Obama's kinder gentler statismThere has been a lot of talk from Barack Obama about how he supports children's health insurance. Elect Obama, the American people are being told, and he is going to make certain that every child in America has health insurance. Sounds wonderful-until we hear more of the story.
It ought to send up red flags (perhaps in a very literal sense) that Obama has gotten the personal endorsement of the head of the Iowa State Teachers' Association, because there is generally no group whose leadership is more statist and Marxist than the State and national leadership of public school teachers' unions. One of the reasons Obama snagged this key Democratic endorsement in Iowa is because of his children's health insurance proposal. So what happens if parents decide they don't want to sign their child up for Obamacare? Barack knows whats best for your children far better than you do:
“I would sign them up in school in the same way they would get inoculated. I would fine parents if form some reason they refused. I am happy to be
very clear on how we would enforce the mandate,” Obama said. He
went on to say that he believed that the vast majority of American parents
wanted to ensure that their children did receive health coverage.
Am I the only one who sees a major double standard here? Obama, like most of the rest of the Democratic field, has justly criticised the President for allowing illegal wiretapping and for the new levels of federal intrusion into Americans' lives. Because of the political advantage that can be gained from such criticism, Obama and all the Democrats are harping away at the PATRIOT Act and at the idea of federal surveillance (as if any of them will actually undo all of this if elected). Yet it is perfectly alright for a Democratic administration to force parents to put their children on government health coverage against their will.
The federal government: It is tapping your phone and monitoring your e-mails. Under Obama it will insure your children whether you want it to or not. It is a large, corrupted beast which exists primarily to enhance its own power.
Through Barack Obama's statement we learn the truth about the Democratic view of the threat of unfettered government power. Republican statism is evil and is a threat to your civil liberties. On the other hand, Democrat statism is kind and benevolent and is here to help you, so you had better do exactly as they say. They know what is best for you and your family, while you don't have a clue. They are from the government, and they are here to help you, so they aren't a threat.
The Democratic Party: Our statism is better!