Back in high school, an old football coach I had told us this after every game: "Nothing good can happen after midnight." (That is, after he was done cursing at us for losing every game we played.) He was right. Every Saturday morning, he was always getting phone calls from the angry townsfolk, "You'll never guess what your barbarians did last night," or my personal favorite, "Maybe if your quarterback wasn't paying so much attention to my daughter, he wouldn't throw so many interceptions." (No, that wasn't me. I was a big, ugly fullback.)
Now, let's use this piece of advice in a political sense: Nothing good can happen when the federal government expands.
When you look back at the history of recent government expansions, not one of them has worked out even remotely well. Social Security ? Bankrupt, trillions of dollars in the hole. Medicaid ? Only slightly less in the hole, trillions of dollars in debt. Department of Energy ? Billions of dollars in their budget, and we're still begging the Middle East for oil. Department of Education ? Billions of dollars in their budget, kids are only qualified to work at McDonald's or march in a San Francisco demonstration upon graduating. Of course, there's no need to mention the Stimulus, or the Veterans Administration, is there ?
Yet, Chairman Obama wants us to trust the federal government with the most valuable things we have: our bodies and our health.
I honestly can't think of one thing the government does well, other than collect taxes. Sure, there's going to be those who say the military is run well, but anyone who's served day one will have horror stories about "hurry up and wait" and "fill this form out in triplicate." When it comes to Uncle Sugar, he's never met a dollar he couldn't waste and a bureaucracy he couldn't grow. Ronald Reagan was right and he was wrong. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" aren't just scary words, those are codewords for "Build a bunker and hoard food."
Nevermind the cost of Obamacareless, the monumental bureaucracy that it promises is really what's frightening, to say the least. The legislation will be huge and no one will be able to comprehend it, adding to an already burdened system. It won't just be the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, it will be the left hand thinks it's the right foot. Doctors will be unsure of what to do next. Insurance and billing coders will become utterly confused, as will nurses, surgical technicians and anyone else who works in the health care industry. If you think there's waste and stupidity now, just wait until this monster rears its ugly head. Ambulance chasers all over the country are licking their chops. If you think lawsuits are a problem now, wait until you see the lawsuits attatched to Obamacareless. There won't be any "economic downturn" for trial lawyers, you can bet your last dollar on that, for sure.
It looks like Chairman Obama and his Merry Band of Socialists are going to push this through come hell or high water, so we as the voters and the doers of this nation have to make it point to vote for candidates in the 2010 Midterms who run on a platform to repeal this insanity, and hold them to it. For me, this will be the biggest factor in deciding who to vote for. I won't care if the candidate makes Barry Goldwater look like a Woodstock hippie. I won't care if they drone on and on about the Constitution. If they're unwilling to repeal Obamacareless, they're not worthy of my support or the support of anyone with a functioning brain stem. The bottom line is, if you can't take a stand on this horrid government intrusion in our lives, you're not not even worthy of having the letters of your name capitalized, let alone have the right to call yourself a Conservative. (Got that, charlie crist ? susan collins ? olympia snowe ? lindsey grahamnesty ? john mcpain ?)
Oh boy, it looks like 11:59 pm. Do you know where your elected officials stand ?