Is it possible? Could a branch of our government still have the common sense to save us from this humongous over-stepping of governmental authority? As reported in the LA Times today, it appears that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals may just do that. All 3 judges seemed to have real concerns about the government “forcing” citizens to purchase something saying things like, “I can’t find any case telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market…” and, “If we uphold this, are there any limits?”
The answer, your Honor, is NO, there would be no limits! If a government can compel citizens to spend private money irregardless of their personal wishes, it can compel anything; it can take anything. This is what reasonable people have been saying since this insane piece of legislation was proposed. Legislation that could only have been passed by the circus that was the 111th Congress; a circus led fittingly by a clown, Nancy Pelosi.
How fortunate that there are three branches of government. The Executive and the Legislative have already proven they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, no scruples with regard to molesting the Constitution, nor what it means that we are a Democratic Republic. Hopefully the Judicial will come to the rescue. In this case, law-making is like baseball; 1 for 3 is not too bad.
Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York was perhaps the most aggressive and vitriolic supporter of Obamacare during the months-long debate on the bill. So, imagine my surprise when he announced that now, as a candidate for Mayor of New York City (Heaven help them!), he believes the city should seek a waiver from the legislation.
Ok, so liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds; that is not exactly news. But to scream and rant on the house floor in defense of the legislation and then 12 months later seek to take America’s largest city off the plan you just crammed down the throats of the American people who were adamantly against it; that’s a new low even for Rep. Weiner.
For those keeping track, there are now more than 1,250 organizations who have received exemptions from some or all of the legislations requirements (a complete list can be found here). Apparently Rep. Weiner has finally caught on to what all these organizations already knew; this one’s so bad, you’ve got to get out of it any way you can.
*A special note for those wondering where I’ve been for these past many months. In my first attempt to blog about these issues, I became too focused on writing style – trying to emmulate op-ed pieces and write lengthy entries. You probably don’t want to read something that long, and writing it became too much of a chore. My goal going forward will be to just speak my mind. Sometimes that will be short and sweet or even just a link and a comment; sometimes it will be more. I look forward to hearing what you think as it develops.
Today the Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. will likely face a doctor shortage in coming years. Now who could have ever predicted that this would happen? Oh, that’s right, I DID! And frankly, I believe this article vastly underestimates the problem. The heaviest users of medical services are not those with their own insurance – no, having paid handsomely for it, they know better than to abuse it. Instead it’s those who have been granted “free” health care by the state, and we’ve just added 17 million people to that category, and if the administration gets its way with amnesty in the coming months another 12-17 million.
On top of that, there is a high probability of many current doctors leaving the profession due to dissatisfaction with the new system. My primary care doctor tells me he’s closed to new patients for the specific reason that he refuses to take on more medicare patients and the mountains of paperwork and pitiful compensation they bring with them. If you don’t believe the system underpays, just ask Walgreens who recently announced they will no longer fill medicaid prescriptions in the state of Washington because it’s a “money losing proposition”! At the behest of the corporately owned hospitals who don’t like competition, the bill also bans doctor-owned hospitals which will result in the immediate cancellation of 60 planned new hospitals across the country and what would have been hundreds more in the future.
But, allow me to go a step further and make a new prediction, one which will take years to unfortunately come to fruition and then decades (if ever) to reverse. I shouldn’t really call it a prediction as it’s simple supply and demand logic; Adam Smith could have predicted this 250 years ago. What happens when there is a shortage of a product – in this case, doctors? The price goes up. But, what happens when an all-knowing (at least they think they’re all-knowing) government holds prices down while the demand is going up? Quality goes down, way down!
In the coming decade, medical schools will be under immense pressure to fill this void of doctors. Students who would not have been admitted in the past will likely get in, and those who would have washed out may very well be passed on. Once in the field, these sub-standard doctors will be without the free-market incentive of do the best work, make the most money. They will be seeing too many patients, too infrequently while being pressured by the government to keep costs down. That should work out well…
Oh the irony! In the same week that Democrats cram through their Health Care takeover legislation, yet another government entity admits it is losing money hand-over-fist and has no idea how to stem the tide of red ink. Postmaster General John Potter admitted to the Senate committee responsible for oversight of the Post Office that they are expecting to lose $238 billion over the next ten years.
Mr. Potter wants to eliminate Saturday delivery to save $3 billion a year, but the Senators don’t like that idea. He discussed the need to cut some of the 36,500 post offices around the country (more locations than McDonald’s or Starbucks), many of which see far too little traffic to be financially justified. The Senators weren’t crazy about that idea either. He pointed out that his organization is heavily burdened by far too many employees with benefits that are far too generous including retirement plans that exist nowhere other than in government jobs. Shockingly the Senators weren’t keen on the idea of reducing the bloated USPS workforce either. In other words, Mr. Potter was arguing that the Post Office needs to be allowed to run like a private company – as a matter of fact, he said exactly that.
If the Postal Service were provided with the flexibilities used by businesses in the marketplace to streamline their operations and reduce costs, we would become a more efficient and effective organization. Such a change would also allow us to more quickly adapt to meet the evolving needs, demands, and activities of our customers, now and in the future.
So, in the same week that Democrats took a giant step towards their end-goal of a government run U.S. health care industry, the Postmaster General went to the Senate and admitted that the government can’t even manage to effectively run the Post Office. What do you think, is it harder to deliver the mail or heal the sick?
Not satisfied with the monstrous majorities they hold in both houses of Congress and the accompanying power to pass any and all legislation of their choosing, the Democrats in Congress are raping and pillaging their way through this legislative session in a manner that makes the Vikings seem like innocent Catholic schoolgirls. It is hard to decide which is more stunning – their lack of shame or the media’s blatant complicity in their actions.
Throughout Congress’s history the party in power has always had the ability to control the calendar; control the debate to some extent; and with a large enough majority, be assured of their agenda’s ultimate passage. However, never before in this illustrious body’s history have we seen one party abuse their power to this extent – literally shutting the other party out. Today’s announcement of their health care ‘reform’ legislation and the blocking of Republicans, Republican staffers and even the general public from attending; is just the latest in a long line of atrocious power manipulation by this Speaker and her cohorts. Previously, these same corrupt politicians locked Republican committee members out of the room where the health care reform legislation was being written. So much for the days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill sitting down together and hammering out tax policy – nope, Democrats today just lock you out of the room and write it without you then accuse conservatives of not being part of the solution.
This country was founded on the principles of representative government. The founders rebelled against a tyrannical power almost exclusively due to their revulsion at the practice of taxation without representation. But, today in America if your representative or senator is a Republican or an independent or even a conservative minded Democrat, you are a victim of taxation without representation. Republicans, Independents and conservative Democrats are being completely shut out from the legislative process. Their amendments are not being allowed to come to the floor for consideration; they are not being allowed the opportunity to voice their opposition to legislation; and now Pelosi has gone so far as to prevent those who don’t agree with her from even attending a public unveiling of the legislation.
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats who conspire with them have hijacked this government. These people took an oath to preserve protect and defend the Constitution, and they have not only failed to uphold that oath, they have blatantly and intentionally violated that oath. Justice would be best served by their immediate incarceration in a federal penitentiary – at a minimum the American people must demand that these treasonous criminals be soundly defeated in next November’s elections.