The Principle Behind Democratic Slavery

I was reading the SCOTUSBlog on the Healthcare decision and got to the point where the writer discussed the Medicare Coercion. And how it failed. The one bright spot in the whole mess.

The writer pointed out a scary trend to me that I had written of before. Social Engineering.

“Instead, the Court moved on to the fourth issue in the case, popularly known as the “Medicaid coercion” issue. At issue is a provision in the health-care law that would require the states to provide Medicaid coverage for virtually all poor Americans under the age of sixty-five – a significant expansion of what the federal government currently requires – or risk losing all of the Medicaid funding that they get from the feds. The states argued that the provision is unconstitutional because the federal funding is so large, and they are so dependent on it, that they really don’t have a choice about whether to comply with the new requirements.”

Do you see the velvet chains the states have willingly wrapped themselves in. Federal money that is taken from the states and given right back as grants, etc is like a crack rock to a junkie. Can’t live without it.

“The Court acknowledged that Congress can put strings on the money that it gives to the states. However, it explained that this was not the kind of “relatively mild encouragement” that the Court had approved in earlier cases involving this “coercion” theory – for example, in a 1987 case in which it had held that Congress could threaten to withhold five percent of federal highway funds from states that did not raise their drinking age to twenty-one. Instead, the Medicaid provision goes too far and is more like a “gun to the head.” Having said that, however, the Court made clear that Congress could still attach some strings to the Medicaid funds. Specifically, even if it can’t take away all of the funding for states that don’t comply with the new eligibility requirements, it can still withhold the new Medicaid funds if states don’t comply. So although the Obama Administration lost on this issue, it’s probably a loss that it is willing to live with for now, as few states (if any) are ultimately expected to turn down the new Medicaid money, even with the strings.”

“Relatively mild encouragement” aka social engineering. How to gently move a society in the direction you wish it to go without alerting them of the loss of freedom and independence. I touched on it in the Land Of The Free or Home Of The Slaves chapter in Growls Of A Wolf. If you get pushy, like what the ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate did then more people notice and you see what happened. About 2 years after passing it was already in the Supreme Court. It’s not often I see a Federal Law in the Supreme Court.

You think your free? Even your state sold you out for 30 pieces of silver until everyone got so dependent they would fight for more dependence on the government before they would fight for freedom.

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Part Two of What Do You Want in a President

And we’re back for Part Two. Let’s go on.

NATIONAL SECURITY
Defend the borders and our territories from invaders. Close our bases across the world, do we allow Germany to have a base here? The combining/liquidation of federal law enforcement agencies. BATFE, NSA, DHS, FBI, TSA, Border Patrol, etc. Expand the US Marshal Service and CIA gets limited to intelligence gathering, no interference or “advisors”. Keep the Secret Service.

ENVIRONMENT
Reasonable regulations and what I mean by that is make sure Companies’ have redundancy programs, and filters on the exhaust or release pipes. Not a carbon-tax, that’s just political greed more than any real concern. I like the National Park and Wilderness systems. Keep them up, but don’t expand the acreage. Use the Endangered Species Act scientifically, not politically. Don’t place or remove a species due to popular/political pressures. Do it by census.

BUSINESS
Make it equal footing on a federal level, what the states do is their problem. No tax loopholes, subsidies or regulations that favor one company over another. No monopolies, public(The Post Office) or private, or crony capitalism. Bring back the free market. We don’t have that anymore and I’ll prove it with one word. BAILOUTS. Free market would’ve let them die. And if a company is defrauding people, instead of fines at a set dollar amount, change it to varying percentages of the Gross income and jail.

ENTITLEMENTS/WELFARE
Social Security? Voluntary for anyone born before 1993 with complete refund of what you paid in. Born after? Save up, it’s your responsibility. Medicare, same deal, but with vouchers, shop around and make doctors compete. Tie in Unemployment, food stamps and MedicAid all together. Temporary and you better pass a drug test. Obamacare? Gone. You can buy insurance from across state lines, individually, like car insurance. Make them work for your dollars.

EDUCATION
Public School System. You don’t pay taxes on it, if you don’t have kids in it. Public/Private/Charter/Home school. If you don’t like the school your kid’s in you can move them to a bordering district without changing your address. Because face it, all schools are not equal.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Gay Rights, everyone is equal. What straight people can do, so can homosexuals. It’s really that simple when you look  at it fairly. Immigration, seal the border, and make coming through the front door easier and cheaper. Cut the red tape.
This is what I want to see in a President. What about you? Do you have the standard to measure the candidates by?

A Small Victory Against Government Slavery

Poor pay sees lawyers stop legal aid work

On Monday a court in Virginia ruled that the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional. Not only that but it’s enslaving. The hypocrisy of some of these politicians who SUPPORT pro-choice, giving a woman the right to do whatever to her body, but taking away your right to not buy insurance.

Double standard anyone?
One argument for the mandate was that it will bring the price of insurance down. Let’s look at that for a minute, if I know you have no choice but to buy my product do you think I’m going to sell it cheap? No, I’ll be making money hand over fist, it’s not like I have to earn your money through serious competition.
The counter argument to that is, that’s why they are making it easier to get on Medicaid and Medicare, to compete. Yay, I’m getting screwed by my insurance company AND paying confiscatory taxes.

Another argument is that the Commerce Clause gives them the right to mandate this. Let’s look at that:

“To regulate Commerce with Foreign Nations, and among the
several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

That’s Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. It gives the Feds the ability to regulate Commerce WHEN it happens, not REQUIRE it. If that’s the case then what’s to stop them from mandating we buy domestic vehicles, preferably from the government-owned GM and Chrysler. Or to bank with Goldman Sachs, or Bank of America.

Just some thoughts for you to ponder.

Change the game, vote smart, don’t fall for finger-pointing

I’m growing increasingly tired of the politics. The Democrats scream that they “inherited” the debt, which is true. The President loves to reiterate that point, while conveniently forgetting that he was a Senator passing spending bills for 4 years of the 8. The Republicans play innocent, never acknowledging their greed. Same game, different players. Unless they were elected last year and/or voted against the wasteful spending, then no one is innocent. I see politicians on all sides get a “come to Jesus moment” when power shifts in D.C or it’s a election year…

Continued in Growls Of A Wolf

© Vance Gatlin 2010