The Spending Virus

posted at 12:50 pm on September 13, 2009 by Doctor Zero

House Democrats are said to be mulling over a public reprimand of Joe Wilson, unless he formally apologizes from the House floor for calling President Obama a liar. Wilson and the Republicans should agree to this demand, provided every Democrat who called George Bush a liar follows Wilson in offering an apology to the former president. It would make for a very long session of the House. They could invite the Dixie Chicks to do the halftime show.

Wilson is a representative of South Carolina, but his outburst during Obama’s address to Congress last week has also made him Speaker of the House for Inconvenient Truth. His ongoing passion play is the latest production from that Toho Studios of monstrous hypocrisies, the Democrat Party… because every politician attending Obama’s address knows that he was indeed lying when he said his proposed government health-care plan would not cover illegal aliens. Of course it will. Anyone who tells you otherwise is insulting your intelligence.

It doesn’t matter what the bill actually says, when the President signs it. It doesn’t matter what steps House and Senate committees take to cover their legislative rear ends, after they choke on the sight of a couple million Tea Party protesters clogging the streets of Washington this weekend. They can add any amendment they like, and even build a statue of Joe Wilson triumphantly holding the amendment over his head, right in front of whatever brick-and-glass mausoleum they build to house the new Department of Health Care Hope and Change. It won’t make any difference, because on the day Americans allow the President to sign a health-care takeover bill, the clock begins ticking on the extension of benefits to undocumented aliens. I wouldn’t bet on it taking more than a year.

Every government program expands over time, because the spending virus is the most virulent contagion known to man. The primary purpose of any government agency is to demonstrate that its funding is insufficient, and needs to be increased. The best way to indulge this burning passion is to accumulate more dependents, and take on more functions. I can assure you that the very first meeting held in the Edward Kennedy Memorial Health Administration building will include discussions about how to get more people signed up for the “public option,” or whatever they’re calling it by then.

Remember those 17 million people who were suddenly subtracted from Obama’s ever-changing estimate of the uninsured, during his speech last week? The Democrats don’t want to deny those people coverage. They just know they can’t get away with admitting it now. For the time being, their desire to sweep illegal aliens into their deficit-hardened arms must burn secretly in their hearts… but they’ll be counting the days until they can announce their secret love to the tax-paying chumps that will be expected to pay for the nuptials.

This will not be a one-sided love affair. The illegal alien community will not wait quietly for their government health benefits. The first lawsuits will be filed within weeks of the health reform signing ceremony at Chappaquiddick. By the time Obama runs his first prime-time special, to explain why anyone who would deny government health benefits to illegal aliens is an astroturfing racist bigot on the payroll of big corporations, the first test case of an illegal demanding access to government health services will probably have reached the Supreme Court. How do you suppose Justice Sonia Sotomayor will rule?

Conservatives often speak of socialism’s doomsday equation, when less than half the people pay all the taxes, and the remaining majority can vote themselves more taxes and greater benefits at will. In reality, it takes far less than 50% in the dependency class to begin the collapse of republican government into a socialist black hole. Thanks to progressive taxation, the costs of indulging dependent groups is spread among many taxpayers, and weighted against a very small group of top income earners. Thanks to payroll withholding, the cost of government spending programs is socialized into small increases in deductions that taxpayers barely see, with the really big payments coming from evil rich guys who can easily afford to part with their ill-gotten loot.

Each new spending program counts for pennies added to your taxes, or more likely passed along to you as hidden costs by the people paying the really serious taxes. Perhaps those pennies will be added to the whopping deficit that your children will be expected to cover. In each case, you barely notice another few drops of blood being squeezed out of you… but the beneficiaries of those spending programs will fight like demons to keep them growing, and the political class is anxious to harvest their votes.

We had a small taste of the spending virus in the Cash for Clunkers boondoggle, which Democrats are quick to assure us was a success, because lots of people lined up to get the free money that was being handed out. The budget for this program quickly tripled, to three billion dollars. About 690,000 vehicles were sold under the program, which paid up to $4500 per purchase. There are roughly 138 million taxpayers in the United States… so a little over 137 million of us, who didn’t buy a car during the Cash for Clunkers program, paid three billion dollars to the 690,000 people who did. Every one of those people would be violently angry if you tried to take their four thousand dollar subsidy back, and would consider you a miserly penny-pincher if you complained about the handful of change you paid into the program – especially since progressive taxation ensures the middle class paid only a few cents apiece, while the “wealthiest Americans” ponied up rolls of quarters for their “fair share.”

