This morning on Fox and Friends (Aug 20) Ed Rendell got religion as he lectured us about how the Bible says we are our brother's keeper (which of course means we need to support Nobamacare). Uh, correction Gov. Cain asked God "Am 'I' my brother's keeper?" when God wanted to know where Able was (Cain had murdered him.) It has come to symbolize the need to care for one's fellow man. That is, the INDIVIDUAL's need to care for his fellow man -- NOT government's need to. Indeed, when God speaks to nations in the Bible, it says that they should not trun their back on God or on Israel. Now, these particular injunctions are anathema to the progressive left. Sorry guys. No fair cherry picking from the Holy Bible. It also has an injunction about adding to or subtracting from Holy writ, e.g. "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." -- Deuteronomy 4:2
Besides, what ever happened to the Berlin Wall of separation between church and state the left is always screaming about? And as far as INDIVIDUAL concern for one's fellow man, President Bush showed it in spades with generous personal benevolence, while the Holy O Man barely gave a pittance to charity. It has been well documented that conservatives give far more selflessly than do libs. So Ed, don't even go there.
Ed also waxed religious with injunctions that the "moral" thing to do was support nobamacare. Oh yeah? How moral is it to murder babies in the womb because they are inconvenient to the mother? And deciding to withhold care from the elderly because they are too costly (see below)? Excuse me. Does Ed even know what morality is?
Next, Gov Ed from Penn is in full demagogic dudgeon about how people all over Pennsyvania are losing their jobs and thus their healthcare and don't the opponents of Ocare have a heart? Well Ed, it's like this: 1) We could have (and have had) unemployment in this country at virtual zero. Ronaldus Magnus showed us how (as did JFK before him.) 2) We could lower taxes on small businesses, the job creation engines of our country. 3) What about cutting or eliminating the capital gains tax to free up needed investment. 4) Or, we could cut back the power of unions so people can get a job; or lower the min wage so businesses can afford to hire somebody; or cut govt redtape; or reduce or eliminate the EPA, CAFE, OSHA, and all the other alphabet soup of regulatory agencies which are strangling U.S. companies. The list really goes on and on Ed. Pick one and go with it if you are really worried about anyone losing their jobs.
Next you complain that one or two insurance companies have a MONOPOLY on the healthcare of Pennsylvanians and face NO COMPETITION! Heaven Forefend!! Some how unions having a monpoly on employment in certain sectors doesn't bother you in the least. And the fact that govt healthcare will have a MONOPOLY with NO COMPEITITION has cost you no sleep either. Which is it Ed? To be fair, you probably don't care who has the monpoly as long as some nameless, faceless bureaucrat in DC has his or her paws on the levers of power and controls all the decisions.
I know -- a HEALTH CZAR!! You read it here first folks. Who will be the wizard with the brains, knowledge and temperment to make wise, fair, careful and highly technical decisions about the healthcare of 300 million people hourly and on a daily basis? Could it be? It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Bro. Zeke Emanuel who has already publically proclaimed his superior intellect to the average (un) American Bozo. Let's take a look at "Dr." Zeke's prescription for those who cannot contribute sufficiently to the common weal from a 1996 Hastings Center article:
"Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia. A less obvious example Is [not] guaranteeing neuropsychological services to...children with learning disabilities [who cannot learn to] read [or] learn to reason."
Got that? Old folks in decline and less than perfect children put on the healthcare cost chopping block is Ed's idea of morality. (Take THAT Sarah and Trig! David Letterman's got nothing on the Nobamacare crowd!) It's a brave new world. Since no one can find a missing link to prove Darwin's theory, the Libs are going to IMPOSE evolution on us from the top down. If this sounds alot like Margret Sanger's racist eugenics, you're on the right track. After all, Sanger's American Birth Control League (ABCL), along with some other groups, eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.
And now we can see the true direction top down, "healthcare" decisions by the gubmint will lead us. Who knows what criteria will be used to decide who gets pushed down the stairs next: conservative? Christian? pro small govt? "right-wing extremist"? member of an angry townhall "mob"? The possibilities are endless all of them lead to the same place: whoever is left will be beholden to the gubmint -- or else!
Old Latin proverb: When the gobmint robs Peter to pay Paul, the gubmint can always count on the support of Paul...