Pelosi to Slackers: Relax!
posted at 3:11 pm on March 12, 2010 by J.E. Dyer
I really think she has overplayed a weak hand with this one:
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk, but not job loss because of a child with asthma or someone in the family is bipolar—you name it, any condition—is job locking.
(Full transcript of her interview yesterday with Rachel Maddow here. H/t: multiple sources, including Rush Limbaugh.)
This is so far out beyond even the left field of reality, it could only have come from a woman whose husband is very, very rich. There is something sort of “Lost Horizons” about it, this idea that there’s a Shangri-La, if we can only get to it by turning our health care over to the federal government, where the Tibetan monks will happily labor from dawn to dusk, satisfied with their primitive lot, so the alienated Englishman can find himself at last.
But, of course, this Shangri-La is supposed to be in Bucksnort, Tennessee, and the Tibetan monks are you and I, slogging away in the step van and the office pool. Presumably the alienated Englishmen aspiring to be photographers and writers will be self-selecting.
I call dibs.
Limbaugh professes to have been very angered by this lunatic passage from Pelosi, but I’m actually heartened to think of the people who heard it yesterday (granted, not all that many), and the ones who will hear it in the coming days. Because this is so over the top, hardly anyone in America would consider it defensible ground. It beautifully exposes the idiocy of the American hard-left’s national health care idea. It really is based on a thoroughly unrealistic, selectively elitist utopianism.
I don’t think Americans on average buy this kind of nonsense at all. Maybe Pelosi’s version of “I have a dream” will sink soundlessly, without a ripple, but I truly believe a majority of Americans are still hard-headed and sensible enough that if they do hear these words, even some of the die-hard supporters of the bills currently before Congress will peel away. Union leadership, for example, may be cynical enough to turn not a single hair at the concept of bricklayers and truck drivers working hard so wanna-be filmmakers can quit their day jobs and still have health “insurance.” But the actual bricklayers and truck drivers won’t be – and what’s even more important is that the average Joe, regardless of his own estate, won’t see that prospect as having any fairness about it whatsoever.
Common sense will also tell the average Joe that in this particular Shangri-La, a whole lot of people will opt to become aspiring performance artists rather than remain in the ranks of the hardworking monks. Nobody won’t have nuthin’, ‘cause who’ll want to work?
The logic of the Pelosi/Reid/Obama plan to transform health care always had to lead to this extreme manifestation. Guaranteed health “insurance,” no matter what, means exactly that. It means the incentive is gone for you to keep paying into the system, since there is no relationship between what you pay in and what you get out.
Great job, Nancy! Keep it up.
Cross-posted at The Optimistic Conservative.