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The Holy Grail of Power Schemes: Obamacare

By Robert Ringer - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It seems like just yesterday that liberty lovers were doggedly trying to get the attention of low-information voters who were oblivious to the horrors on the Obamacare horizon.  But now, as the long-concealed facts about Obamacare are surfacing at an accelerating rate, more and more free-ride fools are starting to get it:  Obamacare has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with increasing the power of politicians over their subjects.

Obamacare accomplishes this by being a massive redistribution-of-wealth scheme.  Political hack Donald Berwick, whom Obama named as the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010, made this clear to the sleepwalking public back in 2008 when he said, “Any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must — must — redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate.  Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”  Nasty, but honest.

Why is it important to understand that Obamacare has nothing to do with providing people with affordable healthcare — that it’s nothing more than a redistribution-of-wealth scheme aimed at increasing government power?  Because so long as politicians and the media are successful in peddling the fairy tale that Obamacare is a serious program that addresses the healthcare needs of every citizen, people will continue to obediently march toward their unaffordable healthcare deaths — as in, death panels.

Gay marriage … abortion on demand … illegal immigration … Benghazi-gate … Obama’s vacations and golf matches … Fast and Furious — all interesting topics to ponder and debate.  But they are nothing more than distractions from the central issue of government tyranny:  increasing power over the citizenry through the lure of redistribution-of-wealth schemes.

Of course, none of this is new.  I have long maintained that Barack Obama gets far too much credit for transforming America into a nation of socialist tyranny.  The Presidential Imposter is merely an accomplished facilitator, and the sad truth is that if he had never risen from the community-organizing sewers, we still would have arrived at where we find ourselves today — just not as quickly.

We were moving toward more government power and less individual freedom quite nicely even under Ronald Reagan, let alone George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.  While professing to be conservatives, Republican presidents and congressmen have been passing legislation to redistribute wealth for decades with nary a pause.

That’s right, both Democrats and Republicans have been leading us down the road to serfdom for at least a hundred years.  February marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment (giving Congress the power to tax incomes), the Holy Grail of increasing government power through the redistribution of wealth.  It’s no coincidence that the Federal Reserve, the perfect complement to the income tax, was also created in 1913.  Taxing and printing beat two aces every time.

Since the vast majority of countries throughout recorded history have been ruled by a dictatorship of one kind or another, people unhappy with their financial status have never been much of a problem.  They were, and still are, simply jailed or extinguished.  Think Saddam, Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon — all the way back to Rome or even ancient Egypt.

What made America unique was that the Founding Fathers set up a government whose main purpose was not to redistribute people’s wealth but protect it.  Almost paradoxically, however, they also instituted free speech, which gave people the right to openly demand higher incomes.

Because they clearly understood human nature, the Founders were skeptical about their experiment in self-government.  They realized that, human nature being what it is, no matter how much workers are compensated, they will always claim to be underpaid.

But it’s worse than that.  Even if everyone’s wages were tripled overnight, the triplees would still complain — as they do now — about the “unequal distribution of wealth.”  Of course, in a free society, the demand for higher wages is legitimate free speech.  But the demand for redistribution of wealth is a call for politicians to violate the Constitution and take people’s property by force rather than protect it.

Even so, not one conservative member of Congress has ever dared to state the obvious — that there is nothing inherently wrong or immoral about unequal distribution of wealth.  Conversely, redistribution of wealth — even to a small degree — is inherently immoral.

This lack of moral courage on the part of politicians is why redistribution of wealth has long been an accepted part of our modern socialist fabric.  All the Kenyan Kommie wants to do is move things along at a faster pace.

Which is where Obamacare comes in.  It is the boldest, most brazen scheme to redistribute wealth in American history.  Unfortunately, as we approach January 1, 2014, the day Obamacare will begin to grab the entertainment-addicted public by the wallet, it appears unlikely that anyone will do anything to try to stop it.

It’s true that more and more people are becoming aware of some of the nastier aspects of Obamacare, e.g., excise taxes on medical devices, penalties for individuals and employers who do not purchase government-approved health insurance, and a 40 percent tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans.  And the talk-radio guys are warning them that hundreds of new taxes, penalties, restrictions, and rules are on the way.

Optimists believe there is a chance that the whole noxious Obamacare scheme will implode before it kicks in full bore on January 1.  I’d like to believe that, but I’d feel more confident if those optimists were on television every night hammering home the most important thing about Obamacare — that it is, at its core, totally unconstitutional, not to mention the fact that it has nothing to do with making healthcare affordable to more people.

