February 11, 2014

In the latest edition of Politico Magazine, Benjamin K. Hunnicut, a professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Iowa, penned an article asking the question: "Why do Republicans Want Us to Work All the Time?" This item was in response to the Congressional Budget Office's report last week detailing the fact that President Obama's signature health care law would effectively reduce the U.S. work force by nearly 2.5 million over the next decade.

Hunnicut wants to know what's wrong with not working?

Jamelle Bouie wrote in the Daily Beast wrote his latest column entitling it "Republicans to America: 'Work Moochers!'" in which he said "Conservatives are attacking the Affordable Care Act by defining "work" as wage labor, and condemning anyone who chooses to step away from the market."

Bouie blasted Oklahoma's Congressman Tom Cole (R) and Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt (R) on ABC's "This Week" for their concept of work by saying: "Obamacare doesn’t discourage people from working. Rather, by providing for the purchase of health insurance, it gives people the option to retire early, move to part-time work, or quit jobs to pursue other options. Now, under the Affordable Care Act, you can leave your corporate office to take care of your kids, secure in the knowledge that you could still afford health insurance for you and your family."

What is that?

Bouie is saying the Obamacare is "liberating"! It frees you from the slavery of work so you can stay at home if you want and get free healthcare.

Let's see: stay at home and collect welfare so you can pay your bills, food stamps, so you can eat, section 8 so you and have a free roof over your head; and now free healthcare. With all the freebies, ask yourself the question: "Why work?"

Now, sensing that you can every anything you need for free, without having to work, who is promoting that? Democrats. And who is promoting work? Republicans.

Now let me process that ... Oh, I see, if I vote Democrat I will never have to work again. If I vote Republican, I will have to work and be constantly reminded that I am self-reliant.

Common sense tells us if the Democrats push 51% of the American public onto the public dole, they will never loose power. And if, say, 75% of Americans don't work, who will pay for all the freebies?  There will not be enough money to go around to support the welfare state.

Then what?

Simple common sense tells me that if the economy collapses, and there are no more freebies to go around, there will be trouble. Can you spell R-I-O-T?

People leaving the workforce in order to comply for subsidies is a disastrous policy. But that is the policy of the Democratic Party.

Remember back in 2010, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the Affordable Care Act as a bill "not only about the health security of America; it's about jobs. In its life, it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately."

When the CBO released their findings last week, current Speaker John Boehner seized on it to bolster his assertion that Obamacare is a "job killer." After he tweeted that Obamacare is "expected to destroy 2.3 million jobs," PolitiFact rated the tweet "mostly false" because employers won't kill the jobs; workers will.

The CBO determined that "workers will choose to supply less labor -- given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive."

To many Democrats, apparently, that's all good.

Wisconsin's Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan marveled that parents who work three part-time jobs now could afford to work two: "They might be able to tuck their child in bed at night ... or go to an activity, which means they're better off."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hailed Obamacare for ending "job lock" -- the term for people sticking with a job they don't like in order to retain employer-based health care.

Even the New York Times editorialized, "The new law will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage." There's no denying the social benefit in enabling people to start their own businesses without fear of losing health care, but does this country really want or need more early retirees?

White House spokesman Jay Carney has been happy to point out that the CBO report found "no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA." Ignore what the CBO dismisses as "anecdotal reports."

However, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan sees a different kind of job lock. The CBO predicted that the "largest declines in labor supply will probably occur among lower-wage workers." To Ryan, that means the government is dangling incentives for young people not to work or to work fewer hours so that they can continue to receive subsidies; he fears young people will lock themselves from job opportunities that let them "join the middle class."

At a hearing Wednesday, Ryan stipulated that the problem with Obamacare is "not that employers are laying people off" but that when the workforce isn't supplying labor to the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs, that "lowers economic growth."

CBO Director Doug Elmendorf replied, "Yes, that's right, Mr. Chairman." He actually admitted that Obamacare hurts economic growth.

You have to love the liberal budget bureaucrats' logic. Analysts predict that working stiffs will decide to cut back their hours or decline employment because of Obamacare's financial incentives, hence the 2.5 million drop in the workforce. Yet somehow large corporate interests will not shift jobs from full-time to part-time positions in order to avoid the requirement that they provide full-time staffers with approved health care plans or pay a $2,000 penalty. I guess that like me, they don't care a whole lot about making loads of money.

I've got to say that my head is still spinning on this Democratic logic. Which begs my original question. How long will it be when a vast majority of Americans living off of the government dole and receiving vast amounts of subsidies crash the system for lack of taxpayer dollars? The wealthy two-percent will not pay taxes on their riches since most park their money off-shore in tax-free havens, or receive tax breaks of up to 100 percent if they support the Obama campaign. (GE and Facebook comes to mind). Most of the middle-class falls through the cracks to become lower class as they "decide" to leave the workforce. Only a small minority (what is left of the middle class) will have to pay upwards to 250 percent in income taxes to keep the system afloat.

The economy must and will collapse and those living on federal subsidies will be the first to suffer. Basic psychology tells us that when you take food and shelter away from those who have been spoiled with them, you get social upheaval. Then what?

I'll leave that to your thinking, but for me, I can see why George Bush and now Barack Obama have become closer to the Department of Homeland Security. That federal office is not concerned about keeping the homeland safe from foreign terrorists, but stamping out domestic unrest. This is why DHS ordered up over 2 billion bullets over that last twelve months.

So, for now, if you don't want to work, vote Democratic. But don't expect to live freely for long. In the meantime, I'll continue to stockpile dried foods, buy more guns and ammo and hunker down in my underground fortress. Or am I being over-reactive?