Government health care will work exactly this way, especially as it becomes a regressive tax against a group that generally doesn’t use its political influence effectively – young people – to disproportionately benefit older people. Of course, when the rationing kicks in, the oldest cohort of Americans will find themselves on the wrong end of those Quality of Life spreadsheets, and their last few letters to the editor of their local papers will express astonishment over the dissipation of their once-formidable political influence. By then, it will be far too late for them to undo the awful mistake of allowing Obamacare to pass.

Anyone who wastes your time arguing that government health care won’t be extended to illegal aliens is guilty of producing unnecessary carbon emissions. There is absolutely zero chance that philosophically consistent Democrats will refuse health benefits to poverty-stricken immigrants, or that politically savvy Democrats will think twice about raising your taxes to purchase the votes of minority groups. The cure for the spending virus is difficult. It begins with bringing your tea bags into the voting booth in 2010, and burning out the infection that raised our national debt to astronomical heights. Once this is done, we can discuss a treatment plan for the much older New Deal pathogens that made us vulnerable to this deadly secondary infection.

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immigrantchick on September 13, 2009 at 12:51 PM

This is what Waxmen excels at, he modifies existing legislation in such a way that the original intent is all but moot.

rob verdi on September 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. There’s nothing we can inject into our society to stop this. To borrow an example from human papillomavirus (cause of warts), we must REMOVE the infected tissue to stop the spread and begin the healing.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 13, 2009 at 12:58 PM

This administration is suffering from a severe case of pork flu.

farright on September 13, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Wilson and the Republicans should agree to this demand, provided every Democrat who called George Bush a liar follows Wilson in offering an apology to the former president.

Excellent point.

jgapinoy on September 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I love your description of how a government organization grows and requires an insatiable diet of taxpayer funding. I sell to government agencies and see first hand all of the waste.

As someone on the front line I can tell you that stopping government waste would be easy. I wrote about it earlier this year…

http://gaultfalcon.blogspot.com/2009/04/stopping-government-waste-sprawl-is.html

watson007 on September 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM

As it has been said before:

I know it is a common complaint, that Congress want more power. But where is the limited government that does not want it? Ambition is in a governour what money is to a misar-he can never accumulate enough. But it is as true in politicks as in morals, he that is unfaithful in little, will be unfaithful also in much. He who will not exercise the powers he has, will never property use more extensive powers.

This disease was diagnosed early on and a much better immune system was being talked about… but no one wanted to listen to those who wanted one. And we now pay for that lack.

ajacksonian on September 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Conservatives often speak of socialism’s doomsday equation, when less than half the people pay all the taxes, and the remaining majority can vote themselves more taxes and greater benefits at will.

In California, we’re already there. Those whose immigration status prohibits voting have willing proxies in the state legislature.

Terrie on September 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM

The cure for the spending virus is difficult. It begins with bringing your tea bags into the voting booth in 2010, and burning out the infection that raised our national debt to astronomical heights. Once this is done, we can discuss a treatment plan for the much older New Deal pathogens that made us vulnerable to this deadly secondary infection.

I think Glenn Beck had a point about quarantining D.C.

Dr Evil on September 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Edward Kennedy Memorial Health Administration building

This new building should have a moat surrounding it with a bridge with no guard rails. Just for a more accurate dedication to Teddy.

Electrongod on September 13, 2009 at 1:21 PM

TARP
Fanny Mae
Freddy Mac
Financial sector take over
Government Motors
Chrysler take over
Chrysler Dealer Shutdown Scandal
Obama Care
Immigration Amnesty
Never waste a crisis
Never end a crisis before you get what you want.
Cap and Trade

All legitimate governments govern with the concent of the governed.

They don’t have my concent.

The Rock on September 13, 2009 at 1:25 PM

The only cure for the Spending Virus is the elections in 2010.

albill on September 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Off Topic: Key Blago adviser and witness dead, apparent “asprin overdose”?

http://www.suntimes.com/1767469,christopher-kelly-blagojevich-dead-091209.article
Hmmm

milwife88 on September 13, 2009 at 1:27 PM

To lower your tax burden all you have to do is get with your employer become an independent contractor. Go over to ACORN have them set you up an LLC so that you have deductions for everything. Tax problem gone.

Sanmon on September 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Someone as radical as Obama does more than bring conservatism back. As long as his policies don’t get passed, he is the perfect “shot across the bow” to Americans to stop being lazy voters and do a modicum of research about a candidate before going into the voting booth.

I mean, you can’t impeach a guy whose record shows he is exactly who he said he was before we elected him. He is just being himself: a fascist.

Before the election he helped cause the entire mess by pressuring banks to make bad loans. That’s trying to control business. Since he was elected he has made no secret at all of taking over businesses outright. Right now he’s trying to take over a huge section of the business economy in the USA, a section, that if won, would help him control much of the rest.

