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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Airheads Discuss Public Policy

Did you see the story about the alleged gaffe committed by the new Miss Amerika?  Her name is Kara McCullough and she was representing Washington DC when she was crowned last Sunday night as the new Miss Socialist Democracy of Amerika person.  She works for the federal government in DC, thus making her a perfect Miss Amerika.  I wonder if the pageant is even on television anymore?  In the old days the Miss Amerika pageant was "must watch TV."  These days it is a total bore and I don't know of anyone who cares in the least what happens.  I can't recall the last time I saw any of it.  Nevertheless, Kara "ignited a firestorm," according to CNBC, with a comment she made during the inane interview portion of the show.
The interview portion of the show is where the whittled down list of potential winners are asked a question designed to allow them to say they would like to bring about world peace during their term as Queen.  According to the report on CNBC, "McCullough, 25, referenced that fact (the fact that she has a government job, ed) in her instantly controversial answer after being asked during the pageant's question phase about whether or not people have a right to affordable health care."  Kara's response to the question about whether Obamacare/Repubcare is a civil right was, "I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege.  As a government employee, I'm granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care you need to have jobs. We need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all American citizens worldwide."  Well there you have it.  The woman chosen as the perfect representative of the Amerikan woman has outraged the socialists by declaring that socialized medicine is not a civil right.  Good for her.
Unfortunately for her, she  answered the question with an equally socialistic response.  The question asked by the host, who I have no idea who it was, was clearly designed to make a political statement about how socialized health insurance is a civil right.  I refer to the host as an "it" only because I don't know if it was a he, she or a gender-fluid.  Apparently the other candidates who were interviewed marched in lockstep with Bernie Sanders and proudly announced that health insurance should be socialized.  A hush fell over the house when Kara took a different position and the response to her answer on Twitter was immediate.  Here are some of the comments:
  • Huge fan of being a black woman and a scientist and advocate for science education, but dang she could use a class on social issues.
  •  Do not take your political advice from this . Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
  •  DC just lost my vote. Healthcare shouldn't be a privilege for only people with jobs.
  •  So A non-feminist who also thinks Healthcare is a privilege is now supposed 2 be a role model to lil girls?
  •  Then she doesn't deserve to be 'Miss USA'. Healthcare is an obligation and should be the RIGHT of EVERY American, not just the wealthy.
Kara stirred the socialized health insurance hornet's nest and immediately got stung.  She dared to believe that I should not be responsible to pay for your health insurance bill simply because I make more money than you do.  Unfortunately for Kara (and this was completely missed by all the air-heads who commented on Twitter), she took an even more socialistic position than Obamacare/Repubcare in her response to the question.  Did you catch it?  Yes, she declared that socialized health insurance is not a civil right and that health insurance should be connected to having a job.  Uhmmm....I wonder what would happen to people like me who have never had a job?  I have been self-employed my entire adult life.  I guess I don't count.  But look at what Kara said about jobs.  She said, "We need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all American citizens worldwide."  Let's consider her comment, despite its awkward construction,  for a moment.
Besides the fact that people who do not work for someone else, Kara's definition of a job, are left out in the cold in this discussion, Kara believes that "we," whoever that is, have a moral responsibility to "cultivate" an "environment" to create "jobs" for "all Amerikan citizens worldwide."  Now that is a grandiose socialistic dream, wouldn't you say?  If you are an Amerikan living anywhere in the world it is the responsibility of the federal government of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika to create a job for you.  Then, once your job is created, you too can have health insurance.  Only a by-product of the government school system and a career government employee could have come up with the answer Kara gave.  The air-heads on Twitter should have been praising her for her response since she goes much further than Obama ever did and embraces the full-blown socialism of Bernie and Liz.  She wants the government to create jobs for all of us.
Lost in the discussion about health insurance is the fact that health insurance became connected to employment many years ago when one particular Congress decided to punish profit seeking businesses for allegedly paying their CEOs too much money.  Congress actually passed a law capping cash salaries to corporate CEOs.  Corporations responded by loading up employment contracts with dozens of fringe benefits and at the top of the list was Cadillac health insurance plans.  Were it not for government interference in the free market so many years ago health insurance would not be connected to employment at all.  Thank you government for making a problem that you created even worse.  I can't wait to see how you will mess things up even worse in the future. 
Think about the absurdity of connecting health insurance to employment.  I realize it has been that way for so long most people are incapable of conceiving of anything different but it is truly a stupid idea.  Why should my health insurance be paid for by my employer?  If my employer is expected to pay for my health insurance then why isn't he also expected to pay my homeowners insurance, my auto insurance, my life insurance, my disability insurance and my personal liability insurance?  I also think my employer should be on the hook for my boat insurance, my RV insurance and my motorcycle insurance as well.  And while we are on the topic of insurance, why should there be no insurance policy covering the risk of having to purchase a new car at some point in the future?  A new car is a huge expense and we all need to buy a car at some point in our lives.  I need a car to get to my job.  No red-blooded Amerikan should be forced to go without a car.  Having a car is a civil right and insurance makes them affordable for all citizens of the SDA.  I believe we need new car purchase insurance policies and I believe employers should be required to pay for them.   If private insurers are unwilling to provide these policies then the federal government should step up and create them for us.  Just think "crop insurance" or "flood insurance" here and you will see how it can work.  It is time for all of us to let our rulers know that we will not be oppressed any longer.  We demand universal car purchase insurance!  Are you with me?

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