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- Published: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:47
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It is so hard to feel sympathy for people who were duped because they wanted to be duped.
When someone says, "Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too – I promise," at what point do you scratch your head and wonder, how? At what point do you ask a few questions to see what gives?
When someone promises the impossible, at what point should a person suspend their willingness to believe and become doubtful?
When someone says "First we have to pass the law, to find out what's in it," shouldn't you wonder why they don't want you to know what's in it, first? If they start calling you names because you ask questions, should you let that silence you?
These are serious questions, given the degree to which so many people believed the sales pitch they got on Obamacare. The advocates were not the least bit cleaver in their deviousness, plenty of truths were available for anyone interested in knowing. But, what if you didn't want to know? What if you just wanted to believe the impossible was possible?
As one listens to all the crying and lamenting, the crony capitalists who were double-crossed and silenced, and all those left holding the bag, one is reminded of the adage that a con artist can't con a honest man. Within that is the real problem – a population willing to suspend the very essence of their own integrity and intellect, in order to gain the unearned. That's not something which will be easily corrected or changed any time soon.
There are a lot of people who have every right to say, "I told you so" – you know who they are – all those unintelligent, unenlightened and uncouth individuals, deemed ignorant when compared to the beautiful people of mass media and the politically blind, who predicted the impossible was possible. They have left Sarah Palin and the Tea Party looking quite brilliant. Are they?
Hardly. They just saw what anyone could see if you weren't intent on wanting to believe the impossible. If you are honest enough to understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch, then you have to look behind the words of promises to the contrary. The Tea Party and others oppose Obamacare because they do not believe it will work – but somehow they have been successfully portrayed as stubbornly opposing it, all the while knowing it WILL work. Who does that? How does anyone swallow such spin? Right or wrong, the Tea Partiers believe what they say. Don't you wonder why?
The only brilliance of the Tea Party, of Sarah Palin, of Ted Cruz, etc., is in understanding that there is no escaping the necessity of being responsible for one's self. You don't need to know the nuances of the plan, to know that. Fundamentally, they understand that there is no societal benefit in institutionalizing theft, or enslaving others for your benefit. Apparently, true genius is simply to know that truth.
How the catastrophe that is Obamacare will precisely fail cannot be specifically foretold, in part because so much of it is being perpetrated in secret – but that it will fail — even more so than it has so far – there is no doubt. That's not to say we may not wind up oppressed by a program called Obamacare; the reach of unrestrained government is, after all, quite powerful. But we can know that we will not have improved health care at less cost.
If it advances, we can know that it will do so only under extreme coercion which forces everyone against their will – everyone from the providers of care to the insurers to the patients. We can know it will diminish liberty to an extreme degree. It's already been suggested, in the face of so many medical professionals dropping out, that the government should force doctors to continue to practice. This is Atlas Shrugged! Whoever believed we could reach this point of insanity?
Economics and human nature dictate that when something is "free" demand and costs will increase. And, we know that when the money runs out service will be cut [unless of course government is willing at that point to relinquish power and unleash the private sector ].
How will the high standards being imposed on insurance companies today, hold up when government is solely responsible for providing benefits? When the money runs out, will the government's insurance policy standards still be invoked when it comes to disbursing benefits to those over 60 or 70 years old? I suspect those "junk" policies being cancelled today will probably look pretty good, then.
The underlying attitude that will direct government at that point is already evident in their explanations about cancelled policies: "Only a small minority" of people are having their policies cancelled, we are being told in attempts to mollify us. Not stated is the philosophical premise that the pain and anguish of this group is acceptable, for the sake of the greater number.
"Unenlightened" people hear in this, the future, when demand exceeds government's capability of delivering. They know that it is just a matter of time and those words will be: "Gee whiz, it's only a minority of people who are being left to die for the sake of the greater good."
Seeing this inescapable eventuality is what makes Sarah Palin appear brilliant in predicting "death panels."
As to the private sector coming to the rescue? Forget it. Private providers of health care will, in some way or another, be rendered illegal. That too is predictable, because common sense says that people will run to the private sector when government becomes too oppressive. But, if freedom of choice was the goal we would never have implemented Obamacare. Protecting the power of government will require removing all competing alternatives – not unlike the postal service when it comes to delivering first class mail.
Such practical application of reality is what makes the "unenlightened" so brilliant. Such studious avoidance of reality is what will deliver us into a catastrophe in which many people will certainly suffer.
To believe that there is any turning back, at any time, is to believe that once acquired, government will relinquish power. Talk about wanting to believe the impossible is possible! That too is a profound understanding of the "unenlightened."