Thursday, November 12, 2009

Your New Requirements

Who knew the problem of providing health care to all Americans was so easy to solve?

Just make a law mandating that everyone buy insurance on pain of imprisonment! Problem solved!

That's what the current Bill proposes -- and if you don't buy it, the penalties are massive fines and up to 5 years in jail.

The audacity and offensiveness of this tactic is incredible!

Health care has gone from an entitlement to a "right" to a requirement!

Rights used to be things government couldn't do to you. Then they became things government had to provide you. Now they are things government forces upon you!

Why not use the same method to eliminate homelessness? Buy a (government approved!) house or go to jail! It would help out Barney Frank's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac!

Think about the implications. The Federal government is asserting it has the power to force its subjects (because that's what we now are if they can do this: subjects) to purchase and consume particular goods and services.

Mandate everyone buys Obamabonds to help the deficit.

Or everyone has to buy at least one Government General Motors brand car, to help the auto unions.

Why not?

Obama endorses this concept according in an ABC interview:
“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don't, you're subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it's affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there's a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are -- are burdened by because of the fact that people don't have health insurance, you know, there's nothing wrong with a penalty.”
Hold it right there!

The old specious "auto" analogy the anti-gunners liked to use for requiring tests and licenses for gun ownership is even less applicable here! To use that argument, Obama must be either stupid or deliberately lying.

First, not everyone has to buy auto insurance. If you don't buy a car, no insurance!

Second, even if you do own your own car, you don't have to buy collision insurance, which is the analog of health insurance -- the other insurance for the car is liability in case you injure someone or damage their property, which isn't an applicable concept.

And third, the Federal government has no such power to make people buy auto insurance, it's a State issue.

So how in the world do they think they have the ability to force me to buy a particular type of product whether I want it or not?!?

Just like in Star Wars: Liberty dies to thuderous applause.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Blogging Light

Blogging has been light lately and will remain so for a while. Why? Happily, I am just too busy with moving into a new house and working with my fiance on our wedding details.

In the meantime, I suggest keeping up with events by reading the excellent essays at Belmont Club, checking the headlines at Drudge, and finding the interesting tidbits at Instapundit.

And tell your Senators to stop ObamaPelosicare in its tracks, it's our only hope!

Lesser Evil

Found via Instapundit. Jerry Pournelle opines:
“Unemployment is over 10%. It wasn’t supposed to get that high. TARP was supposed to fix that. . . . If the health care bill passes, it will fundamentally convert these United States into a different kind of popular democracy, which generally means rule by a unionized bureaucracy organized to vote. Once that much of the economy is run by government, economic recovery as many hope for will simply be impossible. Permanent unemployment at 7% or so; median income perhaps 10% higher than it is now, but not much higher; and a long period of stagflation. Reluctance to take on new employees, and great incentive to export jobs. Is this a picture of the future? We will have to see, as Congress debates the health care and carbon tax bills. . . . With Detroit a ruin and manufacturing industries on the ropes, small business is the only possible engine of recovery from what they don’t call a Depression; so the Congress is going to add an 8% tax on employing people. We already have the longest period of increasing unemployment since the Great Depression; I presume we are going for a really big record setting period of increasing unemployment. . . . The incentives are now to the job black market — hire illegal immigrants who don’t have to have health insurance — or to export the job if that can possibly be done.”
All I can say is,