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April 21, 2014 - 11:04 pm
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In the late-1970s, after a Rolling Stone review skewered his band’s latest album, Paul Kantner of the rock band Jefferson Starship fired off a nastygram the magazine printed which read (profanity removed): “We do what we want. Bleeeeeep you.”

Although even then it was becoming obvious that a more generic version of Kantner’s attitude was systematically permeating the culture at an alarming rate, who could have guessed that 30 years later, his reaction would become the operating theme of a U.S. presidential administration?

No one can argue that even before his 2008 electoral victory, Barack Obama and his cadre of collectivists were bent on “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama said so himself. We now know that it was far more than a clever rhetorical flourish.

What remains unappreciated by far too many, particularly Republicans and conservatives in Washington who years ago should have recognized the need to more proactively and more aggressively resist, is that Obama, his White House, and his regulatory leviathan intend to impose that transformation by any means necessary: constitutional or unconstitutional, legal or illegal, civil or hostile — and now, as seen earlier this month in Nevada, nonviolent or violent. There are no rules, only constant tests of limits.

No aspect of this administration’s performance exemplifies its “bleep you” approach more than Obamacare.

Even in 2008, Team Obama instinctively knew that the American people would never accept the kind of state-dictated healthcare regime it wished to impose. Thus, the collection of guarantees they knew would not and could not be honored were born: “If you like your healthcare plan, doctor, medical provider, and prescription drug regimen, you can keep them, period.” False, false, false, and false — and delivered unilaterally with deductibles and out-of-pocket costs which would cause many workers in the public sector and at large private firms to begin planning their exit strategies. Too bad, so sad, suckers.

The administration took two important lessons away from the ferocious opposition which nearly derailed Obamacare’s passage in March 2010.

The first was that it would have to modify the law gradually and implement it invisibly. Thus, we have seen, as of earlier this month, 40 changes, almost all calibrated to minimize electoral damage while slowly strengthening the greedy hand’s grip on the nation’s medical delivery system. Collectively, these changes have fundamentally altered and even directly contradicted the law Congress passed, to the point where it is a deception to call today’s resulting contraption “the Affordable Care Act.” It’s Obamacare, meaning that it’s whatever Obama, the White House, the now-departed Kathleen Sebelius and her nominated successor Sylvia Burwell want it to be.

As to the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, as I asserted in December, “nobody’s this stupid and incompetent.” Events in the subsequent four months have only confirmed that assessment. What has become clear in the interim is the botched execution’s immediate purpose: to make quantifiable accountability impossible (longer-term, it’s about foisting single-payer on a resistant populace). Thus, we’re forced to accept the absurd, made-up metric of 8 million Americans “enrolled.” But we can’t determine how many of those who signed up have actually paid their first premium (which buys them 90 days of coverage, even if they stiff the system after cutting just one check), or how many of them are newly insured. Now the Census Bureau tells us that, gosh, we really want to, but we won’t have reliable or consistent year-over-year comparisons of health insurance coverage until after this fall’s House and Senate elections. How obviously convenient.

Meanwhile, insurers are relying on government-estimated lump-sum subsidy payments because HealthCare.gov’s back end has not been built. In some states, doctors and other providers are treating many who they can only hope are covered. “Specialty treatment” hospitals which have been arbitrarily shoved out of Obamacare plan networks are providing untold amounts of unsustainable free care to child and adult patients.

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The primary benefactors or autocratic collectivism are the nonmilitary public workforce, not the welfare class. Remember that the average public worker now makes more than the average private worker. The narcotic effect of guaranteed magically uninterruptible paychecks, health benefits, and pension that vastly exceeds what is mathematically justifiable are irresistible to several personality types. Not only will these types be loyal voters and campaign footsoldiers for the left (meaning the Dem party in its current incarnation), they will look the other way in the face of ANY abuses of power, as long as the people abusing power are the drug pushers who keep selling them anxiety free income at the price of unwavering political support. By any I mean any abrogation of Constitutional rights. By any I mean government thugs using violence and guns to smash down those who might be a threat to the magic checks.

This is what the "Stimulus" package was really all about. Nobody in the administration actually cared if it helped the private economy. No, it was a bribe to public employees, grant/subsidy recipients, and rent-seeking, regulation-dependent "private" to stay on the left's reservation.

This dynamic has existed for decades at the state level in certain states, all of them blue. Spend some time in a place like Massachusetts and you'll see multigenerational dedication to autocratic collectivism which ratcheted upwards even when RINOs like Romney were governor (in the face of a 90% Dem legislature).

