Don’t want to work? Cool

Because apparently you’re not alone. Remember this?

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.

Think of an economy where folks could stay home downloading porn or playing on the xbox without worrying about having to pay for shit.

The head of the Congressional Budget Office on the effects of Obamacare:

Elmendorf explained that Americans would choose not to work because they could subsist on the generous government insurance subsidies and Medicaid payments in the health care overhaul. “Some provisions of the legislation will discourage people from working more hours or entering the workforce and other provisions will encourage them to work more.” But, he said, “the net effect will be reduction in the supply of labor, “largely attributable to the substantial expansion of Medicaid and the provision of subsidies through the new insurance exchanges.”

Obama FTW.

Speaking at a little-noted event at the University of Southern California’s Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, Mr. Elmendorf noted that, outside the healthcare sector of our economy, the greatest impact of the Obamacare agenda will be in the labor market. It was October 22nd, just days away from the big midterm election, and Elmendorf’s presence at this conference, and his remarks at the conference, did not receive nearly the amount of press attention that they deserved.

Mr. Elmendorf stated that, in some cases, Americans will simply choose not to work, because their needs for healthcare will be provided by the enhanced Medicaid funding that is provided for in the Obamacare law. As Journalist Matt Cover noted at CNSNews.com (he was one of few journalists that actually reported on this event), this assessment of Obamacare by Mr. Elmendorf coincides with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s remarks last May.

Crux of the argument?

In short, our federal government has incentivized (some) people to consume more than they produce. And this is a very destructive thing.

Unfortunately, this is also a common thing. When government tells people “you don’t have to provide for yourself, you can instead choose to subsist off of somebody else’s effort,” it is inevitable that some people will choose the latter. And when people make this type of choice, it does long term damage to themselves and their families and to the broader society as well.

It doesn’t take a genius (or a Nobel prize winner) to see that if you make life easier for the slackers … more people will join those ranks. So, why did the smartest president EVA decide that America should be a place where people get shit for nothing?

For one, naivety may have been the culprit. In the rigid and ideologically narrow worlds of liberal academia and politics (worlds in which Barack Obama has lived most all of his life), the lessons of history are usually ignored, and the possibility of government welfare programs “failing” isn’t even considered.

It is also possible that less productivity in America may be a part of President Obama’s actual agenda for “change.” If, for example, the President desires to not only elevate the “poor” in America, but also to “lower” the “wealthy” – perhaps as a means of, as he often says, “leveling the playing field” and bringing the “rich” and the “poor” closer together – then Obamacare would seem to fulfill his economic agenda. In this scenario, our nation as a whole becomes less prosperous (which in the minds of many would make for a “more fair” world), yet such a scheme purports to prevent people from “failing” too much, while preventing others from being “too successful.”

So, is this a feature or a bug of Obamacare?

And, socialism in general.

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7 Comments on “Don’t want to work? Cool”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    Thus far the White house has handed out 111 waivers, up from 33, and rising, exempting certain employers from Obamacare. Why? Because they know that it is a job killer.

    When the legislation hits my company, assuming that the Supreme Court does not do the right thing and strike it down, each of my employees will get a raise equivalent to what their health insurance costs me, then I will cancel the policies. Or I’ll just shut the company down and retire. I’ll be eligible for Social Security in March.

  2. Al Dente Says:

    Happy Monday!

    Speaker Pelosi says the lame-duck Dems will repeal the Law of Gravity to mitigate airplane crashes – SHOCKING story at:

    http://spnheadlines.blogspot.com/2010/11/pelosi-creates-new-leadership-roles.html

    Peace! 🙂

  3. Car in Says:

    Nice list , too, of those given waivers.

    Unfortunately, to receive a waiver it appears you must have political capital with the administration to be accepted. For most small businesses, you will be incurring the new taxes, fees, and programs that will add thousands to your bottom line, and in more than a few cases, might cause a small business to close their doors.

    So, unless you know someone you’re shit out of luck. But don’t worry, because this is the new order of things. There are the political elite, and then everyone else who lives, sweats, and works to support ’em.

  4. Eddie The Bear Says:

    Oceancat approves of not working and forcing others to pay for her lifestyle.

  5. MCPO Airdale Says:

    I would respond to this, but I just rolled a fattie and I’m gonna play Modern Warfare on the Xbox. Anyone got any Cool Ranch Doritos?

  6. agiledog Says:

    Add to this 99 weeks of unemployment, and free healthcare, and food stamps, and welfare, and dependent benefits – why work? 99 weeks of unemployment? Come on, guys, just add the 5 weeks and say it: TWO YEARS.


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