It was only a matter of time before I was compelled to open my mouth about politics. The more I study leadership- the more I find I need to reflect on people like Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln- Politicians. I am going to weigh in on the healthcare bill.
The Actual Problem-
THIS IS NOT ABOUT HEALTHCARE. I realize that up to this point it would seem that there has been total focus on “healthcare”. This is not the case- What I and almost all conservatives are frustrated with is the apparent lack of respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The 10th Amendment is the meat of this debate.
The 10th Amendment
The 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Nowhere does the Constitution grant rights to the federal government to MANDATE insurance or any other product/service. The power of free choice is guaranteed by the Constitution. The federal government forcing the American people to do anything is not allowed because the power to do so is NOT in the Constitution. Therefore – this is a state rights issue.
The debate is being made by many that the issue is not with reforming healthcare, but the manner it is being performed. This congress has made many people mad about their very loose interpretation of the Constitution. Chuck Norris is one of those people and is VERY angry. See his article on the subject where he tells congress there is a “coming storm”. He is not the only one.
Tyranny and Jefferson
What I have a problem with is that the federal government has decided that it knows better than individuals and states how to run people’s lives. That is plain and simple. This is tyranny. Disagree??
Webster’s Dictionary defines Tyranny as: 1 : oppressive power <every form of tyranny over the mind of man —Thomas Jefferson>;especially : oppressive power exerted by government
For the federal government to tell me that I MUST buy insurance is oppressive power. The founding fathers would be sick to see what is happening.
“Jefferson aimed at laissez-faire liberalism in the name of individual freedom, He felt that any form of government control, not only of religion, but of individual mercantilism consisted of tyranny.” Quoted from Jim Walker
Check out this excerpt from Jefferson’s first inaugural address in 1801: “a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities,”
Socialism in the Bill?
Now let’s look at something from the actual bill- a FEDERAL BILL that is about to become law:
“TITLE IV–AMENDMENTS TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986
Subtitle A–Shared Responsibility
Part 1–Individual Responsibility
Sec. 401. Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage”
Notice SUBTITLE A– “Shared Responsibility” Sound familiar? This is socialism.
According to SharedProsperity.org, a new “social contract” from government should be enacted. What is SharedProsperity.org? This is an offshoot of the Economic Policy Institute whose former Living Standards director, JARED BERNSTEIN, is now Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor for Vice President Joe Biden. So there are ties to this administration.
See this quote from the Shared Prosperity mission: “Building this new social contract requires a re-examination of the roles of government, corporations, and unions in our society. The social contract that grew out of the New Deal and served the economy and society well for three decades following World War II evolved out of on-going and mutually beneficial negotiations and problem solving between leading corporations and labor unions, with government playing a key mediating, facilitating, and regulating role.”
Hmmm…. government in a regulating role… not very Jeffersonian.
Educational Loan Reform in a Healthcare Bill?
OH! Did anyone EVEN talk about this except for Beck?
According to this quote by the House Committee on Education and Labor– The “Healthcare” bill “offers the most sweeping changes to the federal student loan program in a generation,” said Miller, who unveiled the details of the package this morning. “This is really about making a simple choice. Congress can either continue the longstanding boondoggle that rewards banks with tens of billions of dollars in subsidies at the expense of families and taxpayers – or we can invest that money directly in students and America’s world economic leadership.”
After I have researched this topic- I am not crying ‘1984’- but I do have concerns. These two articles spell it our pretty well and I would encourage you to read them:
So here is my concern regarding the education part of this bill- Private institutions are looking to make money and have NO political agenda. Since they have an interest in interfacing with the student to collect payment and make money doing it- they actually try to compete as a free market option. (great service, web options, organized management of accounts) Once the government takes over, students have to go to a bureaucrat to get a federal loan.
Not to mention that the government can push an agenda like limiting loans to certain universities or students based on desired study… With no other option than private loans the government gets to push an agenda by default because private loans cannot compete with the federal money.
Solution- we all get out of stupid consumer debt and pay cash for our education.
There are many issues I have with this bill- none of them are directly attributed with helping to reform healthcare. Not that I agree with all the aspects of the healthcare reform in the bill- I have not have time to sift through the hundreds of pages in the bill, but will begin to try. Now that it has passed we all get to see what’s in it according to this video clip of Pelosi:
As if transparency required a vote on the House Floor. Whatever happened to “By the People, For the People”?
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.