"After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." - Alexis de Tocqueville
De Tocqueville was clairvoyant, but I would argue that - especially after this week's United States Supreme Court rulings - our nation's government IS forcing men to act, it DOES destroy, and DOES tyrannize.
Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare and its individual mandate passes constitutional muster, as a "tax" (never mind that Obama himself vigorously denied - and, inexplicably continues to deny - that the individual mandate was a tax). Because of this, there will be $500 billion in new or increased taxes on everyone (mostly the poor and middle class) over the next 10 years, while also adding $1.76 trillion to the national debt.
So much for Obama's promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
According to the Court, it's perfectly constitutional for the federal government to force people to buy health insurance, and levy a punitive tax if they don't do so. That's right, folks...for the first time in history, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government of the United States of America have come together to impose and uphold a tax - on simply being alive.
To put this in perspective, if you're in the service industry as many of my friends are, making $30K per year and don't have health insurance, you MUST A) pay your contribution for the insurance that your employer offers, B) find and pay for your own insurance, or C) pay a $695 penalty for not having insurance, and go on the government dole for your healthcare.
No matter what, you're going to pay. That's the law. Obama's "fundamental transformation" in action.
Another portion of this ruling dictates that small business owners must provide health insurance if they have 50 or more employees, or face fines. Whether they start offering health insurance or pay the fine for not doing so, they will have to incorporate these new expenses into the cost of doing business. To offset these new costs, they will have to raise prices and/or lay off employees. Neither of those are good for the economy, and one of those is especially bad for you, the employee.
Government, through tyranny, is forcing people to act against their free will. The spending needed to enforce this tyranny and enact this legislation will dramatically speed our progress towards financial destruction.
This legislation flies in the face of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You know, those things this nation was founded upon. When a government can dictate to people what we must spend our money on, and there is no alternative, there is less freedom. There is less liberty. Our pursuit of happiness has been restrained, limited, curtailed.
Liberals will applaud and cheer this ruling, because they'll say it's for the common good and it saves the country money. How is the destruction of the country "good"? How is taking healthcare decisions out of the hands of We the People "good"? How does adding 30 million people to the government dole, and building the additional bureaucracy necessary to enforce Obamacare provisions going to save anybody any money? (It won't.) How is putting the government in direct control of 18% of the economy "good"? (It's not.)
It's scary how diabolical liberals are. They take advantage of the ignorant and reap the fruits of their lifelong brainwashing (see my last blog entry) in order to advance their ultimate agenda of fundamentally transforming America into a socialist utopia even worse than Greece, Spain, and other countries currently swirling down the toilet of financial ruin wrought by socialism. They are winning, and America is losing. The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves.
America is sick, and it took a turn for the worse today. Help cure our great nation by kicking the disease known as Barack Hussein Obama out of office in November.