Gary North predicted Obamacare-lite in 2010

Just after the elections of 2010, Gary North (“the Tea Party economist”) predicted John Boehner’s plan to sell out the Tea Party in 2013. He was four years off on the prediction, and now it’s Paul Ryan instead of John Boehner, but now in March 2017 we have otherwise seen his prediction come true.

He is not exactly crowing “I told you so”, however, though maybe there’s that. But it’s fine because there is a lesson to be had. He said 2013 because he thought the Tea Party would not only give the Republicans a majority in the House but also the Senate and the Presidency.

Gary North shared this perspective of Maxine, funny old cartoon gal:

Let me get this straight . . . . We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan
we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t,
Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a Congress that didn’t read it
but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a President who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke!!!!! ‘What the heck could possibly go wrong?’

Gary North closed his 2010 article with this:

The Bigs will get bigger. They always do.

Forward this to friends. Post it on Twitter and Facebook. The troops need to be warned what’s coming.

Which brings me to this, something I point out to my left-lopsided friends:

Welfare and subsidies from government are never about helping the poor or working class or even for good causes like keeping the environment clean. It is always about helping the super-rich or the biggest corporations or growing government power together with their rich friends:

#1. Food stamps (SNAP) are about helping Big Agriculture on the demand side.

#2. Subsidies and “price supports” for farmers are about keeping down the costs Big Agriculture has to pay to the farmer for his farm production.

#3. Tax credits to business for providing insurance to their employees was started to give Really Big Business a way to get around the wage and price freeze during WW2. They were kept for the same reason: Big Corporations still have this edge over small businesses that cannot afford it.

#4. Export subsidies and export funding is a back door way to pay for corporate experimentation. Once upon a time the federal government funded a McDonald’s project to test a new food item in French in the French market.

#5. The entire Obamacare debacle was programmed from the beginning as a massive hidden subsidy for the biggest insurance companies. It was billed as making sure everybody could have insurance. It is STILL being sold as a way that some 18 million people can have insurance that otherwise would not.
They still refuse to tell the truth. The big “uninsured” figure they kept quoting in 2009 was a very deceitful figure for selling this. Before Obamacare, most of the “uninsured” had incomes enough such that they could afford it but declined to buy it, or were able to sign up for Medicaid or Medicare or equivalent state programs but decided not to. In my personal experience, hospitals always had in the emergency room someone on site, ready to sign up anybody who qualifies for government programs on the spot.
Find an analysis here.

#6. Federal highway funds continue pouring out to states. Besides being money that was better left in the hands of the individuals in all the states in the first place, instead of being “returned” to the states with strings, it is a way to lay one-size-fits-all everywhere by enticement.

#7. Funds for police departments. More control. Military-level equipment (tanks even) under the guise of obsolescence and “homeland security” help entice local and state police forces into a nationalized scheme. This possibly peripheral to big-company subsidies, as it helps bring police into a hierarchy that ends not in Washington, D. C., but into the mission creep that has global oligarchy as the end goal. Corporations go along with this, they don’t have much choice, plus they are sort-of promised a piece of the loot. Plus they have been trained so well they have entire “compliance” departments responsible for keeping up with the onslaught of government decrees.

#8. Foreign military aid is generally a subsidy to the national military-industrial complex. The funds usually come with strings.

#9. Other foreign aid has similar problems. Programs meant to fund aid for the poor or anything else are provided through the receiving government. Most of the money is a loan that obligates the rulers when the bill comes due, and the vicious cycle is kept going with more loans and strings. Funds for highways comes with sales of Caterpillar equipment. Funds for agricultural projects come with John Deere sales. The leftovers go to the politicians pockets.

Like Ron Paul famously said, “Foreign aid is robbing the poor in rich countries to give to the rich in the poor countries.”

So that’s one side of the coin, but the other is, to emphasize, government money for almost anything has an opposite effect of that intended, especially in concessions marketed as helping the poor.

First, ALL government subsidies to the poor must come from people engaged in productive commerce. Even for programs that farm out tasks to companies that hire workers for the projects, the funding must by necessity be filtered through the hands of officials that make the decisions and their departments.

So it’s wealth robbed from the productive forces, given to a bureaucracy with lots of payroll, and whatever the bureaucracy does not grab is passed on to projects. Even an infrastructure project carries this totally wasteful weight on the backs of the victims of the initial looting. The projects too often turn out to be smaller-scale of things like the famous billion-dollar pork barrel proposal for the “Bridge to Nowhere”. A smaller scandal came from a bunch of “airports to nowhere” in another state.

Money robbed from the productive and healthy who before the government commanded universal national insurance purchase, WAS freed up for actual direct medical care.

Just a couple of points from Rand Paul’s plan exposes them all. Tear down the walls between states that would force national competition in the market for insurance. Obamacare has instead forced near-monopolies in place state by state. Tax credits to INDIVIDUALS for both insurance and medical expenses. Let individuals form groups to share medical expenses. (There are a number of these sharing cooperatives that are allowed under the law already.)

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. –Proverbs 21:13

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. – Prov. 29:2


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