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Fundamental question: Who's the boss here?

Posted By Pat Boone On 08/08/2009 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Suppose you own a grocery store. You’ve worked hard to build a clientele, you sell good groceries, and you make a decent living.

You find that your employee, a nice looking and personable man, has been luring young girls into the back room, propositioning, fondling and actually having sex with at least one of them – during store hours, at that!

How long would it take you to fire him?

Now, after you boot that scoundrel out, you hire a manager to run things for you. He means well, he tries hard, but he makes a lot of unwise decisions. He spends a lot of money on things you can’t afford, he gets into legal scrapes with competitors, he just generally fumbles and makes a mess of things. He “manages” your store into serious debt and runs some of your best customers away. You give some thought to firing him, but he graciously retires.

At this point, you’ve got to find the right guy. And you think you’ve found him – a young, energetic, smooth-talking man that seems to have “a way” with folks. Though he’s never run a store of any kind before, he exudes confidence and assures you he’s qualified, college degrees and all.

He convinces you he’s analyzed your market and knows just how to increase your business, cut your overhead and attract new customers. He looks like a godsend! You hire him and settle back to watch him rebuild your dream.

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But before you really grasp what’s happening, you find he’s agreed to pay your suppliers more than before; he’s rearranged everything on your shelves and ordered huge amounts of exotic stuff you know won’t sell. He’s hired some illegal aliens to stock and clerk for you, extending health insurance and other perks to them, which you’ll have to pay for. Before you can get your lawyer on the phone, you learn that he’s taken out a huge mortgage on your building – which you have no possible way of supporting – and that he has engineered a “hostile takeover” by a Chinese import company looking for American assets.

A nightmare? You bet. Far-fetched? Not really. We Americans have lived through some scenarios like this in the last 16 years and 6 months.

After all, our elected representatives are all, by definition, “public servants”; they work for us, not the other way around; they are, literally, our employees. Their contracts are 2 to 6 years, tops, after which we can show them the door if they haven’t served us profitably. And if they really mess up, we can fire them. It hasn’t happened often, and it takes collective will and gumption to do it, but we can fire them. It’s called impeachment.

Since Jan. 21 of this year, our new Chief Employee has done things we have never approved. By executive order (on his own, without consulting Congress), he wrote checks on our account totaling hundreds of millions to Planned Parenthood International, largest abortion provider in the world, and to ACORN and SEIU, the “community organizers” who helped elect him and are currently under investigation for fraud in 14 states. He was just getting started.

He and his carefully selected administrative team rammed through a $700,000,000,000 “stimulus package,” most of which won’t be spent for several years; he then rubberstamped a $410 billion appropriations bill complete with $8 billion in pork “earmarks” which he’d promised to veto; then he and his hirelings took control of many of the banking and auto manufacturing businesses, firing some executives while allowing others to take multimillions in bonuses.

And though the Chief Employee keeps promising “no new taxes for the middle class,” he and his team are desperately trying to ram a trillion-dollar health care plan down our throats, already hinting at more billions in new “stimulus” – all of which will at least quadruple our national debt, beyond any hope of payment. Meanwhile, Fed chief Bernanke exhorts: “Not to worry – we’re printing new paper money as fast as our printing presses can go!”

Far-fetched? Yes – but hideously, insanely real!

As quietly brilliant Charles Krauthammer has already revealed, our Employee’s health plan – which he proposes as the answer to our bloated, unaffordable current system – will astronomically increase the national expenditure on health care by over a trillion dollars! And these numbers are calculated by the politically neutral Congressional Budget Office right there a few blocks from our office, the White House.

And it gets much, much worse. These crazed proposals are hatched up in thousand-page packets, plopped on representatives’ desks at 3 a.m., and these dazed junior employees of ours are being required to vote/approve them without time to even read them! But some conscientious public servants do read them – and they report the “health plan” specifically mandates:

  • a government committee will decide what treatments and benefits patients will get, with no appeals process.

  • the “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for patients, who will have no choice. None.
  • all non-U.S. citizens, illegal or not, will be provided free health care services.
  • the federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer!
  • taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and “community organizer” health plans (SEIU, UAW and ACORN).
  • all eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled; they will have no choice in the matter.
  • an employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.
  • officers and employees of the government health care bureaucracy will have access to all American financial and personal records.
  • doctors, no matter what their specialty, from brain or heart surgery to podiatry (foot medicine) will all be paid the same. And the AMA has caved in to this!
  • government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.

And these are just a few of the provisions piled into this 1,017-page bill our Chief Employee wants us to accept. There are countless more.

Fellow citizen, fellow employer: It’s way past time for us to inform our employees they work for us. It’s not the other way around. We’ll make the decisions about how much debt we’ll accept, what we’ll pay for and how much, and what we categorically reject.

Once and for all, who’s boss here anyway?!


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