Jason Hayes

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A Passive Acceptance …

Sounds vaguely familiar.

The transition to socialism, in the sense of an almost subconscious, sleep-walking sort of “maximax” strategy by the state, both to augment its potential discretionary power and actually to realize the greatest possible part of the potential thus created, is likely to be peaceful, dull, and unobtrusive. This is its low-risk high-reward approach. Far from being any noisy “battle of democracy … to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the state”; far from involving some heroic revolutionary break with continuity; far from calling for the violent putting down of the propertied minority, the transition to socialism would probably be the more certain the more it relied on the slow atrophy of initially independent, self-regulating subsystems of society. As their free functioning was constrained, the declining vitality of successive chunks of the “mixed economy” would eventually lead to a passive acceptance of a step-by-step extension of public ownership, if not to a clamour for it.

— Anthony de Jasay, The State [1985]
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Macon MO: 20% of town shows up to protest Obama

Via Gatewaypundit – 1,100 people in Macon, Missouri showed up to protest Obama today. Not a bad crowd – an amazing crowd when you consider that the town’s population is only 5,500.

I wonder how long Obama will claim to be “amused” by this sort of protest. 20% of the town showed up to protest his radical policies.

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Baucus: Obamacare will correct the “maldistribution of income in America”

In case you wondered what the end goal of health care legislation was, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has laid it out clearly and concisely for you. It is about shifting income, a so-called leveling of the playing field AND … get this … correcting the “maldistribution of income in America.”

Those are his words not mine, and he said it twice in the clip. So, no, he didn’t just slip up. He meant to say that government health care was passed to correct inequalities in income. As I’ve said before, this is the realization of Cloward-Piven‘s national income.

Now,… tell me again that this isn’t socialism. (without cracking a smile)

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It’s not 47 million – it’s 8.2 – 13.9 million

As this HotAir.com post clearly demonstrates, a variety of sources — including the Census Bureau — have shown that the imaginary 47 million uninsured number that keeps making its way into the health care discussion is vastly overinflated.

Ramirez presented it graphically,

IBD - Ramirez - The 47 million 'uninsured'

AEI also discussed it. Cato reviewed the 47 million fallacy. John Stossel took on the health care issue and discussed the notion that 47 million are uninsured. The Business and Media Institute, citing Census Department officials, noted that the Census data actually underreports the number of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid (meaning that even more should be removed from the imaginary 47 million number). CNS News also noted, in their review of the “47 million,” that the Census Bureau report indicated that the number of uninsured was actually dropping.

So, from numerous sources, we can see that there is an absolute worst case scenario of 14 million Americans who are chronically uninsured in the United States. As the HotAir post notes (not that I’m advocating this option), at $300 per month, those 14 million could be insured for just over $50 billion annually AND we could leave the current system intact. Instead, Obama wants to spend over $2 trillion over the next 10 years (>$200 billion/yr) revamping the current, working system.

The numbers don’t support the massive invasion of our pocketbooks and economy. The numbers and experts all agree that the 47 million figure is a fallacy and an attempt to scare the voting public into swallowing Obamacare and the socialization of 17% of our economy.

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Government success = wasted money and delayed payments

White House claims that the Cash for Clunkers program has been ““successful beyond anybody’s imagination” should give any sensible voter and taxpayer reason to reconsider their support for cap & trade and health care reform. While BHO is wetting himself with excitement over how jim dandy things are, those who actually had to deal with the program are airing a laundry list of grievances that will soon also be plaguing the delivery of our health care and energy supplies.

For example,

John McEleney, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, said he remained concerned that so few dealers had been reimbursed for Clunker deals. …

But Mike Mahalak, who runs a Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealership in Winter Haven, Fla., said the Monday end date could lead to a similar rush that nearly crippled the federal government’s computer systems that were set up to handle claims.

“That Web site will lock up again once everyone is cramming it again on Monday,” Mahalak said. The administration has said it expanded the capacity of the computer network in an effort to improve the process for dealers.

The Transportation Department said they have reviewed nearly 40 percent of the transactions and have already paid out $145 million to dealers.

(pause for a second) C4C is a $3 billion program that is out of money in two days. The government has reviewed 40% of the transactions, but they’ve paid out $145 million. By my math, $3 billion x 40% is $1.2 billion. $1.2 billion – $145 million = $1.05 billion that has vanished into some bureaucratic black hole. – Again, this is what the White House considers “success beyond anybody’s imagination.”

Back to the article …

The administration has said it has tripled the number of staffers sorting through the dealer paperwork.

This is, no doubt, Obama’s conception of “creating jobs.” Short-term government make work programs to spend some of that missing $1.05 billion.

Dealers have complained of delays in getting reimbursed and backlogs of vehicle paperwork getting processed in the program. Dealers have said they face a risk of not being reimbursed but LaHood has pledged that dealers will be paid.

