That’s right. These will be the talking points of progressives from now until November.

We are already seeing the bomb throwers crawling out from under their rocks with claims of racial epitaphs, yet no one has produced a single piece of evidence confirming this claim. It must really be prevalent too, being there aren’t many video cameras around these days.

None the less, even if a few kooks were out of line, it says nothing about the 70% of Americans  who oppose Obamacare on principle.

The fact that there are many citizens of color who will benefit from this new legislation allows the left to play the race card in the debate and believe me, they will.

Of course, anyone who opposes the legislation must surely hate children because under this new plan, they will no longer suffer “discrimination” by evil insurance companies due to preexisting conditions, even though most children are already covered under SCHIP.

Clearly, there is no way anyone could oppose this “historic” legislation unless they’re simply a racist homophobe who hates poor children.

There couldn’t be any other reason to oppose Obamacare. You know, like spending 2.5 trillion dollars we don’t have on a massive new entitlement that will eventually bankrupt the country, as well as raise taxes in the midst of a recession, while shredding the constitution.

Nah, that couldn’t be it…..

VAT is a tax that you pay when you buy goods and services in the European Union (EU), including the United Kingdom. Where VAT is payable, it’s normally included in the price of the goods or service you buy.

The VAT is the biggest ATM machine in the world. And, as you say, it is used in Europe. And it is successful in bringing in cash because a small tweak of it, a tiny increase, which is hard to see in disguise, brings in a lot of revenue, and that’s why it’s liked in Europe and used.

The reason that people are talking about it here is because the expansion of healthcare is going to be so expensive under the Obama plans. Originally, the idea was that the cash cow would be the carbon tax, the cap and trade system, in which the government sells pollution rights.

The problem is that it’s been working its way in Congress, and in order to appease the Midwestern states that are coal producing and that are industrial and that would be ruined under a carbon tax, it has been re-jiggered so that over 80 percent of the permits will be given away for free. So no revenue.

So in the absence of that, the discussion of a VAT is beginning. link

This is how EU socialist countries are trying to fund their massive entitlements. Yet, they are still going broke.

Considering we already have 3 unsustainable entitlements, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which have combined unfunded liabilities of 112 Trillion dollars, and now a brand new Health Insurance entitlement that will add trillions more to the debt, A VAT is the only way to prop up the system for a few more years.

1) Government now runs the financial system and controls all banks.
2) Government owns or controls 90% of the mortgages in the United States.
3) Government owns over 30% of the land in America.
4) Government has taken over most of the auto-industry.
5) Government has taken over the student loan system.
6) Government has now taken over the last piece of the puzzle, the health care industry.

There’s not much left, except for the energy sector and that’s next on the progressive agenda.

This going to end really badly. How’s that “Real Change” working out for ya?

Update:  Readers asked for references and clarification of items 2 & 3

Item #2

The dollar volume of mortgages financed at the end of 1995 illustrates the relative sizes of those intermediary markets: Fannie Mae, $770 billion; Freddie Mac, $570 billion; Ginnie Mae, $465 billion; and fully private conduits, $200 billion. Whereas Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have about 65 percent of the market for mortgage intermediary services, they have virtually 100 percent of the market for securitizing conventional mortgages up to $207,000. CBO PDF

Fannie and Freddie, on the other hand, are in every market across the country, and they accommodate all conditions. This is their only business. Thus, they will continue to provide the widest range of options to the multifamily market. In fact, over the past year, when all of the other sources of mortgage capital left the market, the GSEs continued to meet industry needs. Some estimates suggest they now account for 85 to 90 percent of all mortgage debt issued.  commercialbanc.com

By the first quarter of 2008, more than 80 percent of all mortgages issued were purchased or guaranteed by Fannie/Freddie. ucsd

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are responsible for about 70 percent of all new mortgages this year, while the Federal Housing Administration accounts for about 20 percent. wallstreetjobreport

Item #3

It’s a map of how much land is owned in America by the federal government. They own nearly 650 million acres of land — almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States.
But look at how it’s distributed: It’s overwhelmingly in the West. Nevada is almost 90 percent federally owned land. Alaska is nearly three quarters federally owned. Compare that to the East. States are in the single digits. Even Texas is only 2 percent federally owned land. foxnews

In all, the bill would generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes by 2019, according to an analysis by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan agency. The bill also imposes about $69 billion more in penalties for individuals and businesses who don’t meet mandates to buy insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office, another nonpartisan agency.

Higher Medicare Taxes

Most of the revenue would come from higher Medicare taxes on about 1 million individuals earning more than $200,000 and about 4 million couples filing jointly who make more than $250,000.

