It’s Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to acknowledge some of the things I’m thankful for this year. Problem is, I’m a cynical man. So, I’m truly thankful for some things on this list, but others are there purely for purposes of sarcasm. You decide which is which.
First, my friends and family. Blah, blah, blah, love them, blah, blah, blah. They’re “insert your favorite positive adjective here” to me. Without them…I’d probably leave the house less often and spend a lot less time on the phone. I’m kidding, of course, I am thankful for them, but that’s pretty standard fare, so on to other list items.
I’m thankful for Obamacare. I am, seriously. Without Obamacare the majority of the American people would still believe government can do big things efficiently and effectively. Progressive policies in the past have been popular, to varying degrees, because they’ve truly affected only the poor. They’ve failed miserably and trapped generations of families in poverty, but they haven’t had direct impact on most Americans. These programs allowed people who vote for Democrats to think they’re “doing good” and “helping people” by supporting a government that takes from others to do so. Obamacare smacking them in the wallet is a dose of their own medicine.
Obamacare wasn’t directed at the poor, who are covered by the inferior Medicaid. It was directed at everyone else. For the first time people who vote for Democrats are feeling the impact of the ideology they impose on others, mostly the poor. They’re being hit by the splatter that comes from feces hitting the fan. And they don’t like it.
Polls show trust in government is tanking, and faith in government is gone. Next time a snake oil salesman (or woman – looking at you, Hillary) tries to sell voters on a big government solution to a problem, they will rightly be greeted by a skepticism not seen since 1980.
Government is the progressives’ religion, and their god has been exposed as a little man with big ears behind a curtain who wants Americans to believe he’s been kept in the dark by people he hired to implement a law that bears his name. President Obama has spent the last two months attempting to bail out the Obamacare Titanic with a teacup. Millions have lost their insurance, tens of millions more will join them over the next year, and they and/or their neighbors voted for it. There will be pain, but it will not be in vain.