Politicians’ Votes on the Health Care Bill Came Cheap

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Posted in category Health Tyranny

This is just a small piece of the action described in the Pocono Record. At the 11th hour, the politicos and their co-assailants ran around trying to buy up the last few votes needed to insure victory of their totalitarian health bill. Michigan representative Bart Stupak sold his vote for grants for three airports in his rural Michigan district. I still remember Obama saying, on the eve of the vote, that the passage of the bill would represent average Americans and it would be a “huge victory over special interests.”

And how many Obama worshippers actually believe this? No modern White House – not that of Bush, Clinton, Bush, Sr., Reagan or otherwise – has been so controlled by special interests, whether they are a part of the government itself, or quasi-governmental beneficiaries with the power to direct and/or buy legislation. See this article at JBS.org: “Special Interests and the Health Care Debacle.” And somehow, the chants of “change” still echo among those who touch, and cling to, the hem of His garment.

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One Response to Politicians’ Votes on the Health Care Bill Came Cheap

  1. Iluvatar says:

    March 26th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    And so are you saying we should be surprised? I’m too jaded to be surprised. Almost, I expect it.

    In yet another commentary on the decline of our civilization, a friend directed this to me. I have always felt Hayek had a deeper insight on things. But his capacity to communicate it at a level that everyone can understand is really exceptional! (it’s another cut and paste – sorry!)

    Hayek’s greatest insight in The Road to Serfdom is psychological: “There is one aspect of the change in moral values brought about by the advance of collectivism which at the present time provides special food for thought,” he wrote with an immigrant’s eye on the Britain of 1944. “It is that the virtues which are held less and less in esteem and which consequently become rarer are precisely those on which the British people justly prided themselves and in which they were generally agreed to excel. The virtues possessed by Anglo-Saxons in a higher degree than most other people, excepting only a few of the smaller nations, like the Swiss and the Dutch, were independence and self-reliance, individual initiative and local responsibility, the successful reliance on voluntary activity, noninterference with one’s neighbor and tolerance of the different and queer, respect for custom and tradition, and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.” Two-thirds of a century on, almost every item on the list has been abandoned, from “independence and self-reliance” (40 percent of people receive state handouts) to “a healthy suspicion of power and authority” — the reflex response now to almost any passing inconvenience is to demand the government “do something,” the cost to individual liberty be damned.”
    In the words of Arnold Toynbee: “Civilizations die from suicide, not from murder.”

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