The legislation would for the first time apply Medicare taxes to investment income received by these households, beginning in 2013. The 3.8 percent rate would apply to unearned income such as realized capital gains, dividends, interest, rents and royalties. It wouldn’t apply to other income subject to income taxes, including interest from municipal bonds and retirement accounts such as 401(k) plans until funds are withdrawn.

Obama’s budget proposes to allow the existing 15 percent tax rate on dividends and capital gains to rise to 20 percent in 2011 for the same high-earners. Layering a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on top of that would mean a new top rate on dividends and capital gains of 23.8 percent. The top tax rates on interest and rental income would rise to as high as about 44 percent, assuming other Obama tax increases on high-earners are enacted.

Individual’s Share

The bill also increases the individual’s share of Medicare tax currently imposed on salaries starting at $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples to 2.35 percent, from 1.45 percent currently.

The combination of the new Medicare taxes and Obama’s budget proposals, if they were in place this year, would cost a married couple with a household income of $5 million an extra $287,100 in taxes, according to analysis by the consulting firm Deloitte Tax in Washington. Click here for more..

All of this will only fund 6 years of entitlements. That’s not including the other 500 billion dollars that is suppose to come from Medicare cuts, which will all know will never happen. That means we double these new taxes, or borrow the money from China or just print up the money, which will cause massive inflation.

Sure, it would be nice to have free health care for everyone but there is no free lunch and anyone who claims otherwise is a liar. Someone has to pay.

I think this clip sums up where we are heading..

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When the French Government recently suggested cutting some of the handouts, there was rioting in the streets. Is that’s where we are heading in America?

After all the bluster and principled stand on the public option, Kucinich abandons his convictions and switches his NO vote to a YES vote on Obama Care. All it took was a single ride with Obama on-board Air Force One.

Listen to Dennis flip flop in his own words…

So much for principled convictions..

Health Insurance Reform Does Nothing To Control Health Care Costs

There are no provisions in the current insurance reform bill to address the rising cost of health care. This bill is simply a massive entitlement program that extends health insurance (not health care) to millions of citizens who currently do not have insurance, for whatever reason. The legislation does not address the extreme high cost of actual health care, such as charging $20 for an aspirin, controlling waste, fraud and abuse, nor does it eliminate defensive medicine, which results in needless and overpriced tests and procedures. There are no provisions to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, which would bring real competition into the system and drive down prices.

Instituting Massive New Taxes and Dubious Accounting Gimmicks To Claim Deficit Reduction

The legislation will cost an estimated 1 trillion dollars in the first 10 years. Certainly, taxes can be increased to help cover the first 10 years of new costs associated with extending health insurance to millions of uninsured individuals. $500 billion in new taxes are included in this bill. Here is a list of just a few of these new taxes.

* Tax on high-end health insurance plans: $149.1 billion (with carved out exemptions for most union members)
* Capping flexible spending accounts at $2,500: $14.6 billion
* Fees for drug makers: $22.2 billion
* Fees for medical device makers: $19.3 billion
* Fees for health insurance companies: $60.4 billion
* Higher floor for deducting medical expenses: $15.2 billion
* Higher payroll tax for top earners: $53.8 billion
* Tax on cosmetic surgery: $5.8 billion

Of course, this actually increases the cost of medical care, which is fiscal insanity. All of these fees will result in higher medical costs and those costs will be passed on to the insurance policy holders.

The other $500 billion will come from cuts and savings in Medicare, which is suppose to extend the life of Medicare. However, the $500 billion will be spent to extend health insurance to millions of non-insured under this new bill. You cannot spend the same money twice but that is what Obama and the proponents of this legislation are saying. This is about as intellectually dishonest as it gets. It’s an out and out lie to claim this will extend the life of Medicare when it will have just the opposite affect.

Another gimmick in this bill is that the taxes will be collected for 10 years but the benefits will kick in only in the last 6 years. So, you’re collecting 10 years of taxes to pay for 6 years of benefits, concealing the true cost of the bill over a 10 year period. Under this kind of dubious accounting, it is intellectually dishonest to claim this bill will reduce the deficit.

The $300 billion dollar so called “Doctor Fix” is not even included in this legislation, which if added to the bill, would result in a overall increase in the deficit. The only reason it was left out of the bill is so they could get it scored by the CBO to show a decrease in the deficit. Again, a very intellectually dishonest maneuver.

All Citizens Forced To Purchase A Government Approved Level Of Insurance Under An Individual Mandate

This is one of the most disturbing elements of the bill. There is no provision under the constitution which allows the government to force citizens to purchase anything. The proponents of this legislation point to auto insurance as a model. However, driving a vehicle is a privilege. Unlike a heath insurance mandate, no one is forced to purchase and drive a vehicle so no one is forced to purchase “liability” insurance.

