Democratic State Chairman Mark Brewer. Ordinarily a pretty savvy political operator, Brewer is now suggesting five ballot propositions for the 2010 ballot. Their aim apparently is to improve the lot of Michigan citizens. But the result, as anyone with an iota of sense can see, would be to inflict horrifying damage on an already staggering state economy. They include:
● Mandating all employers to provide affordable health care for all their employees and dependents or pay a penalty.
● Raising the minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $10 per hour and covering all workers with no exceptions.
● Increasing unemployment benefits by $100 a week, making all workers eligible and adding six months to the time one can receive benefits.
●Cutting utility rates by 20%.
● Imposing a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures.
You know, I keep waiting for the tipping point – the point where people who work hard, pay their taxes, and fund the largess say “enough is enough”, and take substantive action. An alternative to a civil uprising would be, of course, having our governing “elite” figure out that they can’t keep strangling the productive members of society to subsidize the non-productive. (insert brief reality check here) All right, so civil uprising it will have to be, then. Soon, Nancy Pelosi, Barak Obama, and other assorted socialist scalawags are going to have their “let them eat cake” moment – and we all know how that turned out for Marie Antoinette.
While we’re talking about other people’s money, let’s play a little game. I mean, why stop at horrifying damage of a staggering state economy when we can go big and screw up a whole nation with nationalized health care, cap ‘n’ trade, whatever. Let’s say you need an artificial valve for your heart. Let’s say that without this valve, you will die within 24 hours. You’re in Texas, the valve’s in Seattle. Which of the following services do you pick to ship the valve to you?
United States Postal Service
Yay! 21st century technology!
Flames – no way you can beat flames.
Let’s see – 3 private companies who strive to provide customer satisfaction in order to gain market share and flourish. Or 1 governmental bureaucracy that really doesn’t care one way or the other – because they get paid by your tax dollars, regardless, and have market share by imperial fiat since competition with them is controlled. It’s really your choice – you get what you pay for. Or, in the USPS option, you get what I and every other taxpayer pays for – administrative overhead. But government run health care will be different. Really. Trust me.
All seriousness aside – you gotta pick UPS, right? I mean, a delivery truck with flames on it – how cool is that? Plus, all of their delivery personnel look like this:
I promise. With just as much sincerity as Obama when he claims that his health care plan won’t affect the deficit, and that you’ll never have to wait in line to see a Doctor or get a procedure.
OK, if my photo of the average UPS delivery person won’t sway you, then go read this. All of it. Pay special attention to the comment by the informed reader. I had to look these 2 words up – since I don’t think I have any readers, and certainly none deserving the “informed” appellation. But I digress.