But for some reason, no one seems to care about the fact that it’s unconstitutional — not even the chief justice of the Supreme Court.  And certainly not Republicans in Congress, because, if they did, they would feel duty bound to defund Obamacare on constitutional grounds.

Sometimes I feel very lonely, but I guess it’s to be expected when you have goofy thoughts that are so far outside the mainstream.  Anyone care to join me?

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39 Responses to “The Holy Grail of Power Schemes: Obamacare”

  1. karl296 says:

    As much as I detest our government's ongoing grab for power, I'm beginning to believe that the only way to wake up the American people is to allow the government to succeed. The United States Constitution is a "dead letter" and is only given "lip service" by our government. At best we are only able to slow or government's drive for absolute power – we simply can't stop it as long as the vast majority of Americans only sit by and watch tyranny grow.
    Far too many of our youth actually applaud our government's tyranny. At the current rate, our elites merely have to wait until us old codgers die off and then they'll have a free hand and willing slaves. As Goethe said (and I paraphrase), "The most complete slaves are those who believe that they are free!"

  2. Tex Norton says:

    I'm sure you're aware of the POTUS Commencement Speech at Ohio State University over the weekend. Did you note Obama's complaint about "…voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of our problems. …They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner." That is the first indication I've observed that this Administration is frightened. They're scared that more and more folks are beginning to see through their mist of deception. As a result, they're pulling out all stops to crank-up the propaganda machine and in this case, to try brainwashing the future leaders-to-be. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, folks. Just keep moving. That the Emperor has no clothes is finally being observed by more and more of the public.

    • RJR says:

      I hope you're right, but I don't see it that way at all. Obama's Ohio State speech was so remarkably arrogant that I believe it was based on an abundance of self-confidence. More and more, he is either attacking those who point out what is really happening in America or making jokes about things he is accused of (e.g., that he was not born in the U.S.).

      It's a great tactic – and it works when you have the media on your side.

  3. Nan says:

    I am with you Mr. Ringer. I am with you.

  4. george says:

    I fully agree 100%. There are so many young people today in my neighborhood that just don't care and just want to collect and party.

  5. texas wolfie says:

    Hum, we can always hope Ms. Hillary gets nailed for perjury and then as she swirls above the proverbial drain, she reaches put and grabs POTUS's smug ass and takes him down with her. Talk about a celebration!! I beleive both are guilty of suppressing the truth.

    • Yahu says:

      Please don't talk about our future president that way! She has paid her dues and is next in line. We have our token black president and now it is time for our token woman president!

  6. Edbud1 says:

    Talking about the young people. I was at the market and a 22 year old boy bought $18.00 worth of candy while he had a 6 month old child and used a EBT card to pay for it. He commented I work construction to pay the bills and the EBT for fun.

  7. dan says:

    You either have some kind of government or you have anarchy. It is that simple. Man is not perfect, neither can his government be.

    "What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human
    nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were
    to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be

    James Madison

    • Dan says:

      "You either have some kind of government or you have anarchy. It's that simple."
      You're presupposing a society without a state run government is a society in chaos and lawlessness like MadMax. Why? You think only a state can have rules and police? Ever heard of a HOA?

      "Man is not perfect, neither can his government be".
      A stateless society is not a "perfect" society. It's not about perfection, it's about what's appropriate for humans to be able to live peacefully, cooperating voluntarily with one another without a ruling class with supposed "authority" calling the shots by force.

      • dan says:

        HOA? What is your point?

        "It's not about perfection, it's about what's appropriate for humans to be able to live peacefully, cooperating voluntarily with one another without a ruling class with supposed "authority" calling the shots by force."

        Sounds like the US Constitution to me.

        • Dan says:

          My point is that a HOA is voluntary community with it's own rules.

          Constitution is a piece of paper that has more value as a historical artifact than as a protection of people's freedom and property.

          • dan says:

            HOA is a microcosm of government.

            The Constitution is an iron clad contract between the government and the people. The fact that it has been undermined by so called progressive ideology not withstanding. There is a reason that it puts limits on the Federal Government; to protect individual sovereignty and to promote a civil society.

  8. PitBull says:

    The 'entertainment-addicted public' doesn't give a fig for civil society, limits on federal government, or the Constitution. And the current chief executive has learned that lesson very, very well. His arrogant commencement address at Ohio State demonstrated that overbearing sense of superiority…again. Obamacare's scheme has been in the works for decades. All that was needed for it to see the light of day was the current dumbed-down, rotting culture, a 'leader' like Princess Pelosi and her minions, and the deafening silence of the MSM. President Obama merely signed on the dotted line.

