“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin
And they will most likely lose both, as one variation of the above quote suggests.
Not one to miss an opportunity to gloat, President Obama proudly proclaimed, “This Is What Change Looks Like,” upon the passage of the monstrous pile of crap known as HR 3590 (“Healthcare Reform”).
While the bulk of the septic ooze doesn’t actually kick in until 2014, the part that is shoved up the back-side of American workers and businesses will, unfortunately, kick in soon in the form of higher taxes (both overt and hidden). But what else can we expect from the crap sandwich foisted on us by the Democrats?
Tragically, there’s far more here than meets the eye.
As David Hogberg pointed out in an excellent piece at Investor.com, we may be about to live the above adage by Ben Frankin. Franklin nails it when you take the time to fully understand just how much of our liberty has been snatched with the passage of this one piece of legislation.
Hogberg provides us with a verified list of “20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms.” Here’s a sample:
You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501) [All emphasis mine]
You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).
Read the whole thing.
The bill also nationalizes the student loan industry, as Stoutcat mentioned in a recent rant. If you haven’t yet read about that little slight-of-hand maneuver, be sure to do so.
It’s happening, folks. Obama’s silent revolution is here. It’s occurring before our very eyes. Freedom, as we know it, is being taken from us, and it’s being done without so much as a shot being fired.