Malice in Plunderland (w/apologies to Dwight Lee)

by Don Boudreaux on October 30, 2009

in Frenetic Fiddling, Health, Man of System, Other People's Money, Politics, Regulation, Seen and Unseen

Here’s the Denver Post‘s David Harsanyi on the health-care bill currently on the table in Congress.  Harsanyi’s penultimate paragraph summarizes the point nicely:

And few can compete with its deception. The bill’s intentions are cloaked in euphemisms and it is teeming with ulterior motives, all cobbled together in closed-door meetings where industry payoffs are offered using taxpayer dollars to facilitate a power grab of unprecedented cost.

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Randy October 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

You will, of course, need to be plastered to buy Pelosi’s fantastical proposition that 450,000 words of new regulations, rules, mandates, penalties, price controls, taxes and bureaucracy will have the transformative power to “provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending . . . .”

450 thousand words will not be nearly enough to define the complexity of the system they intend to transform. 450 billion words would not be nearly enough. What 450 thousand words is enough to do is demonstrate the incredible egos of the authors.

Randy October 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

You will, of course, need to be plastered to buy Pelosi’s fantastical proposition that 450,000 words of new regulations, rules, mandates, penalties, price controls, taxes and bureaucracy will have the transformative power to “provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending . . . .”

450 thousand words will not be nearly enough to define the complexity of the system they intend to transform. 450 billion words would not be nearly enough. What 450 thousand words is enough to do is demonstrate the incredible egos of the authors.

Anonymous October 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm

What’s in the health care bill? How much are the taxpayers on the hook for? Damn, man. It’s, it’s a mystery. It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma. The stupid legislators don’t even know. Don’t you get it!? Damn, man!

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