About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
(Let's Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore October 13, 2009
There’s no arguing that congressional
Democrats are smart not to put their healthcare bills online — After all,
more than anyone else, they know that if people learn about everything in
those abominations, they might get so riled up as to make last summer’s town
halls look like a meeting of the salad nibblers who populate the Nobel Prize
literature and peace committees.
And abominations the bills truly are, as Democrats insist upon empowering
not individuals but the Federal Government (explaining why the Wyden
(D-OR)-Bennett (R-Utah) bill had not a snowball’s chance).
Not only that but there is this additional perversity:
Democrats plan to pay for their twisted handiwork by enacting cowardly,
shamelessly regressive taxes that are certain to be multiplied; for if talk
of wringing money out of folks burdened by high medical bills and those who
dare enjoy a soda or Twinkie is already here, can whispers about a tax on
milk and bread (as part of a war on obesity and diabetes) be far behind?
Sound frightful? Well, the bad news is that things are sure to get worse
because of this immutable political reality:
Given the worship of power, money, hypocrisy, and every other kind of
rottenness that modern lovers of centralized government have inherited from
their aristocratic forebears, the healthcare bills will be further corrupted
as politicians continue to foul them with additional "legislative language.”
Then — if one of these bills becomes law — it will everlastingly be
perverted by the "legal/bureaucratic language” that oozes from the
As a matter of fact, the second level of corruption has already begun, as
evidenced by the astonishing information uncovered and reported by Kimberley
Strassel ("States of Personal Privilege,” WSJ).
Here are the pertinent facts from the article:
The Baucus bill proposes to cover many of the nation’s uninsured by
requiring the expansion of state Medicaid programs, with the Federal
Government picking up only part of the cost, thus sticking already strapped
states with a $37 billion tab.
What has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid done about this "problem”?
According to Strassel, he "worked out a deal by which the federal government
will pay all of his home state’s additional Medicaid expenses for the next
Furthermore, under Reid’s "very special formula,” Oregon, Rhode Island, and
Michigan will receive this benefit because (in Reid’s words) they "are
suffering more than most.”
Now, nothing that has ever existed or currently exists could be more
self-evident in its unfairness, hypocrisy, and rottenness.
Therefore, without another word, on to the next stinking cloud Ms. Strassel
It has been widely reported that to pay for Obamacare, Democrats propose
levying a 40% tax on "luxury” health plans. And that is the case in the
Ah, but in Liberaldom, piggish health plans are not created equal.
That explains why "Sen. Chuck Schumer [whose union base has negotiated many
‘Cadillac’ plans] . . . and other similarly situated Democrats carved out a
deal by which the threshold for this tax will be higher in their states.”
Therefore, as Strassel reports, "If you live in Kentucky, you get taxed at
$21,000. If you live in Massachusetts you don’t get taxed until $25,000.
She then observes that although "this carve-out” applies "to 17 (largely
blue) states . . . that’s cold comfort if you live in Louisville.”
Cold comfort, indeed, when you think that "Party of the People” Democrats
who never miss an opportunity to plume themselves as champions of fairness
in all things have no problem mustering up the chutzpah required to force
less affluent folks of 33 states to pick up part of the healthcare tab for
their rich state neighbors.
Next, Strassel takes a look at how the Baucus bill echoes the Obama
administration’s boast that it has forced drug companies to pay their fair
share toward healthcare reform.
She begins by pointing out that New Jersey’s website makes the claim that
Jersey is the "global epicenter” of the drug industry because 15 of the
world’s 20 largest pharmaceutical companies maintain major facilities there.
Having done that, she informs us that Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has cut a
"quiet deal for a $1 billion tax credit for companies investing in drug
Again, no further words are necessary to demonstrate that there is something
rotten in the state of the Democratic Party.
Finally, Strassel exposes yet another act of reeking hypocrisy when she
reminds us that in line with the precepts of Obamacare, the Baucus bill
promises to "bend down the health-care cost curve.”
Then, she points out that Senators Stabenow (D-MI) and Kerry (D-MA)
"included $5 billion in the bill for a reinsurance program designed to
defray the medical costs of union members.”
Stabenow’s explanation for this special welfare program? "This will help our
employers, whether it’s the auto industry or whether it’s other industries,
be able to lower their costs for early retirees.”
But as Ms. Strassel excellently observes, "[The Senator] is apparently
unaware that this is what the broader bill is supposed to do, even without
$5 billion in union slush money.”
To conclude, Kimberley Strassel deserves the thanks of every citizen who
believes in keeping alive the dreams bequeathed to us by the Founders.
However, her work must serve not just to inform but to move us to action —
in our discussions with friends and family, in our communications with our
elected officials, in our willingness to support the causes in which we
believe with our presence, time, and money, and in our actions at the polls.
Indeed, if the contemptible insults that Ms. Strassel has brought to light —
insults both to us and the legacy we have inherited — do not motivate us to
commit ourselves to the notion that "we’re not gonna take it anymore,” we
will merit the worst of the negative consequences flowing from the reality
that "In a democracy, people get the kind of government they deserve.”