(ThinkProgress) -- Conservatives have seized on a recent Congressional Budget Office report showing that the Affordable Care Act will cause 2.5 million Americans to leave the workforce to argue that the Obama administration has declared a war on Americans’ work ethic. The analysis is proof, they claim, of the president’s campaign to push more Americans on the government dole, expand social programs, and ask the rest of us to finance their lives of leisure.
“The last Democratic president took concrete steps to mitigate the corrupting consequences of welfare. This one has fought tooth and nail to bring the intractable problems inherent to government aid to everybody in the country, and to transmute the safety net into a smothering, ambient cocoon,” the National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke claims. Hot Air’s Allahpundit — who Cooke cites approvingly — similarly suggests that the nation may have “reached the stage of welfare-state decadence where it’s a selling point for a new entitlement that it discourages able-bodied people from working.”