Robert Knight

You know that clever ad by a satellite dish company that shows what happens to a man who gets bored waiting for the cable guy?

As with the children’s books that began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the man endures a series of mishaps, the final one showing his elderly dad getting punched over a can of soup during a riot. The tagline is, “Don’t let your dad get punched over a can of soup….”

It’s a perfect analogy to the spiraling tyranny of centralized mismanagement epitomized by Obamacare and other rogue federal programs under President Obama. Here’s how it goes:

If you fail to bother to pay attention or even vote, you get a liberal in the White House and a bunch of them in Congress. When you get liberals in power, you get bad laws. When you have bad laws, you need penalties to ensure compliance. When you have more penalties, you need more enforcers. When you have more enforcers, you lose your freedom to run your business. When you can’t run your business, you lay off people.

When you lay off people, they go on welfare and food stamps. When they go on welfare and food stamps, they vote for lawmakers who will give them more free stuff. To pay for more free stuff, the government raises taxes and borrows money from China to service the national debt. When China crooks its finger, Uncle Sam crawls to Beijing, asking for mercy. Don’t make Uncle Sam crawl to Beijing asking for mercy….

This fictitious ad was inspired by the news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has warned medium-sized companies that they must certify – under penalty of perjury – that Obamacare was not a motivating factor in laying off employees. The IRS now wants to get inside the heads of managers and determine their motives. File this one under Thought Crime.

At Monticello, Mr. Obama made a memorable and revealing remark while accessing a terrace where the rabble tourists cannot tread: “That’s the good thing as a president. I can do whatever I want.”

It’s no joke. He certainly can and will abuse power as long as he faces no serious challenge to his daily constitutional violations. Congress won’t stop him, and his Justice Department under Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. regards laws and court rulings as mere suggestions to be ignored.

On the same day that Mr. Obama joked about his own growing authoritarianism with Socialist French President Francoise Hollande, he illegally suspended more of Obamacare’s employer mandate.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.