Almost exactly a year ago I wrote about the nature of the Democratic party:
Glenn Reynolds on the stimulus package: “This is not so much a stimulus, as a massive transfer of wealth from the politically unconnected to the politically connected.” I think that’s exactly right. I noticed back in the 1980s that the Democratic party devoted itself primarily to exactly that kind of transfer. The rhetoric about asking the “haves” to invest in the “have-nots” for the sake of the future is only rhetoric. Since the politically connected are generally more affluent than the average American, Democratic policies, however they are sold, end up mostly transferring wealth upward, from the average person with no particular political clout to people who have political influence. Those people in turn contribute money to keep the Democrats in power and the upward transfers continuing. That’s what I meant a few weeks ago in saying that the Democratic party is essentially a criminal enterprise. It is essentially a scheme for expropriating the wealth of the average person and giving it to the politically connected and favored. This used to be called ‘theft.’
People don’t tend to notice this when the amounts being stolen are relatively small. The stimulus package, Obamacare, and the possibility of cap-and-trade, however,are massive programs that have already quadrupled the deficit and threaten, if enacted, to do far worse. Steal a few dollars, and most people don’t notice. Steal a few trillion dollars, and they start screaming at you.
That’s what happened to Senator Russ Feingold in Wisconsin on Monday:
The logrolling shows exactly how key details of everyone’s coverage will be subject to constant politicking.
This is what’s revealing about the turn of the Obamacare debate toward revenue: We see that the House and Senate plans are really about how to redistribute the costs of health care. The plans avoid anything like patients assuming responsibility and control of their own care – the one thing that could restrain costs. Instead, Congress hustles more money to and fro in the name of fairness, politically determined.
So people assume, correctly, that the cost will fall on those with the least political juice. That’s why middle-class people were shouting at Feingold this week. They aren’t poor and sympathetic. They aren’t rich enough to hire sharp tax lawyers. They aren’t doctors who hire lobbyists; they aren’t unions, owning lawmakers. Someone’s going to get milked, and they sense a bucket headed their way.
The patsies are indeed catching on, not only to Obamacare, but to the essence of the Democratic party: to transfer money and power from you to them. It’s that simple. All the rest is a con, a fog created to obscure that essence and convince you that it’s noble for you to give what you have to them.