After you fill out your U.S. Census form (for libertarians, it will take about 10 seconds, for everyone else, expect about 10 minutes), watch this:
Are you looking for a way to get around the individual mandate in ObamaCare? You’d better find a job in Washington:
Top staffers buzzed yesterday on an off-the-record Capitol Hill list-serv, citing the part of the mammoth legislation that deals with members of Congress. The federal government can only make available to members and their official staffs health plans created by the bill or offered through an exchange.
But a member’s staff, in a subsection of the bill, is defined as “full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.” CRS has interpreted that clause to mean the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff.
The loophole for leadership staffers could impact thousands of Hill employees. There are 16 active leadership offices in the House and 26 in the Senate, according to the government transparency website LegiStorm. Some are small, with just a few employees. Others are much larger; Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid 54 employees a total of $1.1M in the last quarter of ‘09, while House Min. Leader John Boehner paid his 26 staffers a total of $721K in the same quarter.
You could also become Amish. They got an exemption as well. There is no exemption for those of us that just desparately want to be left alone.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-WI), the guy that sold his vote on ObamaCare for executive order to ban federal funding for abortion and some pork in his district, now admits that the promise given by President Barack Obama is worth nothing.
From the Declaration of Independence: “He [the present King of Great Britain] has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.”
The above statement most certainly describes, with great accuracy, any number of agencies of the federal government, the Internal Revenue Service in particular. This year, it could well apply to the U.S. Census Bureau, in its campaign (what else could we call it?) to make sure that all of the people respond to the 2010 Census.
Today, I received in the mail a little postcard, with the following return address:
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. Census Bureau
8411 Kelso Drive
Essex, MD 21261-6666
On the front, just above the address, set apart by a rectangular box, was the the following statement: “Your response to the U.S. Census Bureau is required by law.” Oh!!!!! (Shudder!!!) Kennedy: Be afraid… be very afraid! You haven’t yet responded to the 2010 Census. They are going to get you!
On the back of the postcard is contained the following letter, dated March 22 (that’s yesterday… amazing, isn’t it, how quickly the U.S. Post Office delivers mail from the Washington, D.C. area when it is coming from the Census Bureau).
A few days ago, you should have received a request to participate in the 2010 Census. It was sent to your address as part of our effort to conduct the most accurate census possible.
It is important that you respond. If you have already provided your census information, please accept our sincere thanks. There is no need to provide your answers again. If you have not responded, please provide your information as soon as possible.
The late great Pres. Ronald Reagan once famously equated politicians to prostitutes. That little quip drew self-conscious titters from both sides of the political aisle.
But the “Gipper” was wrong, not in principle but in terminology. Politicians aren’t prostitutes. They’re pimps.
Had Reagan lived to see the latest effort in socializing his beloved Republic, the “Gipper” would no longer question which group – peddlers of flesh or influence - is the worst of those willing to trade the sacred for the profane. He’d know.
Because once President Barack Obama signs the so-called health care bill, imposing the most sweeping government devaluation of individual liberty in a generation, he will have legalized a political prostitution Reagan couldn’t have imagined. I suspect Reagan would have watched with growing horror as federal lawmakers dealt away Constitutional freedoms for the scant comfort of executive orders and sweet, home-district bribes.
It’s as if Washington D.C. has become its own red-light district, and prostitution its chief commodity. After all, Democrats hawked their latest bill of health-care goods as a feel-good scheme couched in meaningless phrases of social justice and human rights.
Prostitutes at least have the minimal comfort of knowing that though they’re selling a profoundly intimate and personal value, it is at least theirs to sell. Politicians, on the other hand, act as unprincipled pimps, selling others into the slavery of government dependence with nary a thought for the value they cheapen.
So, I decided to get tattooed yesterday.
It’s ironic that Patrick Henry said these words against tyranny and oppression 235 years ago to the day that President Barack Obama signs a bill that massively expands government involvement in our lives:
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
H/T: Below the Beltway
While I disagree with complaints from Minority Leader John Boehner and Republicans on Medicare cuts, he did give the best speech against ObamaCare during the debate.
It’s worth hearing again:
Not much to see here, just the obligatory “Biden tells Obama that signing the health care bill into law is a big effing deal” post.
To be sure, this isn’t a scandal, and it’s certainly nothing to get worked up about. It’s just funny.
I can imagine the president’s reply was a lot like this scene in Forrest Gump.
Forrest: “But you ain’t got no legs Lt. Dan!”
Lt. Dan: “Yes, I know that.”