    • dan says:

      I agree. There are only two scenarios that will play out here in
      America. Either we will collapse in the short run , or we will collapse in
      the long run. That is an inescapable fact, born out by history. Human nature
      being what it is, we always destroy the good we manage to accomplish in the
      world when we lose the discipline required to control our base animal
      instincts. A rotten society will come to a rotten end. As Rome was the mob,
      we are Rome.

    • Phil says:

      Really well said. Another "Great Awakening" of some sort is necessary. It will probably happen when everything goes to hell. And then people will wonder what they have done to their children and their neighbors, and their nation. The problem will be that even if a number of folks see the light, finally, there will still be the zombies to contend with. Note, e.g., that they are trying to invade Texas, making a strong political push to turn it Democrat (which is a certainty if they pass the new Immigration Bill). Leftwing thieves will not leave the rest of us alone.

  9. Alex says:

    Hey Robert,

    I mean you're amazing. I mean, really – your stuff Intimidation, Number 1, Action, How to Negotiate… and this article you've truly opened my eyes…

    I live in an ex-Communist country – Bulgaria.

    After the fall of the Communist party – we've had one Prime Minister after another promising to help small businesses grow. And nothing of the sort has happened.


    Because, they never intended to help us in the first place. They only tell us what we want to hear, so they get elected. After that, the people with the real money who really hold the power simply dictate what to happen. And when after 4 years we no longer believe the Face that promised us all these good things and we decide not to vote for him. So, the people with the real money and power just present us with another Face that we can trust for another 4 years.

    I’ve witnessed already 4 such Faces and their promises and the trust we grant them. They come the same way and go the same way.

    Unfortunately we wanted to believe that in the great USA it’s different. However it all seems to be exactly the same.

    We are common serfs given the illusion of freedom. How nice.

    I’d rather know the reality and take my decisions based on it than believe that some Santa Clause will come and hand me pie. How can this be when the only people they want to hand pie to is themselves. LOL

    Really an eye opening article – thank you!!!

    • dan says:

      That's the difference between a true representative republic, protected by a constitution that values individual sovereignty, and a democracy. True democracy is mob rule; the mob is fickle.

      • Alex says:

        Hi Dan,

        Thanks for the reply.

        We have a constitution, but we also have some very greedy and entitlement oriented people in our country. So, when there’s a problem a good connection in the right place or a small bribe clears the air like nothing else.

        So, the constitution is just like anything else these days – just a front – behind which some lovely people are doing their thing on our back.

        Problem is we’re not doing anything to stop them as – why bother and let somebody else do it prevail in today’s society.

        We need to roll our sleeves and get our hands dirty if there’s to be any of the change that we want.


    • Phil says:

      Amen Alex. I have a friend from Romania who advised the same thing. He and his wife immigrated to the USA (legally, doctor and lawyer), when Romania's communist govt. fell. He now grieves for what he sees happening in this country.

  10. dan says:

    America is greatest when it's people are left alone by their government. Government should have your back, not be on your back, crushing initiative and self sufficiency. American character was far stronger when adversity was primarily dealt with on an individual level. People actually took care of themselves and their families without abdicating and delegating that responsibility to the government. Until that sort of strength and discipline is restored to our society, it will continue to degenerate into mobocracy, allowing the demagogue of the hour to continue to destroy our once proud republic.

    • texas wolfie says:

      Being a hot head is not the answer. Smooth sensible dialogue is the answer. Be alert my friend.

      • dan says:

        Hot head? I have passionate convictions modeled after those of the Founders, that's all.

        Here is a novel idea: How about we start raising our children to respect themselves and their neighbors? to love honest work and shun idleness? To empathize with others and avoid violent conflict? In a few generations we might actually have a civil society.

  11. Lawrence Ekdahl, says:

    A lot of people spitting into the wind. If my God, Jesus christ does not bring our nation to repentance we are lost and our republic is dead. The government truly represents the will of the indoctrinated people. Hearts and minds must be changed.

  12. dan says:

    Not spitting in the wind, if you practice what you preach. The concept of God may require a man to exist, but mankind requires the concept of God to survive.

  13. dan says:

    There are some truths that are self-evident. They are self evident to the perception of what is commonly known as, normal people. That is to say, people of normal intelligence and common experience.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

    This self-evident truth was conceptualized by exceptional men, who came together in common experience, with a common religious underpinning, during an era of scientific and philosophical enlightenment. Their common perception of reality gave us the greatest and most successful experiment in government the world has ever known.

