Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Health Care

Maggie Thurber writes about government funded health care and cites two opinion pieces that are worth reading.  In the first piece, Lori Zignato points out that it's all about government and uses an opinion by Mark Steyn as a basis for her article.

The essence of Steyn's article is that the health care reform bowel movement in Washington is that the whole thing is a Moonbat conspiracy to gain permanent control of the United States civilians for ever, and that the only thing standing between us freedom loving wolves and an extermination plan are a handful of venerable Republicans who are slowly being forced into compliance.


Here's a quote from Mark Steyn's opinion piece:

Once the state swells to a certain size, the people available to fill the ever-expanding number of government jobs will be statists – sometimes hard-core Marxist statists, sometimes social-engineering multiculti statists, sometimes fluffily "compassionate" statists, but always statists.

His fallacy is that the size of the government does not need to reach a certain threshold.  Statists have always been present in the U.S. Government and have been since General Washington took office.

From Steyn: The short history of the post-war welfare state is that you don't need a president-for-life if you've got a bureaucracy-for-life: The people can elect "conservatives," as the Germans have done and the British are about to do, and the Left is mostly relaxed about it

Stop right there.  I'd like to know just what Left he's talking about, because I've never seen any evidence of that kind of behavior.  Let the Moonbats lose an election and you can hear the howling and gnashing of teeth all the way to the Kremlin.  Moonbats go absolutely bat shit whenever they lose an election, even if they lose to another Moonbat.  I think the Stupid Party is marginally better, but only because they immediately surround a bottle of snake bite medicine and begin plotting revenge.

Steyn continues: because, in all but exceptional cases (Thatcher), they fulfill the same function in the system as the first-year boys at wintry English boarding schools who, for tuppence-ha'penny or some such, would agree to go and warm the seat in the unheated lavatories until the prefects strolled in and took their rightful place.

Maybe in Jolly-Old, but not in the U.S.  In the good old US of A the Freshman class performed these duties under the very real threat of violence by larger, well-organized upperclassmen.  The idea of paying the miserable Frosh to sit and think in a freezing bathroom would have never crossed their mind.

Steyn: Republicans are good at keeping the seat warm. A bigtime GOP consultant was on TV, crowing that Republicans wanted the Dems to pass Obamacare because it's so unpopular it will guarantee a GOP sweep in November.

Would you mind naming this mysterious big time GOP consultant?  Passage of Obamacare will not guarantee a Stupid Party victory in November or any other time.  What might give the Stupids a victory would be uncommon fiscal responsibility, meaning a reversal of King George the Second's disastrous economic policies combined with an admission of guilt and a human sacrifice, along with candidates several magnitudes better than John McCain and Sarah Palin - which shouldn't be hard to do, at least in Palin's case.  I'm digressing here, and I'll stop.

One big reason that the Manhattan phone book sized health care reform bill hasn't passed is that the Moonbats can't agree on anything.  They spend so much time fighting among themselves that they haven't been able to get anything done.  The second reason is that the members of the Stupid Party are able to put aside their loathing for each other just long enough to unite against a common enemy for reasons of re-election (otherwise known as self-preservation).  The third reason, and there is every chance in the world that I'm wrong about this, is that it is barely possible that a few members of both parties realize that implementing The Anointed One's plan will be so completely financially ruinous for the population that the Federal government will actually go bankrupt, and they do not want to be in office when that happens.

Mark Steyn observes that the US federal government continues to grow and will grow faster if the federal government becomes even more involved in health care, and he's right about that.  But to attribute this as a Leftist plot?  No.  Not now, not ever.  The government continues to grow because if it doesn't it will shrink, and our elected officials cannot have that.


mud_rake said...

I enjoy your denigration of both the Moonbat and Stupid Parties. I also enjoy having the freedom to post a comment here without censorship.

Mad Jack said...

Thanks, Mud_Rake. I think that at heart I'm a curmudgeonly constitutionalist. Certainly I have no preference between Democrat or Republican.