party meet-ups1.
So maybe it’s not so much that we became a nation of pirates, as that pirates seized the nation. Maybe we’re already uncivilized, it’s just that the facade hasn’t completely crumbled yet. And what should one do, if all of the cops are on the take, intimidated, or incompetent, and the too-well-fed masses are uninterested or otherwise distracted?
For now, my motto is “I got mine.” I have become a mercenary in the employ of pirates, for unfortunately I don’t have the wherewithal to retire to my country estate, to wait out the troubles to come. But should the serfs ever get tired of having their faces ground in the dirt, I’ll gladly join the Revolution. I just won’t become a martyr for the uncomprehending and uncaring, even if that means that I have to participate in stealing people’s life savings2.
As I see it, if one can’t get clear of the carnage, then the immediate choices are pirate or victim. Hopefully more options will emerge in the fullness of time.
1 Not that I endorse the Tea Party movement, or think that they’ve been very effective, but at least they’re trying, and have gotten attention and support. It’s vaguely positive.
2 And yes, it dishonors me, and yes, it’s cowardice. If I were single, I’d unsheathe my sword, but… I’m not enlightened enough to sacrifice my family’s (relative) safety in an uncertain attempt to rally the weak. I’m only enlightened enough to see that I should.