03 August 2009

Preventing The Perversion Of Power

"The One" has unified us all - just not in the way he expected:


It's going to be a very warm August. It's a beautiful thing to watch our representative republic operate as it was intended - citizens putting these jack-ass politicians on the hot seat while all they can do is spew the party line. It's quite delicious to observe our "representatives" stutter, squirm, and sweat as they are grilled by their more knowledgeable constituents. My fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, would be very proud.

"The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes." ~ Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. FE 2:221, Papers 2:526

Reality changes everything. The Emperor has no clothes.

*By the way, I've contacted both my Senators 3 times each and asked them if they intend to scrap their own special health care package especially tailored just for members of Congress (which we pay for), and enroll in what they're ramming down their subjects' throats. I've yet, despite my persistent efforts, to get a straight yes or no answer from either of them. Both Senators Warner & Webb are dodging my question. I wonder why. I predict history will judge this administration and congress very harshly.

**Update: I called Senators Warner's and Webb's office again today - 4 times now. I again posed my question to the staff member answering the phone. Both staffers mouthed the identical response, "well, the bill is not completely written yet, so the Senator, blah, blah, blah . . ." When I would interrupt and restate my question telling them that all I wanted to know was if the Senator was going to participate in whatever plan they would force on the rest of us? Their response? Rewind and spew the talking points again. It sounded as if they were reading from a script. Statist robots.


James F. Epperson said...

"It's a beautiful thing to watch our representative republic operate as it was intended" --- Well, except that is not what is happening. This is not some grass-roots thing, but an organized, lobbyist-based (and funded) effort. One of the several online watch-dog organizations obtained a memo explaining to folks exactly how to disrupt these meetings---put out by a GOP-associated lobbying firm. We've already seen massive disinformation in this campaign---one of your readers got taken in by this so-called "deather" scare---and we no doubt will see more in the weeks ahead.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Oh please James, you really need to stay off those kooky left-wing blogs and statist media sites. They're warping your judgment. Yeah, I'm sure all those 75 year-old vets challenging these little Stalinists are just responding to lobbyists. Very funny. It is YOUR side of the aisle spreadning the misinformation. I can-and have-quote from the actual bill to support my criticism. You can only parrot the Democrat talking points. Not very convincing.

But, for the sake of argument, let's accept your premise that this is, in part, being genned-up by political organizations. My response? So what?

Your side of the aisle, including our little socialist, community-organizing President, has no problem when groups like Moveon.org and ACORN "organize" opposition. If what you are saying it true, which it's not, I'd simply say: "It's about time!"

And, regarding the "deather-scare" - its in the legislation. Read it.

Brboyd said...

Richard, if we follow the schedule, we should be annexing the Sudetenland soon!

James F. Epperson said...

I would hope that the health care plan given to Senators provides for more than the proposed public option plan is supposed to, so why would your Senators switch? What you don't seem to understand is that the proposed public option is not intended to *replace* existing plans for those that have them, but to provide insurance to those that don't have it. You'll get to keep whatever you currently have, and I'll get to keep my Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Have you not read *any* the House bill, which is the only one voted out of committee?

There is a provision in that bill that says, "yes, you can keep your current policy" (paraphrased). However, the language goes on to state that no you can't shop or make any changes to the existing coverage or you're forced into the public option.

Moreover, how do private companies, which must make a profit, compete with the public option which will never make a profit?

As the WSJ recently pointed out:

"A public program won't compete in a way that any normal business would recognize. As an entitlement, Congress's creation will enjoy potentially unlimited access to the Treasury, without incurring the risks or hedging against losses that private carriers do. As people gravitate to "free" or heavily subsidized care, the inevitably explosive costs will be covered in part with increased outlays to keep premiums artificially low or even offer extra benefits. Lacking such taxpayer cash, private insurance rates will escalate."

Of course, that will push even more folks (by design) into the public program.

"Congress will finish the job with regulatory changes. Under the aegis of a level playing field, all private plans will be forced to offer benefit packages similar to those in the public option. They will also be required to accept all comers, regardless of pre-existing conditions, and also be forced to offer similar rates to all enrollees, ending the ability to manage risk through underwriting. . . Democrats want to sell their "public option" as a modest and affordable reform that won't affect anyone's private insurance. It isn't true." ~ WSJ

This is Economics 101.

Jacksonian Lawyer said...

And yet, true to form, the same administration and brethren which desire all "dissenters" reported, have the state-run media brand such persons as "nazis." Pelosi (no surprise) in particular, while visions of swastikas dance in her head, calls protests "astroturf."
How profound. When opponents protest, they are being disruptive nazis. When one of their own actually does disrupt, they are glorified and given positions within the administration.

Here's some interesting reading: