Death and Taxes
Soon these words may be linked by more than the phrase coined by Ben Franklin nearly 200 years ago. If Obama is successful in passing the health care and cap and trade legislation the government may be not only raising your taxes but deciding who dies and when that decision will help keep taxes from rising even higher.
It’s been a busy summer. While you have been vacationing, (or is that looking for work after being laid-off), wasting fossil fuels, and over-consuming all kinds of unhealthy foods, the White House has been ramming its agenda through Congress. Congress has been emotionally debating major pieces of legislation without reading or knowing what’s in them. Even though passage of either or both of these will have a greater impact on the American way of life than all the laws passed since Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.
A Common Sense Approach to Disaster
“Common sense approach” is a phrase I have heard President Obama use more than once, yet the approach being employed to push his primary agenda has been anything but common sense. Common sense would not have a bill written so complicated it requires a team of lawyers to interpret it. Common sense would not push through legislation that would benefit 8% of the population while punishing the other 92%. Common sense would not encourage Congress not to read legislation by restricting the time they have to read it. Common sense does not rush through society-changing legislation by setting deadlines.
Obama complained about legislation rammed through by the Bush Administration, yet he is employing the same tactic now. I suppose if it was successful then it should be now. This is another example of the ends justify the means, hypocrisy be damned.
Capping and Trading the Future
First up we have H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, (ACESA), aka Cap and Trade. Not one representative read it. They couldn’t read it. In the middle of the night, hours before the vote 300 pages were added to the bill. They were not simple inserted pages or an addendum but a complex set of insertions that contained strange annotations like “insert page 15 after paragraph 8.” Following the House passage of this moronic bill, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has had time to study the bill and its implications. By the way, the EIA is a non-partisan entity and is very well regarded as fair, honest, and policy-neutral.
Report # SR-OIAF/2009-05 paints a bleak picture. The report concludes that “Cap and Trade” would certainly raise energy prices. (The report compares costs in 2007 dollars and make predictions out as far as 2030. In fairness we all should know such predictions are faulty since unknown and unintended factors will likely alter the actual course of events. However the trends should be fairly accurate representations.) Following the excel sheet we can see crude prices shooting up 200% and electricity up nearly 50%, mostly between 2025-30. For those of us who have been paying attention this comes as no surprise. Obama told the SF Chronicle in 2008, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” No one listened or apparently cared because we were operating under intense fear of the economy. People still are not listening only now it’s because the legislation is too complex.
Furthermore, the EIA reports that “ACESA increases the cost of using energy, which reduces real economic output, reduces purchasing power, and lowers aggregate demand for goods and services. The result is that projected real gross domestic product (GDP) generally falls.” In other words, if we’re losing jobs now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It seems this bill reduces pollution not by creating alternatives but rather by raising the price of current energy sources. The increased prices reduce demand and inhibit production through lower national production. CHANGE WE NEED?
Destroying Health Care
Next up, Health care. I’ve written about this scam before and little has changed. The plan laid out by the house is a single payer system regardless of how many times Obama repeats his blatant lie that it is not. Again I refer you to page 16 of H.R. 3200. If you have the brain power and the caffeine I recommend you continue reading. You’ll find old people being encouraged to forgo life-saving treatment and accept hospice or comfort care. Presumably to save tax-payers money.
To me the kicker is that all this “crisis” in health care is primarily being marketed as a push to insure 47 million uninsured Americans. In fact that number includes 10 million illegals and if we weed out the 18 million who don’t want health insurance we’re down to 19 million. Let’s bump it up to 25 just to give the whiners a break. There are 320 million Americans. A quick tap on my calculator tells me all this is to fix health insurance for 7.8% of the population. And we’ll ALL pay higher taxes to pay for it. While Glibb and Obama deny it, Geithner laid the groundwork with his Sunday test balloon.
I like my insurance. I pay $200 a month for my family of 5. When I see my doctor I pay less than $20, slightly more for a specialist. A hospital visit runs about $100. Sometimes I pay for tests. I like it, it’s not perfect but it is darn close. I know many people pay more and I feel blessed. Would I like those people to have better? Sure but I don’t want to pay for it. Especially when you look at Massachusetts. Their premiums are 3 times what I pay and their deductible is far higher. Would I trade my plan so less than 8% of the population gets coverage? No! Should Medicare be fixed to provide them coverage? Yes.
Rasmussen did a poll of MA residents asking if they liked their state-run health plan. 26% liked it and only 10% think health care got better. New York Times liberal editorialist, Paul Krugman, called the poll a lie. He offered no counter polling data just condemned the data because he didn’t like it. Some of his readers called outright for thought police. Liberals are getting scarier everyday!
The President is far scarier. First the administration paints those of us who want to keep our health care as mere puppets or worse employees of the insurance companies. Our opposition is called “manufactured” so people on the fence won’t take us seriously. He repeats the lie that you can keep the plans you have. However, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), freely admits that “single-payer” is the goal of the legislation. When he says, “it could lead to single-payer and that is the best way to reach single-payer,” he says that knowing that under page 16 it is only a matter of time before private insurance dries up.
Back to Obama… In a move that brings forth images of the Soviet Union and the KGB, a posting on the official White House Blog, call for supporters to report e-mails and websites that are negative towards his health care bill. I expect there is a Czar somewhere ordering my blog be tracked and soon there will be a midnight pounding on my door. I suppose rendition could be in my future. If I ever doubted Obama was a classic socialist, he has removed all my doubts since January.
A Foreshadowing of Clunkers to Come
Finally, for those of you who are so desperate for change that you fantasize about a wonderful state-run health care plan that cost you nothing or less than you pay now, I direct you to Obama’s Cash For Clunkers program. This is a simple program not a bloated complex scheme like Health Care or Cap & Trade. The idea simple, the government pays for you to trade in the gas-guzzler and buy a nice new car. In theory the environment gets a bumps as well as the economy.
It’s not working out that way, folks. Turns out the environmental impact is nill. Aside from that the government can’t administer the program. Naturally there is a huge demand for the program. let’s face it – free money and a new car is pretty dang appealing. So a program that was promised to only cost $1 billion dollars has to be “bailed out” with $2 billion more. To make matters worse, dealers aren’t getting their money from the government. In Atlanta mega-dealer, Jim Ellis, is no longer offering the deal to its customers.
So when the President tells you his health care will only cost “$50 and $65 billion a year when fully phased in,” don’t believe him. At a minimum triple the number. In 1966 the government estimated Medicare would cost only $12 billion by 1990, (adjusted for inflation.) When 1990 arrived Medicare cost $107 billion. With such a track record who in their right mind would ever believe a President when they tell you how much something will cost them. Furthermore, hearkening back to “common sense,” how can a national health care system that covers all 320 million of us cost less than Medicare that only covers a portion of the population. I believe it’s because he’s telling us how much more it will cost than it will charge for premiums.
READ THE BILLS!
I’m closing with this. Before Congress votes on this or any plan they need to not only read it but have their attorneys read it and explain it to them. Unfortunately there is no law requiring them to do so but there should be. Listen to Representative John Conyers (D-MI) scoff at those who would demand they read the bills.
It’s true they don’t have the time, but that fact must change. We should put the brakes on Congress and allow them time to shut up and read the darn bills they are so passionately supporting or opposing. Maybe if they read the bills there actually might be bipartisanship since they would start voting on what is right and not simply how their ignorant party leadership is telling them to vote. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.