Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tell me again, why this isn't like socialism

From the early days of this administration, even back during the campaign, President/candidate Obama has made statements that had a socialist tinge to them.

He's spoken about "spreading the wealth around" and how there comes a time "when you've made enough money" and on and on. And concerned citizens have wondered aloud about the notion that a sitting President feels he has the authority, moral and legal, to decide how much money you can make.

Of interest to me is that he never makes these statements to his friends in the movie/music/sports industries, who are some of the highest paid people in the world. No, he only says this stuff to businessmen, entrepeneurs, and blue collar workers. Go figure.

But anyone who wonders about the socialist/marxist hue to policies from this administration are called racist fearmongers or told we're jumping to illogical conclusions, etc. But like they tell you when you're a child, the longer you try to keep a lie going, the harder it is to keep everything straight. It's just too complex. And we see another example of that today.

As more and more states object to the unconstitutionality of Obamacare, there are legal challenges everywhere. In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, the president's acting solicitor general, Neal Kumar Katyal, under questioning made the following statement:

“If we’re going to play that game, I think that game can be played here as well, because after all, the minimum coverage provision only kicks in after people have earned a minimum amount of income,” Kaytal said. “So it’s a penalty on earning a certain amount of income and self insuring. It’s not just on self insuring on its own. So I guess one could say, just as the restaurant owner could depart the market in Heart of Atlanta Hotel, someone doesn’t need to earn that much income."

*emphasis added*

Got that? Don't like the individual mandate, just choose to make less money!

Everything conservatives have railed against in this legislation has been proven to be true -- you can't keep your doctor, there is end of life financial decisionmaking, the law will ruin businesses (over 1300 waivers granted and counting), medical care in general is being degraded, and more. And as Republicans found out in their meeting with the President yesterday on the budget, his answer to everything is raise taxes. Punish the job creators, redistribute wealth, control every aspect of your life.

That is not what government is for. The purpose of the Constitution is to keep the government out of our personal lives. That's why it allows us to worship as we please, assemble freely, be safe from unreasonable search & seizure, keep & bear arms, not be forced to testify against ourselves, etc. The government was not created by the founders to be our nanny. It is to provide general protection and services necessary for the country to function -- military, currency, infrastructure.

Like I've asked hundreds of times -- where are all the 60s hippies now? Where are all the "keep the man out of my life" protesters? What happened to you guys?

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