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.