Sen. Feinstein: Big Brother Knows Best

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SenFeinsteinPity the poor citizen of a totalitarian country who appeals to his government for redress of a grievance. The act of challenging the wisdom of those in power by signing a petition has frequently resulted in secret police kicking down doors in the middle of the night to haul the hapless sap off to Siberia or worse.

Thank God that can’t happen in this country (yet). The worst that can happen to you for opening your mouth here is to have your intelligence insulted by a form letter from your senator. Savor this excerpt from Diane Feinstein:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for repealing the recent health reform law. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

In 2010, President Obama signed health reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The ACA will help drive down health care costs for families, reduce the federal deficit, and take significant steps toward ensuring Americans have access to affordable insurance options regardless of their income level or health status. I support the ACA … The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly analyzed the fiscal impacts of the Affordable Care Act and found each time that the Affordable Care Act will save the federal government more than $100 billion over a ten year period.

One wonders how long it has been since this form letter was last edited. We understand why she doesn’t mention Senator Max Baucus’s comments about the coming “train wreck.” Maybe that’s in his form letter. Does Harry Reid’s form letter state emphatically that Senators and Congresspersons are not exempt from the Obamacare exchanges and in fact can’t wait to sign up?

Usually when a for-profit company tries to sell me something, like a car, a refrigerator or or satelite TV service, I can expect to have a choice to buy or not to buy from the company or its competitors, maybe even a ‘no obligation free trial’ for 30 days. But Obama and Ms. Feinstein are making us an offer we can’t refuse, attempting to sweeten it with claims which few people outside of marijuana-obsessed California (three of four propositions on the recent ballot dealt with regulation of pot) believe anymore. Who, Left or Right, still believes that the most massive expansion ever attempted of one failed entitlement program (Medicaid, which as it turns out is worse for its clients than no insurance at all) funded in large part by cannibalizing another bankrupt entitlement program ($716 billion from Medicare) will reduce the federal deficit while providing never-before-seen benefits to 50 million people? The same CBO that Senator Feinstein cites to bolster her case has found that ten years from now, we may expect that 30 million people in the USA will still be without health insurance. Smashing success.

The senator continues:

The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, found that the Act’s centerpiece requirement to purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty is constitutional as an exercise of Congress’ power to use tax laws to influence individual behavior. As the Chief Justice said, such uses of the tax code “are nothing new” and would include provisions that encourage people to quit smoking or to be more energy efficient[.]

She does have a talent for rubbing our conservative noses in our own dirt by reminding us that the deciding vote for upholding the PPACA came from a Bush appointee to the Supreme Court. That was painful enough.  But she goes a step further, claiming constitutional sanction for social engineering: “an exercise of Congress’ power to use tax laws to influence individual behavior… include provisions that encourage people to quit smoking or to be more energy efficient.” Really? When did paying for the necessary and proper expenses of government expand to saving us from ourselves, via tobacco, killer lightbulbs and Big Gulp sodas?

Energy efficient? Energy costs money; energy is money. Yet our overlords believe we cannot be trusted even to be efficient with our own money, as if we could spend as much as we want with no consequence to ourselves individually, but with disastrous consequences collectively, and therefore the government must intervene. Who is more likely to spends as if there’s no tomorrow, individuals spending their own money or government spending other people’s?

But we still don’t live in a totalitarian state, right? The targeting of conservative and Tea-Party/Patriot groups was the work of a few rogue agents in a provincial office. No cause for alarm? Try this: try opting out. Try NOT participating in the Obamacare exchanges. Try not paying your income taxes, the taxes on your medical devices (still in force despite a symbolic Senate vote including 33 Democrats for repeal), or the hospital insurance portion of the payroll tax. See how long it takes before you face men with guns, having no gun of your own with which to hold them off.

We are losing our constitutional liberties and heading toward Big-Brother totalitarianism at a faster rate than at any time in the history of the United States of America, for the sake of social programs that are rammed down our throats on fraudulent premises and which can never fulfill their marketed promises. The good news is that citizens are waking up and Democrat sponsors are running for the exits. But it won’t be over until form letters like this one are universally recognized as a grotesque joke from a sicko period in our (ash heap of) history.

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  • American1969

    Fascist.

  • defcon 4

    I used to have a lot of faith in Feinstein. I fondly remember her as mayor of San Francisco. When I respectfully requested US tax dollars not be used to fund the paleswinian authority and their genocidal aspirations towards Israel and Jews her response stank of islamo-nazi apologism and evasion (particularly WRT the charter of Hamas).

