Robbing Peter to pay Paul gains Paul’s support


Letter writer Norman Osterman on Nov. 1 accused me of using “stunning mental gymnastics” regarding my opinion on the temporary government shutdown. I’ll accept that. Although intended as criticism, Wiktionary’s definition of mental gymnastics is “difficult and complex logical thought processes.”

What was stunning, however, was his claim that an attempt to delay implementation of Obamacare was “legislative terrorism.” Terrorism more aptly describes government using the IRS to force citizens to buy health insurance.

Doesn’t “big brother” have enough control over us already? Yes, Obamacare was passed (by a small majority of Democrats, 212-219) and was declared constitutional (as a tax) by the Supreme Court. That doesn’t mean it’s a good law.

It’s a very bad law. The mantra, “it’s the law,” doesn’t mean that it’s immune from opposition.

Of course, the writer is correct that the ACA isn’t a single payer/government-run system — I didn’t say it was. Not yet.

As I said, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly stated their goal is a single-payer system and that will assuredly be their agenda once everyone sees the ACA is an unworkable fiasco.

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill to see what’s in it. Now we’re all seeing what’s in it. And the worst is yet to come.

The old trick of bringing up Medicare and Social Security is a fallacious red herring. Most people on both sides agree that those are now necessary and appropriate — although future funding is in serious jeopardy.

Adding over a trillion dollars (Obamacare cost) to America’s financial burden to enroll under 10 percent of Americans while damaging everyone’s health-care quality is appalling. (As are Obama’s other end-runs around the Constitution like a recent executive order emplacing more intrusive “climate change” regulations.)

Mr. Osterman’s admonition to “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it” was OK, but progressive activists should be aware of another apropos Voltaire observation: “In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.”

Sound familiar? That’s today’s Democratic Party agenda — a socialistic ploy calling for redistribution of wealth from rich to poor (to the detriment of everyone) to buy votes. Democratic Party politicians are well aware that a political party that robs Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul — its constituents.

Steve Singleton

Walla Walla


mwood 1 year, 10 months ago

Even though many Democrat liberals express surprise at how terrible this law is a very few will defend Obamacare until it's death. And these few will do what liberals do best, belittle and engage in name calling with anyone who disagrees. As I and other Americans watch Obamacare destroy "hope and change" I wonder why no one is talking about impeachment of every Democrat who participated in creating a law that so significantly effects Americans without reading or understanding the law. Nancy Pelosi lectured us by telling us Obamacare had to become law first and then we can read it. Who does that? Is incompetence not an impeachable offence? I do not suggest President Obama be impeached. The President proposed the ACA be law. His loyal Democratic followers were more than happy to pass a law without Republican participation.


Kahunga 1 year, 10 months ago


I think you left out part of Wiktionary's definition of 'mental gymnastics'. I believe this is what Norman was referring to:

'Inventive, complex arguments used to justify unjustifiable decisions, or situations.'


stvsngltn 1 year, 10 months ago

I prefer the definition I used, Kahunga, but thanks and regards.


namvet60 1 year, 10 months ago

I have noticed that according to the Dems the only people doing there job in Washington D.C. is Republicans due to the simple fact that they are the only ones to blame. If the fault was actually placed on those that created the destruction we would have multiples of this Administration and Dems impeached. This Administration and the Senate Majority leaders (Reid & Murray) are the biggest offenders of destroying this democracy. They have yet to initiate any type of legislation and complete that particular piece to the final stages. This Affordable Care Act is just one of many that are going to be the legacy to put Jimmy Carter up on Barack Obama.

Now that would be something to be proud of!


namvet60 1 year, 10 months ago

To emphasize the point:

The Quote of the Decade:

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally.

Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.

America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.

Americans deserve better."

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

That sure brings the "The Chickens Home to Roost"!


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