And he’s proud of it. He’s a fascist… not a socialist, not a communist, but a fascist in the economic sense, but ask yourself if he is in the racial sense as well, considering the people he’s had around him and their racist comments. We can breathe easy that he’s not a fascist in the national pride sense of the term. He and his wife have both made it very clear they are not proud of America.

We got what we voted for. We just have to ask ourselves how we got here and fix THAT! I blame the voters, not the media, since the voters have internet access and could have done their own research, but failed to do even that. The majority of Americans failed this country. Let us learn from this shot across our bow to never never fail it again.

Danzo on September 13, 2009 at 1:36 PM

The biggest lies told in that speech, in my opinion, was how this program was going to be paid for. Obama said that he’d recover $500 billion from “waste and fraud.” Obama said he wouldn’t increase taxes for 95% of Americans, yet everyone’s talking about a tax on soda. Obama said that the deficit wouldn’t increase “one dime, not one dime,” but the CBO says Obamacare will increase the deficit by hundreds of millions of dollars, probably trillions.

The powers to tax and spend are powerful, indeed. Any limitations on them are welcome. People vote on local bond issues; perhaps Americans should vote on national debt as well.

barrypopik on September 13, 2009 at 1:47 PM

It’s hard for me to understand why Doctor Zero’s uniformly excellent posts aren’t always posted in the main areas.

Ex-Dem on September 13, 2009 at 1:52 PM

We should “Remember the Alamo” from February 23rd to March 6th, celebrating, commemorating and dedicating ourselves to stopping ILLEGAL immigration. If that sounds harsh, xenophobic, or racist; TOUGH!

Star20 on September 13, 2009 at 1:52 PM

The only cure for the Spending Virus is the elections in 2010.
albill on September 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Hopefully the disease won’t overtake the patient in the meantime.

I’m afraid the only way to stop the virus is to starve it.

“The tax-paying chumps”

need to finally stand up to the Socialists by standing down.

Juno77 on September 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM

We all know this is what will happen, thanks for putting it into words!

Spinstra on September 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

An excerpt from Friday’s IBD;

“Speaking Of Misinformation”
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, September 11, 2009 4:20 PM PT

“• “There are those who also claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

Tough words are one thing, enforcement is another. As IBD’s Sean Higgins reported last week: “Some independent analysis indicates — contrary to Obama’s claim — that the House health bill could result in coverage being extended to illegal immigrants.”

It starts with the mandate for everyone to buy insurance, including illegals. Their choices will be presumably through the “exchange,” and they won’t be eligible for subsidies to buy. But the non-partisan Congressional Research Service warns there’s no verification mechanism. An amendment by GOP Rep. Dean Heller of Nevada, to use electronic immigration records to verify eligibility for subsidies, was shot down by Democrats.

Enforcement woes are nothing new. The U.K.’s nationalized system treats as many as a million illegal immigrants a year because eligibility verification at the point of service is nearly impossible. It’s now giving up the ghost of trying because illegals have won the right to be treated at taxpayer expense as a “human right.” That’s brought new waves of “health tourism” as word spreads.

Cabinet officials, such as Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, support union demands to give amnesty to 12 million illegals. If so, they will get public health care. And hospitals that continue to treat illegals through emergency rooms, are reimbursed through Medicaid.”

Star20 on September 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Gerry Studds ( D-MA ) got a ‘public reprimand’ from the House because he was diddling male pages. I watched as Studds turned his back on the person reading the complaint and stood there smirking like the pedophile creep he was

He kept his committee seats and was re-elected by the Good and Sane people of his Mass district

He was a crr6 kind of guy, creepy and arrogant and a sick Lefty liar, but that was pretty much okay with the Demo establishment. The media avoided the story, of course, and with no Fox News at the time we had only C-SPAN and talk radio to inform us.

Joe Wilson can handle anything these POS can throw at him

Janos Hunyadi on September 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Joe Wilson made $1 Millon in 48 hours.

When will the GOP ever learn?

TMK on September 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Wilson and the Republicans should agree to this demand, provided every Democrat who called George Bush a liar follows Wilson in offering an apology to the former president.

The order s/b reversed, first they go, then he does, in chronological order of when they got out of order. Otherwise they should just all move on.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2009 at 3:21 PM

The Democrats are a puss filled boil on the a%s of the Republic that needs to be lanced…

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

There is absolutely zero chance that philosophically consistent Democrats

there is no such beast. Just statists lusting and groping after increased power and privilege.

The only solution to such an infection is to cauterize the wound with flame.

iconoclast on September 13, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I hope Congress publicly censors Rep. Wilson in prime time with all the fanfare the MSM can muster! It will draw world wide attention to the irrefutable truth that Obama and his DemmoCommie supporters in Congress are certifiable Liars! One cannot censor Truth and get away with it! Bring it on Peloisi! I’m guessing they don’t have the guts for this fight!

