It is funny (sad) that people and companies who will be immeasurably affected by the "reform" are criticized for hiring a nonpartisan and highly reputable accounting firm to perform an audit of the bill and its financial/economic consequences. It's as though the findings are illegitimate because the group that requested the study has an interest in the outcome. Never mind that the PWC might want to maintain their reputation and integrity and just might assess the numbers as they stand, truthfully.
What about all of the people that stand to gain "free," crappy health care from the government - which really means other taxpayers will be paying for their health care? They certainly constitute a special interest as well. So can we ignore their panting, scare tactics, and whining too? Or is the rule that we only deligitimize the findings of reports that oppose ObamaCare?
Never has the following sentiment rung so true.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
No one seems to know the actual source of this quote. If you have any concrete sources, leave me a comment or email me. The simpler version of the above quote is this:
If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on Paul's vote.