Those Selfish Citizens

by Joe Keck

Obama_care_delayedWhite House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett explained that, on the employer mandate issue, the administration was making two changes.

“First, we are cutting red tape and simplifying the reporting process,” she wrote on the White House blog. She cited concerns that the law would have required companies to set up new data collection systems on employee access to health care.

“Some of this detailed reporting may be unnecessary for businesses that more than meet the minimum standards in the law.”

She went on to say,

“The administration plans to figure out a “smarter system.”

That was a report from FOX News regarding Obama’s deep and worried feelings for our health and how he’s trying to fix it. Why would we want freedom and liberty when we can be taken care of with such “cited concerns” as our Government is giving us?

Jarrett also said that the administration would delay the roll-out and penalties since they were overhauling the reporting system.

“This allows employers the time to test the new reporting systems and make any necessary adaptations to their health benefits while staying the course toward making health coverage more affordable and accessible for their workers.”

See folks, things are looking up already.

Oh, and they’re protecting us too. Check this out,

According to the U.S. government’s own figures, last year the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court received 1,789 applications for approval of government spying operations and OK’d all but one. Since 2001, according to a report in Salon based on government figures collected by the Federation of American Scientists, more than 15,000 applications were approved and only 10 denied. The Supreme Soviet of Cold War Russia was a less effective rubber stamp.

How about this,

The Agriculture Department on Thursday effectively banned the sale of snack foods like candy, cookies and sugary drinks, including sports drinks, in schools, making it harder for students to avoid the now-healthier school meals by eating snacks sold in vending machines.

The new rules were required under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was passed by Congress in 2010 with broad bipartisan support.

If we would just let them run us, take care of us, show us the way, all would be grand. I mean, how can we mere citizens, mere peons know how to best design and maintain our lives and futures as well as those ever-sagacious politicians in Washington?

The Federal Government has no money. None. All of their money – and make not mistake, they think it’s their money – comes from us. And how selfish of us to want to take that money away from them. According to economist Paul Krugman in a piece from The New York Times,

“it’s time to get really angry . . . We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote higher spending on a temporary basis.”

See? The problem is, we’re just not spending enough of the people’s money. All those selfish Americans wanting lower taxes just aren’t being generous enough. Our Government knows how to manage its fiscal finances, what’s wrong with you people?

Let’s take New Jersey, for instance. That state has a budget of a little under $29.4 billion. I’d that’s plenty of money to take care of its resident’s fiscal needs. Here’s an example of fiscal responsibility,

Over a 22-month period, New Jersey paid nearly $24 million in unemployment, welfare, pension and other benefits to 20,000 people who did not qualify for them because they were in prison, according to a report from the state comptroller released on Wednesday.

In one case, a former state employee collected more than $37,000 in pension benefits while in prison for the sexual assault of a minor. In another, a man began receiving unemployment benefits three months after he was imprisoned for illegal gun possession — despite a state law that requires people who receive benefits to be “available for work.”

So what’s the problem? Okay, yes, all of that Government power we’re giving our devoted Federal Big Brother is quite costly, and yes, the more Washington power grows the more our freedoms erode, and yes, ‘government’ is the biggest mass-murderer of innocent people in the history of, well, innocent people.

But hey, ‘ya can’t have it all.

Ahhh, but with one look at Barack Obama’s smiling face with those gleaming white teeth and thoughtful, imploring eyes, I just know he has my best interest at heart. He’ll take real good care of me. I’m sure of that. After all, I live in a house, not a womb.

About the Author

Joe Keck is a writer of horror, thriller, suspense, and other fiction, some poetry and music, with the occasional op-ed piece on current events, politics, and theology. Although born in Oklahoma, he was taken to Los Angeles when he was an infant, or as his mother described, "the ugliest little thing I've ever seen", and raised there on the West Coast. He considers himself to be far superior to most on the artistic merits of film and literature, seeing the vast majority of such to be well below adequate. He has four novels and many short stories to his credit, and hopes to one day have them published, promising to hold critics like himself in harsh derision. He's currently restoring a Jason 35 sailboat and plans to sail the world, writing horror stories, and marveling at the illustrative works of the Creator and His Divine story-telling imagery. You may Find Joe's Website at

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