Marco on September 13, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Like so many of your other posts, I came away from the last paragraph with a sense that you hit all the critical points.

Black Yoshi on September 13, 2009 at 4:25 PM

The primary purpose of any government agency is to demonstrate that its funding is insufficient, and needs to be increased.

+1

Geochelone on September 13, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I find it amazing that the man that lies like a rug demands an apology from someone that calls a spade a spade (loudly) and gets one, has yet to apologize for even one of his lies or anti American statements or affiliations.

Further, he’s only defended by the anti American progressive fascist left wingers.

Where are we headed here?

Spiritk9 on September 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM

The federal courts have ruled that illegals must be treated in ERs; the SCOTUS let that position stand by not ruling. HR 3200 DOES say that illegals are not to be covered but the House majority has REJECTED amendments to explicitly address how to verify who is receiving care. Yes, a statement of intent in HR 3200 but no method to verify. So to say illegals will not receive care, assuming President Obama knows what are court rulings impacting the present laws and in HR 3200, is disingenuous; some would say that specifically stating that illegals will not be covered knowing the above makes one a liar or worse unknowledgeable, since he taught constitutional law and is a Harvard lawyer.

Therefore regardless of the wording of the bill, if the courts ruled that hospitals that receive federal monies via Medicare and Medicare must treat everyone, why wouldn’t a federal insurance program not fall into the same category. Just recognizing what has happened in the past and logically applying it to the future. Just saying.

amr on September 13, 2009 at 7:25 PM

It begins with bringing your tea bags into the voting booth in 2010, and burning out the infection that raised our national debt to astronomical heights.

Yes We Will!

redridinghood on September 13, 2009 at 8:04 PM

The cure for the spending virus is difficult. It begins with bringing your tea bags into the voting booth in 2010, and burning out the infection that raised our national debt to astronomical heights. Once this is done, we can discuss a treatment plan for the much older New Deal pathogens that made us vulnerable to this deadly secondary infection.

AMEN!
More BRILLIANT musings from DOCTOR ZERO. Thanks DOC!

Khun Joe on September 13, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Hey there
Pig man
Ha ha
Charade you are

Woo

Coronagold on September 13, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Obamao wants to bring the illegals “out of the shadows” and into the halo of Government Care.

HR3200 and all of its manifestations floating around the Dem-run committees in the House and Senate are riddled with swine flue and (red) tapeworm.

Kill the bill and sanitize Congress. Distribute copies of the Constitution to Congress. It’s shorter (and clearer) than these bills. Then, Congress, take a long recess and get to know your constituents better, take a course in Econ 101, and spend some quality time with your families. The nation will get along without your meddling quite well.

onlineanalyst on September 13, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Anyone who wastes your time arguing that government health care won’t be extended to illegal aliens is guilty of producing unnecessary carbon emissions.

The best way to make the Left see this is to challenge them to explain how they intend to prevent it. And when they bring up the fact that the bill says “illegals aren’t to be paid for,” demand to know how that will be enforced.

Blacksmith on September 13, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Wilson and the Republicans should agree to this demand, provided every Democrat who called George Bush a liar follows Wilson in offering an apology to the former president.

Sorry, but I have to part with you on this, Doctor Zero. Wislon was correct and the Democrats who used the same terms (and worse) were all lying, themselves, when they said it of Bush. I don’t like equating Wilson with Dem lying about Bush being a liar.

I would also mention that the decorum of Congression addresses was torn apart when The Precedent decided to abuse the power of his office and call such an address not for something of national interest, but for a purely partisan piece of legislation that is un-Constitutional, to boot. As soon as the Congress was sullied with that disgusting move (as The Precedent tried to use the address to imply to naive and stupid people, such as MegaMac, that this un-Constitutional health care legislation was some sort of State of The Union level object with all the backing of formal US law and tradition) there was no longer any sense of the normal decorum that would be assumed for, say, a SoTU address or an address about some pressing issue of national security. I would like to note that Dems often like to try to compare social issues to national security issues, as if there is some sort of parity between them – which there obviously isn’t.

progressoverpeace on September 13, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Thanks much to the uber-awesome Dr Zero for another great piece.

Over the weekend I caught a news report covering Federal spending on beach sand. The report shows we spend $100 million annually to replace beach sand that constantly disappears from politically “select” beaches.

This gubmint “shoveling sh*t against the tide” expose offers one more argument as to why we should keep their grubby hands far, far away from our health care.

Sweet_Thang on September 14, 2009 at 3:07 PM

What illegals? Pres. Obama will just give them all amnesty. Illegal alien issue solved.

Yakko77 on September 14, 2009 at 7:20 PM