  • Guest

    I recently took a trip to California to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to Oregon. My strongest memory was not of the beautiful scenery of the majestic coast, but rather, the police state California has become. The people are docile lemmings lulled into a lemming like existence by the nanny state in which they live. The first thing I heard on the radio was the fact that the State (as insolvent as it is) was launching a program to assist the disadvantaged (read illegals or unemployed) with their car insurance premiums. All you had to do was sign up and they would pay part of your premiums. Then I saw highway bill boards, telling me how safe the California Highway Patrol was making me. WTF?! Spending money for billboards in an Orwellesque attempt to convince me that the oppressive presence of a CHP vehicle behind every tree was good for me. I assume the CHP police union was behind it, making sure their piece of the rapidly thinning state benefits pie did not get cut any thinner. In San Francisco I saw first hand how the Liberal NAZIS had taken over, from the Bicycle Nazis on the Goldengate to the Dog Walker Nazis in the Artillery Parks overlooking the Ocean in the south of town. Liberal Special Interest groups have taken over. It preciptated two confrontations on my part: one with unleased dog walkers whose threatening dogs I was ready to spear with my hiking stick, and the second on the Golden Gate Bridge when bikers posed a threat to my wifes safety by their irresponsible flauting of the posted guidelines or bikers and pedestrians. This happened about the time a pedestrian on the street was killed in a bike-pedestrian collision when the pedestrian was crossing the street. You can have California. People get the government they deserve, they deserve Feinstein.

  • toryu88

    I recently took a trip to California to drive up the
    Pacific Coast Highway from LA to Oregon. My strongest memory was not of the
    beautiful scenery of the majestic coast, but rather, the police state
    California has become. The people are docile lemmings lulled into a dependence
    driven existence by the nanny state in which they live. The first thing I heard
    on the radio was the fact that the State (as insolvent as it is) was launching
    a program to assist the disadvantaged (read illegals or unemployed) with their
    car insurance premiums. All you had to do was sign up and they would pay part
    of your premiums. Then I saw highway bill boards, telling me how safe the
    California Highway Patrol was making me. WTF?! Spending money for billboards in an Orwellesque attempt to convince me that the oppressive presence of a CHP vehicle behind every tree was good for me. I assume the CHP police union was behind it, making sure their piece of the rapidly thinning state benefits pie did not get cut any thinner. In San Francisco I saw first hand how the Liberal NAZIS had taken over, from the Bicycle Nazis on the Goldengate to the Dog Walker Nazis in the Artillery Parks overlooking the Ocean in the south of town.
    Liberal Special Interest groups have taken over. It preciptated two confrontations
    on my part: one with unleased dog walkers whose threatening dogs I was ready to spear with my hiking stick, and the second on the Golden Gate Bridge when
    bikers posed a threat to my wifes safety by their irresponsible flauting of the
    posted guidelines or bikers and pedestrians. This happened about the time a
    pedestrian on the street was killed in a bike-pedestrian collision when the
    pedestrian was crossing the street. You can have California. People get the
    government they deserve, they deserve Feinstein.

    • kathy gutman

      What comes to my mind is what was once perceived as Sci-fi “Brave New World” , “1984″ and Ira Levin’s “This Perfect Day”. Our governance is straight out of the “Communist Manifesto”, “Nudge”, “The Coming Insurrection” and “Rules for Radicals” the Liberal’s wish to support the “fundamental transformation of America into a Totalitarian state, now they have it and they are teed off because they are being spied on, what a bunch of morons, what the heck do they think big government means. Reminds me of the Jews who didn’t heed the warning in 1933 Germany.

      • 1AmericanThinker

        FIGHT UNI. ;)

  • Aizino Smith

    “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly analyzed the fiscal impacts of the Affordable Care Act and found each time that the Affordable Care Act will save the federal government more than $100 billion over a ten year period.”

    So each year the ACA will save the federal government 10 billion dollars.

    Given the size of the federal budget that is a rounding error. That could be fudged when calculating.

    The CBO was told to take 14 years of revenue and compare it against 10 years of expenses. The king has no clothes.

    Senator Feinstein is a liar.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Remember, she also claimed not to be in favor of gun confiscation, even though there exists a video of her from about 10 years ago in which she admits she would ban guns if she could. Yes, she’s a liar, and a statist/totalitarian one at that.

  • The Dead Critic

    How many times have we as a nation heard it said that “If only a woman was in charge of this country, thinks would be different.” This pile of garbage (Feinstein) sets that notion back a few decades….

  • judyavelsor

    she cannot possibly be real / tell me she is a cartoon.

  • Ellman48

    The Government: We gave you Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, FHA Housing, Foodstamps, Affirmative Action, Section 8 Housing, Planned Parenthood, Tax Credits, Public Housing, Obamaphones, Subsidies, Energy Credits, and so much more. Why are you refusing to worship us and to bow down to us? What else can you possibly want from us? We’ve even given you government jobs when the rest of the economy was laying people off. Damn, you’re ungrateful, you conservatives and Republicans!!!

  • herb benty

    Very well said! In British Columbia, Canada we are also approaching a brick wall Our Premier, a couple years ago pointed out that 50% of our budget was for health care and if we didn’t do something drastic, in a few years our WHOLE budget would go to health care. Health care costs rise, we found out, like an elevator on steroids. Feinstein: ” it will reduce the deficit”, well, Progressives like her ruined California and the demise of America is their next target. All I can say is …..get the Democrats out of office, they won’t be done until most Americans are on welfare. Except for the “educated elite” of course, we need a gargantuan gov’t to go “FORWARD”.