The conventional wisdom in Washington DC is that if the Republicans in the House take the fight over funding of Obama-care to the limit, they will pay a price at the polls in 2014 should government shut down. The fact of the matter, however, is that the House of Representatives has as one of its constitutional powers the primacy over federal taxation and expenditures. There should be no doubt that if the government shuts down, it will not be because House Republicans hadn’t passed a bill to fund government, but that Senate Democrats conspiring with the President insisted on funding a program to which nearly sixty percent of Americans remain opposed. Why wouldn’t Americans oppose Obama-care? It’s driving up costs, killing jobs, reducing wages, and stealing the foundation of middle-class America. There is only one party committed to the notion of shutting down government in the name of such a program, and it is that party, driven by a highly ideological president that will insist on the shutdown. Everybody acknowledges that Obama-care isn’t even close to being fully ready for roll-out, including the President, who has delayed various portions of the law, including the employer mandate, but none of this will stop him if he can help it. Who’s willing to shut down government? President Barack Obama and his henchmen in the Senate will do and say anything to take over your health-care.
The Republicans should stand ready to shut down the government to prevent this atrocity in economic and human terms. Obama-care is worse than a disaster. It is a sole-source national wrecking ball that will kill. It will lead to the death of businesses, small and large, the death of the middle-class, and ultimately, to the premature deaths of countless Americans who will be denied care or given substandard, delayed medical attention that almost certainly could have saved or extended their lives. Perhaps worse, the government’s estimates suggest that it won’t really reduce the number of uninsured Americans, but it will drive our nation’s debt to an insanely, unsustainable new high from which we will never escape. Republicans ought to be willing to stand forth and take credit for shutting down government if that’s what it takes to stop such a program, but one can understand the fear tactics in play, so that politicians don’t wish to be associated with it if it’s possible to avoid.
With that in mind, however, the President is willing to shut down all the other departments of government in order to preserve this one new unsustainable program. What sort of arrogance must consume him? This president is willing to delay Social Security payments, medicare reimbursements, military pay, and all the other pre-existing obligations of government in order to preserve a program that has come to bear his name. This is vanity written on a presidential scale. For all the blathering of Democrats about compassion, they are willing to sink an entire nation for the sake of a program that was mortally flawed from the moment of its conception. In order to preserve a program that they consider important to their political futures, they are willing to submarine a nation, its freedoms, its economic opportunities, and its people. Who is willing to shut down government? The President and his party are willing to sacrifice the entire nation to this extension of their miserable misunderstanding of the laws of nature and economics.
The fact of the matter is that Democrats are scared to death. They ought to be, because if this program goes into effect as it is currently written, the results will be tragic for most Americans. “Death panels” are a feature, and not a bug, as we in the computing field might say. They’re important to any cost-savings Obama-care claims to achieve, although no evidence exists that such savings will be realized. More, the government will now collect data not only on your health, but also on your behavior, your preferences, and all manner of characteristics with respect to you and the way you choose to live your lives. Politically-favored groups will get special dispensations in the name of some alleged notion of “fairness,” while others will be punished relentlessly through higher premiums and denied care. The worst thing a nation can do is to politicize its health-care, and that will be among the strongest results of the entire Obama-care tragedy.
I wish more Republicans had the guts to stand up and take credit for trying to stop this law. I wish fewer Americans were so easily manipulated by media. Nevertheless, the truth is what it is: Obama-care is the greatest attack on the American way of life in four generations. It will kill more Americans than al-Qaeda’s wildest dreams, and it will bankrupt us more rapidly than even our already spiraling expenditures would manage, reducing the whole nation to poverty. Who is willing to shut down government in order to carry this monstrosity forward, and what must be the nature of their motives? They might claim “compassion,” but the truth is that Obama-care represents the naked aggression of the state against its people.
After all, where is the compassion of Democrats for all the people who won’t be hired tomorrow because employers do not wish to increase their liability under the law? Isn’t it cheaper and easier to outsource to Asia than to hire an American? Where is the compassion of Democrats for all the Americans who are having their hours cut, in order to get below the Obama-care maximum part-time hours? Where is the compassion for all of the people who will now die prematurely, unnecessarily, because Obama-care will limit what sort of procedures may be done or which medical devices might be used on a particular patient? If you want to know the real compassion of Obama-care, it is encapsulated in the President’s infamous counsel to a 2009 town-hall questioner that granny ought to just take a [pain] pill rather than put her survivors through the expense of keeping her alive.
The truth about Democrats’ alleged compassion is that it extends in every direction in which they can easily buy political support, but in no direction at all when it cuts into their power. Democrats’ compassion isn’t for all the individual lives they will wreck in all the ways Obama-care will accomplish, but instead for the sake of their own political advantage. For power, they are willing to shut down government, starve granny, and hand her a pain pill if she becomes too loud in her agony. When people argue over who is willing to shut down government, we should all recognize the sad fact of the matter at least in this case: The Republicans are merely trying to stop a disaster from wrecking the whole country, but otherwise willing to continue funding government pretty much as-is. The President and his party of shameless power-hungry looters are willing to starve anybody if it will carry their newest program forward.
Americans should be calling their Senators, Democrat and Republican, to insist on joining Ted Cruz and Mike Lee on the de-funding of Obama-care, or simply resign themselves to take their pills and be quiet about it.