The bill contains provisions which allow the IRS to come after your property if you choose not to purchase government mandated insurance. You can be fined, your property can be seized and you can be tossed in jail if you do not comply. Is this the America you want to live in? Some people believe doctors are mere pawns of big pharma and much of the so called “medicine” being dolled out causes more health complications than it does to fix medical conditions it is intended to cure. Those people should not be forced to participate in an insurance and medical system in which they have no confidence.

If the government can force citizens to purchase a commodity or service, we will find ourselves on a very slippery slope which will allow the government to force us to purchase anything they deem necessary for the collective. This is not a principle on which this country was founded and I hope the citizens will stand up and oppose this assault on our liberty, our freedom and our constitution.

Health Insurance Is Not A Fundamental Right

The government does not extend rights. We are born with inalienable rights, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Housing is not a right. Food and clothing is not a right. A job is not a right. Health insurance is not a right. If any person would like housing, food, clothing or heath insurance, it is up to the individual to purchase those things. We have the right to pursue happiness but that doesn’t mean we will all be happy. We are all created equal but that doesn’t mean we will all end up equal. That is a fantasy of Communist Utopians.

Obama Care Is A Naked Redistribution Of Wealth

The goal of the proposed insurance reform bill is to extend health insurance coverage to all individuals living in the United States. The only way for this to be achieved is to force younger, healthier individuals into an insurance pool. The premiums on the younger/healthier individuals will be increased to unfair levels in order to cover the increasing number of sick and elderly, including those with preexisting conditions. This is pure redistribution of monies from one group to another, with no regard for the skyrocketing cost of health care. Forcing an insurance company to cover those with preexisting conditions is NOT insurance. A good analogy is that if my house burns down today, I would still be able to take out fire insurance tomorrow, so as to cover my home’s preexisting condition (burnt to the ground).

Obama care would transform insurance companies into government subsidized and controlled 3rd party payer systems, which have nothing to do with actual insurance. It will be a system whereby a private entity will be administering a new government entitlement system. Many citizens see this as much worse than a single payer system due to the profit being made by the insurance companies and some politicians on the left oppose this legislation for those exact reasons. However, it will be convenient for politicians to blame the insurance companies when the rationing, we all know is coming, ratchets up.

Summary

To sum up, this health insurance reform legislation will not lower costs. At great monetary costs, through back room deals, bribes and political payoffs, and at the expense of individual liberty, it will cover more people. It amounts to forced charity, through a government mandated redistribution of wealth, which in reality, is not charity all. Far from it, actually.

We should abandon this exceedingly flawed and unconstitutional legislation in favor of true reform that doesn’t abandon free market capitalism and the principles on which this nation was founded. If our non-representing representatives insist on forcing this legislation onto the citizenry, we should make them pay dearly at the ballot box and do everything in our power to repeal the legislation and elect representatives who actually listen to, and actually represent their constituents.

One of the most disturbing developments that has arisen out of the health care debate is how everyone appears to be on-board with the idea that insurance companies must now cover anyone with a pre-existing condition. What is being downplayed, or forgotten, is the fact that all citizens must be forced into purchasing health insurance if we require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. These two choices are not mutually exclusive. You simply can’t have one without the other and maintain a viable insurance system.

So, what’s the problem you ask? Well, aside from the obvious financial issues, requiring every U.S. citizen to purchase health insurance, or anything else for that matter, is unconstitutional on it’s face. The argument that everyone must carry liability insurance on their vehicles doesn’t hold water. I have a choice as to whether or not I choose to purchase a vehicle.  Many choose not to own a vehicle and those people are not required to carry insurance. This is the key difference. No one will have any choice in the matter of health insurance. All citizens would be required to purchase health insurance or have the I.R.S. come after their property, or worse yet, toss them in prison.

Where are the so called “conservatives” on this issue? Well, most of the GOP are on-board with these mandates, although they don’t use those words. They simply parrot the “cover pre-existing conditions” mantra while ignoring the other side of the equation, individual mandates.

If you want to understand why independents, libertarians and conservatives are running away from the GOP, look no further than this single pivot point in the health care debate. Those who still believe in liberty, freedom and personal responsibility are outraged by the idea of individual mandates. We see these mandates for what they really are, an attempt to control every aspect of our lives. It can be argued that every action we take can affect one’s heath and armed with these arguments, those who seek control will have a huge stick with which to force the citizenry into conformity, so as to benefit the collective.

I would suggest that before anyone jumps on the “pre-existing conditions”  bandwagon, they consider the other side of the equation, which is individual mandates. Consider carefully what this actually means to your liberty and your freedom. Take a close look at all politicians who are supporting these mandates, especially those holding themselves up as conservatives.

The neocons are still on the march.

Further reading on individual mandates can be found here.