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Friday, May 29, 2015

Who Is Stealing From Whom?

I saw the photograph below on cnbc.com the other day.  I have copied the caption from the photograph immediately below it.  When I saw this photograph I flew into an almost uncontrollable rage.  Fortunately I have recently given up drinking coffee and I had just removed my coffee cup from my office.  Having nothing more substantial than pens, pencils and paperclips to throw around, I soon tired of the effort and collapsed into my chair, utterly exhausted.  What is wrong with everyone?  Am I the only one who sees the irony in that shot?  The article accompanying the photo went on to describe how politically difficult it is going to be for Republicans to repeal Obamacare given how many citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika have already become totally addicted to the government handouts associated with the program.  This photo perfectly illustrates how quickly envy-filled citizens become habituated to the handouts they receive.  Suddenly Obamacare has become "My Care." Amazing.

Demonstrator Elodie Huttner holds a sign in support of President Barack Obama's health-care law, Obamacare, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images
"Demonstrator Elodie Huttner holds a sign in support of President Barack Obama's health-care law, Obamacare, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015."

So Elodie Huttner believes that something that belongs to him is being taken away, does he?  What, precisely, is it that belongs to him?  The only possible answer is his Obamacare subsidy.  And what is a subsidy?  I believe even the most ignorant citizen of the SDA understands that a subsidy is money that is first taken from the top 49% of the income population, that pays all federal taxes by the way, and given to a politically protected and favored group.  How quickly Elodie came to believe that the stolen money he was receiving actually belonged to him.  How quickly Elodie came to experience a self-righteous indignation the moment the possibility of losing a future stream of stolen money appeared on the horizon.  He immediately mobilized himself and went out to protest the injustice of it all.  But envy is a sinfully blinding emotion.  While he cries out for the continuation of his "care," he also cries out for the continuation of the theft of my money.  Apparently when I am robbed it is okay but when he is robbed of the money he stole from me in the first place it is a federal offense. 
Here is the gist of the article,  "'If the Supreme Court throws out the subsidies ... this is going to be a political disaster for Republicans, and they're unprepared for it,' said Robert Laszewski, an Obamacare opponent who is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consulting firm. 'It's unbelievable how short-sighted the Republicans have been here.  The American people have a sense of fairness, and will be unhappy to learn that people in HealthCare.gov states are losing health coverage while those in states with their own exchanges will retain their insurance, Laszeswki said."
Did I read that right?  Laszeswki says that "the Amerikan people have a sense of fairness?"  Is he kidding?  What is fair about forcing the top 49% of the income population to pay for the health insurance bills of people like Elodie?  If it is fair to force the top half of the income population to pay for the health insurance bills of the lower half, then what about also forcing them to pay for their car loans?  Certainly everyone has a right to a car.  And what about mortgages?  Everyone has a right to a clean, safe and comfortable place to live.  Why should a poor person be denied the right to a car and a home simply because the greedy members of the top 49% are unwilling to pay their fair share?  Where does all of this nonsense ever stop?
Laszeswki is right about one thing.  The Republicans have been amazingly shortsighted, although a short term time horizon is not endemic to only the Republicans.  All career politicians are concerned exclusively with the next election cycle and nothing else.  That is how they become career politicians.  The Republicans are in an impossible position.  They want to rail against Obamacare but too many people, including many who vote Republican,  are already feeding at the trough and unwilling to walk away from it.  Repealing Obamacare will not be expedient if a career politician wishes to remain a career politician.  If Obamacare is repealed it will have to be replaced with some version of Republicancare.  It is too late to close the barn door.  The SDA has socialized the health insurance industry and it is too late to go back to the way it was before.  In fact, it is impossible.  Ultimately the responsibility for this state of affairs lies with the lower 51% of the income population which has decided that a good portion of the income of the top 49% of the income population is morally theirs.  They hire career politicians, by means of the vote,  to set up the system of transfer payments in order to get their hands on what they believe is their own. Given the twin conditions of human sinfulness and democracy, this is a situation that will never change and will only get worse as more aspects of our lives become socialized.  Just ask Elodie, he thinks someone is trying to steal his money. 

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