Saturday, February 14, 2009
Welcome to Socialism, Comrades
In politics, late in the day on Friday is the best time to release bad news or do something that the people will not like. Such is especially true on a dual holiday weekend such as this one. With Valentine's Day on Saturday and President's Day on Monday, the conventional political wisdom is that the people and the press will have their minds elsewhere. Thus, there was no better time for the Democrats in Congress to bring socialism to the United States through their so called stimulus bill.
The Obama band aid, as we at VUI call it, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 246 to 183, with a handful of Democrats voting no. The bill could have been killed in the Senate, but three Republicans (Snowe and Collins of Maine and Specter of Pennsylvania), voted for the bill, giving it a 60-38 pass. You might remember Senator Arlen Specter from the Clinton impeachment. He was the Senator who caste an odd vote he said was based upon Scottish law. Go figure.
The bottom line is our elected representatives in the United States Congress voted for a spending bill in which they in all honesty could not have had time to read or debate. It was over a thousand pages long in its final form. Some of the things in the bill are chilling. There are salary limits for top executives and millions to mandate a central health data base. From now on, you go to the doctor for a broken toe, and the federal government will make sure your insurance company and future insurance companies know about it. Health privacy is now gone in America.
Further, the tax relief, which would have been the best thing to stimulate the economy, is weak. The average working man and woman will get about $13 a week in tax relief. That will not be in checks sent out this year. That will be reflected upon next year's tax return.
The absurdities go on and on. The one thing sure is that the government will play a role in the American economy like never before. There is money to be spent on all sorts of special interests such as state government bailouts, narrow agenda issues and the like. The thing that is really striking is that there are some in the Obama Administration who think that this bill did not spend enough. They are working with Democrats in Congress for another round of spending.
The bill passed by Congress was long on special interest spending and short on infrastructure and tax relief. However, what is more outrageous is that the Congress passed the bill without taking time to know what is actually in it. Our great leader wants it, so it must be done. The federal government holding major interests in financial institutions, floating state budgets, and eliminating health care privacy all adds up to one thing.
Welcome to socialism, comrades. Our great leader knows best how we should run our lives and businesses. Now, if Congress can just bring about the Fairness Doctrine so those who dissent are forced to share time with the government view, we will be in a position to vindicate third world African dictatorships and the old Soviet Union methods. Good grief, comrades.