Rep. Pelosi’s happy anniversary

March 23rd will mark the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still trying to sell it to the American people.

“Real change, sometimes that menaces people because they like it the way it was before when they had it their way financially, economically,” she said last Thursday.

What a revealing statement.

“They had it their way financially” is another way of saying “They made their own decisions about how to price their product and how to spend their profits.”

It’s another way of saying “They were free.”

Rep. Pelosi is proud that the federal government stepped in to stop health insurance companies from being free to set the terms under which they sell their products and services. She’s proud that the government has replaced that freedom with government force: forcing individuals to buy insurance from private companies, forcing the companies to sell it, and forcing businesses to pay for coverage for employees and their adult children.

The House Democratic majority might have survived health care reform if they had merely assisted people who can’t afford to buy insurance or can’t qualify for it, but that was too puny a goal for the former House Speaker. It would have left insurance companies too much freedom to make their own decisions about what to sell, to whom, and for how much.

People have needs, and progressives believe the needs of people should be met through the force of government.

That’s another way of saying everybody’s needs are your problem.

Progressives don’t like to say it so clearly. Here’s how they like to say it:

“Our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations.” (President Barack Obama, January 12, 2011)

“All of us should have the opportunity to live up to our God-given potential, and the responsibility to make the most of it.” (Senator Hillary Clinton, July 20, 2006)

“We believe that our budget should be a statement of our national values.” (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, February 15, 2011)

It sounds very appealing when you think of your problems being solved by other people’s money. It’s considerably less appealing when your money is drained to pay for other people’s problems.

Almost half of all Americans pay no income tax at all — and even receive an annual check from the U.S. Treasury — because they qualify for child tax credits and other “refundable” tax credits. The rest of us are carrying them.

“Our discourse has become so sharply polarized,” President Obama lamented.

Why can’t convenience stores and armed robbers just get along?

“This is a very balanced bill despite the misrepresentations that were made about it,” Rep. Pelosi said Thursday, speaking of the health care reform legislation.

What does it balance? One person’s money and another person’s costs. One person’s freedom and another person’s needs. The free enterprise system and the federal government’s power to destroy any profitable business through taxation, regulation, and the vague, arbitrary anti-trust laws.

The U.S. Constitution has a few safeguards to prevent your money and your freedom from being “balanced” away. They operate like spike strips in a parking lot. Politicians can only drive around so many of them before they hit one that blows their tires.

The Democrats have been driving on two flats since November. If they manage a 5-4 maneuver to get the health care law around the U.S. Supreme Court, there’s still a way to stop it from running over your freedom.

Amendment 28: “Congress shall make no law requiring individuals, groups or businesses to purchase any goods or services as a condition of lawful residency in the United States.”

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about the U.S. Constitution. According to Article V, the Constitution can be amended even if the president, the vice president, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, and all fifty state governors oppose the idea. The power to amend the Constitution can be exercised by the state legislatures alone. An amendment can be proposed if 34 states demand it and ratified if 38 states agree to it.

Then it’s as much a part of the U.S. Constitution as if it had been there from the beginning. The Supreme Court can’t declare a constitutional amendment “unconstitutional.”

That’s something for state lawmakers to remember the next time they find themselves pleading with the federal government for a waiver from some onerous new requirement. They have more power than they think.

© 2011

Susan Shelley posted at 2011-3-13 Category: Uncategorized