Beneath the Surface of Obamacare

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ObamacareIf you feel, as I do,  that we are rapidly  loosing our country to the whims and wishes of a man who seems to be  able to get away with doing pretty much anything he wishes while ignoring/bypassing the Constitution, the public will and traditional  American freedoms, you must feel pretty bad about the United States’ system of government right now.

In CNN’s top “Politics” article today titled: Obamacare: It’s about government’s role, future elections , CNN calls Obamacare: “the new reality they are bringing to the health insurance market.”

How very true! And what a sad reality!

The idea behind Obamacare CNN states is: “a system (that) would provoke competition between insurers for lucrative markets, meaning lower premiums and a minimum standard of benefits to provide security against financial ruin over a major illness or bad accident.”

That certainly, at least on the surface, sounds noble but, aside from the fact that it is a lie, the fact that it could not, by design, have ever been intended to provoke competition and the obvious fact that it’s not working like that, we should dig a little deeper and think about the ramifications of such a system.

As broke as the implementation of Obamacare seems to be, Obamacare is not the real enemy! It’s the mindset behind Obamacare that’s the enemy. It’s the mindset of a big government socialist; the mindset that says it’s OK for the central government of a country to take an entire industry captive (in this case the health insurance industry) and eventually do away with it altogether. What industry will be next?

This is not Cuba, this is not England and this is not Canada (countries where such a concept would be de rigueur) and  hopefully, after the sad realities of Obamacare sink into the consciousness of Americans, we won’t want the United States to emulate any of those countries.

Free enterprise built this country and just 8 years of unfettered Obama can easily do a world of damage to what free enterprise took centuries to create. President Obama is a socialist at heart and he’s been very open about his socialist tendencies. Even while running for Senate in Illinois he was making public statements about “leveling the playing field” and he stated that “the Constitution does not go far enough”. President Obama and his ilk would just love it if the government ran everything it wanted to run and ran everything else into the ground. It’s a sickness based on power and an extreme lack of foresight. WE (those of us who believe in free enterprise, free markets, honesty and a good work ethic) MUST defeat this socialist mindset.

What to do?

Limit the damage! Take the U.S. Senate back and reinforce the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014.

Use every avenue available to you to respectfully inform others how you feel;  use social media, letters to the editor, phone calls and emails to your representatives, add your support to the many organizations that have sprung up opposing the president’s socialist agenda, use lunchtime and water cooler conversations and especially use your ‘voice’ in the voting booth in November of 2014.

Remember that, if we all work hard at it and elect the right people in 2014 (just a year from now) we can render our ‘socialist dictator’ and his minions in Washington nearly impotent for his last two years in office.

In spite of Liberal/Progressive rhetoric, the sad reality is that the focus of the Obama administration has NOT been to make poor people better off, it has been to make them more and more dependent on government.

The very nature of dependency works to rot away self-determination, ambition, self-respect, independent thought and free will.

As  Thomas Sowell is quoted as saying:

“Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.”

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Trumping the culture of dependency

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We, as a country, have descended so far into a “nanny state” that I have my doubts that even the most Conservative president could resolve our dependency problem without all of us feeling a lot of pain — but with that pain, if it comes, will come personal growth and an increased sense of control over our own lives. To me those ‘rewards’ sound like they are worth the price (the pain) but I seriously doubt the stoicism of the masses.

There will be a lot of whining when the trough is no longer full; whining from those who have been taught over many years that they are helpless without the government in control of their lives and fortunes. These same ‘helpless’ citizens have also been taught by Liberal teachers and politicians that they have a “right” to many of the government paid benefits they enjoy; it will be hard for many when they learn they are wrong.

[NOTE: Social Security and pension payments are NOT benefits, they are repayments of money placed in trust.]

If the government is not dramatically downsized and that “pain” is not felt by all Americans, the United States will eventually loose it’s status as a sovereign nation when those who own our debt come to collect.

No, neither this culture of dependency nor the irresponsible management of government is solely the result of the Obama presidency, although he contributed more than any president since FDR; it has been growing over the decades through the concerted efforts of politicians who lost sight of some basics:

Wealth and well-being are the bi products of creativity and risk; the wealthiest Americans are the ones who pay most taxes, create most jobs and give the most to charities that help the truly helpless;

The profit motive is what made this country as strong and as productive as it is. When private enterprise is over regulated and/or overtaxed, threatening and diminishing profits, that business will move to an environment that allows it to thrive. The more businesses that follow this ‘path of least resistance’ the greater unemployment will grow;

Illegal means illegal! American citizens and those here legally are the ONLY ones who should be entitled to benefit from the taxes we pay to government entities and the only ones who should benefit from employment in the United States;

This may all sound very uncharitable but we all have to understand that the government has been overspending and over controlling for many decades as it grew to it’s currently outrageous size and we have to admit that the same rules MUST apply to a government budget as they do to a household budget: you only go into a debt situation if you have a reasonable expectation of being able to pay that debt.

It looks very much like Donald Trump may decide to run for president in 2012 and, at least in my opinion, a President Trump may be exactly what this country needs after four traumatic years of an unabashed socialist agenda feeding a now morbidly obese Federal Government. Trump is a man who sees a job and gets it done. If given a cooperative and equally dedicated congress he will get the job done. Right now, at this time in our country’s history, he appears to me to be our best bet.