    My point here is that our perceptions as Americans have been influenced by the traditions and culture that our founders passed on to us over the centuries. Unfortunately, we have been slowly drifting away from those foundational principals over the last century, and especially the last couple of decades. The perverted and false perceptions of today are destroying this great nation.

  14. Phil says:

    Robert, if the GOP meant business they would have ads every evening attacking Obama as savagely as he has treated freedom loving Americans.

    Lack of moral courage, as you say. No doubt about it.

  15. Scott says:

    Shall we try an experiment? Regardless of party affiliation and for at least the next three election cycles, let's vote every single incumbent at every level of government, out of public office!

  16. Pitch says:

    There is the moral of all human tales;
    ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
    First FREEDOM>>and then GLORY>>when that fails,
    Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-1818)

  17. Pitch says:

    Ringer, you are pissing in the wind and your pants are totally saturated…and it’s running down the street knee deep! But, it’s been a good long piss; huh? You made a bundle of money along the road, but guess what? Instead of pedaling books you should have been “Walking the Walk,” instead of merely TALKING the TALK!

    Not one word of your wisdom has changed the final outcome of America’s long, tragic demise and decline into just another festering third rate and rotted sick society. One can smell the putrid stench of decline and see our terribly shattered and broken society on every street corner of America. An America which now primarily consists of millions of retarded Barbarian savages barely capable of functioning on a fourth grade level with 10’s of millions more poverty stricken permanent victim scammers with a totally out of control and corrupt, elitist, psychopathic, power crazed hate mongering ruling class, which is controlled by the most despicable examples of human beings ever spawned.
    Ah, BARBARISM at last!!!!!!!!

  18. texas wolfie says:

    You sound an awful lot like a recently deposed contributor. Where are your insights and ideas to help change things in this country instead of your 5th grade potty mouth insults? Well we are all breathlessly awaiting your pearls of wisdom!!

    • karl296 says:

      Pitch seems to have trouble functioning on a 5th grade level (he did mention "barely capable of functioning on a fourth grade level"). I must grant him some of his points (such as "America’s long, tragic demise and decline into just another festering third rate and rotted sick society."), but as you noted, he sounds "an awful lot like a recently deposed contributor". However, he left me with one burning question – just how does he expect Robert to "walk the walk"? What specific actions should Robert take?

  19. Phil says:

    I would note that with the recent revelations regarding IRS harassment of conservative groups, the danger of these savages getting hold of our medical records looms even larger.

    In past times, this might have been enough to stir the American [?] character to action.

    What has happened? I mean, can you imagine? Are you really going to be candid about everything with you or your kid's doctor, even if it is "promised" that your records are private? The public is about to get it so fast, so hard, and so suddenly, that maybe, just maybe, the useful idiots will finally see the light in numbers enough to stop the dictatorship over our healthcare system.

    I cannot say it enough. This govt. is comprised of savages, as in Hitler, Pol Lot, Idi Amin, Mussolini, etc., etc.

    • Barb says:

      I personally remember Nixon's "enemies list" that was used by the IRS to target President Richard Nixon's political enemies. That was not the first nor last of simular and worse abuses of power by our wonderful government (Ruby Ridge and Waco come quickly to mind). So this most recent IRS scandal is no surprise. The American public has grown up accepting these acts of tyranny as normal and natural. As long as they do, these acts shall continue and worsen. So don't be surprised.

      • karl296 says:

        You hit the "nail on the head"! Americans have been "asleep at the wheel" for decades now. They're so used to hearing about government lies and scandals that they've become insensitive to them. Too many of us expect a ground swell of righteous indignation from a population desensitized to government corruption and tyranny. Those of us who loudly object are dismissed as cranks and/or "conspiracy theorists". It's going to take a lot to wake up America (if it ever happens at all).

  20. Nick Fury says:

    Mr. Ringer, I've read all of you books, and the one thing that stuck out with me was the notion of a 'value for value' relationship. I'm a Grade 8 Geography teacher in Ontario, Canada. I'd like to pass some value on to my students, in terms of your insights. We're looking at economic systems (traditional, market, command, mixed).

    We're stuck. Our government texts suggests the US is a market economy. The other half of our research suggests your're a mixed economy. Your thoughts?

    I don't give a damn either way. I would, however, like to give my students a considered point of view so they can get their research underway. I do my best to be impartial, but my conservative views (bearing in mind that Conservatism in Canada is a dirty word) slip into the mix.

    These kids are 14 years old. Adam Smith vs. JM Keynes will be lost on them.

    Can you help me out?

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