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THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:06:17 AM »
http://www.humanevents.com/2013/11/01/the-first-hustler-runs-the-big-con/

By: Patrick J. Buchanan   
11/1/2013 09:25 AM

“Nothing is lost save honor.”

So said Jim Fisk after he and Jay Gould survived yet another scrape in their corrupt and storied careers in the Gilded Age

Fisk’s dismissal of honor came to mind while watching Barack Obama in Boston smugly explain how his vow — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!” — was now inoperative.

All along, it had been a bait-and-switch by the first hustler.

In Boston, Obama could no longer evade the truth. Hundreds of thousands of Americans who had purchased health insurance in the private market were getting notices their plans were being canceled.

That this revelation had blown a hole in his credibility did not seem to trouble Obama. Indeed, the president appeared impatient with the complaints. These were “substandard” plans anyhow, he said, the lousy offerings of “bad-apple insurers.”

“So if you’re getting one of those letters (canceling your insurance plan), just shop around in the new marketplace. … You’re going to get a better deal.”

Behind the arrogance is the realty: Obama has the veto power. No alteration of Obamacare, except for changes he approves, can be made before the winter of 2017. And by then, Obamacare will be so deeply embedded in law and practice it will be beyond repeal.

We won, you lost, was written across Obama’s face.

Yet, Obama’s victory calls to mind that of King Pyrrhus of Epirus over the Romans at Asculum as described by Plutarch. Counting up his dead friends, dead commanders and dead soldiers, the king remarked, “One more such victory and we are undone.”

The price Obama will be a long time paying for this victory is historic and huge.

First, there is the irreversible damage to his credibility and integrity. He conned the people into believing something he knew to be false — that all Americans would be allowed to keep the health care plans that they had and liked.

This assurance, repeated again and again, helped disarm the opposition. Americans who liked their doctors and insurance plans and were repeatedly told they could keep both were not only relieved; they became more receptive to the idea of helping the less fortunate.

Obama’s assurances of keeping your insurance plan if you like it now enters presidential history alongside George H.W. Bush’s “Read my lips! No new taxes,” Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” and George W. Bush’s tales of yellow cake in Niger and hidden arsenals of WMDs.

As for the idealistic avatar of hope and change from 2008, who led the nation to believe that he was something new and different in politics, he has been revealed as the biggest cynic of them all.

Moreover, where his campaign against Hillary Clinton in the primaries and John McCain in 2008 seemed to hold out promise of a newly competent progressive crowd, those hopes have all but vanished in the legendary incompetence of the Obamacare rollout.

Here was the president’s signature program — what Social Security was to FDR, Medicare to LBJ — and one month into launch, it is grist for the mills of Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central.

Observing the rollout, one begins to appreciate what George Wallace meant when he talked of Washington being a city of “pointy-headed bureaucrats who can’t park a bicycle straight.”

And though the Obamacare website will one day be repaired, and people may begin to sign up, the land mines in Obamacare are by no means all exploded. We will be walking right through them.

As Obamacare requires the cancellation of insurance plans and forces Americans to buy more expensive insurance than they want, this will inevitably raise the cost of health care for the nation.

And when the employer mandates cut in, many businesses will halt hiring at 49 employees to keep out of Obamacare, as others cut part-time workers to 29 hours a week to escape the mandates.

This cannot but adversely impact an economy whose growth in job creation under Obama has been anemic at best for five years.

Obama and cohorts are celebrating an historic achievement in passing Obamacare. But as one looks at Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Puerto Rico, Detroit and Illinois, the truth seems obvious.

The welfare state that began with Bismarck is reaching the end of the line, just as the private sector that generates the wealth to sustain that state is now, almost everywhere, buckling under its weight. The deficits stretch to the horizon. The debts rise inexorably.

Across the West, neo-socialism is out, the new austerity in.

And of all the great advances proclaimed by progressives over a century and a half, from free schooling to Social Security, Obamacare looks like it will eventually be ranked among the last — and the least.

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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 11:58:38 AM »
That George Wallace quote made the column worth reading.
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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013, 12:05:30 PM »
Money quote:
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Here was the president’s signature program — what Social Security was to FDR, Medicare to LBJ — and one month into launch, it is grist for the mills of Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central.

Observing the rollout, one begins to appreciate what George Wallace meant when he talked of Washington being a city of “pointy-headed bureaucrats who can’t park a bicycle straight.”


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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2013, 01:26:02 PM »
The "Big Con" is going to be run by the healthy and young, who will no doubt figure out that in order to avoid paying the fines or the high premiums, all they have to do is raise their withholding exemptions with their employers and then refuse to buy insurance until or unless they suddenly need it.  The law says that IRS cannot collect the fines for not being insured except through nonpayment of tax refunds.

This will cause big revenue problems and big spending problems.  The tax collections will go down as people stop overpaying on withholding, and the spending goes way, way up as the only people signed up for Obamacare will be those who are subsidized or have expensive pre-conditions.  And once these people know they are covered, watch how much more often they go to the doctor and demand the latest prescription drugs.

Unsustainable, that's what it is.
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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2013, 01:35:47 PM »
All good and correct observations massadvj.
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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2013, 01:42:13 PM »
All good and correct observations massadvj.

Yep!

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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2013, 03:38:22 PM »

  The law says that IRS cannot collect the fines for not being insured except through nonpayment of tax refunds.




That can be remedied with a stroke of a pen.   And with Obama? 

He never follows the law as written/intended.
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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2013, 03:54:30 PM »
That can be remedied with a stroke of a pen.   And with Obama? 

He never follows the law as written/intended.

Yes, it can.  But there are always loopholes.  Lawmakers build them in to keep lawyers employed.

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Re: THE FIRST HUSTLER RUNS THE BIG CON By: Patrick J. Buchanan
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2013, 03:58:25 PM »
Yes, it can.  But there are always loopholes.  Lawmakers build them in to keep lawyers employed.

I figure that Obama will make it illegal to increase/enhance the number of exemptions checked on a W-4 form.  And financially painful for those that owe.
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