We don’t need the GSA’s party fortuneteller to see into our future, as we already know we’re in for an extended bout of feeling unwell. Socialized health care is already bankrupting us, which is a surprise to those bracing for the tidy hospitals and doctors with high school diplomas seen in places like Cuba. More governmental intervention in the insurance market might alleviate our financial catastrophe, just like how heaving bowling balls at someone who falls out of a helicopter may slow his fall.
Preserving Medicare as it is presently comprised means ignoring that plummeting sensation. America is enduring unfathomable debt just subsidizing the care of geezers, and the burden will naturally, certainly, and totally lighten once every single person has to enroll. It’s reminiscent of the mathematical formulas that would save the economy by basing everything around an addled investor’s assistant’s alleged tax rate.
America ominously already knows how harmful Obamacare will be, as America has been running an experiment on old people so devilish that even Rob Zombie wouldn’t direct a film featuring the concept. Specifically, we’ve learned that the truism about cheering up if you have your health makes for an even worse basis for public policy than the Buffett Rule is for tax law.
Plus, our seniors aren’t all that healthy as a result of bankrupting our republic. There’s nothing more compassionate than the worst of both worlds.
A second term for the Obamacareman would cement the pathway to lousy care for all instead of just the aged. The only hope to keep the system solvent would be hoping enough people don’t make it to 65, as that would really help reduce Medicare expenses. The “death” in death panels refers to killing the debt, you compassion-free reactionaries.
But life should be about readying yourself even when you’re not ready to do anything anymore. Those who make it past the reality gauntlet into senior citizenry should have prepared to cover for what happens next themselves. We can help those in genuine distress far more humanely and economically than our government ever could, although that might mean asking a church for help.
The same goes for meager pensions. The money being supposedly invested by the people who needed to spend trillions in an effort that increases employment could have been invested in the mutual fund of the pensioner’s choice. Or they could invest it in Powerball, which furnishes better odds than your entitlement-providing government.
Even the rosiest view of Social Security presumes workers are too dim to invest for their own retirements. Those who think it’s compassionate to withhold on old people’s behalf do so because they fear geezers will spend their retirement budgets on snow globes for their grandchildren and in Atlantic City within four months of punching out for the last time. They just couldn’t space it out without Washington’s help.
Simultaneously, it’s equal parts adorable and scary that some think their contributions are segregated in a personalized box wrapped with each worker’s favorite gift wrap pattern. You get to open it when you retire, then ride to the assisted living home on the unicorn of your choice.
To be fair, the alleged investors are thinking of a government renowned for individual customer service with a smile. And they do get their own personal retirement plan that only every other worker and government agency can access. Don’t worry, as your leaders assure you that IOUs are edible.
The administration is pursuing a coverage goal that is both impractical and immoral. They’re out to spend trillions of jillions giving everyone treatment that people should be acquiring themselves. And it won’t work: the goal is merely to say that each American is covered when in fact the only ailment prevented would be liberal consciences from feeling weighty.
If Washington really thinks that it’s their responsibility to be responsible for us, they may as well print 300 million million-dollar bills, mail one to everyone, and declare that we’re all rich. We could finally invest in infrastructure, you guys! I should be careful about making suggestions of this nature, especially since dimmer Democrats may also think mailing Obama-adorned (obviously) bills would be a wise way to stimulate post offices into the 21st century.
Once we outgrow the rugged individualism mumbo-jumbo, it’s accepted practice to expect the government to step in and start to pay back some of the fortune taken in taxes over one’s working life. Harry Reid is of course supposed to care for those souls who serve six and a half decades under his reign.
But retirement should be a time to reap the results of a lifetime of self-reliance. Instead, the less entertaining Roosevelt’s legacy of dependency conditioned adults to run out the clock waiting for the dole.
It is this administration’s core mantra that they simply must ignore examples, as when the president disregards the pernicious effects of attempting to simultaneously raise tax rates and wages. And central planning does everything but use money wisely to create worthwhile items made by employed people.
Sadly, there’s no potential captain on the horizon who will reverse course. Can Mitt Romney be trusted to fire government health care workers? The short and long answer are identical ( i.e. “No”).
His plan of governance would focus upon not upsetting anything, especially any radical notion involving removing bureaucrats from your decision-making. And let’s keep that government involved, please. Why do people doubt he’d be sincere about keeping Romneycare banished to the minor leagues?
But he’s your only chance, even though he’s only slightly more likely to offer you options that total greater than government health or nothing. Romney won’t be eager about dismantling the putrid entitlement core. If you are, vote for him while pressing your views on him in a most active matter. Suck it up, because the slim hope to preserve autonomy lies in backing the automaton.
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. He tweets at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy.