This story from the MSM about the passage tonight of the gargantuan health care bill that no one has read in full, has collected over 73,000 comments in a few hours. A cursory look through a few pages shows most people to be unhappy with the news.
Till now we have been nailed to two unsustainable entitlement programs: Social Security and Medicare. Obama & Co. have just added a third: “universal” health care. It’s beyond sad for those of us who know that small government creates a healthy economy and legislation like this creates cancerous government growth where neither wealth is created nor health needs are addressed with any robust programs.
This will be efficient, compassionate health care in the same way that the Post Office is efficient and courteous in its mail delivery…you do remember that cost-cutting for the United States Post Office includes the closing of post offices on Saturday, right? They’re going to run Emergency Rooms the same way. UPS allows you to track your packages. The US Postal Service doesn’t know how and isn’t planning to learn. They don’t have to care, and neither will the government health care.
Ask the “Native” Americans. Many of them have enough oil and casino money now to buy their own health care so they’re ignoring what the Great White Father provides. Care so lousy and underfunded that monies to keep it in business never last a whole fiscal year. They sure tried to tell us not to buy this plan, lots of Greek choruses of “Youlll Bee Sorrryyy…” but when did politicians ever listen to Indians?
Our Congressional representative, who votes for these gargantuan government grabs, admitted recently that they’re stealing from us:
[If the video won’t play, hit the You Tube connection, bottom right on the screen]
This cramming down our throats of a bill most Americans don’t want may have stalled the conservative energy for the moment, but it’s going to be a very long, very warm season between now and November. You can expect to see a lot of campaigning against legislators like Periello who grow government in spite of the stated wishes of the majority of their constituents.
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In the meantime, we have to be concerned about whether this will give these lawmakers big ideas about passing Cap and Tax in the Senate or ginning up another “stimulus” that provides more government jobs. For sure, this “insurance” program insures only the death of more small businesses and the loss of more revenue by the federal government. We will have higher taxes and fewer services or jobs. Plus inflation out the ying yang. And that’s the good news.
We are seeing America’s bond rate drop in the face of our huge debt. Yet these crazy people keep piling it on. If we were members of the EU, we’d be ahead of Greece. Instead, our various sovereign states are already bringing the US government into Federal Court, questioning the constitutionality of some parts of this “overhaul”.
In the emails today came a chart from the blog Charlie Foxtrot, showing our debt after Obama finishes us off. It’s pretty appalling.
This chart is part of a larger work [pdf] from Congressional Representative Paul Ryan. I suggest going to the last page on that pdf and enlarging it so you can see the engorgement of bureaucracy contained within the bill. He calls it 159 Ways the Senate Bill is a Government Takeover of Health Care. If anyone knows of a more legible copy of this last page, please let me know. It’s an image in its present form and even though you can enlarge it a great deal, it’s still hard to read.
Ryan’s alternative suggestions to the unpalatable and indigestible mess which just landed on our plate demonstrate his strength, which is economics. Far too many politicians are lawyers and it shows. Far too many come from within the revolving room of the Political Class who move from government to oh, maybe media or academia or Wall Street or lobbyist firms and then back to either appointed or elective office. Little Timmy Geithner is the most current example of this kind of government personage. Can’t pay his own tax bills, but he’s the Secretary of our Treasury.
Ryan is from a small town in Wisconsin. He went to a private school but not one of the Ivies. He’s smart, savvy, and articulate. In a debate, he could hand President Obama his lunch.
Instapundit has a good link to Dan Riehl, with a take-home quote:
DAN RIEHL: “You may have to wait for the GOP’s new Fire Pelosi site to open. It’s that jammed and donations are pouring in. . . . And we will win in the end. Too many solid citizens were already up in arms, taking to the streets before this. Those numbers will not shrink. They will grow exponentially. As the saying goes, this is not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning.”
Indeed. However necessary it is to get rid of this woman, we must also be ready with people who give us hope for the future.
Representative Ryan gives me hope. Our district’s rep, the Yale lawyer Periello, does not engender the same feelings. In fact, I will meet with pleasure tomorrow the first person who has presented himself as a challenger to the Honorable Mr. Periello. And in the coming months, all the electorate in our district will be meeting other candidates, searching for someone to replace what we have. As I told Periello in writing, I haven’t ever gotten out and campaigned for anyone before. However, given his voting record, I will campaign for Daffy Duck if I must. In other words, anyone who will rid us of this problematic politician who thinks that the only solution to his tenure is for citizens to stop him and his confreres before they steal again.
The Baron says “Repeal It or Feel It”. Of course they won’t repeal it. They’re socialists and they want to impose that view on a center-right electorate. So they’ll feel it: the ones who don’t decide to strategically retire into lobbying or gobbling up some state money at an institution of higher learning are going to be walking on red hot coals through the next election cycle.
Despite this horrid experience, I have hope for the system still. Yes, it’s broken, but it’s not beyond repair. Americans want self-governance, not a handout. In that sense, this new law is most un-American. There hasn’t been anything this bad since Lyndon Johnson’s huge and ill-considered campaign to “end” poverty. What he did was enlarge the underclass and destroy families. Sure, he meant well. But his pork barrel politics frayed a large part of our social fabric and with government in the way there does not appear to be any way to mend it.
Never again. Not this time. They will not succeed.