“The lawlessness of Obamacare, root and branch.”

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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“The lawlessness of Obamacare, root and branch.”

The author details one by one the numerous lawless aspects of this law and the administration that created it, illustrating bluntly that, as damaging as Obamacare is to the health insurance industry, it has been far more harmful to the rule of law and the American system of justice and Constitutional government.

Weep for our country if Obamacare stands.


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  • Cotour

    This whole thing reminds me of someone who is taking his dog to the vet to be put down because the dog is a brown dog and the owner has decided that he wants a red dog. The owner explains to the dog as they make the drive that he “completely understands” why he, the dog, may not want to be put down, but its going to happen anyway and that the dog should trust the owner.

    This whole thing from the start is un-American.

  • Jwing

    We are witnessing smiley-faced progressivism complete with passive non-aggression, faux compassion and the heartless mendacity of an ideologue from infamy.

    It never ends well.

    It is time for Americans of every political stripe to wake up from their complacency and demand this nightmare end by the complete repeal of Obamacare now.

  • wodun

    ” If the Republicans had any brains, they would move now to propose a full repeal of Obamacare.”

    I agree with this. Every day the House should vote to repeal Obamacare and keep sending it to the Senate. If Obamacare continues down its current path, the pressure to get rid of the law will be insurmountable even for Senate Democrats.

    The best way to fix Obamacare is to get rid of Obamacare.

  • Edward

    The end of this essay is telling.

    “Unfortunately, today’s administrative state gives so much power to unelected bureaucrats—who are protected against any meaningful control by voters—that they can alter, manipulate, and change the law almost at will.”

    This means that the rules and regulations, which have the force of law, are not coming from our elected representatives. We are now suffering from ‘regulation without representation.’

    “The result is a breakdown in the rule of law and an arbitrary system in which the government operates, not according to predictable standards and meaningful rules, but according to political whim and in arbitrary, day-to-day, ad hoc manner.”

    In order for business, or even citizens, to operate freely and without fear of arbitrary punishment, we have to have a clearly defined, stable set of laws, rules, and regulations that we can follow. Otherwise, we do not know how to run our businesses, invest our money, or even travel down the street. With all these arbitrary, poorly thought out (low quality) laws, their associated regulations, and the president’s announcements of not enforcing them, we cannot plan for tomorrow, budget for next year, or feel safe from our own government. I once had a girlfriend who would not save in an IRA, because she feared that the law would change and the IRA would be taxed away from her. Even bad law is better than unstable laws, because at least we can plan.

    No wonder the insurance industry is so upset right now.

    US Business during the Great Depression had similar problems coping with constantly changing laws and regulations. That was one of the reasons that the depression continued for so long. It was less the spending on the war that ended the depression but was more the distraction of Congress away from making changes to the business laws.

    Ever since the enactment of Obamacare, we have been waiting for all this to settle down in 2014 so that we could get back to the business of doing business — but the hoped for stability is gone, now.

    Consistency in law and its enforcement are why constitutional nations are more successful than those with regimes that change with leadership.

  • wodun

    “We are now suffering from ‘regulation without representation.’”

    That has a nice ring to it.

  • America in the 21st century: First world infrastructure; Third world government. 66 million voted for it; 66 million own the problem.

  • Pzatchok

    This has been true for years in the firearms area.

    Just by changing a single word in a ‘rule'(that has the force of law behind it) they make some weapons illegal which had previously been legal or even just their parts in some cases.

  • ken anthony

    My disappointment is that the stupid party is not prepared to respond to the idiotic question, “What would you replace ACA with?”

    The answer is replace it with free enterprise and address individual issues with focussed legislation. Assuming it’s not a made up problem, fix it in a way that doesn’t involve everybody else. If they claim that can’t be done, call them liars, tell them to go sit in a corner and let the adults work on it.

  • Edward

    Maybe the adults can give us higher quality legislation.

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