Wednesday, February 5, 2014

George Orwell Tried to Tell Us

My wife had the evening news on last night while I was trying to eat supper.  I think it was CBS, but it's all BS, so it doesn't make much difference.  The story was about the CBO report that confirms Obamacare will cost 2 or 2.5 million full-time jobs. 

Those of us who are not challenged by simple arithmetic probably don't become journalists.  The loss of a couple of million taxpayers is the loss of a few billion dollars.  But, as they say on the Sham-Wow commercials, that's not all.  According to the news reader, in his official capacity as part of the DNC ministry of information, it is a Good Thing that these people are leaving the work force because they were only working to pay their health insurance premium which will now be covered by Obamacare subsidies. 

Not only does the government lose the revenue from those workers, a greater deficit is created because other taxpayers will be paying the insurance premiums of those who have left the workforce.  For some of them, we will be paying all their bills.

The counter argument might be that the jobs those 2 million were doing are still there, and they will be replaced by the unemployed. That's not what the CBO projection says.  The jobs themselves will go away as companies reduce the number of employees to try and desperately wriggle out from under the Obamacare mandates.

It is a dangerous downward spiral.  The average person is either too busy working fourteen hour days or already enjoying the government dole and will not pay attention to what is happening.  

Sometimes, even the guy pedaling the BS is shocked by how well it works, like Orwell's Winston:
It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it. 

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