While welfare is also out of control, it is not nearly as dangerous, or as large of a money drain. The center/right overemphasizes going after welfare at the peril of the nation. The reason for autocratic collectivism is not to subsidize welfare, it is to enrich the clerisy. Keep focused on that.
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Actual liberals do not conduct war on freedom. Fascists conduct war on freedom. Ergo, the word liberal has been hijacked by those who are actually fascists. Obama and his like minded may call themselves liberals or progressives, and even be called that by others out of habit, but in plain and clear fact, they are fascists.
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What difference does it make? You don't want to go there, buddy.

We won, you lost...elections have consequences.

Pajama Boy Nation being thugs is an eerie juxtaposition.

Where the footie pajama men are really in touch with their estrogen and the women are b-tchy (pick a vowel of your choice)

It's not surprising that they Gosnell their babies, the surprise is that this pairing can produce any to abort.

Bully bureaucracy and gangsta government is an assault on liberty. We ALL should stand against tyranny, treason and totalitarianism. Even if it's dressed like a sissy.
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The 'Third Reich' is back from the dead.
30 weeks ago
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Defunding them is the answer, but John Boehner needs to be removed for his position first. He has allowed all of the illegality. He's either complicit or a coward, either way, he has to be removed.
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The "I'm going to ignore every federal court order imposed on my administration, so bleep you!" items should be added to the list. The two that come to mind are the order to stop interfering with offshore drilling and the order to remove the three top National Labor Relations Board employees who were improperly appointed.
30 weeks ago
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As stated earlier by JoeNobody, Obama and the Democrats are fascists. The only thing missing to complete the image is for them to start speaking with German accents.
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Fascism doesn't mean what you think. It's a political-economic system in which private property is allowed but controlled by the government through regulations and oversight. Mussolini was a dictator who imposed a fascist system.

Obama is an authoritarian*. The democrat leaders and Obama support socialism, some fascism (ObamaCare is fascist since it regulates private insurers), cronyism, and divisiveness (class envy, race wars, old v. young, etc.). The majority of democrats in our nation are sheep who believe the propaganda spewed out by their leaders and the co-opted media. The sheep bleat contentedly while being led to the shearing shed and then to the slaughterhouse. The unfortunate fact is that non-democrats are being dragged along with them.

*authoritarian: favoring strict obedience to government authority, at the expense of personal freedom
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"Washington’s go-along Republican and conservative culture should take a lesson from Nevada. They don’t need guns. All they need is the will to defund any and all federal agencies which have overstepped their constitutional or legislated bounds."

That is absolutely correct. Defund the dangerous alphabet soup agencies that are destroying this country. Begin with the EPA, Dept. of ED., BLM - oh there is an entire list. Then fire all of the bureaucrats who seem to take a delight in making other peoples' lives so miserable. That will force them to have to seek jobs in an economic environment where so many jobs have gone elsewhere, thanks in part to their regulatory efforts. BTW, I don't know who is paying that bimbo who now wants to set new dietary "policy"; but you can throw her out on her butt as well. Tell her she can eat the grass that grows everywhere, since she seems to be so much a "vegan". (Hitler was a "vegan" too!)
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And unfortunately, I'm sure the Administration learned from the situation in Nevada. I doubt they will make such a heavy handed and PUBLIC spectacle of themselves again. They'll go back to stealth mode, and screw those they want eliminated in their more customary, underhanded fashion. Regulatory agencies, IRS, NSA, FBI. . . all very good at stealth.
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And after all this my dyed-in-the-wool democrat sister (because our dad was a staunch republican!) is dumb enough to believe Obama and O'Care is "simply wonderful" for our country. She may not live long enough to see the 'fruits' of Obama's labors in fundamentally changing our country but her kids and mine will unless something is done - and soon.

Typical liberal that she is - almost 50 years married to the same man who now has Parkinson's - she's trying to figure out how to "get my life back" as she put it. Translation: She's probably going to put him in a nursing home. I asked her what happened to 'for better or worse'? She just gave me a hateful stare.

Yeah - liberals are so loving!

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With few exceptions, governments from the dawn of civilization have been the playgrounds of the most violent and psychopathic thugs in the region.

The only thing different now is the sophistication of their propaganda.
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Many people are that stupid and incompetent.

The shame is when those stupid and incompetent people are in positions of authority, which is more and more common now. In private industry eventually they go bankrupt (unless they're a bank), but in government they just go on forever.
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