Just another day in Galt’s Gulch
How wonderful to see that Obamacare has begun to help people make the right decisions about how to get health care. This gentleman decided he would rob a bank, for a dollar, so he could go to prison and get some. Brilliant!
Let’s all do that! Wait a minute…..I think he’s just ahead of the curve on this one. That’s it, here’s what’s rattling around in my head:
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.” (‘Atlas Shrugged’ 1957)
Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum would have understood full well what is going on today, though our country may begin to more resemble the land of her birth rather than her emigration if we keep going in the same direction we are now.
How do you push people to the point where they are willing to commit a crime to obtain benefits? I can’t imagine he’s the first person to think of this ploy. He may very well be the first willing to admit it on camera. And what does that say as well? No guile whatsoever, and no shame, because what will it change? Nothing. He will, more than likely, get exactly what he seeks. I don’t think a good defense is “well, i robbed the bank on purpose, but I didn’t want the money. I just wanted health care.” Oh, ok, you go home. I wonder up to what amount of cash that might work for future bank robbers? What is the threshold for that defense?
Some would probably say, hey, once O-care kicks in he would have insurance for free, right? Nooooo, you silly mongoose. O-care will REQUIRE him to BUY health insurance. And if he doesn’t, he’ll be fined. So, I guess he’ll be back visiting his local bank branch to either pay the fine or go back to prison and really get free health care. Which, of course, is not really free. Because there is no free. Just like there is no spoon. You, and I, and the next schlep can keep working hard, day after day, to pay for our incarcerated brothers and sisters. They can rename the prisons “Club Med The Rock” or “Scandals”, because they will be the most popular all-inclusives going.
What a world.