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So Once Government Gets Big, How Do You Get Rid of It? by The Elephant's Child
June 15, 2009, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

Are Americans Apathetic?  Mark Steyn wrote this weekend about Margaret Thatcher’s deputy who once accused the Labour Party of going around Britain stirring up apathy.   Steyn suggests that Americans are sunk in apathy, and unwilling to struggle to understand the plans the Obama government is trying to foist on us, thereby allowing a government takeover of health care.  My dictionary defines apathy as lack of emotion or feeling, lack of interest in things generally found exciting,  uninterested, indifferent.

I don’t think that people are apathetic, but angry, frustrated and don’t know what to do.   The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops, investing huge amounts of money,  sending out armies of organizers to sell their health insurance plan.

It is billed as a plan to insure that everyone in America has health insurance.  This is not true, or only partly true.  It is a bait and switch plan.  You will be required to have a policy that meets government guidelines, and if your policy does not, you’ll have to get one that does.

Obama insists that if you like your current insurance plan, you can keep it.  He has clearly stated his own preference for government-run Universal Health Care.  His insurance plan will drive private insurance out of the market, and is specifically designed to kill off the private health insurance system.

Over 70 percent of people are happy with their health insurance.  America has the best health-care system in the world.  We also pay the most for it, but for the most part we do so because we can afford it.  We have better health outcomes.

Many statistics that are offered as evidence are false.  We are accused of having poor infant survival rates.  Most countries don’t count very premature babies if they don’t survive  at all.  We count them all, and so we have an international statistic of low survival rates for infants.

There’s the “46 million uninsured,” but 14 million of them are already eligible for other government programs and haven’t yet signed up.  Ten million are in households with incomes over $75.000 a year and could afford health insurance if they wanted to.   A big number are young healthy adults who just don’t feel that they need health insurance yet, and an enormous percentage of that 46 million are not American citizens.  Sixty percent of the uninsured in San Francisco are not citizens.  Only around 10 million are actually uninsured.

The discussion is not honest.  Lies, exaggerations and every kind of persuasive language is being used to influence you.  Universal Health Care with the government firmly in control has been a goal of the left for years, and with Obama in office they now see a chance of achieving their dream.  If they can offer you “free” health care (even though you and your neighbors pay for every cent of it through your taxes) then they own you.  You have to return them to office lest someone takes it away.

Health-care legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.  Asked if the cost of an overhaul wold cost more than $1 trillion, Rangel said “The answer is yes.”

That’s where the apathy comes in.  When the government controls too much of your life, when fewer opportunities are available in an economy that is too controlled, when risk is no longer rewarded, when the change and opportunity of a dynamic capitalist economy are no longer on offer, then what happens can be seen in Europe.

People cannot change jobs easily.  Governments eliminate unpleasant things like the ability to fire people who don’t measure up.  Vacations are ordered to be longer.  If you hate your job, too bad.  Taxes are huge because more people are on the dole and someone has to pay for all those vacations.  Ever wonder why the birth rates in Europe are under replacement rate?  The EU is bringing in immigrant workers because of those low birth rates; but the immigrants are not assimilating but clustering together in angry ghettos.  Civic life is all but dead.  Who wants to have a raft of kids when taxes are high, living standards are declining, and there’s not much hope of things getting better?  You live for the present. That is apathy.

And you have a government of bureaucrats who cannot keep from constant meddling, trying to fix all the annoying things so that your life will be ever more peaceful and orderly and you will be willing to return the bureaucrats to office.

Unruly capitalism is hard and things go wrong and there is risk and failure and disappointment, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the alternative.


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I’m telling ya, appoint me President and by executive order I’ll slash all government pay to $50,000 with no hope of raises for their service unless warranted by the voters every four years. Imagine how much money that’d save!

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