American Elephants


The Stories Told to Justify a Very Bad Bill. by The Elephant's Child

The real reason behind ObamaCare, said Byron York in an interesting article in the Examiner:

It wasn’t just about making insurance more affordable. It wasn’t just about bending the cost curve. It wasn’t just about cutting the federal deficit. It was about redistributing wealth.

Health reform is “an income shift,” Democratic Sen. Max Baucus said on March 25. “It is a shift, a leveling, to help lower-income, middle-income Americans.”

In his halting, jumbled style, Baucus explained that in recent years “the maldistribution of income in America has gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle-income class is left behind.” The new health care legislation, Baucus promised, “will have the effect of addressing that maldistribution of income in America.”

Former Democratic National Committee chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean said, around the same time, that the health care bill was needed to correct economic inequities.  Democrats rate what they call “social justice” highly, for it gives them warm fuzzy feeling to “take from the rich to give to the poor.”

This is based on the idea, deeply favored by the Left and based on one of the biggest fallacies in economics, that an economy is a ‘zero-sum’ situation.  That there is only a fixed amount of money in an economy, and for one person to get rich, others must get poorer.  Lately the cause of people getting richer has been the technological revolution that is transforming the world.

“The Industrial Revolution,” pointed out John Steele Gordon, “produced so many new rich that Benjamin Disraeli had to coin the word millionaire in 1827 to describe them. Railroads, steel, oil, automobiles, the movies, television, all produced prodigious new fortunes.”

The dynamic American economy has always produced vibrant movement over the income classes.   The poor get richer, the rich get poorer.  Even the Forbes Magazine list has new entrants every year, while other names drop from the list. The poor may always be with us, but they are not the same people over time, nor are the rich.

Senator Baucus may just have been trying to encourage his leftist constituents,  to whom everything seems more virtuous if clothed in the cloak of wealth redistribution.


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Along with the additional I.R.S agents now we find
a goon squad.
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/04/hidden-in-obama.html
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2008/11/obamas_gestapo.html

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