One expert estimates that 129 million people, 68% of those who buy health insurance, will lose their plan by the end of 2014 because of Obamacare.

Genesis cover

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Finding out what’s in it: One expert estimates that 129 million people, 68% of those who buy health insurance, will lose their plan by the end of 2014 because of Obamacare.

I am sure all those people will be grateful to Obama and the Democrats for standing strong and shutting down the government rather than allow any changes to this law.

Note: I keep repeating this point about the government shutdown because it is important to remember the real cause of that shutdown: The Republicans objected to Obamacare and the Democrats endorsed it. We mustn’t forget this very fundamental fact as we watch Obamacare roll over the country like a bulldozer.


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  • Cotour

    And in the wake of the Bulldozer the brave new progressive world will be built.

    Is the abandonment of the Constitution the rubble that the new world will be built upon? And the people perpetrating this new paradigm truly believe that they are doing the best works of their lives.

    Sick, sick, sick.

  • Pzatchok

    I for one welcome our new overlords.

    I can see that all they do is for our best wishes and well being.
    They offer everything and ask so little in return how could they be wrong?

  • Edward

    “Like a bulldozer”? Gee, that implies construction. This is pure destruction. It is more like a thermonuclear device gone wrong.

    “How could they be wrong?” (I know, that was said with much sarcasm, but …) Funny you should ask.

    I have a new theory about the intelligentsia that is running this country, and this theory points out how they could be wrong. I call it the Aristotle Syndrome. Aristotle (and Plato, and others of their time) believed that because he was so smart, all he had to do was sit and think about something to figure it out. There was the other popular thought at the time that experimentation was necessary to prove that the thinking was right, but this philosophy was overruled by the Aristotelian intelligentsia. Thus, for two millennia, mankind thought that heavier objects fell faster in proportion to their weight (and other misgivings). And that was perhaps the best work of his life. We lost a couple of millennia of scientific and technological progress because of such thinking. Thus, ‘very smart’ people can easily fool themselves into thinking that they are right when they are, in reality, very wrong.

    The modern ruling intelligentsia believes similarly. They think of a solution (e.g. Keynesian Economics) and if it doesn’t work when they apply it, they reason that the failure is because not enough was applied, because the theory *must* be right — after all, they thought of it, and they are very smart. One of the latest examples of this is the recent failed stimulus plan. When $800 billion didn’t improve the economy, they declared that they needed another $50 billion in order for it to work (i.e. they missed it by 6%). It is ironic, however, that this same intelligentsia claims to be scientific when they deny the evidence before their very eyes (‘who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?’). We are losing our future financial and sociological well being due to such thinking.

    I know that this new theory of mine is true, because I thought of it, and I am very smart.

  • John M. Egan

    I like it! ’tis great!

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