Get ready for the same thing in health care and the cap & trade program. Terms are net 90 – 120 days … 240 days … 360 days …. who knows how long. And even better, we now have Chrysler and GM — who only just wriggled their ways out of bankruptcy — being forced to cover the outstanding government debt, read on …

On Thursday, both Chrysler and General Motors said they would begin providing cash advances to dealers to help cover any cash shortfalls related to the program. The automakers said they would provide the advances for up to 30 days to dealers who have already completed a sale and that they will be available as long as the program remains in effect.

As if that isn’t enough, the industry is actually having to meet with the government to try and wrangle some of the promised tax payer dollars out of the government. They literally need that cash to keep their members from going under.

The National Automobile Dealers Association said its trade group met with Transportation officials to discuss concerns about reimbursement delays and ways of fixing the problems. …

Dealer say the delays have led to a cash crunch. They typically borrow money to put new cars on their lots and must repay those loans within a few days of a sale.

Some dealers are no longer participating in the Clunker program. The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which represents dealerships in the New York metro area, said about half its 425 members had left the program because they cannot afford to offer more rebates.

The Obama administration considers a very short-term $3 billion program an unparalleled success when they have crashing computer systems, bankrupt companies covering outstanding debts (using stimulus money that still hasn’t been paid out), late payments, and a tripling in the size of the bureaucratic staff to handle the mountain of paperwork. Additionally, half of the businesses involved in the program (in this area) have abandoned the program because they can’t afford to be involved anymore.

This is “successful beyond anybody’s imagination” to the Obama White House.

Consider that when Obamacare pushes over 100 million Americans off of their current insurance plans in the first three years and effectively kills the private insurance system in under five years, you and your doctor will be facing the same delays in service and payment. You will both be putting up with the same massive bureaucracy. However, you and your doctor will no longer have the option of opting out of the government system. With private insurance effectively shut down by a government system that does not have to compete there will be no where else to go.

Imagine your worst day at the DMV or the Post Office and you will know the upcoming face of American health care.

So, all of this necessarily begs the question of how bad will the medical system have to get before Obama considers it a “success beyond anybody’s imagination”? How bad will our electricity generation system have to get before BHO pronounces it a “success” under his cap and trade program?

How much more of this government take over will people swallow before they have to wake up and say, “enough!”

UPDATE: NRO provides some more insight into the Cash for Clunkers administrative fiasco and bureaucratic nightmare planning process that the Obama administration will soon be using to run our health care.

The Washington Times reports this morning that this simple, basic Big Gummint program has spun totally out of control: It was clearly not thought through (even a little), it was under-budgeted by 2 or 3 hundred percent (and counting), and it was woefully under-resourced — such that staff have to be hired from the outside or pulled away from other government functions (like running air-traffic control) in order to clear the backlog. Clearing the backlog, by the way, is a 24/7 operation that’s also requiring additonal budgeting for overtime pay and a training program.

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It’s not socialism … it’s patriotic

From the lips of the Obamessiah himself,

Mr. Obama pushed back on people who say he is overtaxing the nation, saying his tax increases on families earning $250,000 or more a year are reverting to the tax system under former President Bill Clinton. The president added he will pay higher taxes himself as a result.

“These folks can afford it. They were rich back in the ’90s,” he said. “It’s not like suddenly they’re going to have to go to the poorhouse. But what that does is it allows us to pay for health care reform for a lot of people.”

Going after a line of attack Republicans have used against him, Mr. Obama insisted, “I don’t think that’s unreasonable. I don’t think that’s socialism.

He may not think its socialism (or he may not want to openly admit it), but his policies from the word go have all advocated, or moved the country toward, the state ownership and control of the means of production and the delivery of services. That’s textbook socialism.

Then, to make it worse, he’s throwing in a healthy dose of class warfare to try and make it more palatable for people to demand that their neighbors cover the costs of their health care, mortgages, etc.

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500 million Americans lose their jobs each month

Here’s a classic example of Nancy Pelosi’s hyper-partisan rhetoric running on auto-pilot. She has clearly stopped bothering to engage her brain before she opens her mouth and is now just spewing her talking points shotgun-style.

This woman is incorrigible; she’s up to spreading any amount of garbage to scare the voters into accepting her special brand of socialism.

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Obama’s own words PROVE he’s a socialist

Listen to this 2001 radio interview that Obama gave for WBEZ FM in Chicago.

Now tell me (with a straight face) that Obama’s thoughts here, plus his desire to “spread the wealth around” don’t prove that he supports expanding the power of the federal government to take money from the working people in the country and then redistribute that money to the non-working. He refers to the refusal of the Supreme Court to use its power to force “redistributive change” on the country as a “tragedy.”

It truly grotesque that a dyed-in-the-wool socialist/Marxist has made it this close to the presidency and that he has managed to so easily dupe the voting public into supporting his plans for such a massive increase in the size of government.

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Father – daughter chat

On the eve of Super Tuesday, this email — sent to me by a friend this afternoon — is more pertinent than you can imagine.

All those who voted for Obama or Hillary today need to read and then reread this little story. Keep reading it until the little light bulb over your head turns on.

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of ‘redistribution of wealth’.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, how is your friend Audrey doing?

She replied, Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.

Her wise father asked his daughter, why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, that wouldn’t be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time and hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, Welcome to the Republican Party.

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