For several months I have experienced a definite feeling of suffering a loss. It gets worse with every passing day, week , month. It is a loss that is hard to define but I know what sort it is in my own mind…it is just hard to articulate.
This morning while doing some of my usual morning reading on the internet, I read Peggy Noonan’s latest column in the WALL STREET JOURNAL and suddenly I got that "A-Ha" feeling you get when someone else articulates so well what you have been unable to express. Her columnn is titled "Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare" but the title is misleading when it comes to what I have felt I am losing recently. After a discussion of several paragraphs related to what is now happening in our nation regarding the citizens’ regard for the healthcare plan numbered #3200 in the House of Representatives, Noonan hit a nail on the head for me when she made this final statement in her essay:
"Americans in the most personal, daily ways feel they are less free than they used to be. And they are right, they are less free."
And in a nutshell, that is the articulation of my feeling of loss….I sense that I am losing my freedom in more and more ways since the Obama administration came to the presidency and the Congress became overwhelmingly one-sided. Many things have led up to this sense of loss.
I have lost a lot of economic freedom due to the passage of bills that went by the names of "The Stimulus" and the "Cap and Trade" bill. The huge and unprecedented increase in national debt and increasingly huge deficit overwhelms my sense of economic freedom but I especially feel it for my children and grandchildren who are going to be faced with the consequences of this recent presidential and congressional spending spree that will affect every one of us in this nation….presently and way into the future. I think what troubles me most is the insistence by the present Administration that this debt-ridden, deficit national spending is somehow going to solve the economic crisis we find ourselves in It makes no sense to me at all and adds to my feeling the loss of economic freedom.
After reading most of the particulars of a 300 page addition to the Cap and Trade bill that was sneaked in at approximately 3 a.m. on the day that the House was due to vote on that bill, I was overwhelmed with the huge number of utterly foolish and massive regulations on businesses and individuals…which will do nothing more than stifle an ecomomy that is already down for the count…. when heavy taxation is added to those who generate jobs, investments and everything else that is necessary for a healthy robust economy, how will out of control spending rescue the failing economy we have been seeing for too long?? And on a personal level, IF all these massive regulations are put in place, how will I…..Buffalogal…afford to pay for the massive increases that will be passed on by producers of electricity, gasoline, coal, natural gas and all the other means of energy we depend on to keep our homes and businesses running??? There certainly are no viable green energy sources in place to replace the energy sources that the Environmentalist want to snuff out. My retirement income is not going to increase, but my energy costs will increase, even double, if all the things I read in those 300 pages come to pass. Talk about feeling a loss of freedom!!!!! I have already practiced using less energy for several years. I am at a point where I cannot cut one more thing out of my daily living.
Curiously ( or not so curiously, if I think about it twice) both of the bills (Stimulus and Cap and Trade) that have (or will have, in the case of Cap and Trade) put us into more debt and deficit than any single time frame (just a few months) in our entire history as a nation, were both rushed through so fast that Members had no time to read them. Both of these bills were hurried in ways that we have not seen as yet in our history also…..Representatives in the House did not even have time to study the entire bill’s particulars and it seems that in order to get it passed while a Liberal/Socialist Majority is still available…that is the strategy….hurry, hurry, hurry, so nobody will really KNOW what is in the bill! And then there is another Loss of Freedom issue: the failure to keep the pre-election promise about being the MOST OPEN AND TRANSPARENT administration ever……this promise has gone the way of the Dodo….the promise to post all Bills 72 hours in advance of voting on them, has never been kept, nor will it be kept. A sense of Loss increases when you know you have been lied to.
I am also feeling a personal loss of freedom in that if the Obamacare health bill makes it through House and Senate, even in a reduced form from from what we are presently seeing—-I will personally feel a great Loss of Freedom about making my own considered decisions about my healthcare. Yesterday, I read the minority report of the House Ways and Means Committee which has studied, as much as they are able to study the bill in the hurry-up- and- pass- it- mode we are now acquainted with, made several key observations about troubling aspects of the healthcare bill. All of the issues related to having our own personal healthcare decisons being made by the government bureacracy which must accompany such an enactment of Health care bill # 3200.
Another proposed "czar"….a commonplace addition to this administration’s agenda…..let me count the czars…..well, we are going to get a Health Czar too, if 3200 passes and HE/SHE alone will be making many key decisions on our personal health care including being able to override state laws about healthcare for its own citizens. The "Health Czar" ….mentioned over 200 times in the bill….will answer only to President Obama….Congress will have no part of what the Czar does with healthcare decisions for American citizens. Taking in these details has only added to my sense of Personal Loss of Freedom.
The loss of personal, economic, and healthcare freedoms are all hallmarks of Socialist governments. After way over 200 years of the freedom that was given us by the founders of this nation, we are on the threshold of losing many of them, if things continue as we have watched them unfold in only one-half of one year.
One more quote from Peggy Noonan’s column says a lot about the National Mood which is close to my own personal one. Quoting from Noonan’s essay of July 25, 2009: "I think the plan (healthcare bill) is being slowed and may well be stopped, not by ideology, or even philosophy in a strict sense, but by simple American common sense. I suspect voters , the past few weeks, have been giving themselves an internal Q and A which goes something like this: ‘Will whatever healthcare bill is produced by Congress increase the deficit? Of course! Will it mean tax increases? Of course! Will it mean new fines or fees? Probably. Can I afford it right now? No I am already getting clobbered. Will it make the market place freer and better? Probably not. Is our healthcare system in crisis? Yeah, it has been for years. Is it the most pressing crisis right now? No, the economy is. Will the healthcare bill improve the economy? I doubt it. "
The national mood has changed and continues to change (especially if you consult the Rasmussen polls of the past few days which are probably the most accurate of all of them.) President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen below 50 % after being in the high 70-80s shortly after taking office. My mood —sense of freedom…. has changed greatly and now I am able to articulate it a lot better than I was before. Thank you Peggy Noonan!