Friday, April 4, 2014

My View

Random ruminations from your resident curmudgeon...

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it."
- H.L. Mencken
Astute observers of what is going on in our country today know that there is a push to consolidate power in Washington. And any consolidation of power by the government means there is less personal freedom for the governed.
One of the greatest power grabs in the history of our nation occurred with the introduction and passage of Obamacare. Just this past week, Obama and his minions trumpeted that 7 million people had enrolled in the socialized health care program.
Not so fast.
A study by the Rand Corporation debunks that myth. According to Rand, approximately 2 million people have enrolled in Obamacare that were previously uninsured. All others that have enrolled in Obamacare previously had insurance but were forced into the program because employers had dropped coverage.
Think about that for a moment.
Our elected leaders in Washington have disrupted the entire health care system to provide coverage for approximately 2 million uninsured people..
The whole point of Obamacare was to lower costs and to provide coverage for those that did not have any insurance.
And Obamacare has failed miserably on both objectives.
Think back to when this boondoggle was being debated. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that nearly all Obamacare enrollees would be previously uninsured individuals or families. We now know that is not the case.
This program would not have passed if the truth about it was displayed so all could make an informed decision. Instead, it has been built upon the lies of Democrats and their liberal supporters in the media, and an obtuseness and opacity that are breathtaking (remember Pelosi's infamous "we have to pass it to see what is in it" line).
But the problem we are facing in our country today is not just with the debacle that is Obamacare. It is with most if not all government programs and agencies. We have all seen stories of government agencies running roughshod over citizens. The EPA has in many instances disregarded individual landowner rights; creditor rights have been blatantly ignored in the General Motors bankruptcy, and the list goes on of rights and freedoms that have been illegitimately curtailed by our government.
The Mencken quote at the start of this blog is prescient and oh so applicable to our day. Under the guise of attempting to "do good" Washington has usurped and limited our rights and freedoms. The conceit of those in power is that they know what is best for us. And in knowing what is best, they need more power to take care of us.
I disagree.
We have a choice today.
We can continue to let Washington encroach on our freedoms. We can continue to let them foist wasteful programs on us and take our treasure to pay for it. We can continue to allow a supposedly "elite" group of leaders to control our lives.
Or we can push back.
We can engage and begin to limit the power of Washington. We can get our freedoms back and stop the legislative creep that occurs every day that binds us further with restrictive laws and rules.
But it takes our engagement, our voice, and our action.
Fail to do so, and we will awaken to find our freedoms gone and this country resembling the old Soviet Union.
The choice is ours.
And that, my friends, is my view.

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